I’ve been known to stand in front of large groups of people, pacing back and forth, waving my hands furiously and talking. I used to get panic attacks when I did this, but after a lot of practice, the butterflies are still there, but I no longer panic.
I’ve spoken to very large crowds in Wellington, New Zealand, who scared me with their powerful anonymity; I’ve run small workshops in the middle of winter in Philadelphia with bright people who asked equally bright questions, and once I was asked to speak on a moving bus in Ireland — it was awesome.
I’ve developed short presentations that cut to the chase in 15 minutes. I’ve designed longer presentations that fill an hour. Webinars – no… I like to see what they are thinking. I like it when Q&A is a part of a presentation because the audience is always smarter than I… and their questions always remind to mention that thing I forgot to say.
A few of my favorite talks in no particular order are:
- The Second Act – why 2.0 is harder than 1.0.
- The Engineer, The Designer, and The Dictator – everyone you need to build amazing products.
- Stables and Volatiles – diversity of opinion == winning.
- The Vegetable Talk – leadership 101.
- Confidence is a Cocktail – how to speak in public.
- Fear is a Liar – how to write about what you love.
There’s a great leadership conference somewhere in my future. If you have any questions about any of this, you should mail: email@example.com.
(Photo courtesy of The Lead Developer, one of the finest leadership conferences on the planet)