A Few Pics, A Few Thoughts About Plywood Presents 2011

I’ve had a blast so far at the conference and I really want to thank all of you for your amazing and confidence-boosting suggestions about how to prepare for a public speaking presentation! You guys seriously rock!

In terms of my presentation I’ve gotten some really great and encouraging feedback, especially from those that are closest to me and who are willing to give me “straight talk” – I’m not a professional communicator nor do I want to be one but I desire to improve in everything that I do and I don’t necessarily mind being out of my comfort zone every once in a while!

A neat fact about this speaking engagement was that it was the first time my wife was able to hear me in person! She’s seen some recorded presentations but never one in the raw. Was pretty stoked to have her in the audience today – she is the best!

And thanks to everyone in the audience who put up with my quirkiness! What a great crowd and I was able to connect with a few familiar faces and many new ones! What a great conference and I loved the topic of Social Innovation – I’ve got a lot to think about and process over the next few days and weeks!

Here are a few candid shots I was able to take through the day. I’ll try to post a few more when I have a moment of downtime as well as my presentation!

Cheers! Hope your Thursday went really well and that you did a fantastic job of creating excellence right where you are – that’s all we can hope for at times!

Oh, and someone in the audience did a live sketch as their inspiration! Neato!

By Callahan McDonough

  • http://charlesspecht.com Charles Specht

    Atta boy John. Way to go!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks charles!

  • http://lifexpresseddigitally.me/blog Brian Alexander

    I had a wonderful Thursday. It was full of InDesign, making edits for Tim Schreaders latest book. YEP! That’s right. The one that you are featured in.

    Good stuff. I’m gonna be in there too, in the acknowledgments.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      that article was a long time ago… !

  • Michael Walden

    From the pics here it looks like you had a great time! Who says work can’t be fun? ;)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      it was definitely fun…! next time you should come!

  • http://sproutsenroute.com Kristin

    Love the pictures, and so glad your wife got to go, that must have been so awesome for both of you!! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      she enjoyed it… and i loved having her in the audience.

  • Jamie (Lionstand)

    Fair play to ya John,

    Delighted it went well.

    On another note, if you snagged a copy of the book Veneer, give it a read. It’s a winner.

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i haven’t read it but you’re not the first person who said i should.

  • Benoit dicaire

    Hello John,

    Do you plan to publish your presentation ?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      eh. it’s not much to look at honestly. it’s just pictures. i’ll get it up though.

  • http://marcuswilliamson.com Marcus Williamson

    Congrats big time man! Will you be at Story this year by chance?

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i wasn’t thinking about going this year, no… i went last year.

  • http://tomjamieson.com Tom Jamieson

    Awesome, John! Even though I couldn’t be there, I’m sure you did great!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks tom!

  • http://alexspeaks.com Alex Humphrey

    Congrats John!

    Looks like you had a blast!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      wanna hang out this again? i’ll be back in dallas 3 times in the next few months.

  • http://www.usedtiresblog.com Jean

    Hey, pretty cool to see the pics from your presentation. You look pretty natural if you ask me! Hopefully you can share with us a small video from your day!


    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks jean! i think i did ok!

  • http://getbusylivingblog.com Benny

    Congrats John! The photos look great!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      thanks benny!

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy

    Kudos to you John! Awesome that it went well…and it’s ALWAYS great to have the wife along for the ride! And…you dressed as your Tentblogger trademark image/avatar!! Sweet!!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      i’m simple. i try to always wear the same thing. … :)

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Awesome. Saw some pics on FB too. Conference sure sounds neat but that seems to be the case with anything Shinabarger is behind. BTW… Chris Carneal is rad too. :)

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      haha! yes, jeff killed it. what a great conference.

  • http://www.kyletroop.com Kyle Troop

    It was great getting to hear you speak! I’m working on making a few more maps now. Thanks!

    Also, any chance you could send a high res copy of that photo of Jared, Eryn and myself to me? I’d love it.

    • http://john.do John Saddington


      i don’t actually have that one… that was taken by someone else…!