Friday Wrap #132: LinkedIn simplifies home page, mobile changes everything, computers rule video

A wrapped-up building (Friday Wrap #132)
My web developer, Kurt Deutscher, shot this image of a wrapped-up
building on a rainy winter day in Portland, Oregon.
Mobile dominates this installment of the Friday Wrap, my weekly review of news, reports, studies, and posts from the last week that may not have grabbed the big headlines (like the Sony hack), but still have implications for those of us working in the communications/PR/marketing world. I curate the Wrap from a the items I collect during the week on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Skype releases real-time translator preview—Microsoft’s Skype now allows you to have a instant-messaging conversation in… Read More »

FIR Interview: Eric Bergman, author of Five Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’

Five Steps to Conquer Death by PowerPointIf you hope to communicate effectively with any audience, the best thing you can change about your presentation is to never, ever, use a slideware program to develop your presentation content, says Eric Bergman.

No PowerPoint. No Keynote. No Prezi. No SlideRocket. None.

The author of Five Steps to Conquer ‘Death by PowerPoint’, published in May 2012, Bergman is passionate in his belief that the procedures we habitually use during presentations are dysfunctional and badly need changing.

If you want to be more effective, he says, you must separate the spoken word and the written word - regardless of whether you’re the sender or the… Read More »

Five places you can catch me in May

I’m speaking at a few upcoming events that are open to the public. If you live in (or will be near) these places, I’d be honored if you came to see me and supported the sponsoring organizations.

IABC Detroit

Shel HoltzIn September, I’m conducting a workshop for IABC Detroit on how companies can ethically, transparently and profitably tap into their employees’ social networks (rather than block them). In advance of the September 22 workshop, I’m meeting up with Detroiters on May 5 (while I’ll be in Detroit anyway for Ragan’s Corporate Communicators Conference). The chapter is calling it “Cinco with Shel.” It’s an informal gathering, no formal… Read More »

PowerPoint, babies and bathwater

Shel HoltzSeth Godin’s a pretty smart guy but he’s no more immune than the rest of us from saying dumb things. Last week, in a post that added to the chorus of voices criticizing Microsoft’s PowerPoint, Godin wrote, “If there was any other tool as widely misused in your organization, you’d ban it.”

Not if it was a valuable tool when used correctly, I wouldn’t. After all, if we adhered to that philosophy, we’d ban access to social media in companies where employees abused it. Twenty-five years ago, we would have banned desktop publishing when every department in the company began producing 8-1/2x11-inch newsletters with six columns, 14 fonts and… Read More »

Are we overvaluing real-time feedback?

Warning: Lost post follows

imageBack in 1995, “Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson teamed up with his uncle George Jewsbury under the pseudonym Stephen Bury to produce a potboiler titled “Interface.” The premise: A presidential candidate suffers a stroke and has a chip implanted in his brain. The chip features a wireless connection to feedback from thousands of watch-like devices distributed to a representative sample of Americans. These devices gauge the wearer’s reaction to political speeches, allowing the candidate to make mid-course adjustments and bolster public reaction to his candidacy.

To me, this bit of speculative fiction defines… Read More »

Time got away from me

This incident that happened in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. But it does explain something about Vegas I have long suspected.

I conducted a half-day workshop this morning for the Las Vegas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The day kicked off when my host, Andy North of St. Rose Dominican Hospitals and Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, picked me up at The Orleans Hotel and Casino as scheduled at 7 a.m. I noted, by glancing at my watch, that he was right on time. I checked my watch again when he introduced me to the 60 or so attendees promptly at 8, when the session was scheduled to begin.

My watch told me it was just… Read More »

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