US - Florida - Jacksonville

Expand all | Collapse all

Summit

  • 1.  Summit

    Posted 15 days ago
    Just curious if anyone is still planning to attend in person in October or if you are planning to do the Virtual?

    ------------------------------
    [Hilary] [Burchfield]
    [Office Manager]
    [Thermodyne Services]
    [Jacksonville] [FL]
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: Summit

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 15 days ago
    Reminder:  This Friday is the last day to request a refund if you want to convert your in-person pass to a virtual only pass for Summit.

    ------------------------------
    Zubin Gidwani
    Founder
    Dynamic Budgets
    San Francisco-Bay Area CA
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: Summit

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 15 days ago
    @Hilary Burchfield,

    I've registered for Nashville and have my hotel reservation. I'm simply hoping that I won't be like a BB in a boxcar at the Gaylord if most people opt for virtual!​ I cannot imagine a multi-day conference online, even though we here in the midwest did one in June...the Level Up! MidWest regional GPUG meeting.

    It was interesting but odd. On Thursday afternoon I played room monitor for three sessions (2:00, 3:00, and 4:00). I could "see" that we had about 30 people for each session (there were two other "rooms" with sessions going at the same time) but there was minimal interaction with the attendees. The sessions were decent but lacked that extra oomph of energy that comes from presenting in front of living, breathing creatures!

    On Friday morning I was the presenter for two sessions in succession. More attendees per session (about 50); but, again, sort of a sensory deprivation experience. Forget about telling any jokes! Talk about a tough crowd!

    Then at the end it just ended. We put in a lot of work to coordinate 15 speakers and multiple room monitors and GPUG personnel to provide the technical foundation (three simultaneous GoToMeeting rooms) and backup... but it was hard to consider it a unified "event". The ultimate in social distancing, if that's your bag. But hard to be inspired by the electronic venue.

    I'm amazed at the claims that Dynamic Communities are making vis-à-vis the Virtual Attendance option. It says, "This registration includes access to 500+ sessions and post-event recordings." That doesn't indicate which sessions will be recorded. At Summit last year I believe that maybe three presentations out of 8 or so every time slot were recorded. Full audio/video crew in the rooms, etc. I cannot imagine that they'll be able to record every session. That would be a logistical (and budgetary) nightmare.

    Be that as it may, I'm going. That's all there is to it!

    Sincerely,

    ------------------------------
    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

    ───────────────
    Excel Webinar List as of June 10, 2020
    ------------------------------



  • 4.  RE: Summit

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 15 days ago
    Steve you and crew did a great job with Level up.  I'm trying to figure out if virtual summit will be as good and if some of the sessions will be available for viewing later.  I responded to the e-mail with these questions but never heard back so down to having to have a decision by tomorrow and thinking without answers I'll have to sit this one out.  Do you have any more insight O Knowledgeable one?

    ------------------------------
    Teresa Waters
    Controller
    La Crosse Milling Company
    Cochrane WI
    ------------------------------



  • 5.  RE: Summit

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 15 days ago
    @Teresa Waters,

    Thank you for your kind comments! I kept wondering if there were a way -- short of having three separate computers -- of opening three GoToMeeting windows simultaneously so that one could see all the presentations at once and decide which one to pay the most attention to.

    @Leah Thvedt, @Evan Workin, @Sydney Johnson, and @Bob McAdam were the foundation of Level Up! at GPUG, and @Katie Graves, @Brian Lambertz, and @Bert Green handled the emcee duties in each of the "rooms" marvelously. @Aleiha Hanson was there in spirit as a principal organizer of the event. She just couldn't work during Level Up! because of illness.

    Anyway, I don't really have any insight to offer. Summit this year has to be a terribly tough e​​​​​​​​​vent to organize, what with so much uncertainty about this %#*(&*^#)!​ virus. Level Up! had to go completely virtual after our Wisconsin Dells hotel canceled all bookings... but Summit is a couple orders of magnitude greater in scope. There is no way that I'd want to miss the in-person experience... but there's no way of knowing whether presentations will be in-person or virtual in the session rooms.

    When you say, "I responded to the e-mail with these questions but never heard back," what email are you referring to?

    Sorry that I'm not more knowledgeable than that!

