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Coffee Corner Meet-Up -- "Meet-and-Greet" Live (Here and There!)

Confession time: Coffee Corner is my favorite area of SAP Community.

OK, that's hardly an earth-shattering revelation. I suspect that this area is pretty popular among the community faithful. Still, I do love starting -- and participating in -- conversations in this neck of the SAP Community woods.

And that's why I'm so excited that we're copying the Coffee Corner concept for a new series of SAP Community Calls, launching on June 26. (I could go into more details, but my colleague Mynyna Chau already blogged all about it.) Similar to what Craig Cmehil did back in April, the SAP Community Coffee Corner Meet-Up on June 26 will feature breakout sessions dedicated to the type of topics that you'd commonly find right here.

Proving the point, I've decided to start a Coffee Corner conversation about my meet-up topic: meet-and-greet.

According to Mynyna, "Jerry Janda will host [the meet-and-greet] breakout room, where members can introduce themselves and get to know each other better. Jerry will conduct some fun activities to break the ice and help members connect."

That's all well and good for those of you who will join the call -- and I hope you'll register right now! -- but for those of you who can't (or who like a taste of the real Coffee Corner section to go with your Zoom meetings), I'm going to do a meet-and-greet right here. So whether you're an established member or a relative newbie, I'm kicking off this conversation to allow you to introduce yourself and connect with others.

First, some tips on making community connections:

  • Take the profile tutorial and, more importantly, seriously complete all the steps that the tutorial contains. Fleshing out your profile helps other members connect with you and step 18 is especially useful in guiding you to connect with other members in turn.
  • Look for members to follow...following step 18 above. You may see the same names pop up over and over in the tags that interest you. That means you've discovered a like-minded member and someone you probably want to get to know. Having trouble finding people that way? Then check out the SAP Champions in our influencers finder. The SAP Champions are fantastic SAP Community role models and guides, and the finder will help you identify those knowledgeable in the topic areas closest to you (and also those closest to you regionally and/or linguistically...if those things matter). As a general rule, SAP Champions will follow you back (which also opens up the ability to exchange direct messages). If you're looking for someone who will definitely follow you back, follow this guy: https://people.sap.com/jerry.janda

Now for the fun stuff...

If you comment on this conversation, that's a sure sign you're introducing yourself and inviting people to connect. They'll click your profile and learn about you (if you did what I asked in the first bullet above, that is). But if you'd like them to learn even more, then let's play a popular icebreaker game: two truths and a lie.

The rules are simple (and the name of the game tells you pretty much what you need to know): In your comment, type two truths about yourself and one lie. Then other members try to guess which one is the fib. Give everyone enough time to respond, then let us know which statement is false. It's a great way to share some interesting facts about yourself. It's most fun if you pick factoids and falsehoods unrelated to your profile...so try to stay away from the work/SAP info and let us get to know you a bit better outside of your professional life.

I'll get the ball rolling with two truths and a lie about myself:

  • During a long international flight, I killed time by watching all three "Godfather" films...much to the amusement of the guy sitting next to me. When we landed, he introduced himself. It was director Francis Ford Coppola.
  • Before I joined SAP, I was the editor-in-chief of a trade magazine dedicated to the fitness industry, and one of the highlights of the job was interviewing fitness guru Jack Lalanne at a trade show.
  • I once met actor Michael Madsen at a movie convention. While he was cantankerous throughout the entire weekend (and no-showed several of his scheduled appearances), he was pretty cool to me -- noting that I looked like one of his relatives.

Think you can pick out the lie? Feel free to guess in a comment below. And while you're at it, leave two truths and a lie about yourself. Just make sure to save some personal trivia for the meet-up on June 26. We'll continue the meeting and greeting there, while also keeping the conversation going here.

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30 Comments

  • Jun 12, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    My guess is that this is the lie: "During a long international flight, I killed time by watching all three "Godfather" films...much to the amusement of the guy sitting next to me. When we landed, he introduced himself. It was director Francis Ford Coppola."

    Two truths and a lie:

    1. My name is included in a PBS show credits

    2. I sat next to Newt Gingrich (former speaker of the US House of representatives) on a plane from Chicago to DC

    3. I met Today Show's Al Roker while working in New York City

  • Jun 12, 2020 at 03:39 PM

    Jerry, I agree with Tammy and think that the Francis Ford Coppola story is false.

    Tammy, I think that sitting next to Newt is false.

    Here are my two truths and a lie:

    1. I wrote my first computer program @1970, when I was 9.

    2. I like to watch sports on tv.

    3. I make several types of lace.

  • Jun 12, 2020 at 06:31 PM

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and say Jerry's lie is the one about Jack Lalanne.

