Photo Friday: The Presenter

Yesterday, I gave a presentation at the Illinois Association of School Boards convention as part of my day job.

The Presenter

Lighting the Way

When I got home I set up a quick self portrait. Follow me through the darkness! Simple bounce flash setup, kit lens, triggered with a remote. I think my next investment will be a cheap or DIY portable backdrop.

For those curious, the presentation was about how school boards can use iPads to go paperless for their meetings to save money, reduce waste, and be more efficient. Our district superintendent, school board president, and I tag-teamed the presentation and played to a packed room. Lots of great feedback afterward, and several questions.

I told my boss I wasn’t nervous. Presenting there was just like being on a panel at a horror or fantasy convention. In fact, I wish it was a panel at a convention, because with a room that packed I could have sold a lot of books.

The best part? A quick trip to Chicago and lunch at an Italian joint. I dig Chicago, always have. Just the little things like seeing the water tower, the Hancock and Willis Tower, the Wrigley Building. But I don’t make enough excuses to visit. I think I need to jump on the train with the kids in the near future and spend a day.

With the camera, of course.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. You are the first person I have met who actually calls it the Willis Tower. It will always be the Sears tower to me…well at least for a long time.

    I would like to recommend the German Festival in December as your ideal excuse to go with the family. They put up a ton of craft and food stands next to a giant christmas tree. While there are obviously some tourist trap style places that are selling Bolivian Hats for example (not exactly German), there is larger tent selling real German chocolates, a tent doing hand blown glass (right in front of you), and other worthwhile stuff.

    It is normally downtown near Macy’s, so there are plenty of other things going on at the same time.

    O…and the police tend to be out and about because of the event going on – always makes me feel better when wandering around Chicago.

  2. Mike says:

    I tend to call it the Sears Tower in casual conversation. The little editor on my shoulder says I should use the proper name, though. :)

    The nice thing about Chicago is there’s always something going on. At the same time we were there for the convention, they were lighting up the Magnificent Mile and getting ready for the parade.