By Julie Ogilvie
As we go through our final preparations for Perspectives 2010, SkillSoft’s annual e learning customer conference, I am having those last minute butterflies that come with any big event. Will the boxes arrive? Will the weather cooperate? Will the slides project, the speakers speak and workshops work?
But more than any last minute jitters, I’m feeling excitement for the week ahead, for a number of reasons:
The biggest turn-out in years: this year we will be hosting well over 500 attendees, representing more than 300 companies. This is the largest crowd in a number of years and it seems like everyone is feeling optimistic about the future of learning and our role in “propelling business IQ.”
A packed program: With 36 learning sessions, six workshops and two fascinating guest speakers, our agenda has something for everyone, from social learning to green training. Our Leadership Development Channel Live Event on Tuesday features Sir Ken Robinson. If you aren’t familiar with him, I recommend you check out this TED video.
Innovation in Learning Awards: This year we received 29 nominations for our Innovation in Learning Awards, another all time high. The judging was done by a distinguished group of analysts and media representing Bersin, Aberdeen, Forrester, eLearning Guild, CLO and ELearning!. And the winner is…(insert your own drum roll here)…
And, to be honest, the best part of these events is not what happens on the stage, but what happens between people – over lunch, in the halls, after the “official” events have concluded. Many of our attendees are returning for their third or fourth or fifth time. It’s like a big class reunion (except that you don’t have to worry about running into your old high school crush). The warmth and fun is really contagious.
And, while there’s obviously no way to capture this spirit and send it out to everyone virtually, this year everyone can follow the event on Twitter, as attendees all are encouraged to tweet the highlights and including the tag #SkillSoftP10. You can follow the conversation right from this post by looking at the widget below.
See you in Orlando!