You never know what’s going to happen at a good conference. If you’re lucky a speaker or session lights a fire in your brain. You walk out of the room with a wicked glow in your eye and you can’t wait to talk to someone about all the ideas sizzling inside your head.
At a bad conference you leave a session shaking your head saying “what a waste of my time and money.”
There is the schmoozing and mingling with the attendees and speakers. You might make a new friend at a late night bull session or have a fascinating conversation with someone while standing in line to get a coffee and pastry.
Then there are the unexpected invitations to side events. A product demo held during lunch, a last minute invite to a startup cocktail party or a chance encounter with an old friend .
Last minute Lunch
What I’m saying, I guess, is that my plans are never stable until the event is over and I’m on the plane home*.
That brings me to the topic of this post. I’m having lunch with Scott Guthrie next week. It’s a last minute surprise, I added it to my calendar today.
Scott’s a smart guy and I’d say he’s the one of the primary forces behind Microsoft’s new web-think. Among his many duties he manages the WPF and Silverlight teams so he’s the guy that knows what’s happening in the WPF world. I’ve got a few questions for Scott. I’ll bet I have a lot more after the Mix keynotes.
My questions for you is… what would you ask Scott if you had 10 minutes of his time?
*Unless I’m on the speaker roster at the conference. Obviously I know when my sessions are and what room to to look for.