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Michael Csáki at 11:02 on 25 Aug 2015

I tend to be a jerk too at times so this was quite helpful :)

Andrew Westrope at 15:41 on 25 Aug 2015

Very interesting talk. I practice mindfulness which I think is a real help to being empathic. As you said will bring gains to more than just your code. I've mentioned before (re one of your podcasts) but really appreciate your honesty and emotion when talking. Thanks.

Anonymous at 16:46 on 25 Aug 2015

A lot of sense out of this. And with humor. Can't ask for more than that.

Awesome keynote. A very relevant topic in this time. Voiced all of my own opinions of the subject. Will definitely recommend the video when it comes out!

Anonymous at 16:54 on 25 Aug 2015

Well done, important information.

Great talk, caught my attention. It has some good points every developer/human can use.

Anonymous at 17:02 on 25 Aug 2015

Important subject not often talked about on conferences, really well put, with a couple of really emotional moments.

A very interesting keynote on an especially important matter. It's really nice that this acted as an introduction to this year's Laracon. Obviously, you're not going to become empathic just by listening to Matt's talk or even just by attempting to, but it's a great first step. I do feel a lot of our field is marred by people just blindingly waging whatever holy war and/or not being able to tame their egos.

Matt: was that the "#1 Best-Seller" on amazon for portable horns? Sounded like it isn't. ;-)

Anonymous at 19:00 on 25 Aug 2015

Great talk, touched on a subject many ignore and helped keep the audience engaged with a great use of humor and props.

Anonymous at 19:17 on 25 Aug 2015

Fantastically inspiring and entertaining talk. 10/10.

Anonymous at 19:49 on 25 Aug 2015

Really good talk. Lots of humor and with a solid point to be made.

Anonymous at 20:17 on 25 Aug 2015

Very inspiring ! Thanks Matt

Anonymous at 20:35 on 25 Aug 2015

no doubt matt is a great presenter. the topic is interesting. would have loved to see even more a link to software development and empathy towards the client/user. more practical stories.

The subject choice of the keynote was refreshing - a great way to start the conference. I was surprised that you didn't mention "compassion" after "sympathy" and "empathy"!

Excellent talk - I'm looking forward to the video.

Anonymous at 21:53 on 25 Aug 2015

Great talk although it was very theoretical. You did a perfect job in presenting this important topic.I guess it is not easy to talk an hour about empathy, but I am glad you could and did!

It's easy to get frustrated by a client's views and requests. Putting yourself in the position of the client is not easy, but a skill that can be learned if you're in the 98% group of people that Matt mentioned. Never thought about this aspect in this context. Eye-opening talk and perfect opener for laracon!

Thank you for this talk! I will definitely start to listen other people more after this talk. Speaker has lot of sense for humor - I really enjoyed listening him.

I really appreciate Matt putting these concepts into words, and doing a great job at packaging and delivering it in a way that is both relevant and easily assimilated by this specific audience. Well done.

As always Matt a talk that's both inspirational and often funny. Great work!

And I still think you're a nice guy ;)

Anonymous at 10:19 on 26 Aug 2015

Hell of a kickoff talk

Anonymous at 10:49 on 26 Aug 2015

Very inspiring talk, I agree that the world would be a much better place if everyone took your advice to heart.

A really strong talk on an important topic. It suffered terribly from a lack of pictures of Matt's kid, but was otherwise a solid choice.

In a longer format, it might benefit from a practical exercise or two on being empathetic.

General speaker stuff: good slides, good speaking, appropriate amount of movement, no excess filler words.

Good job.

Interesting talk, very nice presentation.

Awesome and powerful keynote

Anonymous at 15:12 on 26 Aug 2015

Great talk

A good talk, and working in Empatix I have to agree with you in the importance of empathy! Hardly relevant to the conference, but that is the organizers responsibility I guess...

Anonymous at 15:38 on 26 Aug 2015

Very good talk.

Great talk, really enjoyed it.

Presentation was excellent. Matt is great presenter - humour, seriousness and confidence.

Wow really nice talk Matt.. You're a natural speaker! Thank you!!

Awesome, inspiring. And with a bit of comics reference. I really loved the way Matt teached how caring for others can be so useful in project development too by simply trying to understand what the real needs of any customer are.

I really liked your non-technical talk. I think you could perfectly do this talk without any slides. Very inspiring and made me think about how I interact with my coworkers.

Anonymous at 00:01 on 27 Aug 2015

Wow, Matt is a really great and 'natural' speaker. I was impressed about how good the slides were seamlessly integrated in his talk. Also a very relevant topic with a useful message! Hope that the listeners will reflect their (online) behavior and think about this talk sometimes.

Such a great opener for this conference. Even though you see yourself as a jerk, I think most people still see you as a happy woodpecker in a lumber yard.
You balanced the talk very well, just enough jokes and anecdotes to keep it interesting and entertaining till the end; letting us feel: we want more! Your humoristic and very human style (you are one of us!) of talking, really put this talk to the next level. It let the message come across stronger.
Inspirational talk which can really make a difference: I hope people will work on this, because it will help them feel happier too! Changing the world, starts with yourself!

~Honk Honk~
Nice touch Matt.
You got my full attention! Also the slides where nice color balanced.

Great first talk reminding us that we need to strive to be understanding rather than to be right ;-P Well done

Anonymous at 09:10 on 28 Aug 2015

Great start on Laracon, and a really good talker.

Great talk. Really interesting!!

This was maybe the best talk of of Laracon 2015...

Amazing speaker, great subject!


Not a keynote I expected but it was surprisingly good and something really useful, thank you :)

Awesome Keynote with a lot of value Thanks!