Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I Need Your Advice, Feedback

I have a huge backlog of people I want to interview for the SMB Conference Call.

Three (maybe four) of them are from Australia. So I don't want them to get up in the middle of the night to do a conference call.

In addition, the schedule is pretty full between now and October.

One one hand, I don't want to dilute the audience (or overwork myself) by having a call every week.

On the other hand, I have a few interviews that I think are really important to the community.

My original goal was to do these calls on the first and third Wednesdays. And we've occasionally had other calls.

So what do you think?

- If I were to arrange a guest from half way round the world, when's the best time for a special call?

- Should I try to squeeze in extra calls, or is there just too much going on already?

Please post feedback here. Thanks.

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If you have no idea what I'm talking about, see The SMB Conference Call page.

I'll still take your advice.


  1. Anonymous7:17 AM

    Maybe an afternoon interview? 4 pm in Sacramento would be 9 am in Melbourne or Sydney.

  2. Anonymous7:29 AM

    Hi Karl,

    Many thanks for how much effort and focus you put into all your endeavors. They help me always.

    I would agree on the 4pm call, if that's convenient for you and Australia .... In this case maybe you could brand the call a "special event" of some type and explain the time requirements. Most people (including me)do what they can to fit in the call, and if we can't, it's always downloadable later. Dilution likely will not be a problem because most of the attendees "get" the message and will stay focused. Obviously this is an exciting time from an SMB perspective, so more worthwhile topics abound!

    Many thanks again


  3. Anonymous12:25 PM

    I joined my first conference call with David Schrag last week and found it extremely valuable. Being in the UK 9am your time is great as it's 5pm here. Unfortunately 4pm your time is way past my bed time ;)

    However, I think the majority of your audience is US based and I also think you'd find it pretty difficult to find a time that really did suit everyone. As long as you're still able to post recordings of your calls, I'd be happy whatever time you can do them.

  4. Anonymous1:29 AM

    Do we get to find out who the presenters are?

  5. Good comments all around.

    Thank goodness we have a problem of spanning several continents. I love this community.

    I've pinged one prospective guest about the 4PM pacific / 9AM Aussie time frame. Good idea.

    As for names of guests . . . Do you really want to spoil the surprise?

    Two obvious guests are Mathew Dickerson and Robert Crane. Mathew and I did a little impromptu tour of UK user groups with Jeff Middleton a couple years ago. His Service Level Agreement approach is very cool.

    Robert is a great SharePoint Guru. He was introduced to me by SMB Editorial Board member Amy Babinchak.

    And, of course, we have some friends and connections with Australian companies (like Microsoft) as well as user group leaders, MVPs, and others.

    I have to run three businesses. So I can't do 24 Australia-focused shows.

    But I'll work on the occasional special program.

    Thanks for the feedback.


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