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The Power Of A Great Introduction | Be A (Helpful) Diva

How to start a conference talk and / or presentation.

We can’t all be blessed with a hype-man like the one above, although if you are to speak at any kind of event, making sure you’re introduced properly is so important. Why? Because the first line of any talk and / or presentation is not the beginning of the experience the audience has of you, that is what the MC’s role is.

And we’ve probably all been to conferences where on occasions, they go too big, expounding statements of wonderment and pedigree beyond expectation and how much wisdom is now going to ensue. Other times there’s hardly a set-up, no context and a hospital pass of ‘will allow them to introduce themselves’, oof!

As a speaker, make sure you connect with the master or mistress of ceremonies (or whomever is doing the intro) and share with them a bio which is succinct enough to take about thirty seconds to read out (if it’s longer just highlight the important bits for them). Impress on them (if they don’t already know), how the aim is to aid them in enabling you to start with that arresting question and / or statement to hook the audience in.

Be a (helpful) diva!

Celebrating Nothing | How The Light Gets In

Championing zilch.

The mind produces something when you don’t think (via):

When the Hubble Ultra Deep Field telescope looked at a blank region of space there was so much to see:

Pauses in storytelling amplifies:

Jazz is the space between the notes:

There is never nothing going on:

Just some stuff I’ve collected which create smiles and thoughts.

#13 January 2020 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Time to wrap up last months Tweetmails in one tasty curation post.

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Brazil fines Facebook (only) $1.6 million for improper sharing of user data.

The smartphone tracking industry has been rumbled (will anything change?).

Reasons to be cheerful from the international news review of 2019 (we need this).

A simple guide to exactly how the United Nations is funded.

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Make a Tesla Cybertruck out of paper.

Simple breathing visual to relax.

FuzzyTime makes it more human to tell the time on my Mac.

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“Rhapsody in Blue” is copyright free and now in public domain for 2020.

2019 Done | Embracing Possibility

Reviewing the year and setting the sights on the new decade.

As I reflect, I keep coming back to the foundational values rather than put too much emphasis on the past or future:

Be kind. Embrace possibility. Be present.

From a client perspective in 2019, had four wonderful Creative Producing opportunities with Kiwibank, SSC and TEDxWellington, CLNZ19.

Along with delivering thirteen speaker coaching sessions and seven masterclasses to the following good humans: Creative HQ, DIA, Hummingly, IRD, Kiwibank, Massey Uni, MBIE, NZQA, Pro-Clima, PWC, Sports NZ, UNICEF, Volpara and ACC, DIA, IBI Group, IRD, NZFE, Pro-Clima, TBIG.

There were two overseas trip:

And as in recent years, my blogging efforts has again been modest:

So as the 20’s roll into view, am keen to develop more of the creative producing side and dial back the speaker coaching so there’s some parity in my analogue service offerings. Am also playing around with a new podcast series to further hone the craft of experience design.

What will your focus be in 2020 and beyond?

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#12 December 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

AI face

Stop a while, looks around, explore, digest, reflect, apply.

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This Guardian piece on a rare piece of hope in the climate emergency.

About a Cryptoqueen scammed the world, then vanished.

How after 15 years the browser Firefox is leading the privacy-first renaissance.

Why it’s not too late to save the planet from someone who is doing more than their bit.

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If this were our last conversation…

10 random questions answered through music…

The 1999 future as envisaged from 1967…

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Beautiful News for uplifting stats on the world.

The “Unlocked Recordings” category on Internet Archive has over 750 digitized LPs available in full.

NASA’s image of the day.

The Derek Sivers podcast (for short inspirations).

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Image Credit from the this AI face generator..

#11 November 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Pearls for your human form.

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About Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city.

How technology flatten the rich texture of urban life.

A study of 2.7m startups found the perfect age to start a business is much older than you think.

The biggest lie tech people tell themselves — and the rest of us.

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For your brain.

For your heart.

For your soul.

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Feed Flipper – a free service which extracts the source #RSS URL from iTunes audio.

Listen to WETA Digital’s first ‘Unsupervised’ podcast.

This free font inspired by climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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Image Credit from the John J Audubon’s ‘Birds of America’ which are free to download..
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The Process Of Remaining Innocent | Building Creative Literacies

Lessons on the creative approach.

Learned so much from this chat / discussion / interview with the great Frank Oz, Actor, Director, Storyteller and the equally amazing Derek DelGaudio, Writer & Performer recorded at the EG Conference this year.

This is both an example of superb panel / interview approach for events laced with so many insights and applicable takeaways:

In what we do knowledge is not that helpful… I have to be in the position of not knowing, because once I know there is no discovery.

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WONDERFUL!

A challenge to unlearn and relearn so many things and an invitation to explore a more creative mindset.

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CLNZ19 Update | We’re All Walking Each Other Home

CLNZ19 logo and speakers final small

Building momentum.

Since announcing back in August, Creative Leadership NZ 2019 has sold out three of the four categories of registration options and there’s only 26 spots remaining (at time of pressing ‘publish’) of first day only (as second day has all sold out also).

Am never happy until it’s sold out and this month is both focussed on promotional activities along with the delegate experience design of the event.

This is the third iteration of the event (check out the 2017 & 2018 write-ups and reviews) and even though some things are easier (just due to familiarity) other things have been very challenging.

Producing events (by yourself) is a Herculean task with so many elements to be aware of on top of the multiple human considerations, so something which is helping me keep the energy flowing through the positive lens is the following:

“We’re all going to the same place, and we’re all on a path. Sometimes our paths converge. Sometimes they separate, and we can hardly see each other, much less hear each other. But on the good days, we’re walking on the same path, close together, and we’re walking each other home.”
– Ram Dass

#10 October 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Move those hand-toes and journey around the internet superhighway.

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Facebook confirms 419million phone numbers were exposed.

Greta Thunberg is right to panic.

The inaugural C2 magazine — big ideas for creative business leaders!

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(Marvel) Avengers | Journey’s End – more goosebumps from @slyfer2812:

A fan made video from 400,000 images taken from the Rosetta probe:

This:

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Interactive weather platform.

A fun Virtual Typewriter for those who dig the digital / analogue cross-over.

Let AI and machine learning design your logo.

Free to download and use copyright free are 100,000 faces generated by AI

Eddie Butlers speech from todays Wales independence march in Merthyr:

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