Author Archives: Denise "Fish" Fishburne

“Focusing on the Gift” (aka How Fish views Presenting)

“Focusing on the Gift” (aka How Fish views Presenting)

CiscoLive starts today and so do my presentations.  If you have ever wondered what I’m thinking about right prior to a presentation…. I am imagining a small and beautifully wrapped gift that I want to give to each and every person in the audience. That is what I am doing.  I am “Focusing on the Gift”.

Have I always done that?  LOL.  Uh… no.  But fortunately I don’t think my 2006 Networkers presentation on EIGRP is available on video.   Otherwise I think I’d be truly embarrassed.  Why?  Because it was my first Networkers/CiscoLive presentation and I was beyond belief nervous.  Worried if I’d do okay… worried if you were enjoying the session… oh the list goes on and on as to everything I was thinking and worried about.

And then I realized something.  You know what? It really isn’t about me at all.  I am just a vehicle.  It is all about “The Gift”.  So in 2007 I went out and bought a tiny little Christmas tree sized ornament of a perfectly wrapped gift box.  Small enough that I could hide it up on the stage with me and no one would notice.  But I would.  I would see it there. “The Gift”.

And just seeing it there would remind me.  Center me.

“The Gift. Focus on the Gift. Just like you did when you created the content… the slides. Get out of the way…. be merely the vehicle used to give The Gift”

 


Security Here I Come!

Security Here I Come!

The announcement has been made!  It is completely official!  I can finally share the awesome great news I am so excited about.  Security will be my absolute #1 focus now.  Security has always fascinated me.  My entire career.  ….. It’s just that the fundamentals of routing and design intrigued me even more.  🙂 But now? Continue Reading

My Cisco Live 2017 Schedule

My Cisco Live 2017 Schedule

It is that time once again.  CiscoLive 2017 – Summer Camp for Geeks!  This will be my 15th CiscoLive/Networkers. What is my absolute #1 suggestion to anyone going to a CiscoLive event?  Easy – “Begin with the End in Mind“.  Know what your priorities are and then schedule your week accordingly. So… here you go. Continue Reading

Techniques of a Network Detective: A New Series

Techniques of a Network Detective: A New Series

Put your detective hat on your head and your Network Detective badge on your lapel.  Introducing a new blog series – Techniques of a Network Detective.  This series will focus on the detective work (troubleshooting side) of our jobs as network engineers. For over 30 years I’ve been playing in the “world of IT”. DuringContinue Reading

MPLS Fun in the Lab: Troubleshooting the MVPN Cloud – Part 6

MPLS Fun in the Lab: Troubleshooting the MVPN Cloud – Part 6

In MPLS Fun in the Lab: Add the Multicast in the Cloud – Part 5 we added the support in the cloud for multicast and for MVPN. As I mentioned in that blog, I intentionally left something out so we could have fun troubleshooting together. Please do know that what I left out is alsoContinue Reading