One Big Idea

One Big Idea

I was enjoying a sazerac with a old friend of mine at a local watering hole. And by watering hole, I mean incredibly hip farm-to-table restaurant full of young techies because we were in Mountain View, land of Google, but…

Block Your Talk

Block Your Talk

This one of a series of essays on speaking. Find more here. You’ve written a great talk, you’ve made your deck (or not!) and you’ve practiced. But have you considered how you’ll move while speaking? First, you have to know…

Presenting is Performance

Presenting is Performance

This one of a series of essays on speaking. Find more here. When the Game Developer’s Conference invited me to give a talk on the User Experience of Games, I said yes faster than Jane Austin character to a marriage…

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

For TinyLIpsum, with Love and Stories

I’ve been teaching storytelling for a couple of years now, and have discovered there is a particular shape that produces really compelling and interesting tales. To prove that this shape works, I run an improv game. I get a bunch of…

Beyond the Slide

Beyond the Slide

It’s 2006, and I’m sitting in the office of my pal Rasmi’s company, Uzanto. We’ve been chatting about her business, then she leans forward and whispers conspiratorially, “We’ve started on something new. It’s Youtube for PowerPoint.” “Oh cool,” I replied….

In Praise of Q&A

In Praise of Q&A

At a recent conference, I ran into the organizer at the first coffee break of the morning. She was fuming. “They keynote.” She growled. “What? It was a strong talk.” “She ran short! It was a 20 minute talk!” “She…

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The class I teach is called “Story,” and the first assignment was to give a “TEDette.” I defined the project as a five minute talk using a personal story to make an audience care about a scientific principle. Y’know, like…