I have just finished a really exhausting, but really fun, 48 hours which involved 5 different audiences.
At 7:40am on Tuesday morning I was on the train to London to present two sessions at the MRS's Advanced Quant Workshop. My sessions were on Pricing Research and Quantitative approaches to Web 2.0.
7:30pm I was back in Nottingham coaching the Mellish Women's rugby team, a very different audience, and very different content, with very different rewards (i.e. a pint of beer rather than a honorarium).
6:40am on Wednesday I was on the train to Virtual Surveys offices in Manchester. In the afternoon Virtual Surveys director Graeme Lawrence and I did a 30 minute webinar to Virtual Surveys clients and contacts, looking at the cost benefits offered by Online Research Communities.
6:00pm, still in Manchester, Virtual Surveys hosted a Northern MRS meeting, with some of the best papers from the Annual Research Conference. I was on the bill as a facilitator, rather than performer. I repeated my role chairing the Pecha Kucha session. The presenters, including Jeff Haselum from Virtual Surveys, were absolute stars.
6:30am Thursday was the start of an AMSRS webinar (AMSRS is the Australian market research society). There were over 100 delegates online, mostly from Australia (hence the early broadcast time), but also some from New Zealand and Singapore. This was perhaps the most challenging since I was sitting alone in my office in Nottingham, assuming that people were listening to me speak for 45 minutes on the issue of Online Research Communities. It was only at the question and answer session that I had confirmation that people had been listening, had stayed on the line, and were sufficiently interested to be asking questions.
7:30am Thursday my webinar was finsihed, just 10 minutes short of 48 hours since I boarded the train on Tuesday. I love the variety in my life and sometimes people profess jealousy, but I wonder if they would all actually enjoy it if they tried it.
The rest of the week is a lot more sedate, although I will need to squeeze some cycling practice to help prepare for my Land's End to John o' Groats ride.