Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Check Out Mr. Businessman

For two days I've been participating in a users group conference. Six sessions a day times two days = twelve sessions. Not a one has had anything at all experiential associated with it. It's all PowerPoints and talking heads.

I suppose it's not fair to expect a users group conference to be enlightened about adult learning principles. But for crying out loud! Ask us a question! Throw something at us! Walk out into the crowd - we don't bite! (At least not yet.) How hard would it be to place the chairs into small groupings and facilitate our talking to each other for an hour?

It's too easy to criticize. Let's switch gears for a minute.

In all fairness, there has been a lot of good information in those PowerPoint presentations. I was privileged to hear Octavio Marenzi, the CEO of Celent, speak in two different sessions. He's a good presenter and the content was comprehensive and interesting.


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