Join me at Presentation Camp on Saturday April 4th, 2009

Posted by bryanzug - 2009/04/03

Will be joining my pals Kathy Gill, Scott Berkun, Brady Forrest, and Buzz Brugeman (among others) for Presentation Camp Seattle on Saturday April 4th 2009 at the University of Washington.

Here’s the schedule and the skinny —

PresentationCamp is an ad-hoc gathering of passionate folks who want to share, interact and spread the love around the topic of presentation design and delivery. It’s for anyone interested in public speaking, pitching and presenting. Come to learn, come to share: everyone walks away knowing a little bit more.

Sign up now over on the Eventbrite page for the event. It’s $15 until the day of, then it’s $20.

It’s an unconference which, if you’ve never been to one, is a blast. The main idea is that the best thing about most conferences are the hallway conversations, so why not make up a conference on the fly that has that feel to it.

So participants gather in the first hours of the conference and propose session ideas, then the popular ones are assigned slots. Looks from the schedule that this camp will have some good pre-planned sessions and some slots for real time session creation.

I’m proposing a session tentatively titled “Telling Ain’t Persuading (or teaching, selling, or training)!!: Case studies in conversational/Socratic presentation methods“.

It will be a discussion of presentation examples / methods that don’t just give an answer, but that invite people into dialogue / experience — and how that often has much more staying power that just passing along information.

Will be touching on:

  • The structure of the attention economy unconference talk I’ve presented a few times — “Starbuck vs. Samwise in a Fight (and what does that have to do with the Attention Economy?)” — and how the form of the talk is an effective design for learning.
  • How the unstructured and question driven nature of the classic video game Myst is arguably more involving (and compelling) that most present day games.
  • How books like Ken Bain’s “What the Best College Teachers Do” and the American Society for Training and Development’s “Telling Ain’t Training” (by Harold Stolovitch) showcase proven ways to present more compellingly.

So, come join us!

Blackboard Patent to Be Re-examined

Posted by bryanzug - 2007/01/29

Since I’ve weighed in on this issue before, I wanted to note — word has come via Harold and Chris of a Slashdot report that:

“Groklaw is reporting that the US Patent and Trademark Office has just ordered a re-examination of the e-learning patent owned by Blackboard Inc, thanks to a filing by the Software Freedom Law Center. SFLC’s press release states, ‘The Patent Office found that prior art cited in SFLC’s request raises “a substantial new question of patentability” regarding all 44 claims of Blackboard’s patent…’ The SFLC explains that though such re-examinations may take a couple of years to complete, approximately ‘70% of re-examinations are successful in having a patent narrowed or completely revoked.’”

ArtRage sketches on zooomr

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/09/17

Whoops — posted this to the wrong blog — you can find this post on my personal blog if you are interested.

If Hell froze over yesterday, does that make Microsoft or Palm Satan?

Posted by bryanzug - 2005/09/27

When I saw the images on engadget last Friday of a Treo running Windows Mobile, my first reaction was – this is September, not April 1. Got the same reaction when I told Steve Kaiser, one of the smartest Microsoft developers (and nicest guys) I’ve ever met.

A couple of seconds later, I changed my mind and decided this was real and that hell had indeed frozen over.

Recalling what I noted on Sparkle a couple of weeks ago along with the re-org Microsoft announced last week, it was instantly clear to me that the sleeping Redmond giant was waking up.

What better way to deal with having –

  • …your hardware ass kicked by Palm,
  • …your mobile device development ass kicked by Macromedia
  • …your integrated mobile office ass kicked by Blackberry

Than to just say – we lost – next. The smartest people I know are the quickest to say, we should stop doing this and go a different direction because things have changed.

While I watched the press conference yesterday AM I thought to myself, is there a clone of me writing press releases for this project?