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It's that time of year. Starting in May, I'll be out sharing lots of ideas, stories and tactics focused on the Art of Explanation. I hope to see you at one of these events this spring. STC Technical Communications Summit, May 5-8, Atlanta, GA My session will be on Monday the 6th from 3:30 to 4:30 on The Art of Explanation. Professional communicators explain ideas every day, but we rarely take a step back and think about the skill of explanation and what it can mean to our audience. Lee LeFever... Continue Reading
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Sometimes, words are not enough. To grab an audience’s attention and make an explanation remarkable, explainers need ways to stand-out, to be interesting. Thankfully there are a growing number of resources that can help explainers turn their ideas into experiences that captivate audiences. I've listed a few below. (Note: I am not affiliated with the services below and receive no compensation from them). While you're thinking about these resources, consider this... These tools are helpful and... Continue Reading
I have a favor to ask. Each year, the technology world convenes in Austin Texas for the South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW). To speak at the conference is an honor and the organizers look to the public to help them decide who should speak. This year Sachi and I have submitted a presentation and in order to increase our chances of being accepted, we're begging asking nicely for votes for our presentation. Our talk is all about explanation skills and I think you'll agree that if... Continue Reading
Late last year I was invited to present at an event called Big Ideas Fest, which focuses on change and inspiration related to K-20 education. My presentation, entitled "Viral to Valuable" was about 15 minutes long and appeared during a track of the conference called "Scale and Spread", which related to scaling and spreading an idea. If you're interested in the Common Craft story and how we came to focus our business on video as a digital product, etc., I tell the story in this video: To find... Continue Reading
I'll be speaking at a couple of awesome educational events in early December. Here are the details... I'll be one of the Rapid Fire presenters at the Big Ideas Fest at Half Moon Bay, CA, December 4-7. Details from the website: 3 days of innovation and inspiration, 16 Speakers, 4 hands-on Action Collab sessions, and numerous opportunities to network with fellow education mavericks and change agents. All of that, plus an entire Pacific Ocean coastline on which to marvel. Also, I'll be the... Continue Reading
As I posted recently, I'm going to be speaking at the Texas Library Association Conference in April and as a part of my preparation, I'd collecting a bit of info about libraries and librarians. if you are a librarian or work with libraries, could you please take this 4 question, anonymous survey? Thanks!
It's true. Sachi and I are attending the Texas Library Association Conference in Austin, April 12-15th. I will be presenting on Thursday the 14th at 2pm and my talk is called "The Art of Explanation - in Plain English". I hope you'll come. This will be our first library conference and we're really excited to meet people like you and take it all in. Librarians are among our most dedicated fans and this conference is one of the biggest events in the library world. If you're going to the... Continue Reading
A couple of months ago, I presented a 5 minute presentation at Ignite Seattle called "Where Goldfish Come From" that is based on my experience growing up as a son of a goldfish farmer in North Carolina. The Ignite series happens around the globe and each presenter has 20 slides that display for 15 seconds each, and auto-advance. It's a challenge to make it work, but I enjoy it. Here's the video: Learn more at BlueRidgeKoi.com
I'll be speaking at what is shaping up to be a fun event at Zaaz in downtown Seattle on August 14th. I'll be presenting a version of the Online Community as Party talk.Â The event is free and focused on folks in the local UX / usability / IA / design community.Â To RSVP, pleae leave a comment here.Â I'm looking forward to seeing my friend Paul Ingram from Ingram Labs and hearing more about "The Effective Use of Kittens" from Jason Carmel of Zaaz and "The Art of Deep Hanging Out" from... Continue Reading
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