What does Mathieu Janin say about me?

If you know french, could you help me translate what Mathieu Janin says about me and my presentation at Comdays 2007 in his blogpost?

An excerpt (which sounds nice, but I don’t know French):

Inspiré par Malcom Macdowel, auteur du bestseller “tipping point”, il nous présente deux exemples norvégiens de succès au travers d’une magnifique présentation générée par keypoint d’apple. Un délice pour les yeux après une indigestion d’horribles transparents de type powerpoint.

Picture in Bieler Tagblatt Online

After my presentation at Comdays 2007, Simon tipped me (thanks, Simon!) that my picture was at the website of Bieler Tagblatt.

You have to click on the icon to the right of the date, and go to picture 13. I’m also at slide 10, from the panel discussion on Wednesday.

Bieler Tagblatt

From Bieler Tagblatt Online – click image for larger view

The article says (in German):

Oyvind Solstad vom norwegischen Fernsehen sieht bei Plattformen wie YouTube oder Myspace auch die Chance, den Dialog mit den Usern anzuregen. Denn diese schreiben Kommentare und Meldungen zu den Filmausschnitten.

Two small tips for your presentation

My two killer advice for your presentation:

1) Have your laptop on the floor at the edge of the stage, not on the podium where the crew want you to put it. Then you can have a look at the preview screen while looking at the audience. Much better. Most presenters turn their back to the screen way to often. Don’t show your back (or ass!) unless there’s a reason. Look at your audience, not the screen behind you.

2) Move around. Don’t stand parked at one side. Our brains are not made for static. Stand on one side of the stage at one part of the presentation, on the other side later. It’s like with your brain: You need different stimulation, not just one side. Add a black slide once in while, and go the stage front, and talk to row 4. Or 7. Just that row. For 30 seconds. Move over to the left side and make the nest slide slide out from where you stand. And so on. Think 3 dimensions.


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Picture by Eirik Solheim – buy picture here

And the remote above is WAY better than enything else out there. If you do presentations, you need it. Period.

Posted here after first submitting it as a comment at Eirikso.

Medievaner 07

I did a presentation at “Medievaner 07”, Aker Brygge, Oslo 20. september 2007. My presentation was called “What’s hot, what’s next and why?” (lol).

Connected changes everything

My main point is this: Young people today are connected with so many people through different channels, that disconnecting their network would be almost like cutting off an arm. Their network is bigger than their parents, it’s more diverse, it’s more advanced and most important of all: It’s amazingly fast.

Young people using IM, Facebook, del.icio.us, Flickr etc. find their answers in their networks. If I have a problem, I pose it to my network, and I get answers, links, suggestions and clues back, and the quality is top notch.

If you don’t realize this, you lose. It’s playing a game where you think the other team has 11 players, but it has infact 2 200 players. If you’re not convinced, type “Oyvind says being connected changes the world just as much as rock’n roll did” in your calender – say – 10 years from now.

Also: Chime out in the comments below! I’d love to hear why you think this is wrong, stupid, thoughtful or brilliant. My contact data is to the right if you think this is interesting for your company or organisation.

Here’s my presentation, hosted at slideshare.net. You can download it as a pdf at the page at slideshare.

Media coverage

Norwegian media magazine Kampanje has an online article today called “Facebook-hypen er ikke over”:

– Jeg mener de sosiale nettverksamfunnene på internett er den største sosiale og kulturelle endringen i vårt samfunn siden rockens inntog, sier Solstad.

Being social

Also check out this long and interesting read at InformationWeek.com, called “Social Networking: A Time Waster Or The Next Big Thing In Collaboration?”

The trick for businesspeople interested in using social networks and for IT departments that need to monitor and manage access to them is to steer clear of the time-wasting stuff while leveraging the collaborative potential.


Teens and undergrads started the social networking trend; now business professionals and IT pros are coming up to speed. The pitfalls are obvious and mostly avoidable, while the benefits remain largely unexplored by most companies. Curious to know more? Knowledgeable peers are only a few clicks away.

