Stand (or Sit) and Deliver – Speaking Tips for Small Groups and Meetings

Public speaking isn’t just for big rooms with a podium and microphone.

Sometimes it’s just you and 5,10 maybe 20 people. They might be your clients or stakeholders or your project team. Any time you address a group, you need to get your message across and know you’ll be understood. Prep and practice are always important but when you’re speaking close-up there are different things to think about and opportunities you don’t have in a conference hall.

Brown Dirt UX – Creating Impact Without Permission

Those bastards!

Why can’t they see that a great user experience IS good business?

How frustrating is it to be able to see project and product quality sidelined because you can’t translate the value into an algorithm that can predict success in decimal points?

What if I told you those bastards aren’t working against you? They’re simply working for something else. There are reasons for that; not good reasons but if you understand them, you have an advantage.

What if I told you there are ways to create impact that you can put into play without asking anyone?

Come visit during this session and we’ll talk a little about why your enemy isn’t your enemy. We’ll also talk about specific things you can do to position yourself and UX to make an impact.

They’re a little clandestine.

They’re a little sneaky.

Best of all…you don’t need permission.

Ideas and Innovation: Simple Premise – Small Starts

Innovation is a word that is commonly used and seldom defined.

Ideas occur all the time but do they all deserve the time and effort necessary to realize them?

There is a startlingly simple definition for innovation because innovation, by itself, is simple. It’s also a form of the creative process and can’t be obtained on demand. But when you do come upon something innovative, the real work begins: You have to examine and justify a new idea. You have to convince others that your idea is worthwhile.

Adam Polansky will give you that simple definition and show you how to gauge the merit of an idea along with a short case study about a grass-roots idea that didn’t turn out as planned – it turned out better! He’ll also show you how to frame the discussions you’ll need to have in order to get your ideas off the ground and suggest some other avenues available to move from concept to concrete.