My friend Fred Wilson wrote a post this morning about the looong queues of people speakers face after panels or talks we give at conferences: The Panel Pile-Up. This post is actually an edit of the comment I left on Fred's blog.
I am speaking at one or two events a week, and I am seeing that pile-up all the time. It takes me anywhere from 10 to 40 mins to get off stage or "free myself up". Once it took me over an hour to leave the room – at a TiE Conference a couple of years ago.
I consider it part of the job to meet people in the hallway, and so I try to be as efficient but gracious as possible. A sixty second pitch, a couple of short Q&As followed by "Can we continue the discussion by email?" are fine since I will typically be able to indicate whether I am interested in following up, … Read more »