Don’t know about you, but I have a calendar problem. With the memory of a flea, I create appointments for everything. Work and personal calendars blend with colorful collaboration. Team and status meetings, problem-solving appointments, and self-care moments, collide with Feed The Dog reminders and exercise time. There are also Departure appointments to ensure that I arrive early for commitments. Organize time is blocked out for appointment preparation. Stretch Breaks and Breathe appointments are recurring reminders. To-Do lists live at the top of each day’s calendar and torment me if I dare forward them to a future date. (You think I’m kidding? See Figure 1.)

Figure 1.

Sometimes, this colorful kaleidoscope makes me nutty. Other times, I take solace in the fact that it structures my chaotic mind and induces calm. (Ri-i-i-ghhhht.)

Given this, I’m pretty jazzed about the structure and freedom ISE EXPO 2020 creates in its virtual form. It gives me a ton of control over my calendar and productivity. The many black holes usually blocked out for air travel, Uber trips, and walking miles across convention centers, are now gone! Poof!

The virtual platform of ISE EXPO 2020 allows me to create big ROI for my TWO super-duper productive days with you: our telecom/ICT community. I can easily connect with more of you because the cost and hassle of travel are gone. We can create collaborative initiatives in a fraction of the time. We can explore new products and create powerful partnerships in different and engaging ways. That’s what I call productivity!

Save the Date for ISE EXPO’s Two-Day Virtual Experience 2020, November 10–11, and check out for the keynotes, seminars, panel discussions, and great exhibitors who agree this virtual environment can be an exciting new way to get things done. Then, register to attend and start coloring in your calendar.


About Author

Sharon Vollman is Senior Vice President, Editorial Director of ISE magazine. She oversees all editorial processes and staff for ISE magazine, the ISE e-newsletter,, and leads the educational content development for ISE EXPO and several events. Vollman has created educational partnerships with the major communications and entertainment providers including AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and Cincinnati Bell. She has covered the telecom industry since 1996, when she joined OSP magazine as editor. Prior to that she worked in advertising with Ogilvy & Mather and CME. Vollman has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising from the University of Iowa.

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