Let’s not wear out our Welcome.

Let’s not wear out our Welcome.

I’ve been conferencing now for close to 25 years and throughout that time, many, but not all events have begun with a Welcome to or Acknowledgment of Country. These are sometimes delivered by a leader of the organisation hosting the conference or meeting, the MC of...
Cut It Out

Cut It Out

In 1983 I wrote an essay about 1984. I was in my final year of High School and our English text was, ironically given the year, George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. I recall with perhaps way too much over-confidence, writing a long, detailed essay in my Year 12...
For Fork’s Sake!

For Fork’s Sake!

(What ‘Toy Story 4’ can teach us about conference presentations) I’m a huge fan of Pixar movies, which apart from being immensely entertaining and moving and amongst the most creative films released each year, always contain brilliant messages, multiple layers...
My Man-Crush, Malcolm

My Man-Crush, Malcolm

(WHAT MALCOLM GLADWELL TAUGHT ME ABOUT PRESENTATIONS) I’m not at all embarrassed to say I have quite a few man crushes. From LeBron James, Stephen Colbert, Barack Obama, musician Neil Finn and a few professional wrestlers from the late 80’s (yep, I’m waaaay past...