Craig-it seems like you can't win! How anyone manages to speak at anything is beyond me. When you are employed (private sector) you can't breath without letting out vital secrets that will bring down the world as we know it-and then when you're doing a job you like-you're a leper because you may want to subliminally 'push' your product! Good luck with the gig anyway! Let us know how it goes! D
… off the bus, is probably how I would describe the last few months, in relation to a few speaking gigs I’d had lined up.
Between August and December of last year I was fortunate enough have been asked to speak at a number of events in 2012 on the subjects of:
- Getting started with mobile learning
- Getting the most from the Learning Technologies you already have
Needless to say, I was very excited at the prospect of this and started to do some tentative prep work.
However the early part of 2012 brought some disappointing news. One of the events ‘people’ contacted me to let me know that given my “change in circumstances“, I would no longer be able to facilitate my session????? When I dug (and believe me, I had to dig) for what exactly my “change in circumstances” was I discovered it was because I was now a ‘vendor’!
Despite my assurances that the content of the session in absolutely no way was designed to sell a product/service etc (in fact it was all about using the tech you already had) it was to no avail, I was out on my ear!
Not to worry, I still had my second session to look forward to……
….. that was until about a week later I got an email to say that ‘due to unforeseen circumstances‘ I would be unable to speak at that event too – I don’t think I need to tell you what the unforeseen circumstances were.
Again, had I been trying to flog a product or a service, then I could’ve understood, but it was a completely tool/platform/vendor agnostic session, that would’ve helped people maximise their learners ‘own’ mobile devices.
But the purpose of this blog post isn’t to whinge about those instances, but to let you know that I have been asked to speak at a forthcoming UCISA event on the subject of ‘Using YouTube For Training‘ with the full knowledge of the organiser that I am “dum, dum, dummmmmm” a vendor!!!!
I’m really excited about the prospect of this for a couple of reasons
- It’s for an audience that I haven’t specifically worked with before
- Given the nature of the subject I’ve been given, it will really allow me to play around with the ‘growing in popularity’ idea of the ‘flipped classroom’ by delivering the raw content via YouTube itself.
More on this in a future blog post…
@Dames20 Hi @Dames20 Thanks for reading and commenting. I can see why some conference organisers would be reluctant to offer a vendor a speaking slot, however if they were to be read the riot act prior to any session about avoiding product promotions, sales pitches etc then surely some of the concerns could be alleviated?
One of the benefits of asking a vendor to speak is that they are likely to have LOTS of very different experiences to talk about, from lots of different clients, in lots of of different sectors, with lots of different successes and challenges, whereas as employee from within a client organisation is less likely to have that breadth of exposure.
I'm certainly not saying that vendors should be in the majority of speaking slots, but perhaps more so than they are at the moment.