If all goes according to plan, the members of INFORMS will receive an email over the next two days. The email outlines some reasons why you should attend the upcoming INFORMS Practice Meeting (note that you need to register by April 1 in order to get a discount on the registration fee). Part of the email is a video featuring … me! In my two minute schtick, I try to give you some reasons why I like the INFORMS Practice conference so much.
I found the video really hard to do. I vacillated between spontaneous and rigid. When spontaneous, I had enough verbal tics that it was unwatchable. “I, um, really like the INFORMS Practice Conference, you know, um, because, um…” Arghh! The other extreme made me look as though madmen had captured my loved ones and were forcing me to to read their manifesto against my will. So I tried to split the difference in the final video. Perhaps now it looks like I am being forced to read the manifesto with a verbal tic. As my wife said “It was fine, but you are no actor”. Despite that, you really should think about attending the INFORMS Practice Conference: it is inspiring to see what our field does in the real world.
If you can’t wait for the email, you can check it out here.