I had arrived early, as is that's what you're 'supposed' to do.
I had come a few minutes early, to get the 'lay of the land', and to my surprise, take in the best view of Ottawa (at the Marriott Hotel). Almost 360 degrees in the autumn air - a stupendous dusk view of the nation's capital and a perch, on the hot air chamber, they call Parliament Hill.
This gave me a moment's pause, to situate myself, to see who was coming and going, to prepare for the excitement or fright to come. It was an elegant affair, with sax breezing above the din.
I found myself drawn to the other side of the floor, taking in the view again, but alas, it was not chock a' block of people. Breathe...
I got to talk to some folks - while noticing one fellow, dipping into the hors' doeuvres, a little bit at a time, then moving onto the next table, and doing the same. (I guess he thought no one would notice!). I digress.
I noticed again, that while I was talking to folks, they were moving - yes moving! So, it occurred to me, that it would be smarter to stand put, and wait for people to revolve around me, than duke it out with the congregants at the front door.
That was it - take advantage of the properties of a revolving floor (I think there might have been a restaurant at one time.)
It was enormously helpful, as I saved valuable time, talking to just about 10% of the 400 people who attended!
A highlight, beyond the view, was the lucky pix of me and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson (running for re-election - he eventually won with 76% of the vote - a record!).
I had a role to play in this, as did Kosuke Abe, of East Coast Limos, who snapped the photo for me, as testimony to my derring do.
I had just finished talking with fellow OSEB colleague Jayant Gupta about how this event was preparation really, for when you have 30 seconds to talk to someone.
No sooner did I say that, Mayor Jim Watson came into view.
I recalled my former glory as a business journalist, and sprung into action.
30 seconds? Nah, that's an eternity - how about 5 seconds!
I quickly asked the Mayor if he would kindly take a pix of me - and sure enough, he did!
This made for a memorable networking experience indeed!
And, one which will be fondly remembered.