David to Speak at China Media Centre on 05 Nov 2014

David to Speak at China Media Centre on 05 Nov 2014

▶ There is a home-grown Chinese social network with a user base that equates in size to 7 United Kingdoms.
▶ Chinese “netizens” have looked at government differently since two trains collided in southeastern China.
▶ QR codes have taken over China in the same way that Twitter and Facebook addresses have in the West.
▶ Mark Zuckerberg speaks a language spoken by the world’s most populous country.

Find out the trends, the stories, and what will be next for social media in the world’s largest nation, both online and offline.

David Feng will be leading the very first seminar of the China Media Centre this academic year. It will be held at the University of Westminster’s China Media Centre on 05 November 2014. The presentation will be chaired by Dr Paul Dwyer and will take place at Room A.6.08 on the Harrow Campus of the university. David will speak at 14:00 followed by discussions lasting until 16:00. All are welcome to this academic session.

Saving “Eyepower” Using… a Keynote Presentation

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Presentations | No Comments

A Keynote (OK, also PowerPoint) presentation is either the best way to engage your audience — or the best way to make people — I’m not kidding you guys — blind, faster…

I’ve sat through 22 years of lessons (and a few more on the trains — heh…) and I have seen some pretty skanky ones. I kid you not: the worst ones were not just those in what I call the presentation format of death, which involved three fixed positions…

  • mouth glued in front of microphone;
  • hands glued on mouse with scroll wheel;
  • eyes glued in front of sunken computer screen.

When Public Speaking Becomes Like Driving

Posted by on May 19, 2007 in Beijing, China, Presentations, Public Speaking | No Comments

My driving school teacher back in Winterthur, Switzerland, had some golden words to say about a year I got my driving license. His words of wisdom: Once you know how to drive, you can pick it up pretty much from where you left — even if you had a gap of several long years. The same applies when you grab the microphone as much as it does when you grab the steering wheel.

Having done speeches early on, I know what being in front of the stage means. It means one thing — not having stage fright. If you act stupid, at the very best, expect a hundred blank stares; if it was a mistake on the stage in a fashion contest (as was the case with yours truly on April 16, 2004; the masses, not the mistakes), you’ll look like an idiot in front of a good thousand.

But what if you dump it for the best part of three years? How does it feel picking up after three years? That’s what I did. I haven’t spoken to an audience over around 110 in about the best part of three years. So to me, it felt kind of like of… you know, new frontiers, and stuff like that. I know I’ve been through this before. Yet it’s been three years. My mission: to tell the audience about a five-minute video I’ve done about Beijing in the run-up to 2008.

Keynoting the 2005 World Usability Day Beijing Conference

Posted by on Nov 4, 2005 in Presentations, Public Events | No Comments

I was the keynote speaker at World Usability Day 2005 Beijing, and made a traditionally “techie” topic such as user interfaces personal and more “personalised” by recounting from personal experience.

I started out from my first experience with a computer that my family had bought in 1989 — then running MS-DOS. It was a huge difference to the Apple Macintosh that I started using in 1991. Even in the days of the black-and-white pre-multitasking interfaces, it represented a world of difference from text-based MS-DOS.

I also touched upon a few relatively advanced features of the Mac OS, some of which were well ahead of their day, like Apple Guide, and Balloon Help. I also took a look at the “dark side” as Microsoft attempted to play catch up or even copy outright from the Mac — when the Mac kept on progressing from one version to another. I also showed how Apple simplicity was on the iPod.