As a speaker I am always looking for conferences where I can present my sketching workshop. One of my favorite website to learn about conference call for proposals (CFP) is CFPLand.com. What I like about this site is that you can subscribe to the newsletter and receive the latest open CFPs in an email. In the email I can quickly scroll through and find the conferences that provide travel and lodging assistance. Traveling for International conferences can get expensive really fast and focusing on only the conferences which provide financial support greatly helps with budgeting.Read More
Recently I had the privilege to do something I never thought was possible a few months ago. I presented at two conferences in Europe. I presented at Booster Conference in Bergen, Norway, and AppDevCon in Amsterdam. Luckily the organizers worked with me to schedule my talks on separate days.Read More
Congratulations, you’ve been selected to present a talk at your favorite conference. The date is approaching quickly. You’re starting to loose sleep. Your talk is ready to go but it’s the small details before, during, and after the talk which are starting to worry you.
Don’t worry. Take a deep breath, count to 3 and exhale.Read More
We’ve all given talks where we go through slide after slide of information, graphs, and images. The message being presented may be good but is it engaging enough for the audience. We pepper in a few jokes here and there and even some funny gifs make their way into the slides to entertain the audience but how effective is it? How can we improve the odds of the audience really connecting with our message?Read More
Being and introvert I am always looking for ways to improve my public speaking skills. Whether it is client presentation, a lunch presentation at work, or even communicating my ideas clearly to team members I want to make all my communication effective. Sandra Niehaus, the Creative Director at Closed Loop had suggested to our UX team that we try out Improv classes to help with our presentation/communication skills. One of the classes she suggested was Charlie's Cheap Therapy in Sacramento which I decided to try out.
The improv class was great. We played a lot of different games. There were many times I froze up but continued the scenes. Even though I have only taken one class I am already thinking ways to improve my performance and I am excited about continuing taking these classes.
You should definitely try out an improv class. It is fun and educational at the same time.