Archive for March, 2007

AA|RF Client Summit

Take around 200 agency employees, over 500 clients, and think Vegas. Today was the first full day of the client summit and it was pretty action-packed: View Summit Agenda.

Anyway, just wanted to share a YouTube video used to kick off the event today:

Now off to dinner…

Arrived in Vegas

Funny how one can be in DC, exploring a Smithsonian, then within the same day be in Vegas at Caesar’s Palace. Just a thought.

Posts and pics on vacation coming soon. Timezone change has me so incredibly tired now. But DC with Ryan was a lot of fun. :)

Wake-up Call

I was waking up, lying in bed at my hotel in DC, enjoying the fact that the alarm clock in the room had an iPod dock, when I heard sirens. “This is an emergency fire alarm. Please evacuate the hotel immediately. Do not take the elevator.” I stumbled out of bed, threw on some jeans, grabbed my cell phone and looked around for shoes; thinking what a silly time to have a fire drill, realizing that maybe it wasn’t, wondering what I should bring. I settled on my backpack, stumbled out into hallway and followed the crowds down the stairwell outside.

We all walked to the hotel across the street, which actually had a free continental breakfast. Folks in bathrobes and business suits joked we all should have stayed there. It wasn’t long when we herded back in. But it was one heck of a wake-up. I meant to work out this morning, but now after climbing the 8 stories up to my room, am now having second thoughts. Another announcement just went off saying we’re required to return to our rooms…not exactly sure what’s going on.

In any case, in DC again. Last day on business. Staying at Hotel Palomar. Was actually meaning to post about how much I like this hotel (I really do) but the above seemed more interesting and of the moment. Ten more hours until vacation.

Last Week in DC

1) Arrival
Arrival in to DC

2) Next Day – 7.5 Hour Meeting

3) Departure
Irish Pub in DC

March Travel

March 13-14 – Washington D.C. // business
March 19-20 – McLean, VA // business
March 21-27 – Washington D.C. // vacation with ryan
March 28-30 – Las Vegas, NV // client summit

Currently in DC. It’s warm here.

Talk Versus Conversation

I was on the bus home today, reading blogs on my phone (yes, awesome I know), when I came upon a post I had been meaning to read for weeks titled, “The Forgotten Power of Conversation“. Expecting a sort of top ten list of conversation tips, was surprised to find something a bit more thought provoking:

Conversation is becoming a lost art, replaced by endless talk. To converse is to share ideas and learn from one another in the process. It demands listening and talking in equal degrees. Talk is one-way. All those people endlessly talking into their cellphones, the TV chat shows, the instant pundits on any topic, all of them talk without ceasing yet rarely pause to listen. We live surrounded by constant chatter that amounts to little more than fear of silence.

The distinction between talk versus conversation got me thinking about my own “talk” and instances when I have attempted (successfully) to just fill up space. Started assessing my recent meetings with friends and found that I could easily bucket our dialogue as talk or conversation, and noted just how much more fulfilling real conversation is.

This is where I now write something like, “What do you think? I’m listening” as a crafty way of upping my comment count (!). Totally kidding. Anyway, do check out the article when you get a chance.