The conference is a noble thing
A day when experts confer knowledge
In allocated slots
To us know-nothing mortals
Who have had the nerve
Up to this point
To work without their wisdom

Although in truth
There is little conferring of knowledge
Or new knowledge at least
Just a purgatory of PowerPoints
Regurgitating redundant recommendations
Everyone has heard before

But in amongst the allocutions
Of stuff we all already know
Sometimes we can dare to dream
For a keynote speaker
With enough charisma
To make the blindingly obvious
Seem like it wasn’t really so obvious

And if the conference
Is a sham
A lie
An illusion of innovative information
If it is indeed a con
It’s a convivial con

It’s a con-for-us

For while orating the obvious
Might be the order of the day
It is still a day
From our average day

And if we’re lucky
A free lunch
Continuous coffee
And maybe some sweets on our table
Will help us pass the time

19 thoughts on “Con-For-Us

    1. Thanks Phil – there does seem to have been an increase in readers lately, which is nice. But you’ve been here a while so thanks for that. Maybe I should get donuts for everyone 🙂


  1. I always liked getting out of the office for a conference. When the boss would go to a conference however, it was bad news. He’d come back all pumped up with “new ideas” to implement. Those ideas usually caused enormous grief until they suffered their inevitable death. 🙂

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  2. Playing nice with others and staying awake at these are two of my least favorite sports. Point me to the food and beverage area and if it goes well I might leave at day’s end with a smile. Might. Happy for the pastries they provided you but donuts should also have been invited to the table as well.

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  3. I always gained more out of the tea break/lunchtime chats with other attendees than from the speakers themselves. Go prepared for conference bingo next time. List all the current buzzwords and motivating phrases and, when you have ticked them all off, shout BINGO! Get a few to participate and use a secret action, to call line or bingo, such as loud coughing or sneeze.

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