The art of speaking

April 20, 2007

Originally uploaded by salimfadhley.

Yesterday I was at a presentation of Mr. Markus Renevey, owner of the Swiss “The Talk Company” about “Confident Speech making and Presentations”. He was heavily preaching his message:

“be genuine, have a message, be credible”.

Not really new to me. But the discussion after the presentation showed, that this basic ideals are still not a matter of course. Many attendees came up with the “need to not tell every piece of truth”.
But I totally agree to Mr. Renevey, that this is a important step to longterm credibility & trust.
Here is an other quote from him which was very inspiring to me:

“If you want to get people to an island, don’t tell them how to make boats. Tell them about the wonderful blue lagoon there.”

I think we often forget the goal by emphasizing the way to much. It’s the goal what keeps us moving.


Sharks and Herrings

April 2, 2007

Today I figured out that the “Red Herring 100 Europe” web page has a slight different design especially in the header picture than the “Red Herring Spring” which are the Red Herring 100 awards for North America.

Does that makes sense to you??

Service @America

March 26, 2007

Red Herring is an American company, obviously. This morning we came to the congress and Lars forgot his name tag. He asked me to go back for it. I said no. Just lets look if they can provide you a new one. They gladly did. I wanted to put some flyers into the press room. After I couldn’t find it one of the Red Herring Hostesses came along to escort me to the press room. After she saw the flyers in my hand she immediately asked to do that for me. With pleasure.

Lather on I was repelled by the concierge of the conference hotel when I wanted to recharge my laptop. I went over to the red Herring office and they gladly did.

Service @France

March 26, 2007

Yesterday we arrived in Nice, flying by Easyjet. We had to wait nearly 1 hour for baggage. One of my Colleagues asked a franch airport guy about that delay. “Why didn’d you travel with Air France?” was his answer. Next step was to pick up a car at Europecar, pre-booked by Easyjet too. They had 5 counters. And 2 just for Easyjet customers. Guess what? There have been lots of Easyjet customers and nobody else. We had to wait another half an hour.

For rehabilitation purposes: The team in our hotel de France in Cannes has been very friendly.

Edit: Lather on at the Red herring conference in the Carlton International (perhaps the most expencive hotel here) I was asking the concierge if i could recharge my laptop there. He denied. See the story end in my other post (Service @ America)

Blue magic morning near the Hasso Plattner Technology Park

February 15, 2007

Blue Morning
Originally uploaded by Stephan’s Place.

This week I stopped at my usual way to work for a moment at the Potsdam lake “Griebnitzsee” which is just behind the Hasso Plattner Technology Park were my company is located. The morning showed occasionally some sun shine and there was sometimes still some mist over the ground and finally there was no wind at all. So I had the opportunity to make a series of wonderfull blue photos of that lake. That was a magic moment over the water. Hope you like it too.

gadget review: my samsung digimax i6

February 4, 2007

Originally uploaded by vlowe_ktm.

It’s time for a small gadget review. At Christmas I’ve got myself a digimax i6. I was long time wrestling with myself if I should by a new camera, and which I should by. Up to that time I was using a (analog) Minolta reflex camera with two additional lenses. But I was bothered by the volume and wight, so I did it use mostly on vacation or family events. Some times it took me more than half a year to finish a started film. And because I wanted to use my pics on blogs, flickr and some other web pages there was no other choice than a digital camera.
So the bottom line of my decision was to get a small, flat and lightweight camera for every day use. Just to point and click.

Digimax i6 PMP ad
Originally uploaded by nguy0833.

Therefore I was a long time watching the Casio Exilim models. They had a big screen, they are lightweight and flat. But after reading some user reviews in the web, I hesitated to by one, because those reviews didn’t praise them at all. In a newspaper test I’ve seen the digimax 6i, and I immediately got hooked by the appealing flat design. There the camera was approved as the best camera for automated pics. What did I want more? All my other technical details I was looking for have been fulfilled too: > 5 M pixels, triple optical zoom, good macro functions, image stabilization, additional Memory on the cheap SD cards, long battery live, good capabilities for photos at night and low light.
After all, I’m happy with that decision. I’m really carrying it every day, and it’s without delay time to shooting. It’s handsome and you can carry it like a flat cigarette case in your pocket. I’ll never mis a opportunity for a interesting photo.

First snow

December 28, 2006

So now we finally got our first snow that winter. Have a look at the small window lights in the left corner. The Mindquarry team is still working. Happy new year to all our friends.