February 15, 2010

Kaizen: WITI: The Shy Connector

February 15, 2010 - Categories: kaizen, presentation, speaking

Around 100 people attended the Shy Connector webinar I gave for Women in Technology, International. It was lots of fun!

What worked well:

  • You know, I might be on to something with this topic…
  • People liked the webcam, the interaction, and the visual approach.
  • The text chat was lively and there was plenty to talk about.
  • Quickly installing my own survey system let me get more feedback.
  • The Camtasia recording provided a useful backup for capturing the interaction images as well as the text chat.
  • Having shyconnector.com and theshyconnector.com helped.

What I can do even better next time:

  • Refer to interesting hats instead of funny hats. There’s nothing inherently funny about my cool Tilley hat, the word just got stuck in my head (nervousness?).
  • Have one of the said hats handy.
  • Use shyconnector.com instead of j.mp, as some companies block URL shorteners.
  • Have an announcement up on my blog to make it easier for people to find information.
  • Save the text chat before sending out the URL. InstantPresenter closed unexpectedly, boo!
  • I still lean towards LivingAnAwesomeLife.com instead of LivingAwesomely. LivingAwesomely feels a little abrupt.

Follow-up actions:

  • Write about thoughts from the text chat.
  • Prepare introvert guide to public speaking (must come up with catchy title: Two Hundred is Easier than Two?)

Weekly review: Week ending February 14, 2010

February 15, 2010 - Categories: weekly

From last week’s plans:


  • [X] Support upcoming workshops by setting up Idea Labs and doing archetype presentations
  • [X] Braindump more of what I know at work
  • [X] Organize teleconference for people working in my neighborhood
  • [X] Give “Shy Connector” presentation to WITI audience
  • Added exploration workshop guide to wiki
  • Learned about issue maps
  • Braindumped my go-to people
  • Coordinated development of logo for training program


  • [/] Try another restaurant
  • [X] Check out portrait photographers
  • [X] Hand-write invitations and include in care package
  • Also: Took cats to vet
  • Joined my godparents’ tea party
  • Had Chinese New Year dinner with W-‘s family
  • Made chicken pot pie from scratch
  • Prepared next week’s meals
  • Gave J- a warm gift
  • Read lots of books on marriage
  • Helped W- organize negatives


  • [X] Sew more zippered pouches
  • [/] Sew wrap-around zippered pouch
  • [/] Work on Siargao scrapbook, really
  • [X] Send invitations for February tea party (end of month-ish?)
  • Practiced bay parking
  • Learned more Cantonese
  • Went biking

Plans for next week


  • [  ] Use new training program logo where appropriate
  • [  ] Help team members send out Idea Lab invitations
  • [  ] Learn from IBVA team


  • [  ] Bake more awesomes
  • [  ] Smoothen household routines


  • [  ] Upload Siargao pictures to photo-book making website
  • [  ] Compare photo book to getting prints of favourite Siargao shots
  • [  ] Sew more pouches