I saw a tweet this week that the presentation pioneer Nancy Duarte practiced over 200 hours to prepare her TED Talk, of 18 minutes. That, friends, is commitment, perhaps not surprising for someone with real professional skin in the game but it made me think: I wish all presenters invested even a small percentage of that intent into their presentations. “@mkrigsman: Preparing for TED talk, @nancyduarte spend 200 hours and 38 hours rehearsing for 18 min talk. #cxotalk” #PKyvr33 #WOLyo! — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) June 28, 2014 I know it is only 400 seconds of people’s time, but hey, … Continue reading #PKyvr33 Day 14: What Is…What Could Be…
One of the pecha kuchas presentations I gave under the stairs was The Power of 3: that when you present, the best you can hope for is that people might remember three things you have to offer; that if you break down the flow into threes, there is a rhythm – a chunking process – that allows your audience to record data into their short-term memory. So, a pecha kucha with 20 slides, with the opportunity to share 20 points, with 20 images…what are the few chunks I hope others record? What would I hope that people take forward as … Continue reading #PKyvr33 Day 8: Creating A Memory Or Three
I am presenting a pecha kucha about working out loud (and on presenting 10 pecha kucha in a week) at Pecha Kucha Vancouver Ed. 33. This is the share of how it happens, laid out to be seen. You are welcome. I am using #PKyvr33 as a collation / curation tool. I get complexity and emergence. Really smart people can explain complexity and emergence. Me? I just get it. I work that way. I dip a toe; I iterate. I try things out. I fail (and slough it off like a snake’s skin.) This blog is my mechanism to deal … Continue reading #PKyvr33 Day 2: Initial Notes #WOLyo!
Working out loud is similar to #unSquirrel: share first and always, overthink it some other time. #WOLyo! Is a little more applied that #unSquirrel because there is a clearer sense of communal process, of moving your team, project, network forward in commonality. #WOLyo! builds off others’ efforts. It is still based on the human endeavor – to add value, in whatever way we can, to others. At its heart, still, is the question: how can I help? By working out loud, people can find people, through new understanding, through (dis)agreement on content, through ‘who knew?’ breakthroughs. Working out loud is … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: #WOLyo!
Manifestos should be uncomplicated, simple to follow. They should end with an invitation to step right this way. The #unSquirrel Manifesto has its first follower, the always shiny, happy Austen Hunter. And his #unSquirrel share is PERFECT. @ThisMuchWeKnow recruitment advice: attitude, intellect, knowledge …in that order (from @LassySD) #unSquirrel pic.twitter.com/2cEPmMPfNR — Austen (@AustenHunter) May 19, 2014 There is no great need to dissect why it is a perfect #unSquirrel (each #unSquirrel should be given away lightly, with little fanfare or expectation), but a few things that struck me: Austen learned something and made a scribbled note he shared it simply, with … Continue reading #unSquirrel In Action: A Simple Use Case
I am experimenting working out loud quite physically. I moved my desk to be under the stairs with a sofa and a projector for company. I am hosting pecha kucha unEvents, chats about business topics, introducing some stim and some tension, seeing what happens, without expectation or longing. I keep returning to this idea of asking: How can I help? The social journey is a shared one, meandering and bumpy, but every time you ask that question, the flow returns. Every time. Am I to help 150 people in the office? No. Can I make a difference to a handful, … Continue reading Still Working, Still Loud. #WorkOutLoud Day 3 #WOLyo!
Yesterday, I wrote about the value of staring at the ceiling. Today, a semi-cogent example of how others are doing it and prospering by it and bringing us with them. Jay Baer asked recently, did we just invent a new form of blogging? He was referring to the trend for SlideShare presentations of images and short form sentences / questions / reflections. No. But this is great #foodforthought. Did We Just Invent A New Form of Blogging? http://t.co/nhLnSRYDzX via @jaybaer — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) February 25, 2014 I had an example of this new type of content on my … Continue reading Look Up! The Ceiling Is An Everywhere Metaphor For Insight.
The first time I participated in a tweetup, I had one of those ‘does anyone smell toast?’ moments that apparently happen before you have a stroke. It was all too much. I was trying to engage, to chat, get in the flow. Yet all I experienced was an increasingly anxious sense that events were passing me by; that the data’s flow was too fast. I floundered, I drowned. I turned up, but was turned off. Twitter is still not my preferred mechanism for co-learning – I prefer to dip a toe, to follow meanders suggested my people I trust by … Continue reading Does Anyone Smell Toast? – A Tweet-Up Tale
Ripping out lots of small pieces of paper, each with a little narrative, each meaningless on its own, but compelling as a whole, a capture of the zeitgeist. I wonder where Lola gets it from…? ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading #Unsquirrel 9: The Kids Always Have A Story To Tell
Dang! I should unsquirrel to myself a bit more often. Here I was, on the last day of 2013, writing about flanerie: How could it be that this word, this idea, this approach to life has passed me by all these years?!… it’s a flâneur’s life for me. And yet, all along, squirreled away, hidden, I had this nugget from printed publication unknown, from the German Marxist commentator Walter Benjamin (from The Arcades Project): Basic to flanerie, among other things, is the idea that the fruits of idleness are more precious than the fruits of labour. Amidst the existential angst of … Continue reading #Unsquirrel 2: The Fruits Of Idleness
Yesterday, I made the comparison between modern art and SocBiz. I shared a piece of (modern) art consisting of this definition: modern art = I could do that + yeah, but you didn’t. If that is true, and it is, then modern art is also about a) showing up; b) thinking and applying ideas; and c) sharing those thoughts and outputs. Ergo, it is the same for social business / networking. You see? Interesting things emerge when you have an opinion, a position, and you are willing to share it. Having the opinion is important, it stakes a claim, it … Continue reading What Modern Art Teaches Us About Opinion + Opportunity
I hope you will have already seen Jason Silva’s Moments of Awe videos. Just delicious. In a recent interview, he explained his kaleidoscopic network approach to his work, “…when I see sentences and words, I see a network of connections. The manic geometry of associational thinking is probably the best description how my brain works. It is all networks. Ideas are networks.” It brought to mind an association from 50 years ago by the neuropsychologist, Roger Sperry (via Brain Pickings) of the analogy between neurons and ideas: “Ideas cause ideas and help evolve new ideas. They interact with each other … Continue reading A Network Is An Idea Factory