Each autumn, the company I work with, Automattic, holds our annual all-company Grand Meetup. We all converge this year in Whistler, British Columbia, where we will take and teach classes together; build internal tools; gather in town halls where we ask our CEO, support lead, and product leads anything we want; attend workshops on diversity and public speaking; and most exciting to me, give and listen to Automattician flash talks.
This year, we are 470+ employees strong, and each one of us will give a four-minute talk about any topic at all. They do not have to be work-related, and in fact they usually are not. Last year one colleague taught us relaxation and stretching exercises; a dog-loving colleague taught how to approach dogs who don’t know you; someone taught us how to make pour-over coffee; another sang a song.
I love flash talks. They are funny, poignant, instructive, light, heavy, beautiful, provacative, and I always leave the grand meetup knowing much more about my colleagues than I would have without the quick, fun presentations.
This year I have too many ideas. The meetup is a little over two weeks away, and it’s time for me to settle on what I’m going to talk about. I need to make my slides and submit them. When I sat under the tree yesterday, watching butterflies, I wrote out the talk I decided to give.
Two hours after I wrote it, I changed my mind again. I’ve got 14 days until I submit my slides. I wonder what I’ll land on.
Journal by Flora Forager.
5 thoughts on “Writing a flash talk under a tree”
Andrea, do you know “Focusing? It’s a method of contacting deeper inside to get answers like this:. http://www.focusing.org/ Love the process you share with us.
Andrea, I enjoy reading your blog. Never heard of flash talk, will have to check into it. Thanks.
BTW, love the picture too!
Every time you talk about your job, it makes me want to work for a company like Automattic. Best of luck on your talk; if I had four minutes I’d probably talk about running or Terry Pratchett.
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