I often tell people that I work with (and my friends and family) that you never know when good fortune will come your way. You need to be aware of what is happening around you and be prepared to quickly change and adapt your plan. I was fortunate to attend the partner advisory day conference ahead of the SharePoint 2014 Conference in Las Vegas. I came out of there hoping to meet privately with a few of the people that I met there. Sure enough, I met with the person at the top of my list at one of the big parties during the week. A party with 1000 people, extremely loud music, and very little light makes it almost impossible to meet a person. Yet, I happened to walk past the person I was hoping to meet. I turned around and asked if they had a few minutes to chat. That brief conversation was very valuable to me (and that's about all I can share). I'm so glad that I stopped to chat!
I also attended the party at the Las Vegas Speedway. Like most people, I was disappointed with how long it took to get to the Speedway. But I figure that these things have a way of working themselves out and that I would make the best of it. I'm also a big fan of Danica Patrick. How many women can race a car professionally at speeds up to 200 mph? One! I went looking for where Danica Patrick was having pictures taken with fans. The line had a couple of hundred people in it and I decided to keep moving on. I took a picture as close as I could get to Danica and posted it to FaceBook.
I made my way up to Neudesic's VIP section. The good people at Neudesic gave me a VIP pass earlier that day and I thank them for that. I was talking with a few people when I heard someone say "I think that is Danica over there". I looked and there she was standing 20 feet away from me. A line of people was forming behind me. I took one step back and I was the 10th person in line. Three minutes later I had my picture taken with Danica Patrick!
I've certainly missed a few opportunities that I regretted in my life. It happens and I learn from those experiences. However, I took advantage of being at the right place at the right time a couple of times at the SharePoint 2014 Conference.
I was only able to attend two sessions during the conference. I was working at the Dell Software booth or meeting with partners and customers the rest of the time. I was right beside our stage where Bonk was being played. It was like being backstage at a comedy show! I hope that everyone enjoyed participating in the Bonk game. I was happy to meet everyone who stopped by to talk with me about our Notes Migrator for SharePoint and Social Migrator products.
I think that we are fortunate to have events like the SharePoint 2014 Conference to meet one another. I hope that everyone took advantage of being there!
Senior Product Manager