Live Coverage from eWorld 2010 in London was Energized and Entertaining, with Just a Touch of Forrest Gump
Whenever I take my show on the road so to speak, I can not help but think of the famous quote about “life being like a box of chocolates” from the movie Forrest Gump in that you never know what you are going to get.
Sure you may run into the occasional technical difficulty, for example the firewall at the hotel’s conference center prevented me from accessing my electronic switchboard and therefore my show. However, and like Gump, a series of decisions in the preparation phase leading up to the conference worked in our favor in that we had made the decision to record the sessions at the conference and download them unto a memory stick. The value of this move, which by the way had been predicated by a phone system problem at the hotel a week earlier, is that we could then upload the sessions for the appointed broadcast time.
Even though their were timing issues regarding the availability of the recorded session in terms of the actual broadcast schedule, because our North American audience was in a time zone that was 5 hours earlier meant that listener numbers would be minimal. Or as I liked to tell those at the conference, while my audience base is strong I doubt that any would get up at 4:00 AM to tune in . . . at least not without a strong cup of coffee readily at hand!
All that being said, it was a great 2 days of coverage where I also had the opportunity to once again step in front of a live audience to deliver both a Masterclass lecture as they called it, as well as moderate a roundtable discussion with top notch expert panelists that included Colin Cram, Karen Evans and Richard Stiennon.
In fact this was the first time that we broadcast a show to both a virtual audience as well as a live audience simultaneously . . . this is one of those exciting and energizing moments referenced in today’s post headline.
What made it particularly interesting is that I had the rare opportunity to not only hear but see the reactions to a spirited guest panel discussion, whose positions on the subject of outsourcing and the challenges of security in the cloud were thought provoking, controversial and in the end infinitely useful. Reminiscent of the Phil Donahue Show (he was the Oprah of his era), I was even able to go out into the audience with my microphone to elicit questions.
Of course one of the most memorable parts of the conference will be the presentation of a cake celebrating my 200th broadcast as a host on Blog Talk Radio. While we will be airing a 60 Minute Special on Monday, October 4th at 8:00 PM EST, where I will share audio excerpts of the highlights from the most recent 100 shows, it was great to mark the milestone at a premier event such as eWorld. (Note: Remember to visit the eWorld Event Page.)
All in all, this was another terrific experience. Next up . . . our Live Event Feed from Stockholm, Sweden on October 7th and 8th.
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Elcom, the official broadcast sponsor for the PI Window on Business eWorld 2010 coverage.