I just moved offices, and had to decide whether to move this:
What is it?
It’s my “Wall of Experience” for technical speaking and demoing…layers of badges each representing one or several sessions I gave at a technical conference.
For me, the decision was clear: Move it, Cherish it, Study it.
Why? Because each conference helped me be a better speaker…each session honed my skills. As I pulled each badge down from the old wall and later put it up on the new wall, memories came flooding back…not only about the city/country I was in, but also in what I learned:
It went something like this:
…and on and on.
Each badge, sticker, pin, ribbon helped shape my skills and unique techniques. I’m grateful for each one.
I’m starting to think I need to create a wall of experience for other things I’m passionate about to remind me how far I’ve come, what I’ve learned, and that I can still learn something from every single experience.
I also think we need to start sharing our walls of experience. If I can learn something from your experience, and you from mine, then we both become better.
How about you? What is your wall of experience? What has it taught you?