    I'm guessing Tammy's lie is the one about Al Roker.

    And Dell's lie is that she likes to watch sports.

    Here are my two truths and a lie:

    1. I have an attack goose that protects my backyard chicken flock.

    2. I was married in Vegas at a drive-up window, on a motorcycle.

    3. Back in the 90's (I know not all of you were born yet then), I brought down the ISP of a small island where I was living at the time with an unintentional DDOS (denial of service attack).

    • Jun 12, 2020 at 06:49 PM

      I agree that Dell's lie is she likes to watch sports

      Audrey, I think your #3 is a lie, but it could be 1 - not sure!!!

  • Jun 13, 2020 at 01:43 PM

    This is fun!

    Jerry Janda - I think #2 with Jack Lalanne is the lie

    Tammy Powlas - Meeting Al Roker is my guess for your lie

    Dell Stinnett-Christy - My guess is that you are lying about watching sports on TV

    Audrey Stevenson - Getting married in LV drive-by style looks like your lie to me

    Okay, here are my two truths and one lie:

    1. I met my husband more than 30 years ago at the zoo in Cologne
    2. I have a little flock of sheep to help keep the grass in my garden short
    3. I'm co-author of a peer-reviewed study which has been downloaded over a million times
  • Jun 14, 2020 at 01:57 PM

    Tammy Powlas Dell Stinnett-Christy Audrey Stevenson Bärbel Winkler

    Tammy and Dell got it right. The Coppola story was the lie. (I did indeed meet and interview Jack Lalanne.)

    Let me see if I can guess the lies for you now:

    • Tammy: I think the Newt Gingrich flight is the lie. (If the PBS one is true, I'd love to know the show!)
    • Dell: Gonna agree with every else and say watching sports on TV is the lie. (If that's the truth, you fooled all of us!)
    • Audrey: Agreeing with Tammy and saying it's #3.
    • Bärbel: I think #1 is the lie (meeting your husband at the zoo).

    Remember that if you like this game, we can play live on June 26 too!

  • Jun 15, 2020 at 01:48 PM

    I guess I was too obvious with mine - not I do not like watching sports! Luckily, neither does my husband.

    Audrey Stevenson, # 2 is a lie.

    Bärbel Winkler, I think #1 is a lie, if only because I would dearly love to have my own little flock of sheep to feed my fiber (think spinning yarn...) addiction!

    -Dell

  • Jun 19, 2020 at 12:37 AM

    So I guessed Jerry Janda's lie wrong but I guessed Dell Stinnett-Christy's correctly.

    I still think Tammy Powlas's lie is about Al Roker.

    I'm going to guess Bärbel Winkler does not have a flock of sheep.

    And now for my reveal:

    Yes, I was married in Vegas on a motorcyle at a drive up wedding window. See the photo in my ancient BIF.

    Yes, I actually brought down that little island's ISP. My husband at the time (not the one I married in Vegas) and I were living on the island of Palau, where his civil engineering job had taken us. I flew from Palau to Germany to start work on a longer-term freelance project for SAP, and before I left Palau I set up my out-of-office notification on my local Palau email.

    I was only in Germany for a couple of weeks to start up the project, which I was going to complete remotely from Palau. When I got ready to leave Walldorf to fly home, I set up my SAP out of office email. By the time I got off the plane in Palau, it was already over: the emails pinging back and forth between my accounts had brought the ISP down. They had frantically called my husband who called me so I could cancel my SAP out-of-office notification and restore order.

    I don't think (I certainly hope not!) that could happen these days anymore, but that was 20-odd years ago.

    And finally, to complete the reveal: I do NOT have an attack goose to protect my chickens.

  • Jun 19, 2020 at 04:51 AM

    Dell Stinnett-Christy, Audrey Stevenson, Jerry Janda, Tammy Powlas

    Looks as if I identified Dell's lie, but missed Jerry's and Audrey's and we don't yet know about Tammy's.

    Here is my reveal:

    1. I met my husband more than 30 years ago at the zoo in Cologne - this is true: we met on a trip organized by the supporters of the Stuttgart zoo "Wilhelma" in 1985 and got married four years later on the same day (Oct. 5).
    2. I have a little flock of sheep to help keep the grass in my garden short - this is a lie as the only "flock of sheep" I have is of the toy variety - here is a picture showing some of them.
    3. I'm co-author of a peer-reviewed study which has been downloaded over a million times - this is actually true (would you have fallen for it if I had worded it as "... which was central to a John Oliver "Last Week tonight" sketch"?)
  • Jun 19, 2020 at 09:46 AM

    Audrey is right; I have not met Al Roker. I did see him outside Rockefeller Center. I had a job where I walked by the Today Show everyday.

