Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Post-conference etiquette

I kind of want to follow up on a panel presentation by someone who works on a very tangentially related issue to the stuff I work on. I'm thinking of emailing him along the lines of, "Hi, I only got to ask a quick factual question at your presentation, but don't you think it's interesting that XYZ?"

That email wouldn't be for any purpose other than to continue the discussion that started at the conference. I can't figure out whether it's normal or presumptuous to assume that this person would actually want to continue that discussion with a random person he hasn't actually interacted with, apart from a small question? (I tried to look for him later at the conference, but it was crowded. I suppose I could have gone to later sessions he was going to be at, but that seemed too much like stalking to me.)

5 comments:

Belle said...

The worst he'll do is ignore you; he might well be thrilled to find someone to talk to about XYZ.

Do it.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Oh, definitely do it! I'm always hesitant to initiate contacts like that, but I'm always thrilled when someone else does it to me. Besides, what are conferences for, if not to provide the catalyst for conversations like this?

luckybuzz said...

Yep, definitely email. I love when (on those rare occasions) people actually take some kind of interest in things I present. :) And P/H is right--that's what conferences are for! (Well, that and blogger meetups!)

kermitthefrog said...

Hmm, will do, as soon as my old friend jet lag leaves the building... witness the jet lag in action in that last phrase!

k8 said...

Definitely go for it! If nothing else, it keeps your name in his/her mind. Always good for networking!