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Suffering from PSTW syndrome? Snap out of it!

 Some of the attendees at SAP TechEd in Las Vegas are still en route home, and already, I am seeing many tweets confessing to attendees’ suffering from PSTW syndrome. Yes. post SAP TechEd withdrawal syndrome is striking many of us who had great experiences in Berlin and/or Las Vegas. On one hand, it is completely understandable, since there was great learning and community building at both events. However, our colleagues in the Eastern hemisphere have not even had their big event yet. Is is really fair of the rest of us to be weeping and wailing? In one of my favorite movies, Moonstruck, there is a great moment when Cher suddenly slaps Nicholas Cage and shouts sharply, “Snap out of it!”  That is the essence of my advice to everyone suffering from PSTW syndrome: let’s snap out of it and get to work. I would suggest that there is much that we can do to recover from PSTW syndrome.

  • Help make Innovation Weekend in Bangalore as successful as it was in Berlin and in Las Vegas.
  • Plan an SAP Inside Track event in your area to share what you learned at TechEd and take it to the next level.
  • Reach out to the volunteer leadership and offer to share your learning at the user group in your area, whether it is an ASUG chapter or another user group event.
  • Be thinking about the next level in your industry or technology, and consider presenting at the next big event. the ASUG and SAPPHIRE conferences in Orlando or SAPPHIRE in EMEA.
  • Consider sharing your learning right here on SDN as a blogger.

Let’s face it, any of these events would be a great place to build on your great experiences at TechEd and extend the learning to those who were not able to be with us. I’m confident that Innovation Weekend in Bangalore could benefit by the lessons learned in Berlin and Las Vegas. There are lots of locations that would appreciate an SAP Inside track event. And trust me,  the Call for Speakers for both the ASUG and SAPPHIRE conferences will be open before we all know it. It may seem a little early, but I suggest that any of us could think about what we learned in Berlin and/or Las Vegas and how we could pay it forward to others in our community by taking it to the next level. Both we and our community will be better for it.  So let’s snap out of it!

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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      We have the benefit of an extensive community, with whom we can share tales, educational news, insights, and yes, the blues.  But without the community - who else would 'get' it?
      PS: Coulda sworn it was Post-TechEd-Withdrawal-Syndrome (PTWS) - but your version (PSTW) will not be as confused with a totally different (and probably less awesome) TechEd.
      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner
      ...yes, I'm also suffering from PSTW - and how they I cope with it. Exactly as you said, I'm trying to digest all my experiences by writing them down... in a blog 😉

      But as you rightly said, there are many ways to snap out of it.

      Nice post Gretchen! #ilike

      Author's profile photo Greg Myers
      Greg Myers
      But I fear that I won't feel my PSTW for a while yet. I've been so busy since returning home that I haven't had time to think about how much I miss you guys already, and how little time we had together, and how cool it was, and... oh darn...
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Blog Post Author
      Yes indeed, the SAP Community is one place where you know they "get it," and definitely where the more you give, the more you get. We are all fortunate to have SCN as a place to connect in between our too-infrequent face to face events. I'm already missing everyone terribly, too, so I am going to take my own ideas to heart and hope my suggestions help chase the blues away for you all and me, too.

      Thank you all for sharing your feedback!

      Author's profile photo Thorsten Franz
      Thorsten Franz
      Gretchen, thanks for the advice. I'll try to use it a I go through the post-TechEd 2011 shakes.
      See you soon,
      Author's profile photo Kumar Mayuresh
      Kumar Mayuresh

      SAP TechEd Bangalore was my first TechEd ever - got infected with  PSTW - and I am trying to get back to wok - Exactly as you said, for that I have already posted 3 blogs 😉 , but still its there..!!

      Best Regards

      Kumar. 🙂