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HackconEU - What I Learnt From Event Organizing

HackconEU - What I Learnt From Event Organizing

In the past couple of years I've realised there's been quite a lot that I've learnt from event organising that I could apply in a proper job as well.

This talk is split into two parts: in the first I look at how specific skills I use in my current job map back to event organising, in the second part I focus on more general lessons or things that I wish I had learnt a bit sooner.


Melinda Seckington

September 02, 2016


  1. @mseckington What I learnt from event organising

  2. What do I want to be when I grow up?

  3. @mseckington

  4. 12 years later computer science @mseckington

  5. FutureLearn @mseckington

  6. So what changed? @mseckington

  7. Event organising @mseckington

  8. A long time ago… in 2007… there was a girl.

    hi! I’m Melinda! @mseckington
  9. melinda had just moved to london… So many events! @mseckington

  10. In 2008… i need to do something You know what?

    I’ll help out @mseckington
  11. In 2008… Hackathons are awesome! @mseckington

  12. geeks of london @mseckington

  13. hacked @mseckington

  14. and I’m an event organiser I’m a developer @mseckington

  15. @mseckington

  16. @mseckington Lessons Skills

  17. @mseckington Skills

  18. @mseckington

  19. @mseckington Developer Evangelism lead Line manager

  20. @mseckington Developer

  21. @mseckington Work within product team

  22. Design & build experiences @mseckington

  23. Design & build experiences @mseckington

  24. Manage stakeholders @mseckington

  25. @mseckington Evangelism lead

  26. @mseckington Encourage team to share what they do

  27. public speaking @mseckington

  28. public speaking nothing i do is worth sharing I get

    too nervous I’m not a good speaker I can’t present I’m not an expert @mseckington
  29. public speaking @mseckington

  30. Understand what story to tell @mseckington

  31. Understand what story to tell @mseckington

  32. Organise company events @mseckington

  33. Organise company events @mseckington

  34. Line manager @mseckington

  35. Responsible for the well-being and development of team members @mseckington

  36. Managing a team @mseckington

  37. Managing a team @mseckington

  38. Primal leadership Daniel Goleman Richard Boyatzis Annie McKee @mseckington

  39. @mseckington Skills

  40. @mseckington Lessons Skills

  41. @mseckington Lessons @mseckington

  42. @mseckington Never stop learning

  43. Never stop learning

  44. Fixed mindset @mseckington

  45. Growth mindset @mseckington

  46. If you only do what you can do, You’ll never

    be better than what you are “ ” ~ Master Shifu @mseckington
  47. @mseckington Mindset Carol S. Dweck @mseckington

  48. @mseckington Be courageous

  49. courage |ˈkʌrɪdʒ| noun the ability to do something that frightens

    you @mseckington
  50. Say yes @mseckington

  51. Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how

    to control your fear, and how to be free from it. “ ” ~ Veronica Roth, Divergent @mseckington
  52. @mseckington Embrace failure and candour

  53. failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you

    aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. ~ Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc. “ ” @mseckington
  54. Sucking at something is the first step to being sorta

    good at something “ ” ~ Jake @mseckington
  55. candour |ˈkandə| noun the quality of being open and honest;

    frankness @mseckington
  56. @mseckington Ask WHY?

  57. The scientist is not a person who gives the right

    answer, they’re the one who asks the right questions. “ ” ~ Claude Levi-Strauss @mseckington
  58. There are no stupid questions @mseckington

  59. @mseckington Tell & champion stories

  60. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in

    someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows that they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. “ ” ~ Erin Morgenstein, The night Circus @mseckington
  61. @mseckington Lessons @mseckington

  62. @mseckington What do I want to be when I grow

  63. @mseckington What next?

  64. @mseckington What have you learnt from organising events?

  65. Thanks for listening… Melinda Seckington FutureLearn @mseckington

  66. @mseckington Goal: https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/tisvet/15161469566/ Learning: https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/15903347764 North by Northwest:

    https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/blackzack00/21976036458/ Lego Stormtrooper: https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/clement127/12411080645/ Dancing Lego: https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/rooners/8425744435/ Question box: https:/ /www.flickr.com/photos/jarbo/9379813470/