The Crazy One: 13 Presenting: Building, setting up and giving a great presentation
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Confidence and ease 

Profit. Power. Pursuit. A CreativeLive Podcast with Tara Gentile: From the Archive: Humility & Public Speaking with Michael Port

On speaking

When you are talking to someone, you are playing a game of catch. No matter what concept you are throwing them – they must be able to accept, retain, comprehend and do something with it.

See also the pyramid principle

When public speaking, you must deliver on your promise. 

When being asked to speak – you must have a platform built on that unique promise.

Your fee will equate to the size of your platform.

Your platform is based on relevance & community need.
Build some intellectual property

  • Protocol based, or
  • Message based

Andrea Mallard 

Storytelling is everything

Show, don’t tell.

Use the Pixar storytelling principles to drive human truths to business to being stakeholders along the journey.

Design is the way to de-risk your go to market, by way of understanding who we are serving better, connecting to their humanity – being humble enough to iterate along the way to improve and to make sure they come along for the ride with us.


Here’s a really interesting deep dive interview that a couple of guys from ‘Jobs to be done’ did with a random guy about his recent mattress purchasing experience. They ask questions largely around the history context and trigger points around deciding that a need was there – before exploring the point of purchase itself. It’s incredible how much background they get by gaining the context of thoughts, feelings and justifications for events that happened upto five years ago.

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Notes from Jonathan Rosenberg’s talk on Rules to Success

Code Zen

Fantastic talk by Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Product Management at Google on Rules to Success. The talk was so heavy with aphorisms that I ended up watching it twice and noted down his various points. They may be slightly off missing a couple of points here and there, but still pretty educational (for me at least :) )

Starting note: I loved this statement at the beginning of the talk:

If you want to build a ship
don't herd people together to collect wood
and don't assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the 
endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery

Rules on Communication

  • Overcommunicate always all the time. You cant communcate enough.
  • Openly share everything with your collegues. Trust your people and give them this info. Trust breeds loyalty.
  • Repetition does not spoil the prayer.
  • Each word matters. Be crisp and direct…

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