NOW, PRESENTED...

Develop3D posted the speaker videos from their 2017 D3DLive event, which is excellent because I missed so many of the 42 other sessions. Martyn wrote a great round-up article last Thursday that summed up the show, its continuing growth, and confirming 2018's date and venue.

For the sake of posterity, the Mighty Matters session is embedded here for your viewing pleasure (all 40 minutes of it).

When I got back from D3DLive this year, I wrote a short post on Medium that I called The Virtures of Getting Out There that expressed my genuine satisfaction of getting back on a stage mixed with the general apprehension of public speaking. Presenting is not only an essential business skill, but is an extremely rewarding creative process and, if you want it to be, a high-performance tool.

This morning, I got off my ass to write this post to wrap up my whole 2017 D3DLive adventure. In doing this, I noticed something interesting about myself and my behaviour. Now that the video is available, I have absolutely no interest in watching myself. For sure, I think it is valuable to evaluate one's performance after the fact, but reality is, just not something I am compelled to do anytime soon.

When I was searching for the video embed link, however, I found an old interview with Rain Noe of Core77. This was from 2010, back when I was responsible for Autodesk's SketchBook product line. I remember doing this, but I actually have never watched it in its entirety until this morning. I'm happy to report, the viewing experience did not induce self-loathing, overwhelming feelings of embarrassment, or inadequacy.

I think this is a positive sign.

Similarly, when hosting a dinner party, I often find that I am so focused on the food preparation and execution that I just don't have a desire to actually eat. Dissimilarly, there really is no equivalent to digesting food prepared 7 years ago as opposed to watching some old archived digital content.

I am pretty sure I don't have any hard rules on the length of my viewing embargo for this sort of thing, but clearly, I prefer a generous soak-time before any self-viewing. This is certainly a personality-thing; probably with traces of a generational-thing too as today's youth are being raised with a default, perpetual self-broadcasting mentality.

Communication IS a fundamental -- we live in a society, damn it -- but knowing what voice you have, how you can use it, and, if you want, pushing your affinity in this discipline, is a pretty fucking amazing way to enhance your capacity with respect to sharing with others and, in doing so, learning a shitload about yourself.

Chris Cheung