Top Ten Tips for Talkers

I saw this article from Nancy Duarte the other day and had a quick read – it’s only a few minutes long. It was well timed, I had a speaking slot at a conference coming up in a few days time and, like most folk, I’m not immune to performance nerves so was more than happy to pick up any tips that could be useful.

One of my own strategies for dealing with those nerves is to attempt to prepare for as many of the common gotchas as I can. I realise that there’s likely to be a surprise at every event and that I can’t simply magic them away through preparation – but what I find is that I can cope with the unexpected better when I’m confident that I have the basics covered.

I’ve ended up with a checklist of sorts.

I noticed that there are things on my checklist that I’ve not seen on others so I thought I’d publish it in the hope it could help someone else out. And so I can find it again:Read More »

Checklists: The Definition of Done

There are 10 ways to get ‘Out’ in cricket:

  1. CaughtCricket
  2. Bowled
  3. Stumped
  4. Leg Before Wicket
  5. Run Out
  6. Hit Wicket
  7. Timed Out
  8. Hitting the Ball Twice
  9. Obstructing the Field
  10. Handling the Ball
  11. (and some would say Retired, but it’s not on the official list)

I just tried to remember that list from memory and I failed.  I got to seven, then managed to remember the one about hitting the ball twice, then resorted to Google.  Ah well, that’s not quite what I was going to talk about, but is an excuse to publish this picture of me and some lifeboat colleagues playing cricket last week.  We lost, but we had better shirts.Read More »

Checklists and Complexity: should they live together, or just be friends?

Core message ::  Even if you’re working in an inherently complex environment, checklists and templates can help.

Bikes and Traffic in Teipei fighting to 'make progress'

In the UK, Police motorcyclists, amongst the most highly trained and experienced road users, are taught to survive in the complex environment of busy roads, high speeds and often unpredictable behaviour by applying a defined process whenever a hazard is being approached.  A checklist if you like. You can read about it in ‘The Blue Book’ and ‘The System’ it describes is so widely used by trained motorcyclists that I guarantee you that either of those phrases will be immediately recognised in their company.Read More »