Saturday, January 27, 2007

UCPC, Day 1

Ok, there's only one day, but it feels like a multi-day event.

First, I was surprised to find that there were several people who traveled great distances. Kudos to everyone who made it out. I'm sure it was worth your while.

As a presenter, I was sorry that I only got to attend two of the other presentations, neither of them by my ex-teammates, who were presenting at the same time. Each presenter gave his talk twice during the four sessions (14 presenters total, I think). Even the full-time attendees still then had to choose between presentations.

My talk (powerpoint here, one-page summary here ) went well, I thought. The two sessions had different feels to them. I incorporated some of the questions from the first session into the second, and as a result of that and other changes, I ran over on the second session after having 10-15 minutes in the first one just for questions. The second session went smoother as well, as I didn't have to fight over as many words, and knew when to just go ahead and leave one slide and start on the next.

I left before the panel discussion, as it was already after 5 pm and there was still a presentation going on in the auditorium.

Good job by George and Tiina assembling the myriad volunteers and vendors. You never would have known that this was the first of its kind by how well things seemed to go. Thanks to them.

8 comments:

jsa said...

Thanks for your all of your hard work in putting together the presentation.

Jay

Anonymous said...

Jim,
My friend and I came down from Vermont to the conference, and it was really fun and informative. I too was surprised that there were so many people from all over the country. If it happens again next year, I'll be there! Thanks for all of your time and effort.

Anonymous said...

on your "reacting to poaches" slide, what do you mean when you say "follow back along poachers path" ?

tiinabooth said...

Hey Jim!

Just thought you should know that I am stealing your idea of comparing a competition to improv, as opposed to a theatrical production, which I had been using. I think the analogy works much better and accounts for all the uncontrollables that may occur.
Thanks to you, and the other presenters, for all the effort, experience and enthusiasm you brought to the conference!

parinella said...

Follow back with your eyes. Look back where the poacher came from, and you might find the poached-off player. From there, if you can hit him, you can lock on for a couple seconds, but if you can't, break it immediately so someone else can.

Z said...

thank you so much for the handout and the powerpoint. It's been very helpful

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