Check out my Ignite Talk

A few weeks ago the good people at O’Reilly Media uploaded my five minute Ignite Sebastopol 6 talk. I have been hesitant to share it with you guys because I have near crippling glossophobia that apparently continues on to the weeks after walking off the stage. Perhaps I’m just a little self-conscious.

But you know what? The reason I jumped at the opportunity to give an Ignite talk was an effort to conquer my fear of public speaking. So here’s to conquering another fear! The talk is about serendipity and how it brought me from a high school in Houston to the Ignite stage in Sebastopol.

Also, shoutout to my friend Lauren Kilberg who was probably the first person in the world to see the video on YouTube. In fact, Lauren was the first person to tell me it was on YouTube and she’s tweeting from Korea! True friends 😀

As of this posting I STILL haven’t watched the video which has 90 views so far. Can’t believe I’m sharing this with you guys haha. Cheers and don’t be too mean in the comments! No promises but if I get enough positive comments here to convince me it isn’t a totally embarrassing train wreck, I’ll totally consider watching it.

My Ignite Presentation Went Great!

Last Wednesday, Ryan and I drove to Sebastopol where I was set to go on stage and give my Ignite presentation. As outgoing and social I might appear on the Internet, situations that put me on center-stage terrify me. This is precisely why I decided I had to accept the invitation to present and conquer my fears.

After completing my presentation, and as I walked down the steps to the ground floor, I could not have been happier with my choice. Ignite Sebastopol was a blast.

First of all, thanks to all you of who gave me the support and encouragement on Twitter and Facebook. I had dozens of messages from friends and strangers alike sending well-wishes my way. Without those positive vibes, I’m not sure I could have made it up the steps to the stage! Continue reading

I’m Giving an Ignite Talk!

I have become a huge believer in the idea of serendipity, the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for (link). Many of the opportunities I have been lucky enough to come across have come into my life seemingly out of nowhere. Though, when I start looking back, I can almost always find the root of the happy surprises.

Here’s a quick list off the top of my head: Continue reading