E L S U A ~ A KM Blog by Luis Suarez

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Trip to Madrid to Present at Lotus General Business Sales Academy for Business Partners

And here we go on the road again! After a superb IBM Symposium 2008 event in Lucerne, Switzerland, from where, very shortly, I hope to be able to share with you folks, both the slide deck I used as well as a recording of both video and audio (Thus stay tuned for more details to become available whenever I get my hands on a copy of it!), I am now back in Spain, in Madrid, to be more precise, where tomorrow I will be spending the whole day long participating at the Lotus General Business Sales Academy for Business Partners.

This is an special event that till take place during the course of the entire day and where a bunch of IBM fellow colleagues will spend a fully packed agenda talking about everything IBM Lotus related world with Business Partners, going from what the market is like here in Spain for IBM Lotus, to good and thorough overviews of Lotus offerings like Lotus Foundations, Lotus Connections, Lotus Quickr, Unified Communications & Collaboration, Portals, Social Computing in general and a whole lot more with roundtable discussions and next steps!

Yes, indeed, like I said, a fully packed day starting at 9.30am till 6.00pm CET, non stop, except for a couple of breaks, along with lunch! Just brilliant! And you may be wondering whether I will be speaking at the event or not and would have to say the answer is "Yes!"

Continuing further with my travelling spree helping spread the message out about giving up on e-mail, i.e. corporate e-mail, I will be giving another presentation from the "See the Light – Thinking out of the Inbox" theme. Just before lunch and for about 30 minutes. I must say that I keep getting asked whether my original slide deck has changed, as I keep going from one event to the other one and I must say that it hasn’t. It is still the same one I talked about over here and which I shared over at Slideshare: Thinking out of the Inbox – More Collaboration through less e-Mail. Only thing that has changed is the size of it. I have reduced the number of slides to around 10 of them and during the course of this week I will be able to re-share the final deck I keep using for sessions under 30 minutes.

What keeps coming up as very different from each of the various sessions is my own pitch. I have been able to listen to a couple of the recordings done so far (Which I will be sharing over here as well shortly, too!) and time and time again the entire speech comes out different, very different in most cases, according to the target audience and the overall theme of each event, which keeps bringing in very interesting aspects of what I have been trying to do over the last few months already!

So much so that since I won’t be travelling much during the course of summer time, I have decided to get started putting together the next generation of the main presentation where I will be providing some more background of where I am coming from, how I got started with it, why I am doing it, and, perhaps the most important part so far, putting together a whole bunch of different tips that I have been using myself and which I would want to share with you folks so that you, too, can join me in this new reality of giving up corporate e-mail. Why? Well, more than anything else, because everyone out there that I keep bumping into seems to think that I got started with this because of e-mail overload or not doing very good myself with time management while handling e-mail.

Funny, eh? How can you have e-mail overload when you get 30 to 40 e-mails a day (Which is what I used to get before getting started with this new reality)? That’s not what I would call e-mail overload or time management issues, don’t you think so? To me, it is all about re-purposing e-mail and make use of it for what it was intended in the first place: a one-on-one private conversation discussing a sensitive matter. The rest should go out there in the open, public and ready for everyone to contribute into the overall effort of knowledge sharing and collaboration with other knowledge workers. Yes, I know, still plenty of work ahead of us, but we are getting there, slowly, but steadily! 😀

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