They certainly are. Check out what happened to me this morning (in Norwegian).

The future of shopping

I did a presentation in Tønsberg last week. I’m not going to put up the whole presentation here. But instead I would like to put up a few pictures and links I’ve found the last weeks. First up is Aftenposten (Norwegian) who wrote about a new book by Jesper Bo Jensen called “Future Consumer Tendencies and Shopping Behavior”. Jensen thinks that people in the near future not will use material goods to show their wealth.

Tid: Afkobling, have tiden til sin egen rådighed
Opmærksomhed: En luksus at være massemedie-fri – at kunne være fuldt sammen med et andet menneske
Rum og plads: Udfoldelse, der hvor ingen andre kommer, væk fra bilkøer, monkey-class, forsimple sin bolig
Fred og ro: Fravær af larm og støj
Natur og renhed: Ren luft, rent vand, mad uden gift
Sikkerhed: Fuldkommen tryghed er en ny luksus – næsten alle steder er risikobetonede

In English (my translation):

Time: Relaxing, to decide over your own time
Attention: A luxury to be free from massmedia, to be with another human being 100%
Room and space: To be where no one else comes, away from traffic, monkey-class, simplify your home
Peace and quiet: No noise
Nature: Clean air, fresh water, food without toxics
Safety: 100% safety is the new luxury, almost all places involves risk

Have a look at his presentations, where you’ll find lots of interesting statistics on the new luxury, like this graphic called “The new phases of life”:

The new phases of life

The new phases of life – Slide by Jesper Bo Jensen

Future homes

The National Association of Home Builders did a study to find out what our houses will be like in 2015. Washington Post reports:

“The formal living space isn’t as important,” said Andy Rosenthal, president of Rosenthal Homes in Potomac. “As a baby boomer, when we grew up, we all had living rooms, but we weren’t allowed in there. Now we don’t want living rooms because we weren’t allowed in there anyway.”

Local builders did agree with the survey’s findings that “green” methods will become more widespread. The builders association predicts that the home of the future will have water conservation devices and energy-efficient appliances, among other features. “The cost of energy is going to continue to rise,” Paul said. “It will encourage essentially green building and efficient building.”

Women rule

I showed this graphic at the presentation, with numbers from Tom Peters (click to enlarge):

Women rule

It shows that women make all the most important economic decisions in a family. And my point was: Pay attention to your female customers, or you will loose lots of money! I have studied couples shopping tvs and games, records and movies, toys, clothes and kitchen stuff at a local mall, and could easily see that both male and female sales people paid more attention to what the male said, than to the female. Even in Norway, where women are more liberated than any other country in the world. “Dine Penger”, a Norwegian monthly on personal economics, ran this in their September 2007 edition (click to enlarge):

Dine Penger

Women rule…

The shopping experience

I also made a point about shops have to understand that experience is becoming more and more important for shoppers. If your shop looks like thrash, well… My example was the highly successful Apple Retail Stores, and also Amoeba Music – which looks very basic, but has an amazing selection and staff that know just about anything about music.

A clips that shows this trend, from Aftenposten again, about BMW’s amazing new store in Germany – BMW Welt:

BMW Welt

Picking up your new BMW is almost as important as owning it. BMW makes it a big experience, and people love it.

Expect the unexpected

Finally a Ludwig Wittgenstein qoute, which I got in a paper from one of the fonds I invest in, Skagen Fondene.

Ludwig Wittenstein

Which proves a point in itself: I’m certain I would not have qouted a Skagene newspaper if all they did write about was funds and investments. But when they try to see out of their usual circle, it gets interesting.

Also on the subject of predicting the future: Read the excellent book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. A real eye opener if you think youcan predict everything.

And finally; this one from Wired Magazine, the September 2007 edition:

Today’s fiction

40 degrees and hungry

The people who saw my presentation were dead tired after six hours at the golf course. The dinner was waiting, and the room was 40+ degrees Celcius. Not the perfect conditions for a presentation. But I got some nice feedback afterwards, and some angry looks from record and movie executives. 😉