PUBLIC SPEAKING

Sharing my knowledge and experience with crowds is about taking my listeners on a journey, from point A to infinity, hoping their awareness of the subject will expand with new ideas and vision. The journey should feel meaningful and fun. And so, I often like to base my talks on scripts. Carefully crafted slides on a wall behind me are not driving the flow, nor I’m there to fill out the space with my presence. Slides are my tool to convey ideas in a clear manner, often providing extra evidence.

I may not go to the trouble of designing personas based on my audience, but intuitively I should be there with them, between their seats – not only on the stage, as a speaker, but remaining in tune with the crowd that’s receiving me.

As a public and guest speaker, mentor, panellist, and compère, I gave talks to various audiences in various industries on even more diverse subjects – design strategy, entrepreneurship, employability, wellness, travel & adventure.

In the past few years, I had the pleasure to work with such organisations and events as Future Sync, ProductTank, Venturefest South West, Launchpad Week, Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, Exmouth Creative Jam, Digital Plymouth, Plymouth Web, City College Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Callington Community College, Matford Business Park, Exeter Science Park, Michelmores, User Replay, Off Grid Festival, Adventure Stories, and counting.

“Designing Duesday: Direct Debits Done Differently” talk at Digital Plymouth, 2018

“Thank you for being such an amazing compere and live manager of the employability event. The event was a great success and I fully expect a repeat next year.”

Dr Christopher Ford, Lecturer in Computing

CASE STUDY

Can a Designer Design Their Career Path? – in this design talk, I let students learn how to accelerate their growth and maximise their opportunities as future creatives, through the lenses of my own journey.

The talk was crafted for the Enterprise Week at Plymouth College of Art, ran by its incubation programme Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, to support their young talents on a creative digital journey and increase their employability and entrepreneurship skills.

In the talk, I briefly covered key defining moments in my design journey. The presentation began with insights into when and how did the journey start, how I ended up being who I am and how I grew together with my design field, which is evolving continuously. The path wasn’t straightforward, and many of the obstacles and doubts that I had on the way were easy to relate to. In the talk, I was also trying to answer the question whether it’s possible to design one’s career path in detail and what to consider if one wishes to try. This part was concluded with a case study exploring my role of UX Director at Duesday, where I led a creative team.

The second part of the talk focused on anyone aiming to embark on a similar path – as a digital creative or designer, and presented first-hand tips on discovering one’s dream job and strengthening related skills. These increase not only employability but also one’s entrepreneurship.

The talk was very well received, both by the audience and organisers.

“Thank you for a great talk, Paula. Lots of very useful advice, and inspiring career path.”

Elizabeth Zahoui, Project Coordinator

ROLEGuest Speaker
CLIENTAtlantic Youth Creative Hubs, 2019