UPDATED: September 2020 with added tips from experience
I routinely lead customer workshops as part of my profession. 100% remote work is changing things in a major way! Workshops are not designed as remote experiences; yet here we are. I led my first remote customer workshop this week! As expected, it was definitely a different experience but it worked pretty well. I learned some significant lessons along the way and thought they'd be a valuable share (beyond this forced-quarantine time). Delivering workshops remotely certainly isn’t the preferred method. But there's surely things we can do to make them as effective as possible.
Tips:Energy. Start with uptempo. music, jokes, and a high-level overview of what you're going to accomplish and how. Have handouts that give people a strong mental model of where they are in the process. They'll tune out and get bored otherwise. PRO TIP: I love to use a concept called ELMO using an Elmo plush doll. ELMO stands for En…
Many friends from outside the area have inquired how we've fared through the recent disaster in Colorado. Here's an update:
Our current place (rental) is fine, though the property we're building on was decimated pretty badly (it's about 2 miles from where we presently live, next to a lake on the St Vrain river). The river is normally 20-30 feet wide and 1-2 feet deep. I could have waded across it no problem a week ago. It was 200-500yds wide when we saw it a few days ago (no typo there). The shot below is our lake, but it's connected now to the river and the next lake over. The water continues for hundreds of yards to the right side of the frame. Utterly amazing.
Here's the sign to our neighborhood. Irony is we just changed the street name from Dougla Drive to Waterside Ln. How appropriate.
This guy tried to go around the road barriers. Bad idea. Fire department got their engine stuck trying to save him. He gets a Darwin award for being an idiot.
I've attended a lot of presentations over the years. And I mean A LOT! And I've given more than a few as well. Over those years, it's become obvious that the corporate world is very much stuck in a rut. Too often, the presentations are entirely forgettable and might as well be repeats of similar talk tracks from years or decades past! As speakers, it seems as though our message has to be plastered all over a slide in order for us to talk about it. We literally read the words on the slide to one another. We're fearful these days of just talking eye to eye about a topic we're passionate about.
There's tons of books, articles, and teaching about how to make better looking or more meaningful presentations. I love much of that content. But I want to share a different angle on improving presentations. Much of the content you'll find when searching on presentation tips is rooted in buildi…