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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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When Presentations Matter – Words that Heal

Jim is a friend of mine.  He and his wife Aimee will be speaking at a sales meeting for a company that sells a particular medical product.  Aimee is in the medical field and will discuss the technical aspects of the product.  Jim will also be talking about the product.  But Jim isn’t in the medical field.  Jim will be talking about the product from a very personal and very emotional perspective.  You see the product that these sales people sell, changed Aimee’s life.

Jim was engaged to Aimee …

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What I Learned at the January 2011 NSA Georgia Chapter Meeting

I’ve gotten so that I enjoy taking meeting notes via Twitter.   I like not just capturing what I’m learning but also sharing it with others.  Below are my tweets (and a couple others) from the January 15th NSA (National Speakers Association) Georgia chapter meeting.

Enjoy!

Kelly

KellyVandeverEach point needs to have story. #nsaga2:53 PM Jan 15th via txt

builtbykeith#nsaga Twitting all my …

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How Bill Gates Improved His Presentations – and so can YOU!

On his blog, Presentation Zen author Garr Reynolds gives well-deserved credit to Bill Gates for improving his presentations over the years.  Being the master of gorgeous visuals, Reynolds of course addresses the tremendous improvement of Bill Gates’ slides.  Gates slides now include full screen pictures, minimal text and greatly simplified data.  Having attractive slides has an overwhelmingly positive visual impact on a presentation.  And since sight is the sense we as humans seem to trust the most, improving slides is very important.

Reynolds also …

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Common Mistakes Technology Presenters Make… and How to Avoid Them

Mistake #2 – Audience Disconnect

Joe knows his company’s software product.  That’s why he was asked to accompany the sales exec on a call with a new prospect.  Joe shared with me later that he sensed that the prospect was not “with them” during the executive’s presentation or later when Joe stared the demo portion of the presentation.  “At least, they weren’t with us, until the very end… and by that point, the appointment was over.”  When I asked Joe how the …

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