Adventures with Lufthansa and FTU Amsterdam – Speaking at FTU Amsterdam.
- Would I like to speak at FTU? Umm. Yes!
- To the airport, LH953 Birmingham to Frankfurt
- An (un)expected extended layover
- LH996 Frankfurt to Birmingham (Business Class)
- The Park Inn Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
- Speaking at FTU Amsterdam (This section)
- LH997 Amsterdam Schiphol to Frankfurt Main
- What is the meaning of the words “Reasonable Connection” at Frankfurt?
- LH958 Frankfurt to Birmingham
- Learning goes both directions
FTU Amsterdam is the first time the FTU team have taken their format over to Europe, and with 60 people or so it wasn’t rammed solid, allowing people to talk to presenters, and presenters to talk to people with as much time as I needed to.
However for me, there was an additional side to FTU Amsterdam – the fact that I would be speaking. I’ve written about my fear of public speaking before, and I’ll do so again.
It scares the begezzers out of me.
I’m used to talking to small groups or one-to-one (one of the reasons I discovered I was a better tutor than a teacher… yes I did do teaching many many moons ago), so groups of 10 or more are a bit nerve inducing.
Especially when the audience is armed with apples and water with stuff in it.
So, as part of my preparation, I spent weeks and hours researching my subjects (as well as introducing ideas along the way). My approach was simple:
- Know the subject
- Talk about the subject
- Wrap up the subject
- Throw items from the Boeing store at people to ensure they’re awake.
Well, the last past is optional normally, but what the heck. In for a penny, in for a pound.
And in the end, I did was most presenters do – use their slides as a guide and talk. A lot.
Tommy777 taking point at FTU Amsterdam.
Things you can convert drinks carts into…
I was scared of these going flying during FTU Amsterdam. Honest.
Anyone who thinks an hour isn’t a short time should try it.
So two talks – my first was The Mileage Run – Is it Dead? Some think it is. I think otherwise- as I justify in my presentation. Even @JoeyMello caught me as I was plugging myself…
It’s a rather expansive subject, but can be focused on a core fact – things in Europe are different compared to those in the USA. Once you get past that, there are many more options out there.
My second subject was Star Alliance for Europeans – where I focused on Star Alliance programmes that would provide good quality results for those of us who are based in Europe – and comparing them against a couple of fares (cheap United economy fares, and what a Lufthansa P fare earns – even in the selection I worked through the results were varied).
Muggins post presentation.
Muggins with Points to be Made handing him a small gift from the Boeing store.
The one thing that made both of those presentations – wasn’t the equipment, the Apple Keynote slide decks or even the room with lots of apples at each table.
Rather it was the people who joined in and contributed to the discussions, the talks and putting forward their views to the table – allowing people to learn from one another as well as what mad ideas are in my head. Especially when I was breaking down this slide for people
Overall: Whilst the numbers weren’t massive, the quality was amazing. Good speakers talking in depth about subjects they were passionate about (and a bluntness here), a considerable lack of credit card shilling and manufactured spend talking. Rather talking about flying, earning and burning. And on top of this: Lots of chance to network, talk, drink and catch up with people and make new friends.
And to me – that’s an important part of these events. I’d love to see more FTUs in Europe, catering to European audiences and tastes – along with decent discussions that focus on European needs.
Next: Back to Schiphol Airport, LH997 Amsterdam to Frankfurt.
Disclosure: Frequent Traveler University paid for my entry into FTU Amsterdam 2014 . This review is not influenced by the organisers, nor directed by them or their affiliates – and represents the authors views only.
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