Confessions of an Olympics Junkie

OK, I admit it. “My name is Erika and I am a Summer Olympics junkie.” The minute I hear the familiar “Da-da, da da da da da, dum-dum” of the Olympic Fanfare I’m hooked once again. I’m not sure when my love affair with the Olympics started, although my time as a competitive swimmer as a child probably had something to do with it. My volunteer stint with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1984 confirmed my addiction and rooted it deeply within. So this week, with the NBC-TV trumpets blasting that familiar tune once again, I’m glued to the set to see what happens next, wishing I could be right there on site with the Today show’s Matt, Al, Meredith and Savannah interviewing the athletes, cheering them on and just absorbing the excitement, energy and pure joy that that event evokes.

But duty calls and I must stay stateside, completing preparations for another exciting gathering, the annual Sage Summit conference. While the purpose of the Olympics is to promote sports and sportsmanship among the youth of all nations; the purpose of Sage Summit, the only gathering of its kind for owners and employees of small and mid-sized businesses, is to learn, network and gain actionable insights and practical ideas that will drive real business benefits for each of their organizations.

Sage Summit brings forth hundreds of Sage product experts and solution architects who are eager to share their insider perspective and tips. And while the Olympics motto played out in the various sports activities is “Swifter, Higher, Stronger”, at Sage Summit, the in-depth sessions and hands-on labs you’ll attend will help you avoid wasting time and money on a trial-and-error approach, and take advantage of proven techniques that help you work “Better, Faster, and Smarter.”

The Olympic Creed reads: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” This is most certainly true in business life as it is in the rest of life. So take a few days as the London games conclude and join me and over 4,000 Sage customers, partners, employees and business experts to learn and share valuable and practical ways to solve business problems from those who have already walked in your shoes.

If you haven’t attended before, I strongly recommend that this year you take the time away from work to make the trek to the fabulous Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville, TN. Sage channel partners are invited from August 12 – 14, and Sage customers are invited to attend from August 14-17.

And when you see me, be sure to ask not only what my favorite Olympic moment was during this year’s event, but also which sessions are guaranteed to bring YOU a favorite Sage moment at Sage Summit.

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