It couldn’t have been the Pixar tee-shirt

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The Keynote began with a few jokes and then everyone taking a selfie.


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Photo: David Smith. The Keynote ended with a surprise quick change into jeans and a Pixar tee-shirt.


Ever take 16 years to take a small risk?

Have wanted to give a speech in my preferred method of dress for 16 years.

Jeans, t-shirt and running shoes.

Steve Jobs did it.

Tim Cook wears jeans and never tucks in his shirt.

The most admired company in the world and their leaders dress like that.

Gutsy, right?

Planned on a clothes change at the very end, to intentionally make a point.

It worked.

What terrified me for 16 years turned out to be painless.

But now it’s hard to know if the standing ovation was because of the content delivery, or from the Pixar tee-shirt.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. This sounds like fun!
    Curious about the logistics of the execution, though. It’d be cool if there was video of this.

  2. Someday I want to be standing in the audience for the “O”. Also noticed the stack of books on the stage.

  3. Behind the curtain and the wall was about two feet of space. My roller bag was there, cloths/shoes laid out. Had the audience do a two minute activity, etc.

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