Why I Am Not Attending #CAS12 by Sorav Jain

by Guest Author on January 17, 2022

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I was asked by many If I am attending Click Asia Summit 2012 and I had to clearly tell NO and this blog post will put across the reasons behind it. Please carefully read the below email conversation:

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Now that you have checked the conversations, I would like to share some more points that might help trigger some thoughts about such act:

1. I had applied to Click Asia Summit as any other panelist/speaker and in response to the same Ms. Kavita had reverted to me stating the event can’t host me as a speaker but I can host the event as MC.

2. I had already expressed my interest and confirmed that I would be willing to participate. In revert Kavita wanted me to promote this event via my Social Networks (I had tweeted, facebooked, blogged about it and also hosted a small banner about the event on my blog’s advertising section, they were all deleted later)

3. Later when I wanted to re-confirm the status Ms. Neha Mehta responded to me stating ‘we are unable to include panelists / speakers who are directly running or associated with other events”. There was no such policy given while applying for speaking/panelist slot and wondering what makes them device such policies all of a sudden? I wasn’t sure of what they mean’t by “directly running or associated with other events” – I wished Ms. Neha had clearly mentioned in the mail the kind of events she was referring to as I am associated with several events right from my nephew’s birthday celebrations, social media workshops, mashable meetups to Social Media Summit 2011.

4. I still thought Ms. Neha was confused about my presence in event as panelist/speaker as Ms. Kavita had confirmed me as a emcee ,I thought of clarifying in the response mail and I was perplexed with the tone of her response back stating:

“It will not matter which role you are in at the event, we cannot give any position to other event organizers. Thank you for your time and patience”

The above response was humiliating, any speaker/panelist on earth would expect apologies!

I am Still Curious For Various Reasons!

1. I am still not sure why other event organizers cannot participate in Click Asia Summit? Are they keeping the Click Asia Summit’s organizers insecure?

2. Why was confirmation given to me on first place by Ms. Kavita with a request to promote the event? Was it to benefit the network and influence I share and later fool me?

3. Does organizing a event mean that the person cannot ever participate in Click Asia Summit even if they really have good knowledge and experience in the subject?

I have no intention to bring down the brand image of Click Asia Summit with this post. My only intention is to be respected and get the above questions answered, few of which was previously raised to @ClickAsiaSummit on Twitter.

P.S. Article reproduced from Sorav Jain’s blog.

  • http://tech-buzz.net Thilak Rao

    This is truly messed on the event organizer’s part!

    • http://lighthouseinsights.in/ Prasant Naidu

      Indeed it is. they should have told know in the beginning itself. no point in dragging and insulting

  • http://vijayspaul.tumblr.com Vijay S Paul

    Correct me if I got it wrong, but when Ms Kavitha mentioned that “other event organizers cannot participate in Click Asia Summit”, does she mean to say that the other speakers for CAS12 like Mr Shashi Tharoor, Ankit Fadia, Gillian Muessig and others, are “NOT” organizers of any other event?? Excuse me!!

    • http://lighthouseinsights.in/ Prasant Naidu

      Yuup that was the reason why I went on a reproduced the blog at our end.

      • http://vijayspaul.tumblr.com Vijay S Paul

        It was very nice of you to do that. People should know of this!

        • http://lighthouseinsights.in/ Prasant Naidu

          Thanks Vijay :)  

  • http://www.facebook.com/kunalvbajaj Kunal Bajaj

    I just checked the speakers and panelist list. Most of them are already associated with many events and are organizers too. It may be due to lack of proper management.

    • http://lighthouseinsights.in/ Prasant Naidu

      yes it is and @soravjain:twitter has a right to ask the questions. hope the
      @ClickAsiaSummit is listening 

  • http://twitter.com/SoravJain Sorav Jain ✔

    Thanks for the headsup on my behalf guys! My only concern is the response was very humiliating. A statement that had the word “sorry” would have helped. The last statement by Neha in the email sounded as If I am dying to host the #CAS12 as emcee. Moreover, I didn’t see any policy or restrictions that said “You can’t participate in this event if you are organizer of a event”.. I don’t want to name any but there are many speakers in the list who are associated in organizing events, in fact similar events 

    • http://lighthouseinsights.in/ Prasant Naidu

      Yes a simple one liner would have helped and we all know who all the speakers were. It just shows that we still have a age old mindset. thanks for bringing up this issue.

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