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February 22, 2013



Amazing story that Nick shares! Also good example that even if you have an extraordinary story, you need to prepare it properly before presentation.


Jacob Abraham

What is the y-axis label for his graph?


Thanks for the great write-up and kind comments!

@jacob - the y-axis on my chart, in my mind, was "mood". It was low when the subject was tough or grim, in the thick of "difficulty" and higher when I was talking about overcoming difficulty, or my own inspiration through Swee's quote.

To help audiences best take in a message, I think it's important to mange the flow of the mood. I could have spent most of my talk on difficult and grim things, but that wouldn't have been very helpful to convey the message I wanted to. At the same time, it needed to be authentic, and contain a realistic picture of the degree of difficulty.

Overall, I was very happy with the final mix and the flow of mood in this talk, because in my mind it reflects very truly my own cancer experience - plenty of lows and intense difficulty, but with a lot of human highs, and plenty to live for!

Nick :)


What a story! Preparation is the most important before you speak on anything in front of anyone!

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