Weeknote 413: Top Tables

This week I have learned: I'm really quite proud of my facilitation skills. If there's one thing I'll say I'm good at, it's that. Sometimes shifting from Portrait to Landscape opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Meetingless papers is a great concept. As is the idea of taking virtual coffee breaks. OKR Progress: … Continue reading Weeknote 413: Top Tables

Meetingless papers

Sometimes my better ideas come from my mildly sarcastic one-liners... A couple of weeks ago I was in a workshop with a group of people when someone said that they were working on a project to promote "Paperless Meetings" within their organisation. "You should be striving for meetingless papers" I quipped. It's been a recurring … Continue reading Meetingless papers

Agile Simulation: Method and Reflections

A bit of a "how to" post reflecting on a session I ran yesterday for the technology team from a retail client. The Brief All of my most exciting pieces of work come at short notice. I spoke with the CIO from the client on Tuesday, and he wanted an interactive and fun session to … Continue reading Agile Simulation: Method and Reflections

Weeknote 411: keynote

This week I have learned: It's the "Look at Me!" gene... I love, love, love doing keynote type things to rooms full of people. I also love doing facilitation of big groups - it was about 35-40 folk yesterday afternoon. And getting them playing... win. I'm also getting more and more into the thrill of … Continue reading Weeknote 411: keynote

Getting good audio results when interviewing on Zoom

You wait for blog posts about how we record WB-40, and then two come along at once... The problem How to get as good audio quality as you can when using a web conferencing service like Zoom? The method An audio setup as documented in this article:https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/2018/02/16/podcasting-primer/ And then some clever ways of using the … Continue reading Getting good audio results when interviewing on Zoom

Apply transcripts to audio in Audacity

This is a very specific description of something I worked out how to do today. If you edit audio for things like podcasts you might find it useful. If you don't then probably not so much... The need Just about every week these days I have an interview to edit for WB-40, and coming soon … Continue reading Apply transcripts to audio in Audacity

Weeknote 410: Brexshit

This week I have learned: to start to get my head around the new WordPress editor.that the A Level Politics part of me is just loving this utter chaos.that technology companies really still don't get change.that when I'm busy my writing goes out of the door. OKR Progress: CxO Priorities: still chasing feedbackTech for non-Techies:It's … Continue reading Weeknote 410: Brexshit

Weeknote 409 – new beginnings

This week I have learned: I really do like starting things There's a huge gap in the way big tech firms push collaboration software. They neglect to think about the groups, focusing too much on the individual The power of music, the shared experience of music, is something I forget about too often The new … Continue reading Weeknote 409 – new beginnings

Virtual rooms

Anyone who regularly delivers workshops or presentations will know the massive impact that the layout of a room will have on the session. An audience laid out in the lines of a theatre auditorium will be in receive mode.  Put them around tables in "Cabaret" style and they'll talk to one another more readily. Put … Continue reading Virtual rooms