January 18, 2010

What I want to talk about in 2010

January 18, 2010 - Categories: planning, plans, speaking

Following through on my resolution to give fewer talks, I’m thinking about what kinds of talks I do want to give.

I want to help people work together better. I want to talk about the whys and hows of collaboration, helping organizations, communities, teams, and individuals learn how to use these tools and practices. Part of this will include basic step-by-step tutorials on how, perhaps, but I’m much more interested in documenting and shaping collaboration patterns.

I want to help people play to their strengths. As I learn more about being introverted and about having a beginner’s mind, I’m looking forward to sharing what I discover with other people.

I want to help people map and share their lives, insights, and questions. I want to map everything I know, and I want to help interested people do the same.

I want to help people become more at home and discover themselves. I think I’m getting the hang of it, and I want to share that with others, too!

So: collaboration, strengths (particularly learning and introversion), mapping/knowledge-sharing, and self-discovery. Now that I’ve sketched that out, I can think about what questions I want to explore and how I can share what I’m learning along the way.

I’m not quite used to this. I created most of my presentations in response to requests, invitations and calls for submissions. Lately, though, I’ve been creating more and more presentations just because I wanted to. Switching to being more proactive about my topics might be an interesting experiment. =)

Weekly review: Week ending Jan 17, 2010

January 18, 2010 - Categories: weekly


  • [/] Prepare company profiles for upcoming Innovation Discovery engagements
  • [X] Learn more about facilitation


  • [X] Spend more time with family and friends
  • [/] Look for gifts for my parents and sister
  • Also: Had wonderful parties with friends and godparents


  • [X] Prepare for taking cat along on trip
  • [X] Renew driver’s licence in the Philippines
  • [X] Get health certificate for cat
  • [X] Pack my bags and fly back to Toronto
  • [X] Post more sketches
  • Also: Finalized permanent residency, hooray!

Plans for next week:


  • [  ] Catch up on work
  • [  ] Schedule and attend calls
  • [  ] Send Idea Lab results and updates
  • [  ] Prepare microblogging presentation


  • [  ] Find woodworking and electronics projects for J-
  • [  ] Plan tea party for February
  • [  ] Send thank-you notes


  • [  ] Go to the dentist
  • [  ] Schedule vet visit
  • [  ] Submit more paperwork (health care, TFSA, etc.)
  • [  ] Recover from trip, jet lag, sore throat
  • [  ] Revise The Shy Connector for upcoming WITI presentation; test