I just wrapped my third presentation in Missouri in 25 hours.
Last night was the Kansas City user group, with over 90 attendees (they’ve now taken the lead on this tour, which group will challenge them?). This was the most engaged and interactive group yet. I didn’t have to prompt for questions here, these guys just kept on going and going and going. Just the way I like it. Attendance might have been helped by the food, these guys laid on a full meal, impressive!
This morning I drove from Kansas City to Columbia (a hundred or so miles West on I-70). Columbia is a college town, and home to a Macromedia User Group (as opposed to a CFUG). Over 50 attendees at a lunch time presentation, very good response, indeed. About half of those present were Dreamweaver and Flash users, not ColdFusion users, so I had to change the presentation somewhat to accommodate the group. This was a rather quite and reserved bunch, some of that is typical of presentations in academic settings, and part of it was probably the room (formal auditorium, sitting much higher than the presenter looking down, big tables as a separator, all of that makes for a slightly intimidating experience which often seems to impact interaction). I don’t get to visit the smaller, off-the-beaten-track, groups often enough, and I am really glad that I was able to speak to this group.
Then a drive from Columbia to St. Louis (another hundred or so miles West on I-70). This was a more typical CFUG event, with just over 50 attendees. Lots of good questions here, and
Next stop, Chicago.