Here’s a few other thoughts I have noticed over the past couple of days, soaking up the workshops and speeches over the course of the event.
• It seems the “networking over coffee” principle, evident at any conference you attend in the UK and Europe, just doesn’t exist in the country that invented Starbucks. There has been no sign of any refreshments, let alone the appearance of a tray of biscuits. Networking seems to be a much more frantic, “go, go, go” affair, that on the plus side seems to avoid much of the usual interminable small talk.
• According to one of the speakers there are more automobiles in the US than there are registered drivers. This is not suprising, having asked delegates to wave their arms in the air if their families owened more than 2 cars, the majority of the audience did so. Best of all though was the incredulous reaction of the purchaser sitting next to me (as a non-driver, with no arms in the air) tapping me on the arm, asking: “Seriously, dude, you don’t own a car?”