As I’ve mentioned, I’ll be speaking at ABA TECHSHOW this week and Tom Mighell and I’s book will be making its debut at the conference, so I’m really looking forward to being in Chicago later this week.
A number of people (well, more than one) have asked me about meeting up while at TECHSHOW.
The short answer is that I always make every effort to meet readers of this blog at any conference I’m attending. Despite my good intentions, it’s become obvious to me that I’m often talking to people (these events are the main chance I have to visit with many of my legal tech pals) and might not seem as approachable as I’d like to be, especially if I schedule meetings.
My recent approach has been to avoid scheduling meetings and simply suggest that readers of this blog come up and introduce yourself as a reader when you see me, and I can thank you for being a reader and we can talk. I’m also really excited about the idea of actually signing copies of the book at the show.
That said, here is an overview of my plans for TECHSHOW.
Wednesday evening – speaker reception. I do have a couple of scheduled events for Wednesday, but I’ll probably be around in the hotel common areas from time to time.
Thursday – Adriana Linares has talked me into volunteering significant time as a “conference concierge and probably a big exhibit hall day for me. I’ll also be at the reception and start the day with Tom Mighell’s introductory talk.
Friday – speaking in the afternoon, attending the ABA Journal’s Blawgs and Beer event, and Tom and I are hosting a “Taste of TECHSHOW” dinner at the Exposures Tapas Restaurant. I believe that up to 10 people can sign up for that dinner to talk about collaboration tools.
Saturday – I’ll be around all afternoon and Saturday afternoon is always one of my favorite times to hang out and talk with people.
I truly hope to see you at TECHSHOW. Remember that if you are in Chicago, you can get a one-day pass or even a free Exhibit Hall pass and see what’s going on in legal tech. But the best part of TECHSHOW is finding out how friendly and accessible the speakers are – TECHSHOW is definitely a conference where you learn a lot both in the sessions and in the hallways outside the sessions.
One last thing: I’ve started a Facebook Group called The Unofficial ABA TECHSHOW 2008 Group for people planning to be at TECHSHOW. Go ahead and sign up. Tom Mighell has also set up a number of other social networking opportunities for TECHSHOW attendees.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (]
Now available: The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together, by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell.
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