When I speak at EMS conferences, I rarely have time to attend any lectures myself.
When I do, it’s almost always a speaker I know personally. On the odd occasion I’ll attend a lecture from someone I don’t know, it’s always on a subject that really captures my interest.
And luckily, most of the speakers I know and respect have a broad enough repertoire that I can find one of them lecturing on that subject.
When I do attend those lectures, one of the things ever-present in my mind is gauging the talents of a good speaker, and
plagiarizing shamelessly mimicking adopting what he/she does well with an eye to improving my own skills.
And there’s a lot to
steal mimic plagiarize adopt when you attend a Rommie Duckworth lecture.
After watching him, though, I realize he needs a new mascot. I mean, the duck in the fireman’s helmet is cool and a nice play on his name, but it doesn’t really fit his speaking style.
No, his new mascot shall be this guy:
We shall call him Hammy, and we shall keep him away from caffeine and stimulants at all costs.