    My name is in some of the credits of PBS Show Body Electric https://www.bodyelectrictv.com/

    I did sit next to Newt Gingrich on a plane ride from Chicago to DC, after visiting ASUG Headquarters in Chicago.

  • Jun 19, 2020 at 02:49 PM

    This has been fun so far. Here's another activity I'm thinking of doing during my breakout session. I'm going to invite attendees to wear their favorite mandatory mask and explain its significance. Again, that's another activity that will also work well here.

    I'll kick things off with a couple...

    I wish I had this mask back when we watched "Alien" for the Weekend Movie Club. (Speaking of the Weekend Movie Club, don't forget to vote in our latest poll -- to determine which film we discuss next!)

    "Ah, you think working from home is your ally? You're merely an extrovert adopting the telecommuting. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see an outside office until I was already a man. By then, it was nothing but mildly uncomfortable for an introvert!" (BTW, if you're looking for tips forremote work...)

    How about you? Show off your mask!

    Edit: After posting this, I went to Twitter to share...and in an odd coincidence, saw that "Alien" was trending. Alas, it was sad news...

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  • Jun 26, 2020 at 02:27 PM

    Hmmm, that´s for myself:

    1) A girl from my hometown inspired Richard Wagner to compose Tristan

    2) I ended up in Madrid because I am an adamant fan of Real Madrid

    3) It took me once 2 days to understand that a code piece didn’t work because of a missing commit

  • Jun 26, 2020 at 03:13 PM

    Here are mine :)

    1. I binge watched 800 episodes of an anime series in two weeks

    2. I lost my luggage two times in a month

    3. I love singing songs in events

    • Jun 26, 2020 at 03:57 PM

      I Guess 3 is a lie ��

    • Jun 26, 2020 at 05:01 PM

      I think # 1 is the lie (unless one anime episode is really short!)

    • Jun 26, 2020 at 09:20 PM

      #1 is a lie unless the episodes are 20 minutes or less. At 25 minutes per episode, there's less than 3 hours in the two weeks to eat, sleep, etc.

    • Jun 27, 2020 at 06:13 PM

      1. I binge watched 800 episodes of an anime series in two weeks

      Bärbel Winkler Dell Stinnett-Christy no.1 was supposed to be truth don't know why that 800 number came to my mind yesterday in the coffee corner meetup :D, I believe it was 550+ episodes, I think that's when the season ended with long gap. Every episode of that anime has a long intro, recap and ending(still the pattern is same now), so the actually story is like 17 or 18 min. I was able to do this streak in 2 weeks because i was still studding at that time(9 or 10 years back) and it was summer vacation. I was literally doing "Eat Sleep Anime" repeat there :D :D and ofcourse with my mother scolding me :D . one of the craziest things that I've done.

      PS: the series is still running now (One Piece) around 950th episode :D

      2. I lost my luggage two times in a month

      That was a funny incident, happened like 5 years back in a same month, luckily only the clothes(I was traveling back to home)... Had to buy a lot of clothes :D, that's when I realised, I am very poor at multitasking, If I am doing one thing, sometimes, I completely ignore or forget about other stuff :D. but atleast I get to concentrate on one thing that I doing with full dedication.

      3. I love singing songs in events

      Punith Babu you are right. I am super awkward in groups. So it's impossible for me to sing in front of others. So always trying my best always to improve in this area :)

  • Jun 29, 2020 at 01:51 PM

    Hi All,

    I really enjoyed the call! It was fun :)

    1. I wake up every morning at 6:17 am. Superstition.
    2. Once I wrote a mini compiler that was compiling Pascal subset to JVM and the code was written in C-language.
    3. I have a dedicated CD from Al Di Meola.

    Cheers,
    Ervin

    • Jun 29, 2020 at 01:58 PM

      Thanks for joining. I'm glad you enjoyed it! And thanks for keeping the fun going here...

      I'm going to guess #1. You don't strike me as the superstitious type. :)

      --Jerry

    • Jun 29, 2020 at 02:07 PM

      I also think it is 1. My Logic is that As you mentioned superstition explicitly, i believe you are trying to say that you are not superstitious :P maybe I am wrong as well . ( I hope my detective work here is not wrong :P)

  • Jun 29, 2020 at 04:17 PM

    Thanks again to everyone who joined the Coffee Corner Meet-Up -- and who is continuing the conversation here.

    If you took part in the call, then you know we teased something new related to the breakout room about SAP Community goodies. And we promised we would have something cool to announce very soon.

    I'm happy to let you know that the announcement has been made: We have a new SAP Community fan shop!

    Learn more in this post from Svea Becker: https://blogs.sap.com/2020/06/26/sap-community-fan-shop/

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