November 14, 2009

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Reflecting on how I can create value

I reviewed my past eight years of blog posts and dusted off some articles that I think still have some uncaptured value in them.

Public speaking and presentation skills

  1. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/11/11/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-webinar-part-1-front-row-seats/
  2. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/11/12/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-webinar-part-2-from-audience-to-participants/
  3. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/11/13/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-webinar-part-3-reading-the-room/
  4. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/10/14/7-tips-for-remote-presentations-that-rock/
  5. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/06/24/notes-from-totally-rocking-presentations-at-ibm/
  6. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/10/09/public-speaker-worried-about-losing-control-dont-have-lectures-have-conversations/ or http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/08/14/from-presentations-to-conversations/
  7. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/03/29/virtual-conferences-change-the-game/
  8. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/03/02/want-to-grow-as-a-speaker-look-for-inspiration/
  9. http://sachachua.com/wp/2008/08/04/finding-something-worth-talking-about/
  10. http://sachachua.com/wp/2008/06/12/how-to-scale-presentations-up-or-down-the-art-of-timing/
  11. http://sachachua.com/wp/2008/05/28/dealing-with-stage-fright/

The particular quirks I bring to this are:

  • I link presenting with blogging and connecting, which is a particularly good combination for introverts
  • I’m comfortable giving virtual presentations
  • I love thinking about presentation organization
  • I love flipping the dynamic for presentations (not just “speaker as expert”)
  • I like sketching, and that’s become part of my style

I can create value by:

  • helping other introverts and novice speakers identify their core passions through blogging/writing, and develop presentations around those topics
  • helping speakers make the most of virtual presentations
  • sketching explanations for other topics, and helping build a visual library of metaphors and examples

Connecting / networking

  1. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/08/11/the-shy-connector-thinking-out-loud/
  2. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/03/19/networking-outside-the-firewall/
  3. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/03/10/making-a-name-for-yourself-thinking-out-loud-about-my-talk/
  4. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/01/27/braindump-of-conference-networking-tips/
  5. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/10/05/how-do-you-keep-in-touch-with-500-contacts/
  6. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/08/26/exercising-my-network/
  7. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/08/19/social-media-has-made-small-talk-easier/
  8. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/02/04/conversations-about-networking-scale-structure-and-skills/
  9. http://sachachua.com/wp/2008/12/07/lets-talk-about-passion/
  10. http://sachachua.com/wp/2008/05/25/thinking-out-loud-taking-it-offonline/
  11. http://sachachua.com/wp/2008/02/29/why-democamp-is-one-of-my-favorite-networking-events/
  12. http://sachachua.com/wp/2006/09/29/networking-create-value-with-your-business-cards/
  13. http://sachachua.com/wp/2006/09/28/conference-commando-networking-with-nametags/

The particular quirks I bring to this are:

  • I’ve figured out a lot about how I can connect as an introvert (speaking, social media)
  • I’m a geek, and I tweak my system

I can create value by:

  • sharing tips for other introverts
  • sharing tips on connecting through writing, speaking, and using social media
  • connecting the dots

Productivity

  1. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/03/24/how-to-do-a-lot/
  2. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/03/21/five-reasons-why-im-experimenting-with-outsourcing-to-virtual-assistants/
  3. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/06/22/log-your-accomplishments/
  4. http://sachachua.com/wp/2009/01/15/travel-tips/

The particular quirks I bring to this are:

  • I’m comfortable delegating tasks and projects, and I’m learning more about that
  • I enjoy practicing relentless improvement

I can create value by:

  • Sharing tips for personal delegation
  • Sharing my process improvements and ideas

Looking at these lists, I think I’ll be able to create the most value by making presentations (and writing accompanying articles) about presenting and connecting. Presentations spread much faster than blog posts and they also help me practice visual communication, so my output will probably focus on that. Blogging is a great way for me to think through the topic out loud, organize my thoughts, and figure out what should go into the presentation. Editing can help me pick out the key messages for the different topics, express them more vividly, figure out what’s missing or redundant, and improve the presentation flow.

Although virtual presentation skills meet a timely need at work, the Shy Connector series and other networking tips would benefit a wider audience. I want to make a set of presentations and blog posts that can help introverts and extroverted newbies make the most of conferences, blogging, and other ways to connect.

Okay! Next step: get in touch with potential editors, explain my goals, and do a trial run of reviewing/revising one major post each.

Reflecting on 8 years of blog posts

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Lucas

I remember when Lucas entered our lives. My sister had been staying late at the zoo, taking care of a sick foal. My father insisted that she have someone or something for company and protection. A big black dog, perhaps.

What did my sister go and do? She got a black Labrador puppy. Labradors can’t help but project instant friendliness. We joked that he would guilt-trip prospective muggers into leaving my sister alone.

With his easy charm, he became the mascot and client service ambassador for Adphoto, my sister’s favourite model, and a friend to everyone.

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Old age has taken its toll on Lucas. He’s hanging on bravely, but it’s almost time to let him go. My sister hopes Lucas can stay until we can all say goodbye to him, but our flights are more than a month away. We’ll see how things work.

I’m happy that of all the families who could have shared Lucas’ life, we were the ones who got to know such a fine dog.