I must have gotten asked this a dozen times this weekend, sometimes with a hint suspicion, like really what do you get out of it? Basically the answer is, it seemed like a good idea at the time and motives really never figured into it.
SPS Chicago Suburbs was born by total chance. I just happened to be walking at a by Tony Hotko and Ed Mueller at Share-A-Pint meeting as someone said "SPS Indianapolis is coming up, it would be nice to have one around here." Without thinking, I turned and said, "If you want to do one, I will help you with it." The rest as they say, is history.
I have never worked on a team where everyone worked as hard, and went as above and beyond what was assigned to them, as I have with this group. I am so proud of each and every member of our team and their commitment to this event! We pushed each other hard and had so much fun in doing this, that those quickly became the reasons why we were doing it.
Flash forward to the day of the event. To see the people come in excited to be there, to receive compliments from the speakers, seeing the sponsors excited about being at our event, having people ask us about next year while the event was going on, and the buzz of excitement all day long, even through the raffle. We wrapped up at 6:00 pm and there were still over 150 people there... That is why we do this.
Then if that wasn't enough, to check your email while the event is going on, and see the below message, was just an awesome cap to the question: Why do you do this?
First of all, thanks for having me here as part of this SharePoint Saturday.
I have to hand it to you guys... from what I have seen so far, very professional and welcoming event for attendees and speakers.
The idea to do the 'speaker dinner' at D&B was great (IMO) since it was casual as well as professional at the same time. Networking with peers over racing bikes and cars was awesome! Also, the plaque you guys made personalized to each individual speaker was definitely a nice touch.
This morning when I walked into the event, there were clear directions for everyone as to where they were supposed to go. No chaos that I have sometimes experienced at other SharePoint Saturdays. You guys also did a great job branding the event and having it be displayed in the signage in the the corridors and such. Hard to tell it's your first time doing a SharePoint Saturday in Chicagoland.
Great job guys. Keep it up!
PS. I have to bolt out of here after my session today due to cub scout obligations for my son. Wish I could stay longer. Hope to see you guys again soon sometime!
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Trainer / Solution Architect