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Links with Tips and Advice for Public Speaking

I collected these links to write a blog post at some point, but did not get to the point writing it, yet. Now, to make use of my list already, before getting to the point finally writing a blog post about public speaking, I have sorted my notes and list them here in no specific order. And I am going to let you know as soon as the actual blog post is done. Plus I am, of course, adding new resources any time I find something new.

Writing a Proposal

Writing About Yourself aka Writing Your Bio

Writing and Preparing a Talk

Creating Slides

General Public Speaking Tips (covering the above often as well):

Books

That's it for now, but I am pretty sure I gonna update it regularly. It would be wonderful, if you send me an email in case you have more links, books or anything that completes this list to learn about public speaking and presenting on stage.

Starting the Year of Events with New Adventures again

Like last year, I am going to kick off the year of events with New Adventures in Nottingham. I am already looking forward to the event, as I know that Simon and Colly put their heart into it and always make it a special event. Not only because they work hard on finding interesting and different people and topics, but also because I know hat always lovely people come to this event, which means great conversations and a good time next to the core values of their New Adventures Conference.

I know that tickets are still available and if you like to kick off the year in a creative and lovely way, join in and come to Nottingham!

Portafilter Rack

For a longer time I was looking into a solution to get rid of the mess around my espresso machine. I have three portafilters: one with a filter basket for one shot and one spout, one with a filter basket for a double shot or two espresso and a double spout and last but not least one with no spout, or, a bottomless portafilter.

As i am only always using one of the above portafilters, the other two are somewhere next to my machine and I don’t have the most space around my machine. I thought of building a little rack out of wood to hang the portafilters I don’t need onto the wall. Then I thought, I do a little bit of research as other people might have the same issue and already solved it.

I found a couple of nice looking solutions, like this one, by someone calling himself chuckcoffee or this one, which comes even with a magnet for the blind filter basket. There are even solutions from companies like ECM, made of metal, but sadly also quite pricey.

I then looked on Etsy and found something called Portakeeper, which does not waste a lot of space on your wall, is easy to mount (you can use 3M sticking pads to mount them) and does not cost too much. Maybe not as beautiful as wooden versions, but you don’t really see them behind the portafilter either. I took a couple of photos of how they look and how I mounted the two I bought.

A collage of photos showing how I mounted my Portakeeper onto the wall to hold my portafilters.
I bought this “Portakeeper” on Etsy

Of course, those are “only” 3D printed and you can find similar versions on Thingiverse (e. g. this one or this one), but I like that the one behind the Etsy solution provided a great service, helping me with questions and I was happy to buy from him (plus, I don’t have a 3D printer anyways).

“Vertical Churches” by Richard Silver

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This is stunningly beautiful. This is a photography project by Richard Silver.

A collage showing 5 photos of churches, photographed in kind of a 360 degree way
Beautiful and different view on churches. Copyright and taken by Richard Silver.

I can’t describe why, but somehow those photos have something really fascinating. But simply have a look yourself on his website, where you find them in higher resolution.

An Example of How Nice People Are

This is one example of the lovely comments – via email, direct message or alike – I get often after running an event. And this also is an example for my reason running those events.

A screenshot of an email in which someone tells me how much he liked my event in Berlin 2019

I can’t describe the happiness whenever I receive one of those emails. Thanks a lot to all those who make the effort and take the time to write me. ❤️

Off to Vienna for Webclerks Conference

Looking forward to two days in Vienna to attend the Webclerks Conference. Excited to meet friends (and make new ones) after running beyond tellerrand in Berlin just a little more than a week ago. Also happy to meet a couple of people there, which I had not spoken to a lot at my own event as a matter of time and business ;)

Se you there …

Apple …

I recently, as from time to time, changed all my email account passwords. But I am not able to update any of my accounts on my iPhone X. I can change the passwords, get the blue checkmarks, when a password is changed, but when I go back to my email program, I get the same damn error, that there is a problem with my accounts and I should check the login credentials.

Really Apple?

I am absolutely sad seeing your quality going continuously down over time. I am not even complaining, that there are no new highlights or features are coming in updates (well those superb Memoji stickers 🙄). I am sad to see the hardware quality of the laptops going down (keys fall off etc.), but even the basic stuff is getting worse and worse.

Sad to see this …

Instagram? Same, Same …

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On Twitter my friend Brendan was asking if others also noticed a similar way of talking into the camera.

[…] Same phrasing, same mannerisms, same sentence structures. […]

I am sure he is right and I know what he means, as it also counts for images/photos (I am guilty here as well), but I was asking, if he’d have examples.

A funny way of holding a mirror in front of us

Keith from Ireland replied with a brilliant link to [an account named insta_repeat, which I haven’t come across before. Brilliant way of holding a mirror in front of us!

A Snippet out of the Briefing Email my Partners get for beyond tellerrand

About one or two weeks before an event takes place, my Partners (how I like to call my sponsors) get a longer email with all the details and instructions for anything that is in their package.

If they have a booth during the conference, I like to give them this little bit of advise

One tip you should please follow, as I know my attendees for 10 years now: don’t go with the classic table setup, where you sit behind your table with your laptop open during the breaks. That kills it and I promise, no one is gonna speak to you, as they don’t want to disturb you while you work.

🤷‍♂️ Right?

WebConf Asia Cancelled

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You can imagine, that I am totally sorry to hear that Charis Rooda had to cancel this year’s WebConf Asia. Surely the situation in Hong Kong caused this, but knowing how much passion Charis puts into organising it, it must be such a tough decision to cancel your event. As she says:

We have not taken this decision lightly, and have kept hope until last week that the situation would improve (enough) so we could still hold a great event. Unfortunately, we feel that this is no longer the situation, and therefore we feel obliged to postpone. It’s breaking our hearts and we are very sorry.

Well, I believe this 100%. Fingers crossed for the next one then, dear Charis!