Category Archives: CiscoLive

“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”

 


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

2016 Cisco Live, US – Geeks for life. — Just another day at the office…

CiscoLive 2016 LasVegas was my absolute favorite CiscoLive EVER!  They just keep getting better and better and better every year!  I so adore my “Nerd Herd” friends. I was going to write a blog.. but I just couldn’t find the words…… So please enjoy my friend’s blog (@amyengineer) reblogged here. 🙂 Fish  🙂 Putting togetherContinue Reading

My Cisco Live 2016 Schedule

My Cisco Live 2016 Schedule

Ever since my blog, CiscoLive 2016: ‘Summer Camp for Geeks’, I’ve been getting questions about what my personal CLUS schedule typically looks like for the week.  CiscoLive 2016 will be my 11th CiscoLive US (“#CLUS”) and my 13th CiscoLive in general. It is my favorite work week of the ENTIRE year.  And I look forwardContinue Reading

Going to CiscoLive US 2016?  Don’t Forget Your Kilt!

Going to CiscoLive US 2016? Don’t Forget Your Kilt!

I don’t recall the exact details of how “#KiltedMonday” started last year at CiscoLive US 2015. I just know Erik (@ucgod), Steve (@wifijanitor), and JD (@subnetwork) were pivotal to the wonderfully fantastic and fun idea   I’m SO joining this year!  — Just ordered my kilt.   Scott (@ScottMorrisCCIE) is not only planning on joiningContinue Reading