ETel Conference: Humor Works at Tech Conferences

by Bruce Stewart

It was defintely a lively and amusing morning here at ETel, with many of the speakers successfully using humor to make their points and inspire the crowd. Between Brad Templeton's "evil twin speaking to the ILECs" routine, David Isenberg's Seuss-inspired rhyming for Net Neutrality, and Mark Spencer's story about a surprise and unintended telephone call-based DDoS Digium experienced because of a humorous IVR prompt they had put onto a test system, there was a whole lot of laughing go on. Speaking to attendees in the hallway afterwards, there seemed to be univeral appreciation for the humorous approach, it livens up the content and the audience and everyone had a big smiles on their faces as they headed for lunch.