Arianna at INBOUND: The Best Talk I’ve Ever Slept Through

August 26th, 2013 / No Comments »

By Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot

It was a strange set of events. One of the strangest I’ve had in my life. Arianna Huffington (founder/CEO of the Huffington Post) was giving me advice on sleeping. Only, we weren’t doing this in the confines of a private meeting room. No, she was giving me direct, personal sleeping advice in front of over 5,000 people from the keynote stage at the INBOUND 2013 conference (a conference my company hosted last week). Now, ironically, as she is mentioning me by name and dispensing some great advice, I’m sound asleep in a hotel room 27 floors above her. I slept through her entire talk — at my own conference.

Here’s what happened. The previous day, I delivered what was the most important presentation of my professional career. The HubSpot keynote for the INBOUND 13 conference. It’s the most influential audience I’ve ever spoken to, with over 5,000 people. I had prepared for weeks and weeks. Thankfully, the talk was very well received, but I was exhausted. (see full recording) The rest of the day was spent meeting with journalists and media, chatting with other attendees — and working on slides for another presentation I had to deliver the next day. That night, I was tired — but completely wired and could not fall asleep…….