Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Pauline and I arrived at Invercargill Library to a welcome and space set up that was slightly MAGICAL!  

Nibbles, laughter and drinks in the library has to be good.  Slowly the crowd grew and the fun began.  How exciting to meet Helen face to face for the first time.  Also amazing to reconnect with educators and meet new friends.  

Starting off with dart flight challenge set the scene for a very fun evening!

The library was a fabulous venue and the library staff were incredible hosts! 

Mark used the wheel of doom to randomly select presenters and poor Phillipa was first up, the only spot she didn’t want… however, she rocked it!  What a bench mark she set!  I love the way Mark allowed for Q and A after each eduignite to allow for greater engagement with the presenter and the story.
Each and every session had an incredible, powerful message and unique story delivered with passion.

All to soon it was my turn.  I knew my slides and message so well, that I delivered it with a cool, calm , confidence, ‘gospel-like’ according to one tweet.  I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and wonder why I had experienced the angst of getting it together. 

And a real highlight of the evening... efellows reunited...

Yesterday I worked with my mentor.  We had a great conversation and wondering around why I put myself under so much pressure. I usually cope better with being prepared and like to be organised well in advance.  What were the underlying reasons for this pressure?  Was it aligned with a recent session I felt I over prepared for and under-delivered?  Was it something in my sub-conscious that caused me to be anxious with anyone attending, or presenting in another town?  Just what it was, I will probably never really know, but the value for me will be in ensuring I learn from this experience.

As a crazy side to this story,  while sorting out some usb storage drives I’d dumped some ‘stuff’ on when I cleaned out my laptop, I found a ‘eduignite’ folder with the seeds, saplings and indeed young trees of ideas already formed.  Had I of found it earlier, my path to eduignite completion would have been considerably smoother!  Teehee… I must continue to develop these fully ready for a future ‘outing’.

The conversations, chatter and socialising carried on til late.  What a wonderful night in Invercargill.

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