My Wish List: ILTA ’09

I love to go to conferences.  I like to meet new people, exchange ideas, and decorate my office with all sorts of conference swag. That’s why I’m on a mission to go to ILTA’09.  For ILTA’09, I’d even do without the corporate swag.

In case you’re not familiar with the International Legal Technology Association (“ILTA”), I’d recommend checking out the conference website along with its blog.  See why I’m on this mission?  Just look at the list of speakers!

Unfortunately, there’s one obstacle between me and my (geeky) version of professional paradise: The $1,025 registration fee.

Don’t get me wrong.  If I could afford to write a check, I’d pay it in a heartbeat.  $1,025 is a lot of money but I’m confident that the four days of networking and learning opportunities would cover my costs in the long run.  In other words, I understand that $1,025 is a small investment to further my career.  I simply can’t afford to make that investment right now.

Therefore, I did what any other motivated girl would do.  I reached out to my Twitter followers and asked them to help me brainstorm ideas on how I could go to ILTA on my shoestring budget.  I’ve received some great ideas and I’d be happy to hear others.

Assuming I can make it to ILTA, I’ve prepared my itinerary for the full four days.  If I can’t make it in person, at least I’ll know which tweets to follow.  Plus, it helped me decide when I should sign up to volunteer.

Monday, August 24th

10:30 AM

Mon10

What won me over? Other than the subject matter, I follow David Hobbie and Kevin O’Keefe on Twitter.  To me, they’re both “thought leaders” and I know I’ll learn something from each of them.

1:00 pm

Monday1pm

What won me over? Like I said above, hearing this panel excites me.  Also, I teach a course on blogging for legal professionals.  This session is similar to a CLE.

Second choice: Law Firm Extranets: Some Different Approaches

2:30 pm

Monday230pm1st

What won me over? Organization and communication are essential to any successful project.

Second choice: Wikis: A Practical Case Study

4:00 pm

Monday4pmUndecided

How can I choose?  As a former legal recruiter, I’m leaning towards Lateral Lawyers Are Playing Musical Law Firms!

Tuesday, August 25th

10:00 am

Tues9am1st

What won me over? I hardly know anything about how law firms walk through the pitch and proposal process.  Very practical way to find out more.

Close second: Interpersonal Communication

11:00 am

Tues11am

What won me over? Well, this is the focus of this blog.

Close second: Crossing the Generational Divide: The Competitive Advantage of Four Generations

1:30 pm

Tues130pm

What won me over? I’ve already told you about my budget.

3:30 pm

Tues330pm

What won me over? Something must have persuaded me…

Wednesday, August 26th

Wed9am

What won me over? I’d like to see how other people pitch the idea of strategic innovation during this downturn.  This type of thinking motivated this.  The responses from law firms – positive or negative – have been few and far between, to say the least.

11:00 am

Wed11am

What won me over? I missed Richard Susskind at the ABA Techshow and I felt really left out.  Resources like this and this made it less painful, however.

1:30 pm

Wed130pm

What won me over? Let’s just say that we have a few tricks up our sleeve at RecruiterEsq….

3:30 pm

Wed330pm

Still undecided.  Again, I think Executive Image Coaching may win due to the career focus.

Thursday, August 27th

9:00 am

Thurs9am

What won me over? I’m a fan of the Keirsey Temperment Sorter.  I’m a Champion of Ideas.

10:30 am

Thurs1030am

What won me over? Critical thinking of thinking?  Sign me up.

2:00 pm

Thurs2pm

What won me over? This is like sales training for me.

3:30 pm

Thurs330pm

What won me over? Same as above: sales training.

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I’ll keep you posted about the success of my mission.