Wow! that weekend went by in a heartbeat – literally.
We’ve just closed out our 6th PAB, and while every one of them was great, this year’s really found a way to bring something different to the table.
The theme was “Your story deserves to be told. Well.” And to be honest, even after having seen the submissions and selected (with Mark of course) who would make up this year’s program, I expected to see more than a few “How to tell stories” sessions. In fact, I was somewhat worried about it.
I didn’t need to worry. While some did touch on the How-to’s lightly, what everyone did (which now seems obvious) was tell a story, well. There is no greater motivator than seeing someone doing something well. Think about it, would someone telling you that you need 1000′s of hours of practice to play an instrument motivate you to do it? Of course not, but seeing someone play well, or seeing the effect of that playing on an audience or on you would motivate you.
PAB-people tend to be a very interesting crowd. There’s no one there waiting to be spoon-fed twitter-sized nuggets of knowledge. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. They enjoy the craft, and the process behind creativity as much if not more than the final product. There was no need to dumb this down, and both audience and speakers got that.
Once again this year, PAB-newbies blended in well, and the tribe comes out stronger again this year. Faces from PABs-past returned, and it felt like they were never gone. At one point on the boat cruise, I mentioned, “If I needed to start a big company very quickly, and needed to hire a big bunch people I trust implicitly. I’d just hire PAB.”
I wish I could say Mark and I set out to create exactly this event and feel 6 years ago, but no one could be that brilliant. We’ve worked hard, but we’re the luckiest conference organizers ever.
The next few blog posts will look at some other thoughts that came to me as a result of PAB2011 – keep reading..
Thanks once again, to everyone who brightened my weekend at PAB2011 – I come away re-energized, ready to create, and with a few less boundaries than when I came in.
See you in June 2012!