    Sincerely,


    ------------------------------
    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

    ───────────────
    Excel Webinar List as of June 10, 2020
    ------------------------------



  • 6.  RE: Summit

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 15 days ago
    @Steve Erbach, I'd sent a response to the e-mail we got from dynamics communities asking if we wanted to switch to a virtual registration.
    I know in person is so much better and it will be hard to say I'm at a conference and can't be disturbed while sitting in my office watching sessions.  Still debating what to do.​

    ------------------------------
    Teresa Waters
    Controller
    La Crosse Milling Company
    Cochrane WI
    ------------------------------



  • 7.  RE: Summit

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 15 days ago
    In regards to Steve's comment about remotely presenting to the field of crickets chirping at best...

    GPUG webinars are notoriously SILENT.
    it is unsettling for your presenters, we spend a lot of time preparing these sessions, and it's underwhelming at best to do our spiel and just get silence for a response.  Every now and then we get some questions on the chat and address those at the end.

    This week on the GP Optimizer Live event  (http://www.gpoptimizer.com/index.php/gp-optimizer-live/) we are giving out gift cards to reward participation, ask a question during a session, and you are entered into the drawing for the gift cards.

    Besides bribery how can we do a better job of engaging audience members in the remote presentations?

    In-person, sometimes we will solicit feedback from the audience
    show of hands in response to a question
    should we start cold calling on audience members for questions at the start of a session
    Years ago we used to do Interactive/round table sessions
    Reporting roundtable - 6 of us "experts" at the front of the room, no set agenda, it was a whiteboard session, we started by asking the room for what challenges they were facing.  In our best year, we had to on the fly create a day 2 follow up session and almost all the attendees from day 1 returned for day 2.

    I got the most out of those types of sessions, and what we loved most was when the panel just acted as facilitators, but it was in fact audience members answering each other's questions, and us just catching what slipped through the cracks.

    I'm sure sponsors would be willing to pony up give-aways (think loot-crate) which could be mailed to attendees, or we could have a supply of gift cards, or maybe DCI could offer something coupons for academy courses or something.

    I think we all need to chime in on how we can collaboratively work to make these experiences better, more rewarding, and more participatory!

    I wish DCI would be proactively try to structure some of this viral planning to get us all involved in making this as successful as possible.
    We are just 11 weeks out...


    Zubin


    ------------------------------
    Zubin Gidwani
    Dynamic Budgets
    San Francisco-Bay Area CA
    ------------------------------



  • 8.  RE: Summit

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 15 days ago
    @Zubin Gidwani,

    >> Years ago we used to do Interactive/round table sessions Reporting roundtable - 6 of us "experts" at the front of the room, no set agenda <<​

    I remember in St. Louis in '14 that you were the facilitator for one of those sessions. We all sat in chairs in a circle. I don't remember the topic... might have been updates. It was very useful and involving.

    You've got lots of good suggestions, Zubin. You always were one to give good solid thought to a problem!

    I think survey questions are nice to have during presentations if they can be handled quickly.

    I could see prizes being awarded in the form of unlock codes for Amazon gift cards, say. The winner would be sent the link in a private GoToMeeting message. That could be delicate, however.

    >> We are just 11 weeks out... <<

    My god, you're right! The time will fly by, too!

    Sincerely,

    ------------------------------
    "Sparkly" Steve Erbach - Green Bay, WI
    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
    Blog: https://www.gpug.com/blogs/steve-erbach
    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach

    ───────────────
    Excel Webinar List as of June 10, 2020
    ------------------------------



  • 9.  RE: Summit

    Posted 14 days ago
    I have never presented, but have been listening to serval of the webinar and level up. One thing that I have thought about is being able to chat. I have thought about asking a question sometimes, but for me, I never feel like I can. It just feels more like a video. I am not sure what would happen when I write a question. Do you write and just wait for someone to read it. I feel like a chat would allow the audience to talk to each other about what they are hearing and would be more engaging. I see YouTubers do live videos, and the chat makes you feel connected to everything. Also, I think listening to how it is to be a presenter, changes how I feel about asking a question. I think now, when I listen to my next webinar, I am more likely to ask a question. I never really considered the presenter wants questions.


    ------------------------------
    Heather Emrick
    Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
    ------------------------------



  • 10.  RE: Summit

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted 14 days ago
    Heather -

    The 'chat' functionality is standard fare for online events, and I assure you that it is monitored regularly during our regular webinar series as well as during virtual events that we host.  For a 60-minute time virtual event some presenters are certainly better than others at checking it, but generally speaking it is a key component that isn't always utilize BUT certainly ready to go each & every time.  Feel free to use it on any of our online events - it will always be available!


    ------------------------------
    Bob McAdam
    General Manager
    Dynamic Communities
    Lithia, FL
    bob.mcadam@dynamiccommunities.com
    ------------------------------



If you've found this thread useful, dive deeper into User Group community content by role