Now that’s a comment!

By |  February 1, 2013

Trying to get so much in order before I head out the door here. Not much time for blogging, but I thought I should direct your attention to this official comment from the GCSAA, posted last week in response to my complaint about the keynote speakers (who are Brandel Chamblee and Tim Rosaforte, in case you hadn’t heard.)

Any time a comment starts, “It is appropriate to share GCSAA’s decision-making that has been questioned,” you know it’s going to be good.

So, Jeff Bollig, GCSAA’s director of communications, took issue with me blogging my opinion (because no one’s ever done that before) that I thought this year’s keynote speakers were lame. You can read his entire comment here by scrolling down to the comments section.

So, thank you for your response, commenter. A few quick responses;

You said, “The thought of ranking Chamblee and Rosaforte compared to other speakers prior to Conference and Show (as was suggested by the author) is akin to asking one how a steak tastes before they eat it.”

“The author” (that’s me, hi, my name is Seth Jones) is saying the star power, the Q score, of these guys is less than other people the GCSAA has had recently. That’s just my opinion — there may be a reader out there who has a Tim Rosaforte poster in his bedroom, I don’t know.

The other thing I’d say is, don’t put hamburger on the menu and tell me you’re serving steak.

I’m sure they’ll be fine speakers. But as far as keynote speakers go, especially for a conference the size of the GIS, I’m disappointed. I don’t think many will go out of their way to see them.

It’s not a huge deal. The GIS still has the benefit of stellar education, a large trade show, a nice city in a nice convention center. But my original statement still stands: your keynote speakers get a big yawn from this guy with a working internet connection.

If you’d like my help next year, you know how to reach me. The author would be happy to serve on your “who the heck are we going to pay $200 to speak at the GIS” committee.

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