I attended the first day of ByDesign in Mankato, but unfortunately I got sick that evening and had to go home. The first lecture, however, was interesting. I can no longer remember the name of the speaker but he gave a very informative and interactive speech. He put up a grid on the screen with several pictures and let the audience chose which picture we wanted him to talk about. Each picture represented a story of something he had learned as a designer. These stories of advice ranged from allowing yourself plenty of time to get to a meeting to watching your use of words around clients.
I enjoyed the lecture very much and I wish I could have made it to more, I heard it was very helpful.