Intranet Global Forum: The benefit of small conferences that deal with real-world challenges

Toby Ward speaks at the 2014 Intranet Global Forum

I tend to stay away from the big social media conferences that attract the same speakers over and over and over again. It’s not that I have anything against these folks; in fact, I count many of them among my friends. They’re mostly terrific speakers. And I have had great times at New Media Expo and some of the others you’re likely to hear touted every year.

Given the amount of time I spend on the road anyway, I just find my time is better invested speaking at conferences attended by the people to whom I most want to get my message across: communicators dealing with real-world issues for companies that are mostly not doing business… Read More »

My longest business trip ever is approaching fast

I’m spending pretty much all of October on the road thanks to four speaking engagements in four cities in four weeks. This trip will officially be the longest I’ve ever been on the road.

(It would also be the longest I’ve ever been away from my wife. The record is two weeks, a trip I took to Indonesia 34 years ago. Since I have no interest in breaking that record…ever…Michele’s coming with me.)

The trip begins in New York, where I’m speaking at the Intranet Global Forum on October 7 and 8. My pre-conference session on the 7th zeroes in on the internal communications role in a social business, where every employee uses social and… Read More »

Speakers beware: Scammers are using a church event as the basis for stealing your money

As a speaker, I process a lot of speaking invitations, so I was intrigued when I received one from a UK-based church that was hosting an event and wanted me to speak. Other organizations have brought me to international locations, so I responded to this one with questions. Bishop Allan Willson (who signed the email) responded with complete answers. I also asked a UK-based colleague to look into the church. He let me know it appeared to be a legitimate institution.

I got fairly far down the road with the engagement. Bishop Willson handed me off to Edward Smith, who identified himself as president of the event organizing committee.… 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 »

FIR Book Review: Stellar Presentations, by Shel Israel

Stellar PresentationsTrafcom News podcaster Donna Papacosta reviews Shel Israel‘s new book, “Stellar Presentations: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Giving Great Talks.” From the book description:

“Tech StartUps are built on dreams, teams and technology. But to turn vision into reality you really need to be skilled at presenting to investors, the media and increasingly at conferences. Stellar Presentations explains the strategy of the public presentation. More than that it is filled with handy tips at how to be memorable and persuasive when talking from the front of the room. Author Shel Israel [Naked Conversations, Twitterville] is an accomplished speaker who… Read More »

Just for you: A discount code for Social Intranet Summit

Social Intranet SummitI’m speaking later this month at the Social Intranet Summit—keynoting it, in fact—and I’m thrilled to be able to ofer a discount code so you can get in for a lower price.

Register using the promo code SISVSHEL and you’ll get a 20% discount. The price is $599, but it’ll cost you about $120 less than that.

That’s a great deal to hear the lineup of great speakers the folks at Thoughtfarmer—the social intranet platform, sponsors of the summit—have lined up. My good friends Toby Ward, Thomas Vander Wal and Ron Shewchuk will be there, along with the always thought-provoking Stowe Boyd. I don’t personally now the other speakers, but I’m… Read More »

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