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I have big expectations!    So should you.

October is right around the corner.   Yes, the leaves will be turning, children will be back in school, a new season to enjoy.  And you’ve got it!!!   SAP Teched is coming.   I’m looking forward to it.    I’m started at a new company.  I have a new outlook.  I’m at a new company!!!!  Very cool.   I’m excited and…   well …  I am looking to get different things from my Teched experience, and some of the same “old” expectations.

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My Expectations:

  • I will hear how other company’s use SAP.  
  • I will walk away from it with some code examples.
  • I will get a better understanding of HANA, and what it can do.
  • I will know more about SLA.  
  • I will learn about some new cool tools.
  • I will have excellent hands-on training.
  • I will be able to explain the value that Teched has given my company.
  • I will learn about the cloud, and how it could benefit my company.
  • I will make some new contacts.
  • I will reconnect with some old contacts.
  • I will have a great time speaking at Teched.

Wow!   I do have high expectations.  Why?   Because every Teched I have went to in the past has exceeded my expectations.  Teched is a bit of an addiction to me.   I try every year to get my company to agree for me to go.   I learn so much.  I bring so much back with me.   I share what I’ve learned, and in the sharing – learn even more. 

I hope everyone goes into Teched with high expectations.  The highest expectations are the best!  Because then you will work to meet them.  Is it work?  I mean it’s just a conference.   Sorry – yes.  Yes, it is work.  If you are not in those sessions turned on, and ready to learn, then you won’t get anything out of them.   If you are turned on I bet you will learn at least one new thing.  (Bet – it is Vegas)

So work – what do I do to make sure Teched meets (And exceeds my expectations)?

Here’s my list:

Prior to Teched:

  • Look at the sessions. 
    • Does the session have anything that relates or could relate to my job?
    • What are the session requirements?  Too easy?  Too hard?
    • A lot of the time the ASUG sessions I can use now.  The SAP sessions I can use in the future.  I keep that in mind when I’m planning.
    • Honestly – I look for my favorite speakers.  I try to get to their sessions.   Sometimes their sessions are not relevant.  But I get there, and am so engaged that I have something I can bring back to work.
  • Look at the Expert Networking sessions.   These are wonderful.
  • Go into different tracks.   Look at sessions there.
  • Get a plan of attack. 
    • What are my high priorities to make?  
    • Lower?
    • No sessions that are valid in a time slot.  Look again.  I bet there is something.  But don’t be afraid to take a break if needed.   There is just a lot of information.
  • Once the date / times are published set up my schedule.
  • Get in for my hands-on early.

During Teched Sessions:

  • LISTEN.   I get to the sessions ready to listen and understand.
    • Question anything I don’t understand.
    • Get ready for my head to start spinning with information overload
    • Phone on vibrate.  Should go without writing it down.   IF I must answer a call – I wait until I’m outside the room.
  • I bring a pad of paper.  I like to write myself notes.
  • OH NO!  This one isn’t  one that I should be in.  I escape out the door, and go to a different session.  Or time to take a break to understand other sessions.
  • In the evening try to get your thoughts together.   Sometimes it helps to write / type summaries in the evening.

Between sessions – lunch:

  • Meet people.  This is perhaps the hardest thing to do.  At least it is for me, I’m a natural introvert.  
  • I will have my SAP Mentor shirt on!   I hope people stop me to talk or ask questions.   I love it when that happens.  If I have to be somewhere, I’ll let them know.
  • Trade business cards. 
    • Write on the back of the card something to remember the person I’ve met.
    • No cards?  I don’t have any.  I’m making some up on my computer.
  • I may talk with team mates about the sessions.  (Makes it harder to meet people) But easier to understand the sessions.
  • Walk around the floor.   Get a quick overview of some of the SAP partner solutions.  Why recreate the wheel?  I may need these at some point.

Wow – Teched is over – what a let down:

  • I’ve got some time waiting for my plane, and riding on my plane.   It’s approx. 6 hours in total plus 3 hours prior to loading.
  • I brain dump.  Just write anything and everything that I didn’t get a chance to write down while waiting.   Of course, I may be too tired to do this, and I just crash.
  • Get home.   I ALWAYS share the information I’ve learned.
    • I set up some formal meetings. 
    • I may have meetings in the hall.  (Or on the phone at my new job.) 
  • Yeah, I know I might have been the “one” person sent, and I don’t want to brag.  It’s not bragging to share information.  Information can be shared at a high level.  For details, they can get in touch with me.  I can’t give them a weeks + worth of information in an hour. 

So what do I do now?  Teched is over.  I’ve shared information.   Mmmmmm….  Maybe I better use something I’ve learned.   And 😉 work seems easier after running around at Teched.   Time to mellow out.

Hope to see you at Teched in Las Vegas!   Feel free to e-mail me prior to Teched.   I’m a old-timer.  I’ve been to around seven or eight – perhaps more Techeds.    And I hope you have BIG expectations.  What are some of them you have?

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  1. Tammy Powlas

    Wow, Michelle, you said this so eloquently and gave such a great checklist of what to do

    I absolutely look forward to seeing you again at SAP TechEd

    Best of luck with your ASUG session as well.

    Tammy

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