Engaging in meaningful discourse enables us to truly know what we think we know, by getting a chance to hear what we have to say. The ability to recognize certain facts and patterns is only an introductory level of understanding. However, when we can freely recall information & ideas, and actually generate language based on those concepts, this is an indication that a deeper, more thorough level of understanding is achieved. Take that a step further and show that you can think on your feet, reacting spontaneously the highly-variable momentary situational demands of a conversations, and you have knowledge-sharing nirvana.
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So, here is a challenge to all the wonderful speakers out there in the world who thrive on your specialness at the podium. Are you really doing your best to ensure that people are learning during the time they are investing on you? If there was a better way to ensure knowledge development within the audience, would you do it? What is the purpose of the audience?
01:15 Previously heard, on Sweettt…
02:30 Kicking off discussions without the kickoff. Keep it natural, baby! When you make a bit SHOW out of it all, then the prefiltering kicks in. It’s so much nicer when you forget that you are recording and you get to be yourself, and have a real conversation.
03:40 Your feelings inside of you are a tremendous source of information. If you don’t feel right doing it, this is telling you something. If the introduction of a podcast feels pressured and awkward and artificial, then maybe it could be better. The podcast can sound forced. It’s much better to do an introduction outside of the podcast.
05:30 Record the introduction at the outroduction is what we’re going to do.
06:30 We could actually record an endless loop.
07:00 Here it comes… The best way to share knowledge… This is what you don’t want to do when you are setting up presentations… We’re ging way back in time to KM 2003.
08:00 Nancy Dixon – Common Knowledge – The traditional way of doing presentations is not a very good way of sharing knowledge. Conversations, instead, are the best way to share knowledge.
09:00 In keeping with the idea that conversations are the best way to share knowledge, we actually had an entire conference full of breakout sessions where only 50% of the time was spend delivering the presentations. The rest of the time should be spent in conversations.
10:30 The idea really caught on. Attendees were expecting an opportunity to talk and have real discussions during the breakout sessions. The conclusions was that we should definately keep the presentation to discussion ratio at 50:50.
12:00 Luis remembers that conference & notices how little we see this in other conferences since then.
13:00 Even Enterprise 2.0 had speakers running overtime. They don’t get it!!! E2.0, if any conference is supposed to get it, should be a dialog.
13:30 This is a major downfall of conferences. Speakers are not willing to explore the option to have discussion in their time slot. People don’t like to give up control and move outside of their confort zone. As soon as you allow the audience to challenge the speaker, they are not comfortable.
15:15 It’s patronizing & insulting for the speaker to continually talk down to the audience.
15:45 Some sessions @ E2.0 were like a trap, where there was no way to interract with others. The network was cut off. And this was not acceptable. We just left and went to the lobby.
16:45 There is a growing trend & expectation in conferences to allow for this discussion & interraction. The back channel chat is at least the most minimal requirement.
17:45 The audience might have something more intelligent and smarter to say about your presentation. And it is good to listen to that.
18:00 Speakers are afraid to allow the audience to talk in the room for fear that it will make them look less of an authority. Wake up speakers! Deal with the reality that you do not know everything! No one expects you to know it all.
18:00 It is a myth that one must be an definitive authority in order to be valuable. You don’t need to have students sitting at your feet in order to prove that what you know is worth teaching.
19:45 Professional conferences are sometimes the only chance many people have to present the facade of the authority.
20:30 People don’t trust the process of dialog and conversations. They don’t trust themselves to think on their feet. Instead of being a facilitator, they play the authority game.
21:30 Carl Frappaolo – Knowledge Management – held a session in the morning that was really refreshing, a real wake up for the attendees. It was engaging. He followed the 50:50 Rule. He invited the audience to engage with him in a discussion. He played the role of facilitator.
22:30 A full room at 8:00 in the morning, people with expectations to hear about KM 2.0 and not really expecting much… all of a sudden were treated with one slide and 15 minutes of discussion.
23:30 Out take