Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Behind the scenes of my Pluralsight testimonial video

A little over a year ago, Pluralsight published an interview on their blog about how I spent my first maternity leave training. Since then a lot has happened. Long story short, my second maternity leave is just around the corner, and I've engaged in yet another interesting project with Pluralsight: A video testimonial.

Last week, a Pluralsight production team of four came to Norway from the US to film the video testimonial. They followed me around the office for a day and spent a day at home with my family doing interviews and filming our typical Saturday. Quite an experience considering I've never before been in front of a camera!

I'll share the video when it's published, meanwhile you can take a look at some of the photos taken during the filming:

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I had an amazing time shooting the video, this is without doubt the coolest experience I've had in my career so far! And it was all because of the wonderful team from Pluralsight, being such a fun gang despite having to deal with a jetlag and a slightely nervous me.

Thank you, Mariangel, Phil, Rick and Justin! And of course, a big thanks to Pluralsight for giving me this opportunity!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The epic fails of speakers I admire

After publishing my previous blog post about a speakers (second) worst nightmare, I've been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I've received. I cannot express my gratefulness enough! It would have been easier not to blog about the experience and to pretend it never happened, but at the same time that would be a waste. I think it's better to put it all out there in case other speakers experience the same disappointment, that way they'll know they're not the only ones that have been unlucky.

During the previous month, several speakers have reached out to me and told me about their "speaker fails". Boy, do I wish I'd known about all of these episodes earlier! Knowing that so many of the speakers I admire and look up to have had similar experiences makes it all just a little less scary. I asked them if I could summarize their stories in a blog post and they all said yes, so here we go!

The episode that surprised me the most was the one told by Julie Lerman, who in my opinion is the greatest female role model in the tech industry:
She ran into some technical issues during her presentation, consequently giving her a disappointing rating. Speaking of technical issues, there are so many of them!

Ranging from BSODs...
... laptop and projector failure...

... not having the correct display adapter...
... and of course, no shows:
Imagine Hadi Hariri having a no show! That's just insane, if there's one speaker I'd never miss when I'm at a conference, it's Hadi.

Isn't is refreshing to see that so many of the amazing speakers out there have had these experiences? Apparently, they're all human and they've all had to fight through some troubles to get where they are today. Last but not least, I love how they are openly sharing these episodes, making it easier for the rest of us to handle our speaker failures. Thanks everyone!

As for my own speaker failure, I've got the same workshop booked at two other events in the next month and I've applied to become a Pluralsight author using the material from the workshop. So who knows, maybe this will all work out for the best?

Have you experienced any epic fails yourself that you'd like to share? I'd love to hear about them!