As described before, new topics and presentations mean reading up on background info, assembling sources, discovering cross-links and finally establishing a half-way coherent story line.
I really enjoy this process… sometimes I will carry snippets of information around with me for years and then they will slot pleasingly into such a process and fill a gap that needed filling. It is also exciting because it means being able to add a further topic to a portfolio of existing presentations and themes, adding depth and context by doing so.
In fact, in many ways it is quite similar to product development: sometimes you will be discussing a concept and realize that one key component, manufacturing skill or technology is missing and the whole things goes dormant – to be revived a couple of years later when that one key element that was missing turns up and enables a whole new line of thought and development.
Just goes to show how important it is to remain open and perceptive for input and stimulus of all kinds.