How-To Instructions « 2018 Quantified Self Conference

Thank you so much for agreeing to lead a “How-To” session at the 2018 Quantified Self Global Conference. How-To’s are hour long seminars led by selected QS conference participants who are willing to share their knowledge with the QS community in an easy, fun format.

This document has instructions getting you started.

Basic Idea

These sessions are going to be an hour long (remember to leave at least twenty minutes for Q&A). The point of the session is to teach the participants a skill, technique or novel way to use a tool. In essence, they should be able to walk out and do something with the knowledge they learned. The key idea is to Having the knowledge be applicable is the key idea.

Things to Know

Q&A – Leave at least twenty minutes for Q&A. However, people should feel free to make comments and ask for clarifications throughout the session. If you reach 40 minutes and you haven’t completed what you planned to say, you should still switch to Q&A, but you can let the participants know what else you were going to cover, and they can ask about that, if they are interested.

A/V – The room is going to have a 40-inch or so sized monitor with a hdmi cable. You will need to provide your own laptop and adapter. Unlike Show&Tell presentations, you will not need to provide slides to us beforehand.

Easel Pads – There will be an easel pads in the room for you to use.

Tips for Running a Good Session

Intro – At the beginning of the session, tell people who you are, where you are from, how you got interested in the topic and what kind of self-tracking you’ve done yourself in this area. (We learn better from people who let us know something about themselves.)

You are not expected to be an expert – This is a conference of peers. You just happen to be talking about something that you know about. Even though you are in the front of the room, it doesn’t mean that you know all of the answers. Here are some ways to defuse that expectation and make the session more collaborative and engaging:

-Make three statements at the beginning, the first being: “In this how-to session, we’re going to learn to…” This creates a more inclusive tone.

-Follow up with: “Does anyone here already know a lot about this?” If there are, involve them in the conversation. If there is a question that you don’t know the answer to, you can ask this other person if they know.

-Follow that up with: “Does anyone here know absolutely nothing about this topic?” It gives people permission to be curious and ask questions.

Resources and Contact Information – End the session with information on how people can contact you for follow-up questions. Also, it would be good to have a link to the things that were discussed. That could be a link to slides (using slideshare or a similar service) or a Google Doc.

We will ask for your slides after the conference, so we can put up a resource page for attendees.

Again, thank you so much for taking the time to share your knowledge. If you have any questions, you can send an email to