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Presenting with Twitter

How to manage the Twitter backchannel

February 11, 2010
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In my eBook How to present with the Twitter backchannel I recommend that the first time you present with a Twitter backchannel, you shouldn’t try and monitor or respond to it in real-time (the term backchannel refers to an online conversation taking place at the same time as people are talking live). I’ve changed my [...]

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How to present with Twitter and other backchannels

November 20, 2009

Presenting with Twitter can be challenging. Just about every week a new story of a speaker getting roasted on Twitter makes waves in the blogosphere. I’ve written a free eBook “How to present with Twitter (and other backchannels)” to help you avoid that fate. There’s no sign up required. Just click and read. I asked [...]

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Powerpoint Twitter Magic – now you can tweet from PowerPoint

November 2, 2009

In my post 10 tools for presenting with Twitter, I lamented that there was no easy-to-use way of posting tweets from within PowerPoint. Timo Elliott of SAPWeb2.0 has now created an add-in for PowerPoint 2004 and 2007 which does just that. It’s called AutoTweet. Thank you Timo – you’re a star! Go to Timo’s PowerPoint [...]

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The two best alternatives to Twitter as a presentation backchannel

October 28, 2009

Note: This post was updated on 30 October to reflect TodaysMeet introducing Twitter integration. The advent of the backchannel is a tremendous opportunity for presenters. The backchannel is an online conversation that takes place at the same time as people are talking live. Audience participation didn’t use to scale easily beyond a small group. Now, [...]

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10 tools for presenting with Twitter

October 14, 2009

Note: updated on 3 November 2009 Presenting while people are tweeting is challenging – but also adds a new dimension to the presentation experience for your audience. Gradually tools are being developed to make it easier for you as the presenter to manage the backchannel. Posting Tweets during the presentation Crafting a set of tweets [...]

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How to tweet during a presentation

June 30, 2009

The latest academic research on Twitter and conferences addresses the issue of “snarky tweets” during presentations. What should be the guidelines of what is acceptable and what is not? My own experience of tweeting during presentations at Presentation Camp LA highlighted for me the new challenges we face around Twitter etiquette at conferences. The research [...]

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New survey: How people are using Twitter at conferences

May 27, 2009

Wow. Some academics have written a paper about tweeting at conferences (thank you @tonyramos for tweeting about it). I’m more impressed that somebody would write such a paper, than by the paper itself. The paper reports on a survey of tweeters at five different conferences. The methodology of the survey seems a little light. Only [...]

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Should you display the live twitter stream on a large screen?

May 20, 2009

Twitter is now a reality at many conferences. Now the question is: should you display a live twitter stream on a large screen so that everyone (not just the tweeters) in the audience can see it? Having twitter on a large screen can enrich the conference experience. Here’s a report from the Museums and the [...]

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8 things I learnt about using twitter as a participation tool

March 1, 2009

Today, I presented a session remotely at the Presentation Camp at Stanford University, California. My session was on “How to engage your audience with Twitter” and I tried to do exactly that during my presentation. Here’s what I learnt from my experience: 1. Design your presentation for Twitter I used two strategies that took into [...]

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Is Twitter a good thing while you’re presenting?

February 26, 2009

I’ve recently written two guest posts on Twitter and presenting. On Laura Fitton’s Touchbase blog, I looked at the benefits for the audience and the speaker of people twittering while you speak and how to manage it. On Chris Spagnuolo’s Edgehopper blog, I went to the next step and explored how you can use Twitter [...]

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