Moments of Influence: An evening featuring Jo Wong, Steve Portigal, and Dan Szuc

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Moments of Influence: An evening featuring Jo Wong, Steve Portigal, and Dan Szuc

Time: April 1, 2015 from 6:15pm to 9pm
Location: Adaptive Path
Street: Pier One, Bay 2
City/Town: San Francisco
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Event Type: talk, event, ixdasf
Organized By: Maria Cordell
Latest Activity: May 26, 2015

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Event Description

Join IxDA SF as we welcome Jo Wong, Steve Portigal, and Daniel Szuc for an engaging and memorable talk on influence.


Driving change is not as easy it sounds. Change is about people and is thus inherently messy. Coping with the mess means we must relate to, engage with and encourage people's thinking, feeling and acting as well as their actions. We already spend a reasonable proportion of our time influencing people we call collaborators, clients, stakeholders, bosses, customers (to name a few), although we may not always be aware we are doing it.

Together we will look at influence in work, question the language used during change and reflect on the various elements of influence that we too often fail to consider in our own aspirations. We will also look at frustrations and barriers that get in the way of the work we would prefer to be doing. Steve, Jo and Dan will lead a small exercise to help make the principles of influence more personally actionable.


Jo Wong

Jo Wong is based in Hong Kong and conducts user research in Asia. She is passionate about our environment, current political and economic systems and how we can live healthier and happier lives for all. Jo co-founded Apogee and UX Hong Kong together with Dan.

Steve Portigal

Steve Portigal helps companies to plan strategically for user research and to unlock their team's research super powers  He is principal of Portigal Consulting, author of Interviewing Users: How To Uncover Compelling Insights and host of the Dollars to Donuts podcast.

Dan Szuc

Dan Szuc who is originally from Australia is based in Hong Kong and has lived for there nearly 20 years. Dan has presented about UX and user research globally. He co-wrote The Usability Kit with Gerry Gaffney and Global UX with Whitney Quesenbery and is currently exploring and studying the current state of work together with Jo Wong and Michael Davis Burchat with the intention of design better work futures for people. Dan co-founded Apogee and UX Hong Kong together with Jo.


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Comment by Maria Cordell on May 26, 2015 at 8:52am

Did you miss this event? Well, Dan was recently featured on Optimal Workshop's UX Picnic series, and there's a nice video of the talk here.

Check it out!

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