Wednesday, May 11, 2011

No, Really, I'm Shy: My Ignite I/O Talk

Update: I've now created a site with all my tips for event attendees and organizers that grapple with shyness. Check it out at

As many of you know, I'm kind of an Ignite junkie. I love the format - 5 minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds auto-advance - and I love that I can use that format to talk about topics that I can't fill a whole hour with. At this year's Google I/O 2011 Ignite show, I got to give a talk on something that I think about a lot: my shyness. Most people don't believe me when I tell I am actually quite shy at my core, and so I dedicated my five minutes to explaining what shyness is to me and how I workaround it. The talk went well, and multiple folks approached me afterwards about their own shyness and hacks around it. Mission accomplished!
You can watch the video on Youtube - I'm at 24:09:

And/or you can read the slides on Slideshare:

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