September 28, 2011

My presence expected

A recent bit of email has me feeling privileged and delighted. That's because it is an invitation to an upcoming conference. And it has these excellent features.

* It contains the acronyms IPR, R&D, HRM, CEO, NKC, ICT, OM and possibly a few more I missed, of which I know the full forms of just three.

* It informs me that the organizers are "happy" that they have got, as an "active partner", a company or organization or something that I have never heard of.

* It "solicits my suggestions" to make the conference a "purposeful event", even though I am hard pressed to come up with any suggestions apart from "you probably don't want me there".

* It "expects my presence" on all three days of the conference.

* It asks me to "take active part" in the conference "by paying an appropriate registration fee."

* It invites me "as a respected Technology Management professional worldwide", which I didn't know I was. In fact I suspect they don't know either that I am that respected TMpw, because the letter is addressed to "Dear Sir/Madam".


Anonymous said...

Well sex changes happen and they did not want to discourage you in case of change in your layout. Clearly they knew you are a man as of their writing. Sir/Madam not M/S. As for the registration money. Flattery will get them everywhere!

Dilip D'Souza said...

Yes. They were persuasive too.