Sniff a Crayola… World Quality Conference Update

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So, here I am in Dallas among hundreds of others who share my passion for quality.  The week is going by almost too quickly, as only two days are remaining of this once a year opportunity to let my quality geek flag fly.

My highlights so far:

Achievement unlocked…

Arriving early as an exhibitor this year, I faced an empty 10×10 space and a small trunk that would soon be turned into a masterful booth.  Without instructions, I laid out the parts and got it done. My pride when our VP arrived shortly afterwards was certainly noticeable.  Getting that thing together was no easy feat, and I wasn’t required to do it.  But, I did.  And, I’m proud of that.

 “The Force” is strong in quality…

My observation of  “The Force” within quality professionals is validated.  Pro QC’s VP, an ASQ newbie and my boss, said he’s never seen anything like it!  I’ve had a ridiculously fun time networking and reconnecting with some special peeps I haven’t seen in a couple of years.  You can really feel the love here.  No joke.

Sniff a Crayola…

I’ll admit I was hesitant to think a graffiti artist as a keynote presenter to kickoff the conference was a good choice, but Erik Wahl really delivered.  His performance art presentation on disruptive innovation and unleashing creativity really struck a chord.  In reality, he mentioned Apple a few times and painted a Steve Jobs portrait on stage… Sold.  Really though, he was good and definitely thought provoking.  One fun fact that resonated is that research shows that sniffing a Crayola crayon reduces blood pressure. I’ve got a whole bag at home, so I may just hide one in my purse ongoing for those moments in traffic.  I’m going to send a box over to my mom as well!

False alarm…

Earlier today, the hotel fire alarm went off.  Hundreds of quality professionals and other guests headed outside.  Despite the chaos, the interesting thing here is that only a group of quality people would start talking about how to improve the evacuation process.  Hilton Anatole, we have some solid suggestions for you guys if you’re interested!

Too busy…

My only regret, and it’s not really a regret, is that I haven’t been able to attend all of the sessions I wanted to.  Our booth has been so busy that I felt bad leaving my boss to man it by himself.  We’ve been so busy, in fact, that I had to have additional sales material overnighted for tomorrow.  But, on the flip side of things, a busy booth has afforded me more time to chat it up with people.  After all, I’ve got the presentation materials to take home, but you can’t take home the conversation.

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