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Entries in talks & keynotes (11)


Video: Merlin's "Scared Shitless" Talk at Webstock 2011

Merlin Mann - “Scared Shitless: How I (Mostly) Learned to Love Being Afraid of Pretty Much Everything”

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This is the video of a talk I did last month at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand.

It’s pretty different from a lot of stuff I’ve done. It’s about being scared.

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Video: "There Is No Plugin for Awesome (and the Only Tool Here Is You)" 

Saturday, June 12th 2010 at Reno-Tahoe WordCamp

A talk for developers and bloggers, urging them to focus more on audience than tech.

Lands somewhere between “Something Something Social Media” and “HOWTO: 149 Surprising Ways to Turbocharge Your Blog With Credibility!“—with, yes, a dollop of “Better.”


Video: "Broken Meetings (and how you'll fix them)"


Wah-lah. Love this talk at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco.



Audio: Merlin Celebrates Nerds at dConstruct '10

[Crossposted from 43f]

dConstruct 2010: Merlin Mann - “Kerning, Orgasms & Those Goddamned Japanese Toothpicks” (NSFW)

ME - Kerning, Orgasms And Those Goddamned Japanese Toothpicks on Huffduffer

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Let’s be honest. I don’t go…mmmm…places very often.

I sit in this chair. I go to the Safeway with my daughter. Sometimes, I take the train downtown to get a haircut. I check the mail.

But, by and large, like most nerds, I’m without question, a bit of a shut-in.

Which makes it more than a little ironic that my first trip off the North American continent brought me all the way to Brighton, England’s wonderful dConstruct Conference.


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Video: Time & Attention - Toward a New Culture of Knowledge Work

Video: Merlin Mann - “Time & Attention Talk (improvised)”

Audio (mp3): “Merlin Mann - ‘Rutgers Time & Attention Talk’”

This is a talk I did at Rutgers in early April. I kinda like it, but for a weird reason. Owing to dire technical problems, I had to start the talk 20 minutes late with no slides. Nothing.

So, I riffed. For one hour and twenty minutes.

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WebVisions 2010


Video: WordCamp Keynote - "Something Something Social Media: The Overdue Minority Report"


Audio: Merlin Mann's MaxFunCon Talk on Creative Work

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MaxFunCon: Merlin Mann on Doing Creative Work; The Sound of Young America | Maximum Fun

Merlin Mann talks about the process of doing creative work, and particularly how to abandon the quest for perfection, get off your butt and get started.

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Video: How to Blog

Here’s some totally choppy video of a dude named “Marilyn,” talking about How to Blog.

TL;DW? Here’s everything that I know about blogging in one slide:

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Video: Merlin's "Time & Attention" Talk (Macworld '08)

Macworld ‘08: Merlin Mann / “Living with Data”

This was the first edition of a talk that’s already starting to evolve rather quickly. The slides are available at Slideshare.

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