I can see applications for this for trainers and presenters especially.
I like the way many Ted Talks are backed by research and experiments – as is the case here. Having seen too many body language as entertainment presentations on tabloid TV – I am a bit wary – but I was swayed by the supporting science.
Amy also used a good presentation technique in that she gave the audience one effective technique to take away and use.
Meetings and Power/Positive Attitudes
Many years ago, as a young public servant I was also a union delegate particularly involved in the introduction of new systems and wound up going to meetings with management at the state and national level. I was conscious of the power issues at being at a meeting with a room full of suits and outnumbered. I would wear a good sports coat to the meetings myself – people would ask why – I would say the jacket was my “wings of steel” (see video below). My small way of neutralising the whole power balance thing, in my head anyway, which is where it counted.
Another Meeting Tip
If you are a small delegation meeting with a larger group at their site, the larger group will spread themselves around the meeting table, leaving spaces for you and your group dispersed around the table. This can be deliberate, (or it can be because the people you are meeting don’t get on ). You want your team together, at the very least for passing notes…
So ask people to move, I have done it several times, use the passing notes thing as a pretext if you have to, but do it.
Planning a major round of Study, Exploration and Evaluation – SharePoint/Designer and InfoPath/Captivate 6 and exploring Office 2013/Windows 8.
Upgraded to the new VMWare Workstation last week and today I have spent the day setting up a few virtual machines – its Spring after all!
Today, I have set up:
SharePoint 2010 Enterprise on Windows Server 8 (no Exchange)
Windows 8 and Office 2013 (Office 2013 looks good in Windows 8, clearly Windows 8 is the intended habitat for Office 2013)
Linux Mint (Adding Apache, PHP, MYSQL is still a work in progress) – All to serve as a base for Moodle and Chamillo, so I can do my long delayed comparison article.
And I have finally mastered accessing web servers on the Virtual machines from other PCs on my network. Frustratingly simple now I have it straight.
I’d like to do SharePoint 2013 – but if the minimum specification is to be believed, I need more cores (4 for the the VM) and I only have three (I have been giving two cores and 4 GB of RAM to a virtual machine and keeping 1 core and 4 GB for the host). So I need to budget for a PC based on a 6 or 8 core processor.
This topic came up on a recent Acrobat session, raised by people discussing cutting and pasting signatures into documents to simulate signing. Which led to a discussion on digital signatures and Acrobat and a run through of the process (using a self signed certificate).
About 10 days ago I moved to the Adobe E-Learning Suite 2.5 using the subscription model. After carefully reviewing the licence agreement, I determined I would be able install on my main desktop PC and the laptop provided both were not to used at once (there is only one of me- so this is unlikely)
So I signed up, downloaded and installed on PC and laptop.
All good and ready for me to do a couple of projects with Dreamweaver and Captivate and to prepare for the Acrobat X and Captivate 5.5 exams.
I have a rule not to blog angry. It can give the wrong impression. I am for example preparing some really positive video tutorials covering useful things to do with SharePoint Online, Windows phone and OneNote 2010. Lots of good things to say which I will save for a later post.