Question: How useful is social media for public speakers?

I need your help.

On Friday February 12th I’m presenting at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington, DC. The title my talk is Beyond the Auditorium: Magnifying the Impact of a Speech with Social Media. While I hope some readers of Professionally Speaking will be at the event, I’d like to hear from anyone who has an opinion to share.

My talk will cover three main areas:

  1. Using LinkedIn Groups & Polls to research topics before you start writing a speech.
  2. Using Twitter to open up a backchannel for discussion during a speech.
  3. Using Podcasts and videos to reach people after a speech is delivered.

If you’d like to know more, you can see my draft slides, read an outline of the talk and even watch a preview video on this presentation home page.

I’d like to hear what’s on your mind and suggestions you might have that would improve my presentation.

  • What would you like to hear covered in a session like this?
  • What questions come to mind that you would want answered?
  • How can I make sure that the people who come to my presentation in DC walk away satisfied?

Share you opinions in the comments area below or by logging in to the presentation home page.


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Fantastic topic! One thing I’d want to know is best practices for responding to tweets live on stage. Would you suggest having a point person who monitors the tweets and gives you a heads up when there’s something to address? What are some other options?

Since Social Media allows a person to get buy in from others, but more especially from those who have power and influence, the question is. . . .”how do I know the difference?”

Since IQ is not as great a indicator of success as it was decades ago, the new thinking is that EQ (common sense) may indeed be a better predictor of success. Hence, the comments and posts to your Web 2.0 posts should be considered based on innovation/creativity and just downright common sense.

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