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What I Learnt From Event Organising

In the past couple of years I've realised there's been quite a lot that I've learnt from event organising that I could apply in a proper job as well.

This talk is split into two parts: in the first I look at how specific skills I use in my current job map back to event organising, in the second part I focus on more general lessons or things that I wish I had learnt a bit sooner.

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What I Learnt From Event Organising

  1. 1. @mseckington What I learnt from event organising
  2. 2. What do I want to be when I grow up? @mseckington
  3. 3. @mseckington
  4. 4. 12 years later computer science @mseckington
  5. 5. FutureLearn @mseckington
  6. 6. So what changed? @mseckington
  7. 7. Event organising @mseckington
  8. 8. A long time ago… in 2007… there was a girl. hi! I’m Melinda! @mseckington
  9. 9. melinda had just moved to london… So many events! @mseckington
  10. 10. In 2008… i need to do something You know what? I’ll help out @mseckington
  11. 11. In 2008… Hackathons are awesome! @mseckington
  12. 12. geeks of london @mseckington
  13. 13. hacked @mseckington
  14. 14. and I’m an event organiser I’m a developer @mseckington
  15. 15. @mseckington
  16. 16. @mseckington LessonsSkills
  17. 17. @mseckington Skills
  18. 18. @mseckington
  19. 19. @mseckington Developer Evangelism lead Line manager
  20. 20. @mseckington Developer
  21. 21. @mseckington Work within product team
  22. 22. Design & build experiences @mseckington
  23. 23. Design & build experiences @mseckington
  24. 24. Manage stakeholders @mseckington
  25. 25. @mseckington Evangelism lead
  26. 26. @mseckington Encourage team to share what they do
  27. 27. public speaking @mseckington
  28. 28. public speaking nothing i do is worth sharing I get too nervous I’m not a good speaker I can’t present I’m not an expert @mseckington
  29. 29. public speaking @mseckington
  30. 30. Understand what story to tell @mseckington
  31. 31. Understand what story to tell @mseckington
  32. 32. Organise company events @mseckington
  33. 33. Organise company events @mseckington
  34. 34. Line manager @mseckington
  35. 35. Responsible for the well-being and development of team members @mseckington
  36. 36. Managing a team @mseckington
  37. 37. Managing a team @mseckington
  38. 38. Primal leadership Daniel Goleman Richard Boyatzis Annie McKee @mseckington
  39. 39. @mseckington Skills
  40. 40. @mseckington LessonsSkills
  41. 41. @mseckington Lessons @mseckington
  42. 42. @mseckington Never stop learning
  43. 43. Never stop learning
  44. 44. Fixed mindset @mseckington
  45. 45. Growth mindset @mseckington
  46. 46. If you only do what you can do, You’ll never be better than what you are “ ”~ Master Shifu @mseckington
  47. 47. @mseckington Mindset Carol S. Dweck @mseckington
  48. 48. @mseckington Be courageous
  49. 49. courage |ˈkʌrɪdʒ| noun the ability to do something that frightens you @mseckington
  50. 50. Say yes @mseckington
  51. 51. Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it. “ ” ~ Veronica Roth, Divergent @mseckington
  52. 52. @mseckington Embrace failure and candour
  53. 53. failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. ~ Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc. “ ” @mseckington
  54. 54. Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something “ ”~ Jake @mseckington
  55. 55. candour |ˈkandə| noun the quality of being open and honest; frankness @mseckington
  56. 56. @mseckington Ask WHY?
  57. 57. The scientist is not a person who gives the right answer, they’re the one who asks the right questions. “ ”~ Claude Levi-Strauss @mseckington
  58. 58. There are no stupid questions @mseckington
  59. 59. @mseckington Tell & champion stories
  60. 60. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. “ ” ~ Erin Morgenstein, The night Circus @mseckington
  61. 61. @mseckington Lessons @mseckington
  62. 62. @mseckington What do I want to be when I grow up?
  63. 63. @mseckington What next?
  64. 64. @mseckington What have you learnt from organising events?
  65. 65. Thanks for listening… Melinda Seckington FutureLearn @mseckington
  66. 66. @mseckington Goal: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tisvet/15161469566/ Learning: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/15903347764 North by Northwest: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackzack00/21976036458/ Lego Stormtrooper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clement127/12411080645/ Dancing Lego: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rooners/8425744435/ Question box: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jarbo/9379813470/

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    Dec. 30, 2019

In the past couple of years I've realised there's been quite a lot that I've learnt from event organising that I could apply in a proper job as well. This talk is split into two parts: in the first I look at how specific skills I use in my current job map back to event organising, in the second part I focus on more general lessons or things that I wish I had learnt a bit sooner.

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