If anyone ever asks you to give an Ignite talk, say yes. With twenty slides auto-advancing every fifteen seconds — ready or not — it’s a wonderful, miserable format. I’ve given a handful and each one has helped me get a stronger grip on editing, illustrating, and public speaking. Here’s the Ignite talk I gave at O’Reilly’s #openedu confab yesterday:
The short version is this: lousy contexts and lousy questions are easy to find. Good contexts and good questions are scarce. I’m working on one solution to the good contexts / good questions shortage that isn’t even in the same ballpark as “perfect,” but it’s a start.
Scott Farrar, Dan Anderson, Frank Noschese all made contributions to this talk. Thanks, buds.