From “talks” to “chats”
Posted July 31, 2012on:
I tweeted this a few days ago:
Have four external "talks" to give over the next few months. Going to try to turn them into "listens" & "chats"!—
Ashley Tan (@ashley) July 27, 2012
I had to tell the folks who asked me to give talks why I try not to lecture. I prefer to tell stories that the audience can relate to.
I am also serious about turning passive listening into more active commenting, questioning, and critiquing. I want a one-way talk to become many-way listens and chats. Twitter backchannels are key to doing this.
I am going to try this despite the talks being held in venues that I am not familiar with and have no control of. One of those sessions is not even in the same country!
Actually, it might be because the talks are held elsewhere that I do this. It will be a test of technical, mindset, and cultural readiness for “chats” and “listens”.
Other than that, I will be mindful of five things every presenter needs to know about people.