How To Public Speaking

10 August 2012   //     1 comment   //   announcing, media, thought provoking


Have you all heard of Ignite? An Ignite evening is made up of short talks on interesting subjects. Each speaker has 5 minutes (and 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds) to tell you about something they’re passionate about. Here in Charlotte, we’re getting ready for Ignite Charlotte 5 and I’m honored to be one of the speakers! I’ll be giving you tips on How To Get Pretty Much Anyone To Do Pretty Much Anything.

I’m launching the battle early with my ENFP inclinations, and making myself begin working on my talk now in the hopes of finishing strong and avoiding stage shame. Part of my early work is hanging out watching other people’s successful and less successful Ignite talks. I figure if I can watch what enough people do right and what enough people do wrong, I can make sure I’m in the “right” category. But I can also easily get carried away with this “research” and forget that writing and practicing the talk is really what I need to be doing.

So I jumped over to Facebook for one last hit before I got down to business and started writing. And then I stumbled upon this. And it’s exactly what I needed. Ze Frank giving us an honest (yet still funny) batch of public speaking tips. If you ever have to stand up and speak publicly, I recommend watching this video right here. It’s brilliant.

Once you watch it, however. Get to work! That talk isn’t going to write itself.

Hope I see you at Ignite Charlotte on September 25 at the Neighborhood Theatre. You can RSVP (it’s free) starting August 25.

Wish me luck!

(Thanks for sharing, Celeste!
And here’s a link in case the embedded video doesn’t work for you.)


winter olympics

23 February 2010   //     Comments Off   //   media, photography

Was perusing the UH-MAZING Olympics photos from’s Big Picture and I can’t stop staring at that one above.

But go check them all out here and here — every one is pretty much incredible. Here are some of my favorites.


walking in holden’s footsteps

29 January 2010   //     Comments Off   //   caught my eye, media

Awesome. Found this in the New York Times today — an interactive map of Holden Caulfield’s journey through NYC. Roll over the different sites and find an excerpt from Catcher in the Rye describing each place. Check it out here.

Thanks for the tour JD Salinger. And thanks for preserving that New York forever.


picturing the past 10 years

05 January 2010   //     Comments Off   //   clever, design, history, media, thought provoking

Phillip Niemeyer has created a fantastic chart for the New York Times depicting trends of the past 10 years.

The above is just a sample of highlights of the O’s, but the whole chart is an interesting walk down the memory lanes of our love, concerns, moods and fears.

See the full chart here.

(Thanks Crystal!)


rip I.D.

17 December 2009   //     Comments Off   //   design, media, news

ID Magazine closing

Just heard the sad news that I.D. Magazine, the country’s oldest product design magazine, is headed to the [rapidly filling up] magazine graveyard. Happily, the Annual Design Review will continue — online — even expanding to include a catalog of past winners. So there’s some consolation amidst the disappointment.

I think I’ll go thumb through some old back issues today.

Thanks magCulture for the heads up.