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I gave a panel presentation entitled “New Media, New Generation” at the Corporate Voices meeting in Washington DC on September 9, 2008. Around 40 director- and partner-level people (many in HR) attended from private corporations and nonprofit organizations. On the panel with me were Paull Young (Senior Account Executive, Converseon) and John Wolf (Senior Director, PR, Marriott). Things that went well:
- People loved the informal style of my hand-drawn presentation. They told me that the stick figures were both clear and engaging.
- People also really appreciated my energy, enthusiasm, and passion.
- I met lots of people and gave them tips on social media.
- I enjoyed figuring out a good structure for the presentation. The symmetric structure (new media = social media, new generation = net generation, and a 2×2 matrix) was easy to remember, and I figured out how to make the topics flow into each other.
- I told stories as part of my presentation, and those stories were easy to remember as well.
- Joining people for dinner beforehand and listening to a number of the other presentations gave me not only a sense of what people were interested in, but enough rapport with people so that I felt comfortable chatting.
- I remembered to record audio and video, and to ask someone to pay attention to the video camera. Most of the talk was captured on video – hooray! I’ve added the recorded audio to my presentation on Slideshare (see above), and I’ve synchronized it with the slides.
Things I can do even better next time:
- I can update my Talks page before heading to the presentation.
- I can ask the organizers for an attendee list so that I can get a better sense of who the audience members are.
- With a little more polish, I can make the presentation handout a good opportunity for more branding and help.
- I can work on pausing instead of using filler words like “right?”
- A proper video camera set up on a tripod near the front would give me better-quality video recordings.
- I can ask the organizers for tips on which airport I should use.
- I can ask my frequent-flyer friends how they make the most of travel time. Two hours is too short to really get into code. Maybe I should go earlier? Maybe those frequent flyer clubs are useful for something after all. Maple Leaf Club Worldwide (Air Canada) is CA$599/year. How much would I need to travel in order to make something like that worthwhile, and do I want to travel that much?
- I can bring a phone that isn’t on the fritz. =)