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Your PASS Summit Speaker Idol Judges

Last week I announced the PASS Summit 2016 Speaker Idol contestants.  This week it’s time to announce the judges.  We’ve seen most of the judges at speaker idol before, so we know how great a job they’ll do.  Last year we had 5 jPASS 2015_SpeakerIdol_Banners_338x116_1udges each day and six at the finals and things were a little to cramped at the judges table.  So this year we’ve reduced the number of judges by one.  For each of the opening rounds we’ll have four judges, then at the finals we’ll have five judges.

Our judges this year for Speaker Idol will be:

Joey D’Antoni
Allan Hirt
Karen Lopez
Mark Simms
Kendra Little
Andre Kamman

Now you might be noticing that there are six names when I said that there would only be 4 judges plus one for the finals.  Because of how tight the schedule at the PASS Summit is we can’t have the same judges judging all the sessions, so we decided to break things up a little, which gives us a chance to work with an amazing new judge for this year, Kendra Little.

The way the judging lineup will land will as follows.

  Wednesday Thursday Friday Finals
Joey X X X X
Allan X X X
Karen X X X X
Mark X X X X
Kendra X
Andre X

I think that we’ve got a really great lineup of judges for this years Speaker Idol. Each one of our judges is a very well known speaker and they’ll all be able to give really great feedback to our contestants.

I’d really like to thanks our judges for offering to give up some a large chunk of time at the summit to do this (there’s only so many sessions at the summit, and this is a big chunk of time).

I’m really looking forward to this years speaker idol, I know everyone is going to go great.

And I’ll see everyone Wednesday at the first speaker idol session.

Denny

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Recommended reading from mrdenny for September 23, 2016

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.

Denny

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Announcing your PASS Summit 2016 Speaker Idol Contestants

Well the time has come to announce the PASS Summit 2016 Speaker Idol contestants.  We had a great group of people submitPASS 2015_SpeakerIdol_Banners_440x220 to present at the speaker idol, and I have to say that the selection process was quite tough.  But thankfully it’s all over, the folks who have been accepted into this years event have been told (and they replied).  Those you weren’t selected have been notified.

All that’s left now is to tell everyone else.  The speaker order for each day will match what’s listed here.

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Daniel Janik
Martin Catherall
Kevin G. Boles
Eric Peterson
Amy Herold
Tom Norman
Shabnam Watson
Tzahi Hakikat
Brian Carrig
Todd Kleinhans
Peter Kral
Robert Verell

For openness, I do know a few of these folks, but that wasn’t taken into account when I sorted the list.  As I’m not a judge what I want has no effect on the outcome.

By the Friday afternoon of the PASS Summit we will know which one of these will be the first speaker announced for the PASS Summit 2017.

Speaker idol sessions this year will be in room TCC Yakima 1 (go through the dining hall, down the escalators into the TCC). The Wednesday, and Thursday sessions will be held at 4:45pm. The Friday session will be at 11am. The finals will be at 3:30pm all in the same room. You can find the Speaker Idol sessions published on the schedule. You can either search for “Idol” or “Denny” and you’ll find the Speaker Idol Sessions so you can add them to your schedule.

Thanks for supporting PASS, thanks for supporting Speaker Idol, and be sure to swing by the Consultants Corner booth in the exhibit hall at booth 316 to get scanned for our prize drawing and to pick up some of our awesome swag!

Denny

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If your post title doesn’t represent your article, you have failed as a writer

I was minding my own business scrolling through Facebook while sitting on thliese airport shuttle to the rental car lot when I ran across the steaming pile of BS shown in the image to the right.  If you aren’t into reading graphics the title of the article is “My Eight Dollar Flight Upgrade Trick” (which I won’t link to).  In the article the author talks about how he buys candy for the flight attendants so that they are nicer to him (shocking, buying gifts for people make it so they are nicer to you).

In this article the author actually says that he doesn’t do this to get an upgrade (there’s a nice humble brag about getting upgraded all the time due to his status), in fact he doesn’t say that this ever works (hint: it doesn’t because upgrades are almost always handled by the computer in order; and are done by the gate agent not the flight attendant).

This is what we call click bait.  This happens when the author has written such a crap article, usually about nothing with no actual substance, that they have to trick you into clicking on the article in order to get page views.  When the editors look at the number of page views that they article gets the number looks great, so the author keeps getting contracts to write articles (because clicks and views equal ad revenue).  You’ve seen these before on Facebook and Twitter.  They come up in all walks of live from IT articles, travel articles, news articles, politics (political authors are REALLY good a writing BS).

When you see this stuff, leave comments about the title being BS. Write to the editors, or better yet if the title seems like crap, just don’t read the article.

Denny

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