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Method @ 2008 Sleeter Group Conference

Phoenix, AZFolks we are back from this year’s 2008 Sleeter Group Conference and if I were asked to summarize the conference into one word it would be WOW!

About a week before the conference I was asked to do a short presentation for some members of the Sleeter Group by Randy Johnston of K2 Enterprises.  Randy joined the Method Beta after last year’s Sleeter Conference in Las Vegas.  I was thinking it would be 40 – 50 people in the room but was surprised to hear that approx. 140 people were attending.  Gulp. Tongue Tied  Of course I was happy to hear that so many people were interested in learning about how to take their business online, but admittedly, I tend to get nervous in front of large audiences. 

So Monday afternoon, I get up on stage and start plowing through my PowerPoint slides so I can actually demonstrate Method.  About half way through my demo, I can sense dead silence in the room.  I realize the sudden sense of heat is not the room getting hotter but the nerves reaching a new level. Embarrassed  Immediately I think it is one of two things:Method Booth with Katie

  1. Everyone is completely lost and has no clue what Method is and how it pertains to them. OR
  2. They are left speechless.

I was hoping for 2 but couldn’t get a good read of the audience.  A couple of seconds later, Randy probed a question to the audience asking if “everyone could start to see how this could change the way they currently do business”.  After saying this, questions started to be asked and I could see that everyone was totally thinking “this was cool”.  What a way to start the first day!

Once the exhibit hall opened on the second day our booth was busy and buzzing.  Katie, Paul and I got a chance to speak to a majority of the people who attended Randy’s presentation and they were totally into Method.  I couldn’t help but feel good after one attendee explained the moment of silence at my presentation as “The Twilight Zone”.  The exact moment where they could see how Method could solve so many of the current issues they face both for themselves and their clients.  “So do you mean it can do….” was the start of many of the conversations that took place. 

It’s amazing how one year can make such a big difference.  As a kid, if you ever transferred to a new school, you know it takes a while for you to settle in and mark your ground.  You may have been a top notch grader or the popular kid at your old school, but it’s totally new ground at a new school.  Well for Method, we were the new kids at Sleeter in 2007.  This year, we found our groove and totally fit in and gained some serious popularity.  We knew exactly who we are, what we had to offer and how to deliver.  Danny demonstrating Method

As with every year, we always have new things to learn and take back with us.  Heck, I even learned that '007' was a spoof of 'Austin Powers', something that was news to me. Wink  This feedback helps us to make Method a more matured product and is exactly what we need to make it that much better.

Now that we are back in Toronto, we’ll be focusing on releasing our Field Services app and staying put for awhile.  Below are some pictures from the conference for your viewing pleasure. 

Cheers everyone!

Danny Do Couto
Method Integration

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Below: Danny Do Couto, Katie Riley and Paul Jackson from the Method Team

Danny Do Couto, Katie Riley and Paul Jackson from the Method Team.

Below: Paul Jackson preparing for a Method Demo

Paul getting ready to do a Method demo

Below: Danny Do Couto answering some questions regarding Method

Danny answering some questions about Method

Below: Paul Jackson in action doing a demo of Method - Field Services

Paul doing a demo of Method



Method_Paul said:

I have a couple things to add...

Danny would not even let us come see this big presentation.  So instead Katie and I went for a great 4 hour hike in the mountains (hills) outside of Phoenix.  We nearly got lost and eaten by rattlesnacks and coyotes.

When we got back, we went to setup the booth, and Danny was nowhere to be found to help out.  So, we grudgingly set it up ourselves.  As we left, we finally found Danny - and all was forgiven.  The poor guy was exhausted, surrounded by 20 consultants hanging on his every word.  This was a good hour and half AFTER his presentation.  

The next day, we were bombarded by people who wanted to talk to Danny.  They didn't want to talk to me.  They didn't want to talk to Katie.  They wanted Danny, our in house celebrity speaker.

Well done, Danny - you are a Method god.

November 27, 2008 2:39 PM