I remember being a young & new slam master. These forums were difficult to navigate & I learned quickly to keep a folder of receipts from year to year. Even now, it's easy to lose track of this or that birthday of a poet or a slip of paper, that I'd often have to try to pay more than once, etc. Erik is working on a new & easier to navigate website, which is a pretty huge task considering the 20+ years of information to transfer & that sort of thing. I hear your frustration, I really do, as some of them have been my own over time. We are undergoing process improvement.
I have often offered myself up as a regional mentor & person to talk to about booking shows in the South East. I know Richmond has two slams. As a new slam master, whatever the past relationships have been, this might be a good chance to get on the good foot and strengthen the diplomacy between slams. I know our own slam community is strengthened by slam masters who get along.The South is strong with helpful slam masters who have been at this awhile~Kirk Hardesty--I barely know what I would have done without him & his patience. He's a great friend & will always be one of my mentors.Up the road from you in DC, Sarah Lawson is fantastic, warm, open & resourceful, also, slightly newer to the role, so she's be a good person to look up.Slam masters outside of my region have also been incredible resources and mentors to me as well. Jesse is a great tour guide. If you pop your head out, you'll see the whole net of us~be active in the forums & you'll feel more connected.
So, whatever communications went sideways this time around, that first time is always the roughest of all the rodeos.At slam master meeting, you will meet the lot of us & hear the opinions that match your own & be able to connect that way, too.Again, I'm sorry that you & your team are chomping at the bit on the wait list.There's a lot for new slam masters to take in~evidence, W&I, etc. Jesse is on point with the links, which is an opening to all the rest that can be a challenge to navigate.
Like that campaign, it gets better, especially as you get acclimated.
I look forward to meeting you at NPS.