One of the things that I really love to do is present to groups. Whether it is one person or a thousand, I can present.
But you know what the most interesting thing is about presenting?
You learn just as much from the audience as the audience learns from you when you have interaction with them.
On October 6th, I had the privilege of presenting “Technology for Writers” at Write on The Sound here in the Seattle area. It was a great crowd of 45 people wanting to learn how technology can help market their work (read: create a personal brand) to their audience.
And while there were great questions during the presentation, there were a few in e-mail after as well. I answered them, of course, but left them there.
Not Jason Alba. Given 20-minutes to present to an MBA class on online and social networking — an impossible amount of time to present something like that — Jason too had e-mails afterwards.
His e-mail from Chris McConnehey asks the question every student of every teacher wishes were asked:
The other question I really wanted to ask which I figured was totally inappropriate for class, was this: If you had been given a totally open forum what would you have discussed?
No restrictions to online networking topics, no time limit, no real restrictions. The only direction you would have been give is that you should share some of the things that you thought we be of most value to people in our situation, how would your presentation have differed?
From a speaker’s perspective, this is really hard because you are focusing the content of the presentation so that you are hitting everyone in the room — and there is a very diverse experience set that needs to be addressed, from explaining basic concepts on something to giving the experts in the room something to take with them back home.
The concept of “technology for writers” and how technology can help market their work isn’t really on topic for a blog focused on career management, personal branding, and what it takes to be a Cubicle Warrior. But if this blog were focused in that direction, you’d answer the question on your blog, right?
But Jason presented on social networking (especially LinkedIn) and took Chris’s question and turned it into a seven-point blog article that nails you right between the eyes. It also applies for all the readers of this blog.
Do you want to have seven steps to nirvana in networking your life? Go read Jason’s article “Chris McConnehey’s Final, Biiiiiiiig Question (What would I really have said?).”
And since I haven’t presented on Career Management for Cubicle Warriors, if you could ask one question you always wanted to ask on career management, personal branding, or becoming a Cubicle Warrior, what would that question be?