What’s Up Lately: Events and Speaking Gigs

When I was setting goals for 2010, one of the things that I wrote down was: "Do something that scares you."

At the time, I wasn't quite sure what exactly I was going to do, or if I'd really go ahead and do it. But, I put that down anyway and wondered how it was going to pan out.

Well, I must've kicked something in my psyche when I wrote that goal down, as I think this has been the year where I started doing a lot of things that are out of my comfort zone - what with joining 12K walk events and applying for jobs that I did not dare dream about (and trying RAW sushi lately, even when I said I can't do it).

And yes, now, public speaking. I don't know exactly how to explain why this is a scary thing for me, especially since I have done training/teaching in the past and I've performed in different situations. But, yeah, I'm well and truly scared of the kind of public speaking that I've been doing lately.

But, as I mentioned in my last post*: I've been practising my presentation skills a lot recently (that's partly why I've been quiet here at Studio Notes)

Anyway, as a personal record --- and as a way to share updates with you --- I thought I'd share the events where I've presented during the last few weeks:

20 October - Grant presentation at TACSI (For a work-related project)

- This was my very first experience in working on a grant project. My involvement has been quite small at the beginning of this project, but I ended up working on the final draft and the presentation proper. And, while things may have not turned out how we'd like, I think I've learned a lot in the process. And, at least now I can say that I've done grant writing and presenting. Not sure if I'll do more of them, but it has been an interesting experience.

Shai Coggins Social Media Club Adelaide Presentation

26 October - Social Media Club Adelaide - Inaugural Event: "On Building Online Communities"

- When Rubina Carlson invited me to talk in the very first Social Media Club Adelaide event, I was both flattered and intimidated at the same time. I mean, I felt that it was a real honour to have the opportunity to speak with my fellow digital media practitioners in Adelaide. But, at the same time, there's something a tad bit scary talking to people I consider my peers in this industry.

Thankfully, the event was very well received. And, the people who attended were really supportive and welcoming. They even made the "Community Towers" activity (see photo below) I conducted as part of the talk, a lot more fascinating than I expected. Plus, I met some folks for the first time and caught up with others I've known for a bit.

So, yes, I ended up having a fantastic time.

It also really made me feel more excited about the whole social media scene in Adelaide. We've definitely come a long way since that first Meet-up call-out from over 3 years ago. Amazing!

Anyway, I've shared this event over at Connecting Up's blog: On Building Online Communities - First Social Media Club Adelaide Event. I also included my slideshow presentation there, as well as Lee's video clips (also see Lee's blog post).

Oh, and I want to send a special shout-out to everyone who put this together - including Deloitte (the event sponsor). And, of course to all the participants that night. Thank you all so much!


1 November - CL (preschool): "Filipino Culture: Stories and Play"

- This one's just an "unofficial"/non work-related presentation I did at my li'l girl's preschool. They were doing a series of cultural presentations at the school from different families, and I was just invited to talk a bit about my cultural heritage amongst a bunch of 3 and 4 year olds. I ended up talking about bits and pieces about the Philippines and reading a mythical story from the country. Loved the kids' reaction. Made me a bit nostalgic about teaching kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

4 November - Microsoft Connecting Communities Day (Sydney): "Growing a Nonprofit Social Media Strategy"

- To me, this speaking gig provided a few different challenges. First of all, I don't think I've ever presented to a crowd of approximately 100 folks. The biggest audience I've ever had, I believe, was about 50+. Second, I think it was the first time I was presenting in front of my boss (& colleague and partners, + a couple of dozen CEOs, Managing Directors, Managers, etc) in this manner with this topic. And third, the material I was presenting was completely new. So, I had an interesting time trying to frame the whole thing. Needless to say, I was pretty nervous. But then, nerves IS something I am still working on when it comes to public speaking. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thankfully, I think I just about managed to share some of the ideas that I've been playing around with when it comes to social media. And, through this event, I've learned a lot about what individuals and organisations are trying to find out about social media. It has given me some great ideas on what I want to do next - and how I can take these things to a deeper level. And, I'm really excited about it. I've also received some great feedback on the presentation (both the positive and constructive variety!)... So, I'm hoping to use all that for future reference.

In any case, I plan to blog about this event in the next few days via the Connecting Up blog. I'll try to update this post with a link when that's sorted. Hopefully, I'll be able to share some pics and my slideshow too. I know that videos will also be available, but that might take a while.

What's Up Next!

Yes, the presentation/events blitz is not quite over just yet!

I'm still booked for at least one more speaking gig. And, I still have one invitation to be a guest speaker, plus another possible presentation opportunity. We'll see how it all goes.

In any case, if you or anyone you know might be interested, I'm presenting again on the 17th November. I'll be talking about "Social Media Metrics: Measuring the Success of Your Social Media Strategy" through the Making Links Conference in Perth. Other than being a presenter, I'm also attending the conference as a delegate. So, even though I'd probably still be battling with nerves when it's time for me to present, I'm actually looking forward to taking part in this event.

What about you? What have you been up to lately? Doing anything out of your comfort zone?


* Yes, I know it has been a month since I last blogged here. So sorry! Things had been so hectic, so I've been neglecting my personal blogging lately. ๐Ÿ™


Social Media Club Adelaide Presentation Photo by: Lee Hopkins

Community Towers Photos by: Stephen Mitchell

About the Author Shai Coggins

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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