Kris Black - designer, author, cartoonist, & illustrator


My Journal provides an overview into the work and creativity of being a designer, author, cartoonist, and illustrator.


Drinking from the Cup of Steve Jobs

It's hard to believe that Steve Jobs passed away three years ago this month. I never knew him personally but he's someone I think about routinely.

Today, I have to speak in front of a group of executives and I can't verbally express how nervous I am about it. Ever since the rehersal yesterday I've done nothing but think about it.

I've been trying to pinpoint the reasons I'm so stressed about speaking in front of these people. I'm no newbie to standing up in front of people to give a presentation, but something about today is really shaking me up.

What does this have to do with Steve Jobs?

One of Steve's greatest abilities was presenting and captivating his audience. He was so good at it that a name was given to his charisma, the reality distortion field. If you've ever watched a Steve Jobs keynote of new Apple products then you've most definitely fallen into the pull of this field.

Unsurprisingly, I'm no Steve Jobs when I present. I'm not even in the same game as he was. In fact, you could say I don't even play in the league, but today, I'm looking to Steve's examples hoping I can find the strength and clarity to do a good job. You could say, I'm drinking gulping from the cup of Steve.