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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:06 PM


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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 1:30 AM
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I agree that Jim Gray was a fascinating speaker, very enthusiastic, whilst being completely engrossed in technical thoughts and ideas. Unfortunately, I have to say "was a great speaker" as he went missing at sea early in 2007; definitely a sad day.
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 1:57 AM


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How about Tom Kyte - he's one of the best!
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 5:56 AM
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With Macworld starting on Monday, I'd have to say Steve Jobs is definitely one of the best keynote speakers there is, although I've never seen it in person.
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 6:25 AM
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Outside of the technical arena, Dr. Frederick Schroeder with San Diego State is my all time favorite; speaking on disability and blindness.
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 6:35 AM
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The best keynote speaker I've heard was John "Maddog" Hall. For being a Linux guy, he actually is a fairly open-minded guy. Very well-versed in a variety of topics with a lot of experience under his belt, he also knows how to keep an audience engaged in his talks. I'd definitely see another keynote from him.
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 7:23 AM
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Saw Dr. Robert Ballard (who found the Titanic wreckage) give a keynote at Networld+Interop a few years ago - talking about dealing with change in your career. He had great examples of when he got his PhD, scientists 'knew' so many things about the ocean floor (static, lifeless). Then as they were able to explore it further, they found geothermal vents and all the creatures that lived there. Basically contradicting a lot of what they were taught in grad school.
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 12:17 PM
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Hands down, the best, most fascinating and entertaining keynote speaker I ever heard was the late then-Capt. Grace Hopper of the US Navy. Talking about her involvement in the development of COBOL, the "first" computer bug, and her ubiquitous "nanosecond" prop (a 1-foot length of wire, the distance light travels in that time) had the audience howling for more. Especially when she described how, one time, she thought she'd try illustrating a microsecond also. All was fine until she got to airport security ........



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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 4:17 PM
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Frank Maguire - one of the founders of Fedex, also worked for KFC and has great stories about Col Sanders
Jamie Clark - speaks about several attempts to climb Mt. Everest and ties the successes and failures into planning and leadership
Terry Bradshaw - very entertaining; doesn't necessarily stay on point for leadership/teamwork issues but is hysterical.
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Posted Friday, January 11, 2008 5:56 PM
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me - i'm a pretty good key note speaker, been best man a few times given some awesome addresses, went down well, my mother told me, if you wantme to speak for you drop me a line. :)

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