I'm not surprised, with the focus on social media at the Orlando conference, how many of the attendees' "AHA" moments dealt with Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and the like. I'll keep posting if I keep getting responses from you!
Actually, my aha moment was meeting Kevin O'Keefe in the flesh. After seeing his posts and and conversing with him via Twitter, it was great to meet him in person. He's actually a cooler guy in person than online, and I thought he was pretty cool on online! Moral of the story - there's no substitute for meeting someone in person but I never would have even known about him, let alone met him, without the social networking. It all works apiece.
My AHA moment was more of a reminder than a revelation. Not a reminder of what to do, but how to do it. The reminder came from David Shearon, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. It was his gracious and gentlemanly manner in raising, addressing and expertly responding to all issues related to CLE rules and regulations during the conference. And consistently so. We are all passionate about what we do in the CLE profession but our roles differ, and we are just as passionate about advocating for issues unique to those roles. David's calm, reasoned voice never faltered, and I'm paraphrasing his words -- our purpose is not to enforce rules but to make lawyers more competent -- echoing my sentiments on the role of CLE regulators and the entire profession. An AHA reminder of our purpose and the kindness and grace that should govern our advocacy and actions around it. Thanks, David.
My "aha" moment concerned the power of Twitter. Not just in what I learned in the sessions, which was great, but after I returned hone, when one of my staff told me how much she had learned through Twitter while attending the conference, and a colleague told me that she actually felt like she was there in person learning and networking, even though she was back in DC, through the hundreds of tweets and re-tweets throughout the meeting. That really hit home for me!
My "aha" moment - I can't tell you how many times I said to people, "Oh my goodness, Hi! I know you on Twitter!!" I'd become colleagues with people I'd never met in person through social media, and it was great to put a face to a Twitter profile name!