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10 Lines or Less: Demo App and Slides

Julian Robichaux and I presented “10 Lines or Less: Interesting Things You Can Do With Java” at IBM ConnectED this January.  As promised (if not a bit delayed), here is the sample app, and a link to the slides.

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My Take on IBM ConnectED 2015

I am surprised to be saying this, to have said it this week, but…this was my best Lotusphere ever.  Before you start arguing and telling me what things you felt weren’t the best, I will say, this was *MY* best Lotusphere.

Honorable mention:  my first Lotusphere in 2008.  I went by myself and didn’t know a soul there.  I didn’t know about Planet Lotus or who any of the speakers or attendees were.  It could never be the best as I barely spoke to anyone, but I saw speakers like Paul Mooney and Bill Buchan doing Worst Practices, and Julian Robichaux and Rob McDonough looking like pirates (they were pirates, right?  I just remember facial hair) and presenting on charts.  I met Marie Scott and Joni and ??, who were kind enough to let me hang out with them when I felt completely out of place.

Runner-up:  My third Lotusphere (2010) is definitely in contention for my best Lotusphere.  It was my first Lotusphere as a speaker.  It was my first conference of any kind as a speaker. (And here was my blog post wrap up for THAT Lotusphere, http://www.runningnotes.net/index.php/2010/01/25/lotusphere-2010-%e2%80%93-the-surreal-year/)  I met Tom Duff the day before I presented with him.  How could that not be at the top of my list?

But the winner is 2015.  Yes, I know, technically, it was IBM ConnectED and not Lotusphere, but let’s face it, it was Lotusphere.  So why was it my best?  Amusingly, it was how I connected with people.  “A new way to engage”, indeed.  Although, it wasn’t better because of social business, it was better because I made a promise to myself to talk to more people.  I wanted to reach out beyond the circle of people I knew and meet (and talk and connect) to new people.  I did just that.

A side note: I was informed before the conference this year that my “resting b!tch face” is pretty strong.  aka when I’m just sitting around thinking about nothing in particular, I look like I am angry or focused, so people tend to think they shouldn’t bother me.  Even friends have said they wouldn’t approach me when I’ve got that face on.  As a result, I tweeted that people should still say hi, AND I went out of my way to try and make eye contact with people and even (GASP) smile.

I got to talk to so many wonderful people this year.  Of course, all my friends that I’ve seen year after year, but also new people that I’d only just met.  I thank everyone for taking the time to talk to me.  I feel like we really did truly connect (pardon the pun).  I had wonderful conversations, loads of laughs, and never enough hugs.

Whatever the future may bring, in terms of conferences, or LUGs, or vacations, I hope to see you all again.  Correction, I hope to connect with you all sometime soon.

Confessions of a Lotusphere Speaker

So you want to speak at IBM Connect, but you don’t know how to get from here to there.  There is, of course, no guaranteed set of steps that will get you there.  However, I can tell you some steps that I think might help you.  Well, who is she to tell me, you ask.  I went from attending my first Lotusphere in 2008, where I didn’t know a single person, I didn’t know about Planet Lotus or Bleedyellow or the community, to speaking at Lotusphere three years in a row (and sitting here hoping for my fourth).

Side note, while none of this guarantees you’ll speak at IBM Connect, you will get to meet new people, you will learn new stuff, you may even possibly be considered an expert at something, all of which will help you and your career.

How did I do it?  I got involved.  Below are my suggestions for getting involved.  Again, this by no means guarantees that you will speak at IBM Connect, but it won’t hurt. Getting involved in the community and getting known by the community will make you a safer choice for speaker selection than being a complete unknown.  So here we go -

Twitter – if you don’t have an account, create one, now.  Start following people “in the community”. Leave your account open.  People won’t be as likely to follow you or RT you if your account is protected.  Start tweeting.  It doesn’t all have to be technical, but it helps if at least some of it is.  Tweet a quick tip or a question.  Retweet a useful tweet from someone else.  Tweet a link to a useful article or blog post.  Include a hashtag where applicable (but don’t over do it).  Start replying occasionally to the people you follow.  Both personally and technically.  It’s like a really big cocktail party.  Start making friends.  :)

Stack Overflow – create an account.  Stack Overflow is becoming “the place to be” for XPages knowledge. Start asking and answering questions.  I am actually behind on this one.  I’ve got an account, but haven’t asked or answered any questions!  Shame on me!

