I gave a lightning talk – my very first – at the London Content Strategy Meetup last week, on the topic of creative collaboration and what it’s taught me about collaborating at work. I had a crucial strategic advantage in that I went on last, by which time people had drunk enough to think I was funny.
A lightning talk is a peculiar form of self-applied torture in which you boil down your thoughts on a topic into 20 slides, which then advance automatically every 15 seconds, while you spiral into a state of anxiety in which time has no meaning.
There’ll be a video of my talk at some point, which will be unintelligible due to my talking at a rate of knots and my voice becoming increasingly high pitched.
And here is that very video, in which I discuss:
- My Irish early childhood
- Why storytellers are natural leaders
- Reading books
- Being afraid of public speaking but doing it anyway
- Why it’s rewarding to work with a creative partner (especially Randall Snare)
- Highland cows
- Architects in suspenders
- Learning to give and receive criticism
- Why watching people argue can be beautiful sometimes
- What we can learn from Google’s new design direction
Til then And here are my slides:
About the meetup
The London CS Meetup is a great group of people – if you’re in or near London later this month, come along to the next one.