Speaking in front of others is hard for me to do. It’s not that I stammer or say ‘um’ a hundred times, or even start to sweat. My fear is not coming across authentic and then people will stop paying attention. So, when I decided to do an impromptu presentation about my experience from attending the 10th anniversary of PHXDW earlier this month to the design team at my work, I didn’t practice. The strategy behind that is I wanted to speak from the heart and not from a memorized script. Also, I didn’t want to bore my team with photos from the conference, we’ve all seen those before. Instead, I compiled the best quotes from my live tweeting that I felt would be relevant to everyone. Took those words and made them visually interesting in the PHXDW black notebook/itinerary that came in our swag bags. Photographed the pages, placed them in Keynote and simply talked through the slides and explained why each quote was important to me.