I guess I need to clarify a couple of things in my last posting about what I regard as the dysfunctional dynamic in most conference exhibit halls. Apparently some people thought I was saying that attending the conferences themselves is a waste of time, and I certainly meant nothing of the sort. In fact, I think attending conferences is one of the very few fast tracks to success, something I'll talk about in a coming post. Getting out and comparing notes with your peers, listening to industry keynotes and breakout presenters, if it is approached in an organized way, will give you an unfair advantage over the stay-at-home firm up the street.
And second, one of the commentators noted that he or she (I couldn't tell gender from the post) has seen me actively engaged in the exhibit hall. So does that mean I don't get anything out of them?
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