I wasn’t going to do any public speaking this year. I had decided to take a break after a pretty stressful 2019 (ha – remember 2019 – doesn’t seem so bad now!) where giving talks became a bit of a contributor to my anxiety. Anyway circumstances have changed a little 😉
So yesterday afternoon I gave a little talk based on my ‘grumpy agile‘ post and the presentation Ann and I gave at Agile in the City: Bristol in November to the digital team at the Food Standards Agency using Microsoft Teams. It seemed to go OK – I find the format a bit hard – sharing slides and then it feels like you are speaking to yourself a bit – something I am doing quite enough at the moment to be honest! But it was nice to chat a bit to different people and I figure learning how to present in this way is going to become more and more important.
So anyway I thought I’d see if anyone else was interested in an opinionated Bristolian joining their Teams, Zoom, Hangouts – whatever – team meetings and doing a little talk.
I’m thinking of basically blocking 14:00 – 16:00 on Fridays from after next weeks bank holiday for the remainder of this lockdown life (even the inevitable lockdown-lite that will follow it). My work schedule means I don’t do client work on Fridays at the moment and I don’t have any 1-2-1s or company meetings in the afternoon until our POETS catch-up at 16:30 so I reckon I could do it if anyone is interested. The talks are about 30 minutes ish – and I can hang around for a bit to do a bit of Q&A – say a max of 45 mins?
I have talks ready-ish about –>
- Grumpy agile
- Hacking hiring
- Working in the open
- ‘Digital’ culture
I’m thinking about doing something about digital generalists and inevitably…stickers.
..also I have short talks about Adidas trainers, my obsession with graffiti, British superheroes and why I love the Beastie Boys 🙂