Getting better at public speaking

I’m currently working to improve my public speaking, and I recently gave a talk on Digital Justice at Product Management Festival in Zurich. Afterwards, I asked a few people for some honest feedback, and jotted down how I felt I’d done. So this post is really a mini-retrospective with me reflecting on what went well and what I could do better next time.

I thought you might find it of passing interest also. With any luck, I’ll present better next time.

Very large screen + very small Jock

Very large screen + very small Jock

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39-43: Four more things I’ve learned about product management

Last Tuesday I felt a bit like Gwyneth Paltrow. This wasn’t because I had a sudden hankering for colonic irrigation or conscious uncoupling. Rather, I felt a bit like her character in the film Sliding Doors, in which the difference between missing and catching a tube train creates two parallel, but very different paths through the rest of the story.

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10 top tips for reading your users’ minds – talk at #PMF14

Albert_Einstein_1947Which is better for making product decisions: guesswork or user feedback?

Albert Einstein once said that anyone can make something complex, but only a genius can make something simple.  Imagine if you could read your user’s minds and understand what they really think about your product.

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Ich bin ein Produkt-Manager: round-up from inaugural Product Management Festival in Zürich

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Graffiti was positively encouraged – photo courtesy of Product Management Festival

The first Product Management Festival took place in Zürich this week, bringing together product people from across Europe, as well as some from farther afield: the US, China, Russia and Australia.  There were laughs, drama and conflict (mainly between panellists, I hasten to add), but thankfully no actual fist-fights.

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Crack out the Ferrero Rocher*

September is shaping up to be a good month for product people in Europe, with not one, but two great events lined up: Product Management Festival 2013 and Mind The Product Conference 2013.

Update: for this year’s conferences, take a look at:

Links in the article to the 2013 conferences have now been removed.

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