Monday, December 08, 2008

A big 'Thank You'....

..to everyone who voted me onto the UKOUG Board of Directors!

There seems to have been a bit of a shake up this year with 4 new Directors being elected, which I believe is the most number of new Directors in one year.

We will officially take up our posts on 15th January and I'm really looking forward to the next 2 years - although I've been well advised that there is a lot of work ahead!

I didn't get much of a chance to celebrate after the results came in as I was speaking the next day (that was badly timed!) but I made up for it at the weekend once I got home.

As always, I thoroughly enjoyed the UKOUG Conference, although it was hard work this year as it was a longer event with a 4 day exhibition which seemed quieter compared to previous years.

There was a lot of activity on the SolStonePlus stand as usual. I always enjoy being on the stand, doing the demos and getting to meet people, but it is tough work on the knees and ankles!

My presentation was very well attended this year too, I just wish it had been earlier in the week as you don't really fully relax until it is over!

One thing I want to end on though is that giving a presentation at the Conference is not as easy as it may look.

As a SIG Chair, I've always tried to encourage people to stand up and speak. Lots of people always have ideas on the topics they would like to see, but not many are prepared to give talks themselves.

So - to the man in my talk that got the giggles, talked (loudly) to his colleague, showed complete disinterest in everything I said and generally proved to be a distraction - please show a bit of respect and don't do that again.

If you're not interested in the presentation being given then please leave - quietly.

Otherwise you may find yourself giving a presentation one day in a room full of people like yourself.