Dominique Joseph is a gem. She shared this post with me and something totally clicked in my head. The gist of what Will Myddelton is writing is that when we transfer our thoughts into speech for others to hear/discuss, the thoughts are transformed and often clarified. And he says from talking to writing it becomes even more clarified.
It gave me an epiphany. About myself and something I have been stuck on. But all the epiphanies first
- I usually go straight from thinking to writing, but my writing is mostly stream of consciousness, so it’s really closer to talking!
- I definitely think better after discussing things and that’s why social media matters to me and Virtually Connecting. Without these, I don’t have enough sounding boards for my crazy thoughts
- When we talk about something we are going to write it is sometimes a tough transition because it looks different when you write it
- When we write about something we are going to talk about we may be losing parts of the animation potential it has.
And the two big epiphanies
- For my OER17 keynote i have been mainly writing my ideas but I will be speaking them at the conference. I have mostly taken feedback on parts of it via Twitter and Slack by sharing ideas as writing. Surprisingly, i feel better about the keynote each time I talk about it with someone who isn’t in open education. The latter was an idea Christian Friedrich suggested in a recent hangout. But I realized I had done it once and it helped me, so after Christian suggested it, I did it again and it helped me again.
- There’s a different piece I am trying to work on which is writing but which I talked about a lot with my co-author. for some reason, writing it is harder. But i get it. It’s harder coz it’s not talking. It seems obvious but it isn’t.
So back to the #oer17 keynote (which is still open – see why here), some ideas for getting myself better prepared for it
- Record my own voice practising. Can help also with timing and such
- Practice the whole thing or parts of it f2f w ppl at work
- Practice parts or whole w ppl online on a hangout. Maybe record the hangout also…
Of all these, i will probably just so the top one because i don’t actually like over-choreographing or practising things and am likely to change it up a vit last minute anyway, so…
Well but actually Teresa Mackinnon is doing a hangout w me ahead of OER17 as part of openedsig (i think! For Open Education Week) so that might give me a sounding board for some things, too. Reminds me of Jim Groom once saying he liked doing VC sessions before his actual session onsite as it helps him try ideas out. Or something.
The other thing i Realized is that no matter how much I reduce the interactivity in the keynote, I have already imagined it as conversational/dialogical. So I don’t know yet what it will be like, exactly. But I have a feeling about how I want it to feel like…if that makes sense…