Someone today remarked that 'manufacturers do not want to be on panels with me.'
This was confusing, since I do not go on panels nor have any interest to fly to a far off city to speak in front of 50 people who are more preoccupied with checking email than to hear manufacturers drone on.
Nonetheless, evidently, my name comes up, and manufacturers are quick to shoot it down.
On the one hand, this is understandable. They want to be able to give their stock pitch without having anyone object to it or call them out.
On the other, the events are boring and inevitably have poor turnouts and low impact.
Can they not take a cue from sports or the movies? People want tension, they want some form of strife - protagonist / antagonist - good guy / bad guy, Foreman / Ali, Brady / Manning, etc., etc.
I still have no interest in being on such panels, but it befuddles me why manufacturers do not realize that if they want people to really pay attention and take time to go to a live event, they need to have some drama, rather than canned pitches.
[UPDATE: This discussion has evolved into a heated debate between an OnSSI senior employee and IPVM.]