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I’ve finally gotten at least the blog portion together at my new home, Webwallflower.com

I’m not sure how best to move readers over there, how to get SEO up, how to redirect links around the web, etc.  If anyone has any ideas, PLEASE let me know.

But if you came here looking for my weekly tech event updates, startup advice, event advice, or entrepreneurial stories, do please head over to http://webwallflower.com and check out the Upcoming Events and Blog sections there.

The rest of the site is still under repair, so bare with me.  🙂

Thanks Everyone!

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MESSAGE OF THIS POST:  Introverts make great Event Planners, if not the best!

First Post.  Well, might as well start with the inspiration for the blog’s name.

Most people are surprised when I tell them I am an introvert.  On the Myers-Briggs test, it is the only irresputable result (all others I’m close to the line.)  This means I require a lot of quiet time to recharge my batteries, I think before I act, and I don’t like to present my inner thoughts to the world.

I guess this explains why I’m terrible at regular blogging.  It also explains why I enjoy event planning as much as I do.

I’ve come to believe that not only can event planners be wallflowers, for some types of events they should be.  They can’t get too engrossed with other attendees; they have to be checking on the food, the demos, the sponsors, the door staff, the atmosphere, the general feeling of the attendees, and then back.  As the planner, I should also stand at the front door, greet the people I know, introduce myself to those I don’t, and avoid potentially long and/or awkward conversations.  By being introverted, I can stay focused on the responsibilities at hand, rather than get distracted by these discussions and acquaintances.

None of this is to say I don’t like people.  I love people.  It is the act of successfully bringing people together – facilitating business deals, partnerships, and investments – that keeps me in the business.  I love sitting down to a conversation over coffee, where both of us can stay focused and a valuable connection can be formed.  I just don’t know how to manage a conversation with 5 people at once, or worse, start one in a crowded room, where everyone seems to know someone.

And for those of you who read this and know me, you are probably thinking “Rubbish.  You’re always talking to half a dozen people at these events.  You are no Wallflower!”  Well trust me, 90% of the time, I started on the wall until someone came over to me.  In fact, watch next time and you’ll probably see I’m by a wall, pillar, or doorway: something to support me while I try to get my metaphysical footing on these treacherous roads.

So if you do catch me at one of my events, and I seem distracted or disoriented, you know why.  And regardless of how many times you’ve heard this before, this time it’s true: it’s not you, it’s me.

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