EDRM is hosting a webinar tomorrow, 29 January, at 12:00pm CT / 6:00pm GMT called What to do at Legalweek. The speakers are Mary Mack and Kaylee Walstad of EDRM, Ian Campbell of iCONECT and me.
Although I will not be there this year, I have been going to Legaltech since 2007. Ian Campbell has been going for 25 years. The webinar’s advertised subjects are “What to do, what to see, what’s hot and what’s not”.
That “hot and what’s not” expression is meant to refer to the topics of the moment, but it also literally identifies one very practical point – the streets are very cold, the Hilton is very hot, and the coat-check queues are often long. If you are not staying at the Hilton, you have to decide whether to freeze without a coat on the way there, boil in your coat while you are there, or join the queue. One year, crampons and waders would have been helpful, as piles of snow alternated with deep pools of murky water in the gutters.
Perhaps the best advice I can give is to keep time free for wandering around and bumping into people. I have had to surrender that luxury and, like most people, have submitted to the tyranny of appointments in 30-minute slots, usually with a brisk trot between appointments. Paradoxically, perhaps, you see fewer people that way, because so much of your time is spent getting from place to place in time for the next appointment. I really miss the days when I could just sit down in the lobby, certain that someone interesting would pass by in a few minutes.
I am not, of course, suggesting that you spend the whole week like this. Our webinar will give you other ideas for getting the most out of a packed week.