Yesterday I had a blast presenting at the Pelvic Health Conference in Denver (video to come next week). Here are a few things I am taking away from this experience:
- Pelvic health is everything from “navel to knee.” That was the buzz phrase I kept hearing.
- “Do you leak?” is the question clinicians should be asking their patients. Really. I have this on good authority.
- Men don’t typically attend pelvic health conferences and they rarely speak at them.
- One of the benefits of attending Spirit of Women’s Annual Pelvic Health Conference was that there were no lines in the men’s room! I was one of maybe seven men in a room filled with women who run pelvic health programs at hospitals around the country. I have to assume that one of the negatives for the women attending the conference was that the lines in the women’s room were quite long!
- Not all conferences have to be the same. This was what I would call a boutique conference. And that’s a good thing. The conference space (check out the photo above) was the exact opposite of what you expect when you think of a conference facility. The meetings took place in this amazing space that is part of the Opera House. The lighting was subdued and there were exposed brick walls. What a great environment, particularly when contrasted with the typical hotel conference space.
- Denver has great restaurants. I had an incredible dinner last night at Tamayo – a contemporary Mexican restaurant. Not only was the food good, but they had the most impressive assortment of Tequilas I’ve ever seen. When I’m traveling I always try to get out of the hotel and get a feel for the local flavor. If I’m going to be away from home, it is important that I make the most of that time and treat myself. Sometimes that means connecting with friends and sometimes it means discovering a new restaurant on my own.
- Women Rule. The truth is, I would much rather present to a room full of professional women than a room full of men. I can’t help it. I guess it’s just the way I’m wired. I blame it on my mother! My mother blames it on my four sisters.
- 4:45pm Mountain Time is awfully late for a presentation to begin. I felt like I was doing dinner theater. Really, it did make for a long day waiting to present at 4:45pm. I’m naturally a morning person. So I was a little challenged by this late start. In the end, it was fine. I thrived in the face of adversity.
- March in Denver can be surprisingly warm. I was surprised to find the weather in the 50s and 60s. On Thursday morning I walked around the city and stopped at Starbucks for coffee. It was so warm that I ended up sitting at a table outside, and enjoyed my coffee along with the beautiful day.
- I miss my family when I travel. Don’t get me wrong – I love traveling and I do it all the time. But every time I visit a new locale, I find myself wishing Scotti and Meg were with me to share in the experience.
Okay, I’ve run out of steam. That’s all from Denver. Have a good weekend.