Archive for December, 2007

Presentations as progress

Friday, December 21st, 2007

I’ve been traveling quite a lot and looking back after the last one in K.U.Leuven, Belgium, I’ve given over 100 presentations this year. That averages about two per week and considering that my real job is running a company and I don’t actively sell any of these appearances, it’s quite an honor to be invited by so many different people to interesting places to expand my own thinking. Thanks to all who have been perspective devices and centrally involved in getting my atoms transported from place to place.

Some think that giving presentations is about broadcasting your message, but for me presentations are really about growing new connections: inside and outside. If I have the opportunity to speak, I also have the opportunity to get really deep into certain developments in our society to gain new perspectives. I don’t want to run the same speech every time, but remix my consciousness with new points of view.

The stress and preparation required for a presentation is always an opportunity for re-evaluating your arguments. Once the speech is done and the resulting adrenaline is getting you high, it’s time for reflection in a social setting how it went. I feel disconnected from myself if I don’t have a recording or other means to tear the presentation into pieces. In a sense, presentations are a gesamtkunstwerk (Richard Wagner) for me, a massive work of art shaking all senses. I feel sorry for those who repeat their rap to boredom and perfection, rather than progression.

Looking back, the quantum leaps that have emerged in my thinking have happened in my three trips to Italy: twice to Bolzano (Bolzano Conversation and ILIAS Conference) through Rome and once to Naples (EDEN Conference) through Rome. I’ve also had some great presentations in Netherlands (SURF Education Days) and Belgium (Dag van de Docent). I haven’t yet had the opportunity to upload all the presentations I’ve done this year but will do so eventually.

Why is Rome so important? Well it’s because of the reflecting conversations with Sepp, Susan, Robin and Roberto. Not to mention the transitory state that it has served for my trips. Thanks to Robin for getting us all in touch. Here is one of the more informal conversations we have shared, as transcribed by Robin:

Who knows what will happen in year 2008? Maybe I’m forgotted or in greater demand than ever. I’m very excited – and I have some great news in January.

Btw. If someone knows how to get rid of Google PageRank 0 for this blog, I would be very happy. I’m not a spammer, although my nerve waste can be a burden sometimes.