CMEpalooza Spotlight: It’s a Hot One

Hey gang, it’s your pal Derek here. Feels like it has been a while since I posted anything on the ol’ palooza blog. How’s your summer going? If the weather where you are has been anything like it’s been in Philadelphia, you have probably been spending the majority of your time inside like me basking in the A/C. I think weather like this can best be summed up by the lyrics of modern-day minstrel Rob Thomas from his 1999 ballad Smooth, which opens with Rob crooning the poetic words:

“Man, it’s a hot one.”

Truer words were never spoken, Rob.

Speaking of modern-day minstrels, few people realize what a lovely singing voice CMEpalooza’s own Scott Kober has. He is far too modest to ever say anything about it, but I once heard him bring down the house with his 1 am version of Firehouse’s Love of a Lifetime in the JW Marriott Orlando hotel lobby bar at the Alliance conference a few years ago (note from Scott: Derek’s memory is failing him. It was The Power of Love by Huey Lewis and the News in San Francisco). That alone was worth the cost of the registration fee. I recommend asking Scott to sing a little something the next time you see him. Sometimes it takes a little encouragement to build up his confidence, so don’t feel bad about nagging him constantly to do it.

But let’s get back to the main point of this post: finding more opportunities for sitting comfortably indoors in the A/C. Lucky for you, we have a CMEpalooza Spotlight session with our friends at Daiichi Sankyo coming up on Thursday, which gives you another opportunity to bask in the coolness of the indoors. Here are the details:

CMEpalooza Spotlight. Thursday, July 22. 11 am ET. You watch it here.

Heeding the advice of Rob Thomas in the parting words of Smooth — “Let’s not forget about it” — I recommend adding the CMEpalooza Spotlight to your calendar now. Hope to see you all there!

Where do I watch CMEpalooza Spring?

Where do I watch CMEpalooza Spring?
You watch it on the LIVE page.

Do I have to refresh the page to watch new sessions? That is super annoying.
No, you do not have to refresh the page to watch new sessions. Every session now has a unique link, so you don’t need to refresh the LIVE page to watch each new session. Just find the session you want to watch at the appropriate time and click that link to begin.

Will people be able to hear me on the broadcast?
No. You are not on the broadcast. You are only watching a video feed of the broadcast. You can play Mahna Mahna by The Muppets at full volume and no one will hear you except your neighbors, who might call the police, who might interrupt you while watching CMEpalooza. So, don’t play Mahna Mahna by The Muppets at full volume while watching CMEpalooza.

Can I watch CMEpalooza at home?
Yes.

Can I watch CMEpalooza at the office?
Er…uh…maybe? I guess you can if you’re vaccinated or wearing a mask or no one is around. Or you can just stay home, put on your pajamas, and relax.

Can I watch CMEpalooza in a conference room with 150 other people?
Oof. I mean…you “can” but…let’s not do that, yet. Maybe in the fall.

Can I watch CMEpalooza while at a coffee shop?
That depends. Do you own your own coffee shop and will you be watching by yourself? If no, then…probably not. Stay home!

Can I watch CMEpalooza at home with my pets?
I don’t know. Let’s ask them.

Ehhhh maybe not.

Do I have to pre-register or register?
Nope.

Do I have to pay anything to watch CMEpalooza? I love paying registration fees.

No. You don’t have to pay anything to watch CMEpalooza.

Do I have to take a survey afterward?
Well, you don’t have to, but it would be nice if you did. It’s only four questions and shouldn’t take you more than 60 seconds. If it takes you more than 60 seconds, Scott will send you a custom-made facemask with the CMEpalooza logo cross-stitched on it.

Can I get a certificate for watching CMEpalooza?
Actually, yes. Well, kind of. We’re not accredited or certified or anything like that, and we have no way of verifying whether you actually watched any of these sessions or not. But if you want a certificate of completion that you can use to self-report participation in CMEpalooza Spring 2021, here you go. I’ll also post it on the LIVE page tomorrow. Who knows, maybe these certificates will be worth something 2,000 years from now.

How do I ask questions of the presenters?
Good question. There are two ways you can ask questions:

  1. Send a text to the Creative Education Concepts text line at 267-666-0CME (0263)
  2. Tweet a question using the #CMEpalooza hashtag

We try to get to as many questions as we can throughout each presentation.

Do I have to watch all the sessions?
YES! No. Watch what interests you.

Will the sound quality for each presenter be crystal clear with consistent volume and no glitches?
I mean, really, have you been on, I don’t know, 500 web calls in the last month? Is it always perfect for everyone? Of course not. That said, we’re better with this technology stuff than the average bear – we HAVE been doing this for 7 years now so hopefully we’ve learned something. So will it be pretty good for almost every presenter? Yes, yes it will. There will be some people who sound better than others. There may be a few glitches and hiccups. That’s just how it goes with a free conference where presenters volunteer their time and use their own equipment. Some people aren’t comfortable doing a presentation while wearing headphones and a mic, so we don’t force them to use it. We do the best that we can with what we have available to us.

Will I be offended by anything during CMEpalooza?
There is a 99.9% chance that I will be drinking a beverage of an alcoholic nature during CME Pop Trivia II (4:00 pm ET), so if that offends you, then yes, I guess. There also might be some Rock and/or Roll music playing, so plan accordingly.

What if I’m busy during the day of the live broadcast?
All the sessions will be archived on the website, like, immediately. How are we able to do it so fast? We have a new intern who is a real crackerjack on the interwebs. Here she is hard at work, writing our latest blog post.