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Antidotes for Information Overload

Posted by: leelefever on March 20, 2014- 1:30pm

Categories: Art of Explanation, article, data, Einstein, freud, research, Speaking

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Later this spring I will be speaking at an event for institutional researchers called the AIR Forum ("AIR" is the Association for Institutional Research). In speaking with the organizers, I've learned that the audience is very data-oriented and sometimes find it difficult to make their findings understandable to others. It will be my challenge to help them become better explainers.  In preparation for the event, I wrote an article that was recently published in their newsletter that focuses on... Continue Reading
A few weeks ago we spoke at Amplify Festival in Australia and one of the most memorable events of the conference was called “BrightSparks”, produced by the indomitable conference organizer Annalie Killian.  A few hundred people crowded into a bar to watch 18 PhD students pitch their ideas for 2.5 minutes each.  Sachi was one of five judges who helped award $5,000 to the winner.   Leading up to this event, we led workshops and spoke about the need for explanation and the goal to increase... Continue Reading
When I talk about explanation skills, I often hear a common response: “Boy do I know someone who needs that!” Over time I’ve found that, often, this person in need is a scientist or research professor who can’t seem to explain their work or current projects in an understandable way.   It’s a fascinating paradox. You could reason that the most informed people would have the best explanations, but it’s not often the case. Many times, the inverse is true.  As I first learned in the book Made to... Continue Reading

Bill Clinton Shows Why Explanation is an Art

Posted by: leelefever on September 9, 2012- 1:21pm

Categories: Art of Explanation, empathy, Explanation, packaging, politics, Speaking

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Late last week I got a text message from my politically-conservative brother in North Carolina that said “Has there ever been a better political speaker than Bill Clinton?” Indeed, wherever you stand on the political spectrum, it’s difficult to deny the effectiveness of Bill Clinton as a speaker.  E. J. Dionne published an opinion in the Washington Post where he said:  Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a... Continue Reading

Help Us Speak at the SXSW Interactive Festival

Posted by: leelefever on August 15, 2012- 3:56pm

Categories: presentation, Speaking, Speaking, SXSW, talk

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I have a favor to ask. Each year, the technology world convenes in Austin Texas for the South-by-Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW).  To speak at the conference is an honor and the organizers look to the public to help them decide who should speak.  This year Sachi and I have submitted a presentation and in order to increase our chances of being accepted, we're begging asking nicely for votes for our presentation.  Our talk is all about explanation skills and I think you'll agree that if... Continue Reading

Speaking at Ignite Seattle August 3rd

Posted by: leelefever on July 29, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: event, family, goldfish, Speaking

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If you live near Seattle, you should come out to Ignite Seattle 7 on August 3rd at the King Cat Theater, 7-11pm. I'll be doing a talk that night called "Where Goldfish Come From."  Ignite Seattle (like other Ignite events) is a night for speakers to present for 5 minutes using 20 slides that display for 15 seconds each.  It's similar to the Pecha Kucha format. I'll be one of over 10 speakers that night. You might ask - goldfish?  Why goldfish?  Well, goldfish happen to be a very important part... Continue Reading

Going to SXSW? Come to Our Panel "Shift Happens"

Posted by: leelefever on February 15, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: conference, event, Speaking, SXSW, visualthinking

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Sachi and will be heading down to South-by-Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) March 13th-17th and I hope we'll see you there. We'll have plenty of stickers - just ask!  I'll also be speaking, along with an excellent group of folks from the visual thinking world, at a panel discussion called "Shift Happens - Moving From Word to Pictures." The panel is on Monday (3/16) at 5pm 10am. Other panelists include: Sunni Brown Owner, BrightSpot Info Design Tom Crawford CEO, VizThink Dave Gray... Continue Reading

Help Us Speak at SXSW

Posted by: leelefever on August 18, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: conference, events, Speaking, SXSW, visualthinking

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It seems like a long way off, but South-by-Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) is just around the corner (March 2009).  At the moment, the public is voting on what speaking panels should be accepted for the event.  When the voting finishes (August 29, 2008) the SXSW staff will consider the results of the voting when deciding what panels will be picked. I say all this because I hope you'll vote for our panel. :) Here are the details: Shift Happens: Moving from Words to Pictures Description:... Continue Reading

VizThink in Review

Posted by: leelefever on January 30, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: conference, event, newfriends, Speaking, visualthinking

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Text and bullet points - they are dead, or at least used inappropriately.  That was one of the overwhelming messages from VizThink, a two day conference on Visual Thinking.  We agree. This was the first (of hopefully many) conferences on visual thinking put on by VizThink, the brainchild of Dave Gray of Xplane.  It brought together people from around the world who focus in communicating with pictures. More info on the wiki.For example, on the first morning we sat down with three pediatric ER... Continue Reading

VizThink Conference - Jan. 27-29, San Francisco

Posted by: leelefever on October 18, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: conference, event, Speaking, vizthink

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VizThink is a conference about visual thinking.  We'll be there leading a yet-to-named session that will focus on our story and the role of video and simplicity in communicating ideas with clarity.  Since we started making videos, I had been meaning to talk to Dave Gray, the chairman of Xplane, author of the Communication Nation blog and the person who got VizThink off the ground.  We had a great chat recently and I learned more about VizThink, which is not just a conference, but a... Continue Reading

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