Ironic to hold an event to raise money for disaster relief only to have the most epic outbreak of devastating tornados rip through downtown Raleigh, knocking over trees & power lines, demolishing entire buildings, throwing debris miles away, and cutting out electricity to thousands (including the venue we held the event), just an hour before the fundraiser was to begin.
Whenever I’m worried or scared, I always ask myself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” and I usually realize that it’s not that bad after all. “Everything will be fine.”
But what happens when the unthinkable happens? When something . . . → Read More: Disaster relief fundraiser complicated by tornado outbreak
It’s already been three weeks since our last PechaKucha Night. Since we’ve already made a lot of headway getting the next set of speakers together for the September event at SPARKcon it feels more like months ago, though!
I wanted to take a moment to relive and reflect on that night.
It was such a great event though that I can still feel the energy in the room. I remember the smiles as guests, organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and even curious passerbys walked into Relevance’s snazzy loft office space to grab some wine or beer, Mediterranean appetizers, . . . → Read More: PechaKucha: Creative Minds do Durham
Sometimes you need to step away from the daily grind and try something new. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing the past month:
Spoke at an “unconference”. As my most recent post stated, I gave my first presentation to a group of about 15 product developers, product managers, and others after giving a quick 20-second pitch to a group of about 100 at ProductCamp RTP on May 22nd. It was a fantastic success. I learned a tremendous amount about my own public speaking skills as well as learning how to teach and/or explain an idea to a group . . . → Read More: Mixing It Up
As some you may know, I helped organize an event this month called Pecha Kucha. While you’re still trying to figure out how to pronounce that, I’m already basking in the warm-n-fuzzy creative juices as a result of the presentations and the engaging audience.
I will admit that I was unable to focus and didn’t comprehend all of the speakers’ presentations at the time of the event due in part to being an organizer and trying to make sure everything went smoothly and in part due to the extremely distracting & noisy sorority girls present in the room. Hmmm . . . → Read More: Pecha Kucha: A New Sector of Raleigh Creative Minds
There are four major idea-sharing events taking place between March 3, 2010 and March 23, 2010 in the Raleigh-Durham (Triangle) area. They’re all free. They’re all aimed at engaging the local community thought leaders with the rest of the community through presentations. They’re all one-night events coordinated by a local (unpaid) team.
But they each have their own origin and consequently a different path for achieving essentially the same goal: sharing great ideas. You may not be familiar with any of these events (in which case you need to start finding a local event in your own community right . . . → Read More: It’s a Free Market For Spreading Ideas