What makes a great presentation? Is it the content, your ability to communicate or simply the ability to engage the audience by getting them to connect with something beyond what is there on your slides. The answer probably lies in a bit of all of them. Abstract #7 had all those qualities, topped with an enthusiastic and engaging Q&A session after each presenter.
Abstract also spread its wings beyond the usual confines of its amazing team by inviting the CTO of Bokio - Mikael Eliasson, one of Gothenburg's hottest startups that is also a part of the Techno Creatives Ventures, to tell us what we can learn from professional athletes and their dedication to hard work, training and repetition. Mikael has been competing professionally in Orienteering, one of the most physically and mentally taxing sports out there.
Abstract has grown, and with this session we hope we've opened the gates for even more inspiring talks by our friends and other professionals to come and share their knowledge with an inspired and enthusiastic team here at Abstract at the Techno Creatives in Gothenburg.
This time we had 4 speakers coming from different backgrounds, both professional and personal. We began the evening with Johan Pettersson, the Business Developer at the Techno Creatives who gave us a few tips on how to build a professional network. The trick lies in engaging with a person at least three times across a spectrum of touch points, ranging from initial face-to-face conversations to connecting on Linked in or even just dropping an email.
Serj, one of senior designers presented next with his take on the evolution of design and the recurring nature of trends and design inspirations. He also covered the movement of design from functional towards emotional design.
Mikael took us on an inspired, engaging yet simple presentation about how we can learn from professional athletes and their dedication towards a focussed goal. The discussions later were inspirational, engaging and very relevant to the kind of professionals we are constantly striving to be.
We finally closed with Christoph, one of the newest Techno Creatives. He took us on a personal journey about where he comes from and his various hobbies. And also showed us lots of pictures of birds.
As the evening progressed and the silhouettes disappeared behind a setting sun, Abstract continues to prove that almost everyone, if given a chance, would like to express themselves. It's no longer about the loudest voice that stands out in a group, it's about giving everyone a platform to be heard, and in an ever growing organisation, such platforms empower, engage and inspire the team at the Techno Creatives.
Details of each of these presentations will be shared along the next few weeks, so keep a look out for them.