It's been a good year, 2015. One of the things I have enjoyed is getting back to listening to music. Taking the time to listen to albums all the way through, friends recommending bands or making me mixes. It inspired me to digitize my CD collection (I'm about one quarter of the way through - great to have a winter project right?) - which has lead to me discovering some albums I love but had forgotten - like Al Jarreau - Glow, Gomez - Bring it On or Nitin Sawnhey - Prophesy. I ended up making mixes for friends as Christmas presents this year! Anyway, here's some of the music I picked up in 2015 that is carrying me into 2016. Music for the change in year, in no particular order ... I hope you enjoy and please beware there are explicit lyrics in some of the following. Enjoy what you like and skip what you don't.
I have been having a blast doing a few keynotes this year. It has mostly been audiences of 70-200 people in all kinds of settings - from International Port Authorities and Education Communications people to Disease Control professionals and Urban Planners. It has been a lot of fun and I feel like I am right at the beginning of learning how to do it well!
Keynotes can be a good gateway for those who want to explore new or alternative ways of doing things; a starting place to dig deeper. I think the best use of a keynote is to provoke people to figure out their own solutions in conversation with each other. Here's a video that shows a bit of what I have been working with and some talking through of how we have been designing the sessions afterwards. Hope it is helpful of others who are stepping into more speaking gigs and also really invite thoughts about what would make it better ...
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