16th April, 2012

An Event Apart

I recently got back from a trip to Seattle, where I presented at An Event Apart for the first (and hopefully not the last) time.

Seattle space needle

Figure 1: Seattle Space Needle

Despite regularly speaking at events, I was incredibly nervous on this occasion. I’ve often noticed tweets from the real speaking pros about pre-talk nerves at AEA, and now I certainly know how it feels from the sharp end. I had to take myself outside and listen to music and calm the fuck down an hour before I was due on.

Anyway, by the time I got up there I was calm, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The talk — A Philosophy of Restraint — went down really well judging by feedback from attendees, the twitters, and Mr. Zeldman himself. I couldn’t be happier.

The main reasons for this short and uninteresting post are twofold. One: seems like the kind of milestone I should have in my blog somewhere. Two: that fine Mr. Wroblewski published some accurate notes almost as soon as I’d left the stage, and you can read Luke’s notes here if you want to. I think that’ll be the only record of this talk.


Figure 2: An Event Apart Seattle, from the back.

To conclude, I must say thanks to all the wonderful attendees I met, and those I didn’t manage to speak to. Thanks also to those incredible hosts Mr. Zeldman and Mr. Meyer, who put on one hell of an event and certainly know how to look after their guests.

I really do need to cut back on speaking, at least for the rest of this year, and make new work and learn interesting new things. However, if I ever get the chance to return to AEA as either a speaker or an attendee, I’ll jump at it. So should you.

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