Maybe you couldn't make it to the Independent Community Bankers Association National Convention in Hawaii this week.
If you were back stateside toughing it out — by staying inside, most likely — you at least had a chance to attend the convention virtually on Twitter.
I found a couple of good tweets from the convention hashtag #ICBALive14 that help give an idea of how things went Sunday through Thursday in Honolulu. Although for some reason, when I was going through them, I still felt cold.
This also seems like a good place to shamelessly plug that you can follow me on Twitter, @MikeCPBJ.
If you're going to have your convention in Honolulu versus, say, Duluth, Minn., you have a much better chance at securing A-list guest speakers. Jerry Rice? A-list.
Great simple thought from David Kemp we (banker and regulator) need to get past the emotion and focus on what we can change. #ICBALive14— Troy Campbell (@Altoona1st) March 5, 2014
Let's be honest, this isn't just for community banks. This is good advice for anyone's business or personal life. But with all the pressure community banks have faced lately, I'll let it slide.
OK, so he got the name wrong a bit — the quote was from Lesley Stahl, one of the speakers at the conference and the 23-year "60 Minutes" correspondent — but it's a fun fact to remember and a welcome change that should be embraced, not feared.
Still glowing that Leslie Stahl said that all of us raising our hands about online as our only news source were 35 & under. #ICBALive14— Jill Castilla (@JillCastilla) March 5, 2014
Actually, this one depresses me. Let's move on.
It's a 22-minute speech that sounds a lot like the CEO speech you'd hear at most conventions. But isn't that a good thing? Don't those kinds of speeches get you pumped up? Inspired? Ready to go back to your office and knock it out of the park?