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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 7 – Coaching Your Twitter Moderator

My husband has run triathlons for several years, all the while inviting me to join him.  I eventually decided that while I had no desire to run or swim, it might be fun to ride bicycles together.  I always liked riding bikes as a kid and it would give us a way to exercise and spend time together.  While of course I didn’t forget how to ride a bike, the new bicycle I got had way more moving parts than I remembered as a kid.  I …

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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 6 – The Twitter Interaction

My mom was a great cook… but she didn’t have a ton of patience.  Consequentially, she never taught me to cook and her cooking always seemed to have this mystical quality.  I lived in the dorms throughout college so I never learned the culinary arts during that time either.  Rich and I married the same weekend as I graduated from Iowa State University and, fortunately for both of us, we received a couple of cook books as wedding gifts.  When I finally cracked open the cook …

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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 5 – Setting the Stage for Twitter Interaction

You’ve taken the first steps.  You’ve tweeted about the event.  A few of your pals retweeted your posts.  The day of the event arrives.  It’s your first time presenting with Twitter audience interaction.  My first piece of advice…

Be Vulnerable

I’m a competitive person.  Not being athletic, I steer away from sports because I despise losing.  Not being especially strategic, I quickly tire of board games that involve deep thinking.   But 7 years ago when I found out that the Toastmasters organization had speech …

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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 4 – Whoops Two More “Before You Speak” Points

I can’t believe I almost forgot this point!
Let me start by confessing that I am a learning junky.  I love to attend webinars and live events with educational content.  I especially love watching a good speaker.  But I know, and I’m guessing you do too, that the speaker doesn’t have to be a good presenter to get great value out of the material they present.

At a recent in-person event I attended, the speaker’s delivery wasn’t that good – but he had excellent content and I got …

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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 3 – Engage Before Your Presentation

I’m scheduled to speak at a breakout session on February 5th for the social media conference SoCon in Atlanta (more info at http://SoCon11.com).  I started tweeting about #SoCon11 on January 6th, the same day I first saw my mug on the SoCon speakers’ web page and figured they couldn’t change their minds!

Other than being elated and honored to be asked to speak, why would I tweet about #SoCon11?  Consider this…

I myself have just over 400 followers on Twitter.  From January …

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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 2 – The Terminology

Did you ever feel like you’re the last person to know…something?  I do.  So when I know something before someone else, it always surprises me.

I was talking to my friend Marty, who, as far as I knew, had been active on Twitter longer than I had.  I asked Marty to help me with using Twitter for a presentation.  I mentioned what hashtag I’d be using, he said, “What’s a hashtag?”  I figured since I knew what a hashtag was, everyone must know!  So Marty learned a …

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Twitter – The Presenter’s New Best Bud – Part 1 – The Journey Begins

June 2008 – My First Discovery of the Twitter Challenge
June of 2008 was the first time I heard about the Mark Zuckerberg/Sarah Lacy keynote interview at SXSW of 2008.  What disturbed me most wasn’t that the interview went poorly.  I wasn’t there.  I didn’t have to sit through it.   What disturbed me most was the idea that people were tweeting about the keynote while the keynoters themselves were still on the stage… and those tweets impacted the proceedings.  One twitterer dared another …

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Surprise – Not Always the Best Thing When It Comes to Your Audience…Part 3

I spoke once to a group of 8th graders about presentation skills.  I remember thinking to myself, “Man, I wish someone had told me the things I’m going to talk to these kids about when I was in the 8th grade.  These kids are so lucky to have me come speak to them.”  My overconfidence should have been my first clue that I wasn’t ready to speak to a group of 8th graders.  I hadn’t taken my own advice and found some 8th graders to interview as I prepared …

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Surprise – Not Always the Best Thing When It Comes to Your Audience…Part 2

When I first followed up with the people from Florida Head Start to do my pre-session interview, I admit, I underestimated how important presentation skills were to their leaders’ jobs.  While every leader needs to be able to present well to inform and motivate their staffs, I wasn’t sure why else the managers and directors of the organization would be motivated to improve their ability to present.  It didn’t take me long to find out.

With the first person I interviewed in preparation for my …

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Surprise – Not Always the Best Thing When It Comes to Your Audience…Part 1

Kathy’s story is similar to so many other’s that I’d heard before.

“I was at [Major Fortune 500 Technology Company] and I was the intermediary between the customers and IT.  We were rolling out a new product and they asked me to go a big meeting in Houston to talk about the new product.”

“Your audience will be 30 sales guys, so keep it really high level.” At least, that’s what Kathy was told.

Her first indication that something was off …

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