Blog – create a blog.  WordPress, blogspot.  Lots of free and easy ways to do this.  Blog posts don’t have to be long.  Quick tips, tricks, cool stuff you’ve done.  Or stuff you’ve read about.  You can ask questions, too.  Link to other people’s articles.  Once you’ve got some content, get on Planet Lotus.  Go read Marky Roden’s post about community blogs.

Notes in 9 – create a video of how to do something.  Keep it short, simple, and sweet.  Contact David Leedy.  He’d love to have your video.

Do an internal training where you work.  Create an abstract, title, slide deck, demo app, etc.  Practice it before you present it.  Present it.  This will help you see how much work goes into presenting a session and give you feedback on what to do better next time.

Local user group meetings (the one day at lunch kind, versus the multi-day conference kind).  Attend them. Meet people.  Speak at one.

LUG – submit abstracts to LUGs.  Sure, everyone wants to go to IBM Connect.  But IBM Connect charges attendees a lot of money to attend, they are going to try hard to have the best speakers.  Gambling on someone who is completely unknown is a gamble for them.  It is way easier for them to say yes if they saw you speak at a LUG, or heard about your awesome presentation at a LUG.

If you do get a chance to speak, read Confessions of a Public Speaker.

Put all of these things together.  Write a blog post, tweet it.  Speak at a LUG, tweet/blog it.  Mention your blog on your Notes in 9 video.  Don’t be annoying, but it’s totally acceptable to promote yourself.

For all of the above social networks/blogs/etc, make a profile.  Don’t leave it with the default avatar.  If possible, make it the same avatar across networks and preferably a picture of you.  Try to create the same name everywhere.  I try to use “RunningKathy” everywhere.  I try to use the same picture, which is a professional headshot of me.  This all creates a “brand”, which is you, which is helpful when a track manager sees your name with an abstract.  They will think, “oh!  so and so, I know them!”.

Also for all of what was suggested, ALWAYS GIVE CREDIT.  Two reasons, a) so you aren’t a jerk who steals people’s content. and b) the creator will see that you’ve posted their stuff and maybe start following you and your work.

Once you’re ready to write an abstract, go read the following:

Gab Davis on writing an abstract

Paul Mooney on writing an abstract

My article on writing an abstract

Lastly, what you can do if your abstract wasn’t accepted

Calling all Admins AND Devs

If you are both an admin and a dev and you missed my session with Jess Stratton at Lotusphere, go register for the webinar:

Collaboration, Party of One : When You Are Both the Dev and the Admin

When your administrator and your developer are one and the same, and they’re both you, things can get confusing. As the administrator, you’ve got a lot of power. Frequently, the role of administrator is to lock things down, keep the server running smoothly and tune performance. As the developer, you want a lot of power. You want unlimited agents to run anytime you want, as frequently as possible, with little to no limitations! So how do you reconcile these opposing needs when you have to play both roles? Jess and Kathy will show you how to use separate IDs, location documents and other fail-safes to make sure your party of one is successful!

Go here and register, then keep your eyes open for the email to register on gotomeeting.  (Sorry for the double registration, it’s just how it works, don’t shoot the messenger).


Did You Use Business Cards at Lotusphere?

It occurred to me that I forgot to even bring business cards with me to Lotusphere.  While I met several new people, we seemed to exchange Twitter IDs more than anything else, and usually on our mobile devices.  Occasionally I entered a new email address or phone number.

Only once during the conference, was I asked for an actual business card.  I took one of theirs and wrote on the back of it.

Did you use business cards at Lotusphere?  Or are they becoming a thing of the past?  Did you use a service like Bump or something else?

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