November 29, 2010
Have you ever been to an eMetrics conference? Well it is sure time you do go. Today I am proud to announce that I am a member of the eMetrics Stockholm Advisory Board for 2011. It is especially nice since I got asked to join by a person I truly respect in the web metrics field – Lars Johansson.
The run is now open!
Now it is time for you to think about if you have anything interesting that you would like to share in September next year in Stockholm. The Call for Speakers is now open and I am looking forward to seeing your application.
What are we looking for?
We’re not looking for the half baked PowerPoint presentations seen at all the other conferences out there. We’re looking for the original thoughts. We’re looking for the “purple suff of metrics”. Do you have what it takes to become an eMetrics speaker?
My story, and why this is important to me
eMetrics Stockholm was the first major conference that asked me to hold a talk. I had previously held talks at smaller conferences, workshops and sit down’s with clients. However, I hadn’t previously had the opportunity to get in front of the best in the business. The sharpest minds in the class. The pinnacle of the group in metrics. In other words, I hadn’t had the opportunity to get my freshest ideas scrutinized by the best.
It was truly an honor for me. The talk went really well, despite I experienced some complimentary “8-mile” sickness before going on stage. However, it was my first time bent over the toilet before a talk and so it didn’t bother me that much.
The crowd was exciting, I got a lot of questions, I had fun. It was truly a great experience. I got to meet Jim Sterne, the founder of eMetrics and I got to get some nods for a change, instead of the common hollow facial expressions I get when presenting a revolutionary idea to a client. People were really knowledgeable and they were also kind enough with their time not to put me on the spot.
The talk at eMetrics led to a series of talks during the following year. Both in Sweden and elsewhere. It was truly a great launch pad for my ideas and it gave me the opportunity to get the feedback I needed to evolve.
Perhaps that’s why I decided eMetrics 2010 would be my last talk at a conference for a long while, perhaps ever. I really wanted to do it again and when asked the question I didn’t hesitate. However, I am really not a presenter at heart. I am more of a student, and until I can invent a format where I can do a talk whilst being the student, I will hold back and listen instead.
And that’s why YOUR participation is important!
Go to eMetrics Call for Speakers today and post your abstract. Let it be challenging. Let it be your first talk ever. If you feel you have an original thought or idea or format for your talk. Bring it on. I will read through everyone of the applications and I sure know the rest of the Advisory board will as well. (or at least I hope that’s a part of the job)