23 things I learned last weekend

I spent last weekend in Orlando. Here’s what I learned.

  1. Work trips can’t be vacation until the work is done.
  2. Crowded resorts can be annoying. But deserted resorts equally bizarre.
  3. The culture and people at big consulting firms never changes.
  4. The culture and leadership at small consulting firms never changes either.
  5. Twitter is like a big circle jerk of retweets and mentions.
  6. You can always get a little bit better.
  7. You are never your best editor.
  8. Pre-select participants for on-stage demos.
  9. When speaking, nerves are good. Stress is, too.
  10. Easy laughs are like playing the hits. You may not find them satisfying. But they’re not for you.
  11. Networking still sucks. Making one or two new friends never does.
  12. Nobody smiles while visiting Disney Parks.
  13. Now days, simulator rides make me nauseous.
  14. Roller coaster still don’t.
  15. 45% tax on rental cars is one reason why there’s no state income tax in Florida.
  16. A quality protein powder is crucial for decently healthy traveling.
  17. Good events require good coffee.
  18. SWAG bags should have unique and useful items. Otherwise, we’re just creating trash.
  19. Little things make a big difference at events. You might not notice them when they’re there. But when they’re missing, it’s glaring and disappointing.
  20. Working outside of the comfort zone remains the best kind of work.
  21. They best reviews come from the most unexpected places.
  22. Fried food doesn’t really do it for me anymore.
  23. Stay humble.