PowerPoint Karaoke (or table topics?)

At the recent ProductCamp Ottawa, one of the submitted topic was PowerPoint Karaoke – something with which I was not familiar. The description seemed interesting, but there were other topics to attend. I actually don’t even remember whether it was one of the picked topics – or maybe it was running at the same time as mine – but that does not matter. I decided to look this up and found a good description (with tips) and this SXSW 2008 recording (they call it “BattleDecks” but it’s the same thing):

This seems like a lot of fun! Back when I was a member of a ToastMasters club, we had this thing called “table topics” where you were given a topic and then, without preparation, had to talk for 40-60 seconds about that topic. This is a similar idea, but with a set of PowerPoint slides! I used to enjoy table topics, I guess I would also enjoy this!

Sharing (and collaborating) is power

Here are two great videos about sharing and, by extension, collaboration:

I do believe that sharing knowledge is important. Within IBM (where I’m employed), I do use many of the tools that are provided us to ensure that this is done – from internal implementations of IBM Connections and Rational Asset Manager to wikis and shared project storage area. I will, however, be the first to state that I could do better.

I was, however, wondering… Does using blogs, twitter, Connections, etc. to convey this message just panders to the converted? Are the people already doing this not the ones who would be reading those media?