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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
Sachi and I are heading down to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 7-12. After taking a few years off, we're excited to be heading back. I'm going to be doing a short "Future 15" talk on Monday, March 11th at 4pm about the Art of Explanation in Room 616AB. I know a Monday afternoon time is tough, but I would be honored if you could attend.
Thanks to your votes, I was selected to speak at the SXSW Interactive Festival in 2013. I'll be speaking as a part of the Future 15s, which are 12 minute talks that focus on forward-looking ideas across a variety of topics. I'll be speaking about The Art (and Power!) of Explanation - an idea I believe has a lot of potential for the future (and now). The festival is March 8th-12th, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Thanks for helping to make this happen and congrats to all the speakers, a group I am... 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'm excited to be one of the keynote speakers at the Training Magazine Conference and Expo. The event is in Atlanta, Georgia on February 13-14th. The event is set up to have multiple, short keynotes over the course of the conference and my talk will focus on the "Art of Explanation". Here's the description: While technology increases connectivity, connectivity increases complexity. The time between decisions is shrinking and the scale of information around each decision is exploding. How do... 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
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
I'm excited to be participating in a free online seminar with TechSoup, an organization that helps non-profits with technology. Details below: Tech Training Made Simple with Online Videos Wednesday, November 18, 11 a.m. Pacific time Wouldn’t it be great if complicated technology concepts were explained in a simple way that’s easy to understand? Imagine how something like this could assist you in training sessions for patrons or staff. Well look no further, Common Craft creates explanatory... 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
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