Posted by Jack on March 08, 1999 at 07:18:19:
I agree with Phil’s remarks regarding the convention. I have never attended any REI conventions prior to the big show in Dallas (actually Arlington), so I don’t have anything to compare it to. However, I now have a benchmark (reference point) that is so high on the scale that any other such convention I attend stands a great chance of being a disappointment.
I also absolutely agree that the networking opportunities are the best part of the convention, ranking right up there with the round table, which is an extension of the networking, in my view.
How often do you get to sit beside someone of the caliber of the CREO convention speakers and get questions answered straight from the source. That alone was worth the time (my most valuable currency) that I spent to attend this convention. The amazing thing to me is that these folks were spending the same currency (in much higher denominations) to be there.
That is the great thing about this convention, the collective ideas of so many people, not only the big guns, but the middle guns and the pea shooters like me, can get spread around, tried on for size and appropriated if they fit (and discarded if the don’t).
The presentations by the speakers were the gravy on this convention. They were some of the thickest, richest sauces I have ever had ladled on my plate. They were energizing, mind opening, and sometimes they pi**ed me off. I can’t tell you how many times I thought, “Why in the heck didn’t I think of that?”
The speakers brought to life the niche or niches of REI in which they worked. And that is the operative word here–WORKED. I got the impression that these folks really had been in the trenches and were speaking from experience. That gave such credibility to the information they presented.
See you next year.