This month I had the chance to deliver a talk at the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A. After an airport breakfast, a cramped flight and a ride through the canyons, just stepping onto the property was more than enough to break up the monotony of travel.
This recent talk was similar to my first one in the fall: a digital conference where I spoke about narrative design and, specifically, how writing influences design. But this time was different. November’s nerves were gone and I came more to grips with what it means to tap in and bring an audience along with you through storytelling.
I quit focusing on getting it just right up there on stage and poured my energies into communicating my enthusiasm for writing and design. It worked. I felt comfortable and like myself, not something I expected to achieve by talk number two. Maybe the outfit helped.
The Skirball Center turned out to be a beautifully sculptural spot nestled in the hills. The lines, materials and colors were all artfully married to a central theme of textured simplicity that ran through every inch of the place.
I’m not sure what’s in store for me next. Maybe another talk. Maybe something bigger. More to come!