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Just like you're in Honolulu — without the weather

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Michael Sadowski
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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.

Go figure.

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.


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.


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?

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