Book: Hermann Maier – The Race of My Life

For any other of you ski nuts like me who grew up watching the mighty Herminator race, this one is for you. Just finished reading. Gives an interesting insight into life on the World Cup Circuit, and the comeback of Hermann Maier after his potentially career ending motorbike crash.

I bought it on Amazon here. Now if only they had a kindle version…

 

GHC 2011: Feedback from “What if we could alter the perception of the Software Developer”

Giving and receiving feedback is something that I think is so important if you want to improve and get better. I am also a bit of a positive affirmation person. I can be so critical at myself that sometimes I lose sight of what is going well. I have to make a real effort to remember what i’m doing well as well as what I can do better.

One of the great/scary aspects of being a presenter at a conference, is Twitter. Getting live feedback (or looking at it after the fact) is so powerful. I asked for feedback at the beginning of my talk and was so happy to see some of the responses. Here’s an example of some that I saved.

Twitter Feedback

I also just spotted the impact report compiled from the survey’s taken by attendees of The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2011.

You can find it here: http://anitaborg.org/files/GHC_2011_REPORT.pdf

I was really chuffed to get a couple of mentions in highlights sections.

First one up was from the lady that I mentioned in my post http://annejsimmons.com/2011/11/16/being-a-speaker-at-the-grace-hopper-celebration-of-women-in-computing/. I literally hunted down this woman during the party on the last night to thank her for what she did for me without even realizing. Always let people know and thank them if they make an affect on you.

Tell people that you appreciate them

The next great bit of information was the ranking that people gave about the sessions they attended. Mine got a 4.30 which I’m pretty pleased with. The  lowest of the “top six” sessions was 4.48 so not too far off at all.

Ranking from my session

The last mention was of the format that I used for my panel. There was lots of great feedback on it from Twitter and also it seems it left an impact in the survey findings too. If only we’d had more than an hour. Definitely will have to repeat the format for next year!

Presentation Format