Anyone that knows me personally can attest that I’m an extreme extrovert.  But after a few years at home, I started to question if that was really accurate.  Oh no, it is!  I got to attend two conferences in person within a week of each other: Scrum Alliance Gathering and Techwell.  Here were the things that really stood out for me with being back in person.

  • I thrive on connections.  I truly adore people that I’ve invested in a relationship with.  So with each face I saw and the realization that I was actually going to hug them, the tears kept flowing.  It felt so good to be together.  To feel like the world was a little smaller and simpler, even for a moment.  To be able to squeeze a little tighter with gratitude that we still could hug.  
  • It was the little things in person that you can do or receive.  They gave a moment of silence for Jean Tabeka and I could quickly get out of my seat, take a few steps to support a person that I knew would feel every bit of that silence.  To be able to feel present for them is important to me.  These small gestures are a big way that I help, and they just don’t feel the same over zoom.
  • I like to laugh.  But I really like to laugh with others.  There is something about laughing because you can not only hear someone else laughing but feel it right next to you.  I laugh at laughter.  And the truth is I laugh WAY more when in person.  
  • More honest conversations.  There is a safety about being at a different location but in person.  You are more willing to share a secret, a raw truth, etc when you are not worried about recording or someone walking in the room that you live with.  I didn’t realize how many people were filtering some of their biggest struggles and/or that my emotional intelligence is not as great remotely.
  • You can run on pure adrenaline but only for so long.  I definitely overdid it at the first event.  By the next week, I was already making sure I had a plan for more sleep, exercise, etc.   
  • Surreal moments finally meeting in person people you have talked at length with remotely.  I laughed as one person said, “I didn’t realize how tall you are!”.  My height seems so known and yet, it’s not for people in a small zoom window.  Like you get a chance to meet the person again as if they are brand new, but not.
  • Easier to meet new people. Especially for people that you want to help pay forward in various ways (speaking opportunities, etc).  I met two people, in particular, Fiona and Christopher that I hope to hear from soon.  
  • I enjoy being more physical when speaking.  I like to use my body to make a point.  I like to walk the room while ranting.  I like to be inviting when people enter the room.  I like eye contact.  I just enjoy in-person speaking more.  

Most of my work remains virtual but I’m very grateful to have a few in-person experiences again.  I’m already looking forward to Agile2022!!!

How was being back in person for you?

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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