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Response to antigone382 (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 08:28 PM

6. I would the suggest that you avoid most tech conferences then

I've been to conferences for Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and others and while not as overt as the Models at car shows I can assure you that many if not most of the pretty faces (male and female) out front and center are not the techies... they're either models hired for the event or people working in the marketing department (people working in marketing, male and female, are almost universally attractive - no idea why). After handing you a flyer they bring you to the geekie techie working the center of the booth... at my first conference many years ago I thought it was funny... now I look right over the people in front as I would rather speak with the techie in the back...

now that is the trade show floor... tech sessions tend to be filled with geekie techie types... the only difference I have noticed is at conferences that cover education products, which have a greater number of women attending, the presenters dress nicer (suites vs semi-business casual)... never seen anyone present in a bathrobe or kilt (on a raised stage... avoid the front row) at any of those conferences...

like I said they broke the un-written rule and put it in writing... had they not and had the exact same conference there'd be no outrage...

At the beginning of my career I enjoyed conferences but now I actually loath them. They're a waste of time and a left over from a bygone era. Little happens there that could not be done online. The wasted money spent on these things could be put to much better use. I go because attendance is part of our performance program. Would prefer not to...

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