🎵Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!🎵 The Lego Movie came out almost 4 years ago, and it taught children everywhere the importance of teamwork. And what teamwork, and working in harmony, actually is. Let’s just hope that those lessons really stick with these kids. Because let’s be honest, we’re making a mess of it. But it’s not too late for us. We can learn from the Lego Movie as well. I’ll show you how you can help to make sure everyone feels safe and respected in your team and your company. How you can feel better being the unique person you are within your team. And how you can make your, and everyone else’s, life more awesome!

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Rated 5

Iwona at 19:20 on 21 Feb 2019

Interesting and important talk!

Rated 1

Piers Beckley at 22:02 on 21 Feb 2019

The first 15 minutes were setup to the message (how to improve communications within your company, especially with minorities and the less confident) and after they were done the speaker admitted that they weren’t necessary and were just filler to get to the talk.

Lack of representation is a huge problem in tech, but the delivery wasn’t strong enough to cut through.

He talked about the fact that he’s a remote worker, who hasn’t managed everyone or been in an office environment for some time, before giving recommendations about how to run meetings.

He talked about the fact that he’s not a fluent English speaker, and then gave recommendations about how to use the language.

These could both have been interesting points, but instead of saying “this is how I, as someone outside the privileged world have encountered problems and seen them solved”, he kept apologising about his lack of experience, before giving pronouncements about how to run things. Most of these were helpful, but a few were actively harmful to team-building (eg no usage of domain-specific terminology or, in-jokes).

The talk was also misadvertised. It wasn’t about learning from the Lego movie, but was about the problem of under-representation in tech. Which is a *huge* problem, and one which *does* need addressing. But if you’re pitching a talk as being about learning from the Lego movie, it needs to do that.

Badged as a talk about better representation and helping people who don’t fit with the dominant culture, and delivered with confidence and real-world examples, it could’ve been awesome.

Rated 1

Christophe at 22:44 on 21 Feb 2019

The topic is important but was not well presented.

Definitely not a keynote talk.

The subject presented is important to talk about in our sector but I do not believe the tone of this talk represented the best approach.

The tone of the talk was very downbeat, previous keynotes have delivered a similar message with a more upbeat and positive slant on how we as individuals can be more inclusive.

Rated 2

David Yell at 09:19 on 22 Feb 2019

Could probably do with just dropping all the Lego references. I thought the speaker worked at Lego and was super excited to get an insight, so was a little disappointed that the talk wasn't really anything about how Lego work.

Rated 3

Gareth Ellis at 09:23 on 22 Feb 2019

An important message that needs to be heard at more conferences and by more people in tech (and by people in general)! The delivery was more akin to a lecture or an HR sensitivity training than a keynote though - the speaker seemed nervous and spent a lot of time apologising and reading aloud from his laptop. I think audience engagement is really important when trying to drive home the message of this talk, but it was lacking in my opinion.
I also think the title and the connection to LEGO was ultimately irrelevant.

Thanks Paul for speaking about this important topic.

Rated 1

Marinit at 11:28 on 22 Feb 2019

A key note speaker who wouldn’t stop reading from his laptop.

Rated 1

Erik Bogaerts at 13:14 on 22 Feb 2019

Simply awful.

I struggled with how to rate this talk. I actually found the 'introduction' to be the more important part, and I have huge respect to the speaker for be willing to call out some of the toxic behaviour in the industry.

On the other hand, I feel 'missold' in that the abstract suggests Lego would be a integral part of the talk, which actually I think would make the talk much more unique.

Rated 2

Donald Tyler at 18:49 on 22 Feb 2019

I have pretty much the same feedback as a lot of the comments already posted here. The topic is extremely valuable and needs to be addressed, but I didn't feel like the talk did it service. When overcoming these challenges, I feel that positivity and getting people excited about solving these challenges is the way to go. This talk didn't fill me with positivity or optimism at all. It was very much a downer.