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Heather’s a black belt in engaging audiences in a meaningful and authentic way. – Jerry Michalski
I give entertaining keynotes and also make authentic conversations happen at companies, organizations and conferences like Google, SXSWinteractive, UX Week, WebVisions, YLE (Finland’s BBC), Connect Up (Australia and New Zealand’s gathering of non-profits) ConveyUX, O’Reilly’s Web 2.0, BlogHer, AIGA, Web Directions South 2013, Social Venture Network, DUX, WordCamp San Francisco, Forum One’s Marketing Online Communities Conference and Overlap. I’m also often asked to moderate, host panels or conferences or interview people. I make every talk as specific to the people I’m addressing as possible, and I include them whenever possible.
Nerd, Know Thyself
Thinking about emotion is like trying to learn how to ride a bike by reading a book. In order to really understand interactions between people, you need to employ your own emotional awareness and emotional experience. Feeling is a critical capacity to build, especially as machines get better at doing everything else. This talk shows you how to use the moment to build emotional capacity and how performance and comedy can use more than your thinking self to make better experiences between people. Don’t worry, this won’t hurt.
How to Tummel: Design for Conversation
Community evolves from conversation. How do you create conversation for many people? How do people genuinely connect with each other and with you or your company? Innovative comedian Heather Gold explains basic differences between presentation and conversation and the assumptions underneath each. More entertainingly (and usefully) she demonstrates these ideas by creating a great, relevant conversation in the room so that all can feel the difference.
Google Talk below. Notes on The difference between Presentation + Conversation (PDF)
Video and Past Talks
The Web As Performance Art (51 min. audio)
WebVisions, Chicago 2012
When the things in my life that were “too big to fail,” failed. (4 min. video)
ContactCon opening provocation, NYC, October, 2011
“We’ve outsourced our sense of self to institutions that fail.”
“What it takes to be whole person is to know that you’re seen. That’s what drives the growth of the Web.”
Tools for Tummeling (30 min. video)
The art of socializing
Life in Perpetual Beta interview
I am not my keywords.
#WITH, Bard College
Hannah Arendt Center at Bard: Being Human In An InHuman World Conference
Our culture, including our economy, needs to shift from people doing things TO another, to doing things WITH another. The social era of technology makes this even more important. This talk/performance shows what that looks like. More on #WITH.
O’Reilly Web 2.0 Keynote, San Francisco
w/ danah boyd (MSFT), Betty Flowers (Dir. LBJ Library) and Julia Angwin (WSJ)
Being “Public” in Private
We are all performance artists now.
140 Conference, New York
More on UnPresenting
People who work in the digital realm love interactivity in every realm, but when it comes to presenting, they forget all about it.
In this workshop on UnPresenting innovative comedian Heather Gold breaks down how public communication works and then remakes it in our collective image. Heather focusses on the main thing business has ignored: the actual source of power in the room and how to engage it.
This has a lot to do with feeling safe, comfortable and professional being conversational rather than presentational. The more people trust themselves, the easier it will be to trust others (their customers). That is, in turn, makes it more likely that a customer can trust them.
A 1/2 day or full day workshop involves hands-on feedback and participation from every person. You’ll learn:
how to read the room, run your presentations as conversation, and how to be comfortable being yourself in public.