How to present with Twitter and other backchannels

by Olivia Mitchell

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 my trusted and expert community to review the book and say what they thought of it:

“Fantastic eBook! Outstanding information and well worth the read.” Jeff Hurt, @JeffHurt and MidCourse Corrections

“Wow! I really enjoyed this book. Very useful and very thorough. An eBook that every modern presenter and panelist should read.” Laura Bergells, @maniactive and More than PowerPoint

“Don’t get caught without Olivia Mitchell’s just-in-time guide to the technology, tips and tactics speakers need to navigate the Twitter backchannel when they’re presenting.  With steps to take before, during and after your presentation, Mitchell creates a useful path that underscores what it takes to effectively engage a live (and remote) audience today.  A must-read.”  — Denise Graveline, @dontgetcaught and  The Eloquent Woman

Download the eBook

Note: There are a lot of clickable hyperlinks in the eBook. You’ll find these easier to use if you download the eBook to your computer (rather than just reading it in your browser). To do this in Windows, right-click the link and then click on “Save link as’ or “Save target as’.

In the eBook I show you:

  • The three stages of presenting with Twitter
  • Simple steps to take avoid being roasted
  • How to build your “Twitter team”
  • How to respond to negative tweets
  • The top Twitter tools for presenters
  • Alternative backchannels to Twitter and when to use them
  • How to use Twitter and other backchannels to encourage audience participation.

Download “How to Present with Twitter (and other backchannels)”

    How to present with Twitter (and other backchannels)


This eBook will get out-of-date very quickly. For updates click here.

Cliff Atkinson’s book

Cliff Atkinson (author of  Beyond Bullet Points) has written a deeper exploration of the impact on Twitter on presenting. His book “The backchannel: How audiences are using Twitter and social media and changing presentations forever” is being released on 30 November and is available to preorder on Amazon now. It’s an ideal companion book to my eBook.

Check out the book’s website .

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Hurt November 25, 2009 at 2:02 am

This is a great eBook that all presenters and conference organizers should read! Thanks for putting it together Olivia!


Mari Smith November 25, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Olivia, what a delight to meet you!! I just came here from Jeff Hurt’s blog post about you and your fab book, and I’d like to express my gratitude to you!! Your generous 62-page ebook with NO optin is an incredible gift. What a demo of moving the free line – and uber packed with very useful info for anyone who ever gets in front of a group, live or virtual!! :)

Thanks a million. Two thumbs way up!! :)



Olivia Mitchell November 25, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Thanks Mari – really appreciate your enthusiastic feedback. Hope you find the eBook really useful. Let me know how your presentations using Twitter go.



Mike Slater December 11, 2009 at 5:21 am


I’ve followed with interest your posts on using Twitter on your blog, and this e book seems to pull your points together well and expand on them.

I can see the benefit of using this as a tool to generate more audience particiapation at large gatherings. At too many conferences I attend there is usually only time for one or two quesions (if any) from the audience and it always seems that the same people (confident and pushy enough to raise their hand – often the ones who like the sound of their own voice and who are well known to the chair!)get to ask them. I can see value in trying to adopt the “new technology” as a way of getting more involvement. I think it will only work, however, in groups where the use of Twitter etc. is already well established.


Olivia Mitchell December 11, 2009 at 7:13 am

Hi Mike

Thanks for your comments on the eBook.

Regarding whether it will only work in groups where Twitter is more established, that’s true to a large extent. However, two thoughts:

1. If there’s a small nucleus of enthusiastic participants on Twitter at a conference, this may well encourage others to give Twitter a try. Event professionals are noticing that many people sign up to Twitter at events.

2. There are other backchannel tools that can be used if people aren’t on Twitter.



Jamshed Alam April 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

Good books on public speaking. It is very good to read such type of books for learning the skill. Thank you very much for doing such great work.

Praying for YOU!


Olivia Mitchell April 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

Thank you, Jamshed.



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