I’m back from Houston and the 37th Annual Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference. It was a great deal of fun and the Red Pill/Blue Pill: Effective Data Driven Decision Making session was well received. If the conference solicits session feedback from attendees, I’ll be curious to see what comes in.
One striking difference was the lack of Twitter action.
I can’t remember the last time I did a conference session where the vast majority of eyes were looking right at you throughout most of the presentation. At most conferences, that’s not a good sign becasue it means whatever you have to say is either boring or obvious and not worth sharing.
While I attempted to spark some exchanges, most sessions were devoid of Twitter traffic. So in a final attempt to help promote engagement, I only made a link to the slide deck available on Twitter using the session and conference hashtag (and yes, ours was the only session that put together its own hashtag, #DataPills).
At least one attendee was noticing the lack of Twitter activity:
— Rebecca Bromels (@RebeccaBromels) June 2, 2018
Fortunately for readers here, your Twitter traction is routinely fabulous so you get the direct slide deck link.
As has been the case for the past few new conference sessions, this slide deck contains copious and detailed speaker notes so as to help make sense of everything.
Here are a few of my newbie AAAE Conference observations to share:
- I was surprised at how many session attendees had not heard of HiPPO (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion) decision making before.
- The line “If your data requests sound like grant applications, you have yet to establish a positive data culture” received some of the best feedback from attendees.
- Academics love lists and take copious notes after alerting them in advance to said list.
- I can’t recall the last time I was at a conference without vendors but I miss them when they aren’t there.
- The Houston Ballet is a striking and lovely facility.
- Lauren Anderson’s keynote was absolutely charming. Listening to her account of transitioning from artist to administrator was inspiring.
- It was wonderful to meet several colleagues I’ve known for years face to face for the first time.