Show, don’t tell


Well, I’m knackered. Not that lack of sleep a bit tired kinda gig. But the thought of how long I have before my brain switches off, and….

Oh, it’s just gone. 🙂

So, this week I’ve been out of the office and running some training events. Each one is about two hours, and I’m up on my feet for all of that (apparently training people while doing handstands is considering showing off. Who knew? 🙂 ). So, there’s two of those a day, with about an hour or so’s travel between venues, plus set up and somehow, getting the all important cup of tea in.

But, I am not complaining. At least, I hope it’s not coming across that I am. See, the truth is, I do like it. I don’t know if it’ a mix of educating people, making them laugh here & there, or just the thrill of the new. Would I like to do this all of the time? Well, maybe if I got over the tiredness, and got that into my stride, possibly yes.

The question is: how to swing it?  No, don’t be filthy. 🙂 Can I maneuver myself at work to land such a role? Well, it’s worth a shot isn’t it.?Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that.

I think I’ve another two more weeks of this, and then this part of the project will be over. Still, I shall keep my oar in, so to speak, and see where that takes me.

Oh, and, finger crossed, I may have another trans talk coming up. I think I’ll be doing that in bloke mode this time. The logistics conspire against me, so we’ll see. Things to look forward to eh?

Take care,


  1. Agree with Susie, I was badgered from a training institute into teaching Data Management and Clinical Monitoring. The stint was 2 whole days at the end of the course when everyone was tired of tests and exams. I was more the entertainment relax and ask silly questions of the expert.
    It was fun. I had no stress with creating tests and marking up, and could pull up antidotes and crazy stories from my 45 years in Clinical Research. On the first day to get their attention and add a little panic, I would show my PowerPoint collection (n=754) in 10% size (your would have to squint to see detail even sitting at the front) and scroll slowly down to the end asking them to remember nos #25,#139, #456 and #561 because I would be asking detailed questions at the end of day 2. I also remarked that as the slides were not numbered they will have to count.
    Did I get collective wide eyed looks, you could hear a pin drop. I relived them of their misery after the first few slides. Most of the time was open discussion about their new occupations and things they haven't understood in the course. I would then delve into the pool of slides and explain. We all had fun in the end.
    Do it Lynn if you can, but full time not so sure, could be stress in the long run.

    1. Sounds a good technique. I think keeping things interactive is a good way to keep people interested. That and as much hands on experience as you can give them.

    2. yes interaction is imperative otherwise you end up horse and they fall asleep. one of the books I found a good read is about Steve Jobs here the link

      look also at the two books of Garr Reynolds using Zen in presentations.

  2. If your doing a trans talk in bloke mode please ensure your taken for what you real are

    1. Umm… a bloke? 🙂 I'm always a man, I just dress differently some days. 🙂

      Jokes aside, yes, I will keep that idea and I've used similar topics before.

  3. Standing up in front of an audience is a talent and can be very fulfilling. It sounds like you have that talent, Lynn. I do it often now and the rush never goes away. I do recall the first time I ever did that and I was absolutely petrified. Could barely get the words out of my mouth. It all got better. Don't believe I've done a trans talk, however.

    I always try to start off by saying something funny. I KNOW you're good for that!

    1. Nerve wracking, yes, but being in the moment and having to carry the event makes me feel alive. There's that frisson that it could go south of you're not paying attention, and yet the freedom to improvise to keep things going.

      Do you think you'd do a trans talk? I bet it would be interesting.

      As to funny, thank you. I've been told that as this is for a government affiliate, with upcoming election, there's not to be any political jokes. ( knowing look to camera goes here 🙂 )

    2. Yes Calies right humor within the first minutes and the response is a good indicator if you have them. I use Dibert cartoons to begin and end a topic. They go down well and you find almost always an appropriate one. In management courses a must. If you do use them and give out paper versions of your slides remember to remove Dibert and dog first, copyright and all that..
      And so you can stock up on more books here a link for visualizing problems using a napkin. (You have really got me going with this post!)

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