My Saturday at PodCamp Montreal

mitch joel, david usher and kim vallee at podcamp montreal 2008It was the day I gave my two sessions at PodCamp Montreal. My day was full.

I started the day by watching a live feed of Sylvain Carle‘s session at 9 am. I went to David Usher and Mitch Joel session on the music industry.

My husband had his picture taken with David at Akoha‘s launch party last month. He wanted to tease me since I am a fan of David and, at the last minute, was unable to attend the Akoha party. I am doubly sad because it was a great event. I now have my picture with David Usher.

Before my session, I listened to the making of Community Divas, a podcast about communities hosted by two friends, Eden Spodek of Bargainista and Connie Crosby.

How It Went

Overall, I am happy about my presentation. I was so nervous at the beginning. That is when my husband asked me an easy question which calmed me down for the rest. It is a good trick if you ever need to speak in front of lots of people.

I am just sorry that I was not able to answer more questions from the participants. I covered many aspects of the Women blog universe, including the new social media tools that are on traditional women magazines. The schedule was such that I was sitting on a panel after. So I had to cut it short as there were waiting for me on the other room. If you sat at my session and I did not answer your questions, feel free to contact me.

I was exhausted at the start of the panel. I feel proud of sitting next to Michelle Sullivan, Eden Spodek and Rayanne Langdon. I included a funny picture where I am making a face as I discussed a bad pitch I got from a word of mouth agency. The day was fun and it passed really quick.

On a last note, I wish to thank everyone that attended my sessions. I really appreciated that you took the time. See you Sunday! The blog will go back to its regular programming tomorrow night.

  • Laurent LaSalle
    September 21, 2008 at 07:14

    I’m sorry to have missed your presentation. Maybe I should step out from the organizing comittee next year in the hope of being able to enjoy most of the sessions?

    Nahhhh… We’ll find a way to stream everything next year instead!

  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    September 21, 2008 at 10:07

    Laurent: It would be great if everything was streamed and recorded. This way, we could direct our readers to sessions that may interest them.

    The event was well put together. You and the committee can be proud.

  • Eden Spodek
    September 21, 2008 at 18:03

    Kim, It was great seeing you yesterday and being on the same panel with you. Your presentation was fabulous and illustrated the influence and power of women online. Thanks for sharing stats. I hope you’ll post your presentation on slideshare.


  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    September 21, 2008 at 22:54

    Eden: I am glad that we met again. This event passed so quickly. You answered very well the questions on the panel. And it was so apropos that you took a Ford Flex for a spin with other bloggers/podcasters to come to Montreal.

  • Connie Crosby
    September 22, 2008 at 03:01

    Kim: It was so nice to see you again this weekend. Thank you for a fabulous presentation. It has given me a lot to think about.

    If you are interested, we have now posted the slides from the Community Divas session on our blog:

    All the best,

  • Simon Law
    September 24, 2008 at 01:04

    You and David look wonderful in that photo. 🙂

  • Alexandre
    September 25, 2008 at 07:28

    Kim, you did good. Sure, you were nervous and it somehow showed. But people at your session weren’t there to “eat you alive.” This was a nurturing environment, not a cage-match. So you were able to create a sense of shared experience. In a way, just by being yourself.

  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    September 25, 2008 at 16:15

    Alexandre: I am shy and I put too much pressure on myself. I will see it your way the next time. It will help me relaxed. Thanks for your support.