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Tips from the Experienced Members

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on December 21, 2007 at 9:20:58 am

Put your best advice for Lotusphere NEWBIES here


 On Lotusphere Shoes:


Do NOT buy new shoes to wear at the 'sphere.  You will be walking a lot and if those shoes don't fit, you'll regret it.  Buy a pair of shoes now and and break them in over the next few weeks. 


Here is a pair of shoes that both Sean Burgess and Gregg Eldred highly recommend.


AJP Adds:  I always bring two pair of shoes that are of different design and usually switch off each day.  I tend to walk (and frequently act) like a 400 pound gorilla (or maybe guerilla!) so a pair of Merrill trail shoes to interchange with a pair of Saucony Grid Hurricane trainers makes the best combo for me.   BTW,   I just did a search, and I am the "Guerilla Gorilla!"



Don't be afraid to talk to people, especially those whose blogs or posts on Notes.Net you read.


I've posted my "guide" on my blog.  Lots of tips, too many to type out again ;-)


 Grab the free water (and non-melting) food while you can at the breaks for later. You don't want to be desperate and go to Tubbi's in the middle of the night.


The lunches usually have either water or something the Disney folks like to call Iced tea (which tastes like cool water with a brown crayon ground up in it).

 Grab a beverage at the first  break and store it in your backpack to drink with lunch.



Plan your session list well ahead. Always gives yourself alternates. Ben's sessions database is great for that because it shows you everything in the same time slot.




Plan smart. My first year at Lotusphere I didn't realize that the Swan and Dolphin are so far apart, or that getting from DL S Hem 1 to SW 1 is about half a mile. Swan & Dolphin floorplans are the floorplans.



As Sean said, good WALKING shoes are a must!! You will be walking at least a couple of miles a day.


Dress for comfort.  Keep in mind that Orlando's average high in January is 72 (but they did have a record low of 26 during Lotusphere 2003). Last year it rained a bit and made things just miserable, and it was pretty chilly a couple of evenings.  Just keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly. Last year I nearly froze to death in some of the sessions so I'm bringing a light jacket I can stuff into my backpack.



PARTICIPATE! The presenters are people too so don't be afraid to talk to them. Talk to your fellow conference attendees. Don't eat lunch alone or just with your coworkers. Go to the BoF's and spend time in the labs. There is a whole lot more to Lotusphere than just running from session to session.



Don't over schedule yourself.  Skip one or two session slots and go to the labs and/or walk the show floor, especially if you are looking for a specific solution to a problem.

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