WOW! Cisco Live #CLUS is approaching, and my planning is in shambles!
This year I have been very surprised (and honoured) to be asked to speak at multiple Live! events and sessions this year. I am pleased to be speaking at Field Day as well as the Social Panel, and the Mentor-ship talk on Sunday. I’ve had others as well, and I am trying to get to see everyone.
I’ve also been contacted by vendors on the floor to come see their new wares as well, and I want to make time for the World of Solutions – because I love it in there.
Wish I had 2 more days.
Next year, i’m going on Saturday, simply because some of the personal things I always want to do – I never get to do, so next time I am going Saturday. I’ve done this in the past, and this year due to a personal conflict (The Galways Cavendish Forest Rally – GCFR is on Saturday here in Ontario) I was not able to go in Saturday.
So the plan this year will be arrive Sunday, run to the Hotel and check-in and drop my stuff, then rush to the venue to register, then off to do the ONE shopping trip I planned the entire week (5.11 Tactical has a store in Vegas, we don’t have those in Canada, so i’m planning 1 Hour to go and shop like mad, to be honest a limited time frame in that store is best anyway) and then rush to the hotel and drop that off, and then head back to the venue for the Tweet-Up / Newbie discussion. This will probably fail, and if my flight is late – i’m really screwed.
I needed another day, I should have planned my shopping day at the END of the week like I did with Kai @kajtzu in Orlando a few years ago, it worked out quite well.
Planner Needs Improvement
The planning is killing me, first getting to the scheduler/planner on the Cisco Live! site is a real pain. You have to go to Learn, Session Catalog, My Sessions, that’s assuming you have logged in – which there is no obvious login button.
You cannot put personal appointments in anymore! This is horrible, I book my World of Solutions time, I also book my appearances and interviews.
The scheduler this year is a pretty serious let down – especially when planning is so important. I hope they can learn from it for next year.
Limited Focus for Time Management
The key here is to limit your focus. I know it sounds bad, but to take it all in – there is so little time. Get to each place, learn what you need to – and then move on.
I am totally against walking out of sessions, and I think it’s disrespectful a bit to the presenter – but i’ll say it in public now – this is why I sit at the back, so I can sneak out. There just isn’t enough time for everything. If the content isn’t going “as planned” or I “Got what I needed” – I sometimes will slip out, giving me more World of Solutions time, or to get to my next engagement – or sometimes to just use the rest room before the line up!