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  • Writer's pictureChris Holscher

9 Fun Learnings + 1 Pro Tip from #GartnerSYM

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

I just returned from the annual Gartner Symposium in Barcelona last week - and what a week it was! Packed with fresh data and insights, connections, ideas and inspiration - both for the client that I supported on-site as well as personally.

While we are consolidating notes and following up on actions, here are nine fun learnings and one totally pro tip from #GartnerSYM 2022 off and beyond the sessions track.

  1. AirBnB in Barcelona's Barri Gotic combines affordable stay, great evenings and #4G network on the subway - perfect!

  2. Slides pre-loaded to iPad, #liveannotating in dark mode and direct email to HQ-team remains a killer productivity tip.

  3. Analysts doing 14(!) one-on-one sessions per day appreciate their favourite #powerbar - and a meaningful conversation (no briefings...)

  4. For a morning run up to the fantastic Parc Güell, be there #very#early because it's reserved for residents 7-9am!

  5. If you must, then #prioritise meeting people over attending sessions, but best align both! Also: 2x attendees = 3x more value.

  6. #Maverick research rocks more than ever!

  7. HCL Enterprise and Zoom espresso beat Gartner espresso by several metaverses...

  8. Amazing number of #Startups and #Scaleups on the ITxpo floor and on the stages: Our moment!

  9. Barcelona in #November means your session breaks can expose you to sunny 22°C and a soft breeze, it is really tough... Therefore >>

  10. #ProTip By all means, bring your partner and prolong your stay over the weekend. Do it. It means that you won't have to hide your smile after what's supposed to have been an exhausting business trip...

It was a lot of fun and I gained a ton of meaningful insights on #Startup / #Scaleup #AnalystRelations and how to get ahead in 2023.

If you're interested, here's my calendly:


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