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The name of the blog is going to change (SEND US YOUR IDEAS!), because the focus of the blog is expanding. My brain these days is wrapped up in a broadened definition of communications. Some call it web 2.0 or social media, to me it’s just the web as it evolves and where we can all go with it. Look for more about social media in the enterprise, communicating across many platforms, collaborating effectively and of course lots about presenting effectively. The unifying theme remains: achieve more by presenting your ideas effectively. The difference is: presenting, collaborating and sharing ideas via many different media. And yeah, I’m gonna blog about Twitter. Probably a lot. For VERY good reasons.

I’m very excited about these changes, which have been a long time coming. The shifting focus is a big part of the reason for my slowdown in blogging. The other big reason is, if you do not already follow me on Twitter, that I have jumped into microblogging (heh, coming pretty close to Lifecasting, as some have said) with both feet. That influence is also going to make this blog a lot more personal.

Hope you will also check out the new “lab” at http://www.Brainsieve.com. Speaking of things in transition, that is going to be an exciting place as it evolves into my vision of a highly collaborative “best of” filtering tool to excerpt and surface only the most interesting of the streams of the digital media I produce. At the moment, it looks an awful lot like a blog. But if you spend some time playing there, and have suggestions for me on how to get to the vision, please rock my world by telling me!

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One last thing. With 1064 & growing followers on Twitter, my “following-back” has fallen COMPLETELY off the wagon. Won’t you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE engage me in conversation using @ replies anytime, even if I don’t currently follow you back? There are 311 UNREAD Twitter follow messages in my gmail plus many more read, but not looked at yet. Every voice matters to me, I just haven’t figured out how to listen effectively yet. Even if I follow you, PLEASE “@” me when you want to engage.

That’s all for now folks. Happy Solstice, and may the increasing light outdoors from here on, increase all manner of light in your life.

With love, Pistachio.

Found in Anne Truit Zelenka’s links: But Miss, they’re not listening to me

Get your audiences thinking. Give them an active role in your presentation. Make them want to do more, learn more, get their questions answered. They don’t owe you attention, you owe them useful, relevant content.

We have to earn the respect of our peers. But remember, in a networked society, everyone is a peer.  Your professors. Your children. Your subordinates. Your bosses.

Everyone’s a peer.

Live with it.

There’s also an intriguing generational contrast between “surreptitious” Backberry users pretending to pay attention, vs multi-taskers on laptops (and BBs) who don’t look like they’re listening but may be really engaged with notes, searches, etc. Not sure how universally it plays out, but interesting to consider.

Had a fun session this morning at PodCamp Boston 2, great discussion on understanding and conversing with your audience no matter what kind of media you produce. Think *you’re* not a media maker? Guess again. This stuff applies to everything from your emails, outgoing voicemail message, participation on blogs and other social networks, right up to full-blown mediacasts. And of course, to your presentations!

I will add some more commentary, but for now here is the deck:

My good friend and social media guru Bryan Person was kind enough to host me on BlogTalkRadio yesterday, fielding questions and talking about how to do a great job presenting this weekend at PodCamp Boston 2.

From his blog:

Here’s the audio from my 58-minute conversation with Laura Fitton earlier today on BlogTalkRadio.

Laura was my guest on a show about “delivering killer presentations at PodCamp” and offered excellent advice for both first-time presenters and accomplished speakers alike. She also took several call-in questions from a listening audience that ranged between 15 and 18 for a solid hour.

Enjoy — and see you at PodCamp Boston 2 this weekend.

The show is archived at BlogTalkRadio, so please, take a listen and let me know what questions you have about your presentations!

UPDATE: I am deeply indebted to mdy for her careful notes on the show, and the excellent “key points” summary that she posted at her blog. Wow, if you want a gig writing up show notes for my speeches, you’re SO hired! She writes up detailed notes on:

  • (1-to-1) Interactions can be presentations
  • Be effective and useful for your audience
  • Don’t lose sight of the purpose
  • Stop worrying about what you’re going to say. Factor that in last. First think: who am I talking to?; What result do you want to achieve?
  • Get to your room early and chat with people as they come in
  • Prepare for a wide range of audience expectations
  • Communications is 2-way
  • Make things interactive
  • De-personalize the experience of presenting
  • Get the Q&A flow going
  • Don’t end with Q&A
  • Do not confuse the call to action with a call to buy
  • Think of setting up a website around your whole presentation, so people have a place to go to continue the conversation
  • One-on-one: Don’t ambush people with your 30-second pitch
  • Start with the A-ha! The so what? The why do I care?
  • Think about what you can control in the room
  • Watching videos of your presentations
  • Body Language: Walk. Smile. Care.
  • Dealing with The glassy-eyed room

I’ve added in links to some articles on this blog that flesh out the principles in more detail.

Three new speaking engagements and lots of events coming up on the Pistachio Calendar. Hope I get to meet YOU at one of these events:

  • PodCamp Boston, October 26-28, BCEC, Boston, MA
    • Presenting… Your Audience: 9 am Room 205
  • Speaking engagments in Pune and Mumbai, India, Nov. 3-19, TBD
    • Contact me about speaking to your business or group

I’d also like to thank the organizers of these recent events for inviting me to speak and for their gracious hospitality:

  • Emerson College, social media panel, September 26, Boston, MA
  • Blogtoberfest, 5-5-5 rockstar speaker, October 5, San Marcos, TX

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