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We’ve all been there. It’s a group setting – most likely a meeting at work. Several of our colleagues are there, including our boss and maybe even the boss' boss. The topic. Anything. It might be something seemingly trivial, or a new direction for the business to follow. The inevitable question is asked by someone in the room, “What do we think we should do about X?” The ominous letter X. It’s used in math and everywhere else as a placeholder. Similarly, this could be any decision and it’s often made before the group realizes it.
Have you ever boiled water? Sure you have. It’s easy. First, you get a saucepan (preferably a clean one). Next, you turn on the water and fill the sauce pan about 3/4 of the way. Now you turn a burner on your stovetop between medium and high heat. Finally, you wait. Easy. But that’s not what this article is about. It’s about the pouring of hot water, and how it’s related to being a great leader.
I’ve been in the software industry for much longer than I’d care to admit at this point. That’s another blog post though. Much of it has been centered around building products. One of the things that seems to not go away is the expectation that a software trial is infinite, or free. Regardless to whether you pay a single penny, trials aren’t free. They cost companies money - even if you’re evaluating it on your own computer. The moment you move from evaluation to development, you’re hurting the company that builds the software. Here’s how…
This book review will serve as numbers 2 and 3 in the three total that I promised you in my review of Confessions of a Public Speaker. The reason being is that the first book in this review is Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. He later wrote a follow-up to that book, Presentation Zen Design. The first book focuses strictly on presentation itself, so the design aspect is somewhat glossed over. The second book talks strictly about design to make up for it.
I have been doing technical presentations and training for several years now. Like any level-headed person though, I know that I don’t know everything, and that I can always use more training myself, and do plenty of other things to make myself better at what I do. So, I came across and read a few books about presenting. This is the first of three book reviews.