12.11.12 by Jeff

Creative Mornings / Jeff Hamada

Last week I spoke at Creative Mornings and this is the video of the entire thing. Like many people, I have a fear of public speaking but I’ve made a personal goal to do it until it’s easy and then I’ll quit forever.

I can get embarrassed hearing my own voice on someone else’s answering machine so to say I’m posting this reluctantly is an understatement. I have a hunch though, I think watching video of yourself might be a big part of getting over the fear of public speaking. Sharing this also prevents me from re-using any of this material for future talks, and I kinda like that.

A giant thank-you to everyone involved in organizing the event, and two hundred high-fives for everyone that was there (especially the ones laughing really loud, can you be in the audience for everything I do for the rest of my life?)

The last half of the video is a Q&A and I’m open to continuing the discussion here in the comments below! If you have questions, or if this inspired you in some small way, I’d love to hear from you!





  • http://twitter.com/halfasleepshop Half Asleep Studio

    So happy you posted it! Really wanted to go but I live too far away. :(

  • http://twitter.com/JesFortner Jessica Fortner

    I also have a huge fear of public speaking, I don’t think that I could ever do a talk like this. Congrats to you for doing it despite your fear. You did a great job! Thanks for posting!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks jess – i think really enjoying it is still a long ways away but this is maybe my 5th time speaking and it was already 1000x easier than it was the first time.

  • OfficeSuppliesIncorporated

    For anyone who doesn’t know Jeff, this talk is exactly what it is like sitting next to him on a plane. The only exception is he didn’t talk about anal leakage.

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      hahahaha i’m saving that one for next time

  • http://www.facebook.com/harman.ken Ken Harman

    aaaaaand, this is why I wish I was Jeff Hamada. That and the calves.

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      hahah i patterned my talk after you, you had the best analogies when we talked at University of Hawaii

  • Kyle

    I completely forgot about the alien thing in Mexico man.. what a trip!!!

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      ya i was going to email you and see if you remembered, i didn’t think about it again until maybe last year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750436467 John Hall

    Nice work, Jeff!! Fascinating talk…plus humor. Props.

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks john, hope you’re doing well man

  • Steven Duncan

    jeff, great post. It’s really such a blast to hear you present your personality in such an entertaining way. I’d say let’s kick it sometime if i were anywhere close to canada.

    so hey, to discuss further the topic of the second to last question in this video, I’m an accounting student here at BYU right now, which is like, the polar opposite of creativity. I always assumed that a degree in accounting would be the most provident path. I’m super glad for the opportunities it is providing me as far as an internship/steady job. But….

    I’ve been playing guitar at night, and I breathe in the music and indie game scene probably for way too long at times. There is sometimes this dissonance between school and the good stuff. Do you know of people who are established creatives (in whatever dimension) that have other full time jobs? Is it possible to really develop that area of thought while doing something else for a living? What impact or role does fully diving in to a creative area play? I would super appreciate to hear your thoughts

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      I can’t think of any established creatives who are also doing something completely different to pay the bills. “Established creatives” suggests they’ve built a name for themselves in a specific discipline so they should be able to live off of it if that’s the case.

      Do you want to live off of the thing you love?

      On one side there’s people that don’t want to make their passion/hobby their job because they are scared it will be ruined forever and on the other side there’s the people who desperately want to make their job, and the thing they love, become the same thing.

      I’m in the latter group – I can’t imagine spending 40 hrs/week doing something I don’t love just to be able to financially support myself and have to limit my true passion to time outside of those hours. However, I’m fortunate that my passion is community-building and that there is a way for me to live off of it because of the Internet. If my passion was something insanely obscure it would be a lot harder to turn it into a job that I could life off of.

      If you want to live off of your guitar playing at some point it will require you to dive in completely. Athletes don’t make it to the professional level without dedicating years to practicing. On the flip side, I’m sure many professional athletes stopped enjoying the sport the minute they got to that level so I guess it’s just a matter of figuring out which would make you the happiest.

  • Austin

    very interesting presentation. i really enjoy your thought processes :)

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks

  • Michael D’Este

    Hey Jeff – totally understand what you mean about the hearing-your-own-voice thing. I think I had my first anxiety attack when I read a bible passage out loud into a microphone, aged 6. You did great, though.

    It’s inspiring to know I’m not the only person who can’t choose one set path to follow – I dropped out of photography class when I realised I like too many different things to pigeonhole myself.

    Keep up the good work with (one, two, three…) Booooooom.

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      cheers man!

      ya its a bit tricky to focus and finish up one idea when new ideas start popping up part of the way through.

      …as evident in my inability to stay on track and just directly answer someone’s question

  • http://www.facebook.com/janicelkwu Janice Wu

    you’re brave! and you did great. i was sorry i missed it in real life, thanks for sharing this! :)

    • http://www.booooooom.com/ Jeff Hamada

      thanks janice! hope you’re well!