Some thoughts and Thank Yous on the way home and Lotusphere

I am sitting at Gate 4 in MCO at 5 AM waiting for my flight home close to being awake for 24 hours and reflecting on the week that just ended.  It will certainly take a few days to decompress and be able to coherently write a comprehensive wrap up post, but needless to say it was an incredible week, from Saturday night at ESPN, Jumpstart sessions on Sunday, The Turtles memorable session before the welcome reception, the OGS (and our unique seating arrangement), attending and presenting various sessions, meetings, walking around the various labs.  Yesterdays closing session really put a cap on the week with an incredible performance from Ben Zander.

Following the CGS about 60 of us headed over to the Fantasia Mini-Golf course for the Blogger Open (blogger open wrap up and pictures coming soon as well).

Most importantly I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in person with all the people in the incredible Lotus Community, catching up with old friends, connecting with people previously only known as Twitter avatars, and meeting new people allt together.

Some Lotusphere Thank Yous

First off my wife who keeps things going at home, which this year included being home herself with three kids, and understanding that some days a five minute call home was all the time I had.

My parents who left the relatively warmer South Florida and  travelled up north and were able to help my wife for part of the week.

My employer who even in tough economic times recognizes the value in sending me to Lotusphere

My Co-Presenters Chris Whisonant and John Lance (OK they did start a support group for Mitch’s co-presenters, but I don’t really know what that was all about)

The presenters of the other sessions I attended or downloaded the slides from, having presented sessions for the first time this year, I now have a much deeperappreciation for the time and effort it takes to prepare.

The track managers who gave me a chance to present The IBMers who are there to listen, at times take abuse, and accept criticism, mostly with a smile, and in my experience are really interested in the feedback, and take it back to work on.

IBM (especially Erica Topolski and Ed Brill) for running the Bloggers Program and giving me the opportunity to be a part of it I am sure I am forgetting someone, I assure you it is unintentional.

Now it is time to head home and back to reality which means doing things like figuring out what day of the week it is, what the date is, what is going on in the world that doesn’t have to do with Lotus Collaboration tools, and getting back to work. While it was an incredible week in every which way I am glad to be headed home to see my family.  For those I don’t happen to see before then, will see you on January 16, 2010 at ESPN.

5 Responses to Some thoughts and Thank Yous on the way home and Lotusphere
  1. Jim Casale
    January 23, 2009 | 6:41 am

    Sorry I never got had the chance to meet up with you. Try again in 2010…

  2. Gregg Eldred
    January 23, 2009 | 11:31 am

    We need to get Eric’s e-mail address to make sure that he gets a few greetings on February 4. Emoticon

    Nice write up, Mitch. It is always a pleasure seeing you. And, thanks to you, Warren, and Corey for the golf. That was a lot of fun!

  3. Don Gardo
    January 23, 2009 | 2:22 pm

    Mitch – I thoroughly enjoyed your Connections Show and Tell with Chris. It was amazing how fast you guys went through it but that’s a good thing – no Fluff! I’m looking forward to Getting my Feet Wet! Thanks again.

  4. Luis Benitez
    January 23, 2009 | 4:08 pm

    You forgot me… remember? I saved you a seat at the Social Software Keynote.. but don’t worry, I won’t hold it against you 🙂

  5. Alistair Rennie
    January 23, 2009 | 9:30 pm

    Mitch – thanks for contributing so much to a great Lotusphere. Let me know what you want to change the code name to, the team is waiting !