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In this episode of Hacks and Hobbies, our guest Don shares his incredible journey from being a television producer to performing with the iconic Blue Man Group. Discover the defining moments that shaped his path and how he transformed setbacks into opportunities. Don’s passion for engaging with audiences led him to teach public speaking, using unique techniques learned from his clowning experiences. Join us as we explore the power of vulnerability, storytelling, and the importance of being of service to your audience. Tune in for an inspiring conversation that will help you find your true calling and connect with your audience in meaningful ways.

Our Guest

Don Colliver

Hacks to take Away

  • Dealing with imperfection in presentations: Learning to acknowledge, take responsibility, and move on can actually help to engage the audience.
  • ATM Technique: Acknowledge the issue, Take responsibility (even if it’s not your fault), and Move on with the presentation.
  • Advanced level: Convert the issue into a message by calling it back later in the presentation and integrating it into your overall theme.
  • The power of the rule of three: Using the rule of three can add levity to a presentation by establishing a pattern and delivering a punchline or key point on the third iteration.
  • Understanding comedy and laughter: Laughter is often triggered when a pattern is set and then broken, creating surprise or incongruity.

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Junaid Ahmed has been a user experience designer for over 15 years. As a UX professional, he uses the user-centered design philosophy to come up with solutions. Trust the system, it works!

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Junaid has been interviewing people from all walks of life on his podcast Hacks and Hobbies.