Giving a 4-hour course

Last week, I gave a 4-hour course in a business school, to product management executives.

Official topics were product portfolio and culture playbook. Actual topics were simplicity and radicality, with a twist a playfulness.

What did I learn?

- It was nice.

- It was exhausting.

- Half of my words were a response to someone asking a question, either to clarify something I just said, or to provide a particular situation for me to comment on

- I did the right amount of rehearsal, but also the right type of it. Coming in, I thought I should have rehearsed more. But the constant flow of questions forced me to adjust a lot. Had I tried to learn by heart the exact words I needed to spit out, I fear I would have been less agile.

- Having a speaker screen down your feet is useful to avoid turning your back to your audience, but I wasn’t used to it, so I sometimes pointed to it, instead of pointing to the main screen.

- During the break, I asked the programme professor for feedback on my presentation skill. He provided precise comments about my voice (sometimes not loud enough), my position in the room (too far for center stage for the first 5 minutes) and my mobility (too static).

The world is working against you

Benefits of shadowing external peers

The downside of fighting every battle

A backyard of thoughts

Anything simple is false

Sneaky blind spots

Public speaking feedback

The basics of OKR

Unpacking my preparation for a speech

Learning a new board game

Advice I’ve been giving others

L’aimant à opportunités

Taper juste

Vouloir percer le mystère

Donner une évaluation à quelqu’un

Apprendre à jouer aux échecs

Best gift I’ve received this year

Quotes

You become an expert

What should I do?

A leader points in a direction

The challenge of delegating

Psychological mecanisms

The entry point

Pause

Lui n’a jamais su

Les mots gratuits

Nicolas le stratège

La chance de la danseuse de flamenco

Les idées timides

Arrêter le hoquet

Réagir plutôt qu’initier

Vous serez tellement terrorisés

Sens-tu la distance ?

La communication qui passe par de la technologie

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