Last week I had the opportunity to speak at HighEdWeb New England. This regional offshoot of HighEdWeb was yet again an amazingly delightful collection of talent and people and has grown significantly in the last several years. Lots of new faces — different people than I typically see in the higher ed conferences — and a whole host of new speakers too. When asked how many people were new, approximately half the attendees raised their hands. And this at a 150 attendee regional.
Fresh faces mean it’s even more important to be on your game as a presenter. I’ve been updating my disruptive technologies talks (session and workshop versions), so I squeezed 50 slides of awesome tech into a ten minute lightning talk. It’s always a coin toss whether I can cram that much into the allotted time, but even the sound worked flawlessly, (thanks, Sven!) and I made it with seconds to spare. Usually the audience starts scribbling furiously taking notes but, by about four minutes in, gives up and hopes to God there’s a speaker deck available.
You’ll notice this is hosted on SpeakerDeck, not SlideShare. I’ve had an account for quite some time, but only now getting around to posting my new content here. I love the user experience and the clean, ad-free interface! I’m finally making the jump (and you should too). Consider this the next updated slide of tech you should know. ;D
Hopefully everyone found a couple of new takeaways to take back and try out. If so, then my job here is done. Thanks to the fabulous planning committee for a great conference, and thanks to you attendees for the lovely and very complimentary words. They came fast and furious on Twitter, much to my surprise. Protip: If you tuck your phone in your upper shirt [pocket], remember to take it out — or at least off vibrate — before the clock starts. Otherwise, you have upwards of a hundred people watching you remove the vibrating offender before you move on. Awkward.
But very awesome.