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Lauren Bacon shares a personal demon (possibly a genetic one!) about public speaking and imposter syndrome:
My mother [is] a brilliant and successful woman who has spent her entire career in the nonprofit housing sector, and who runs an organization that she has built up from a small nonprofit with a… Read full post »
Old media often see Internet as a cesspool. While we can find that stuff if we want to, Coates tells us that the Internet can offer amazing opportunities to find and curate positive community. He tells us the story of one of his commenters who would write amazing, beautifully-written
Here are my notes from Saturday’s event withÂ Cory DoctorowÂ in conversation withÂ William Gibson. (I attended withÂ Dave Eaves, which meant I got to experienceÂ two terrific conversations that afternoon.) The hour and a half ranged over everything from the First-World problems of book tours to… Read full post »
Now, this represents a lotÂ of work â€” not just the raw animation and graphics work, but the tremendous visual imagination driving them.
But itâ€™s a superb example of how you can reach far more people with your speech than the audience alone. Creating a digital… Read full post »
A few weeks ago, I let you know that Measuring the Networked Nonprofit was on its way, bringing with it the combined wisdom of Beth Kanter and Katie Paine on how nonprofits can measure their impact in an era of free agents and networked activism.
It’s a momentous book. Organizations from… Read full post »
(Inspired by this post from Josh Marshall and Talking Points Memo.)
TechPresident reports that the AFL-CIO’s Super PAC, Workers’ Voice, is rewarding its volunteers with a points system: registering gets you 50 points, and agreeing to receive text messages scores 14 more.
Amass enough points, and you can start redeeming them. But
Google Engage for Agencies came to Canada a year ago, training agencies in AdWords and other Google products so they can then offer those products to their clients.Â Yesterday Google celebrated the program’s first Canuck birthdayÂ with a four-city conference, connected by Google Hangout, lookin… Read full post »
So often, when I’m reaching for a stirring quotation, I wind up with something a man said. (Or, in the case of Gandhi, didn’t say.) You may find the same thing.
I’m picturing Tim Cook on the stage, wrapping up: “So: a new iPhone with our biggest display and best camera ever, a new line of iPods, and a whole new iTunes.” He starts to stroll off the stage, then stops and turns to the audience. “Oh, and one more thing…
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5. Research speakersâ€™ Twitter usernames beforehand. Keep them on a piece of paper or notepad for easy reference.
6. Confirm the event hashtag. Find out what the official hashtag for the event is, and make sure you use that watch out for typos. If thereâ€™s isnâ€™t one, make a nice short… Read full post »
- a) that it’s a really good idea to get other people to tally the metrics for 1,000 separate posts â€“ something they achieved through … Read full post »
One of the most valuable things you can get back from a client after they deliver a speech you’ve written is the marked-up text â€“ the changes they’ve made from what you wrote. You may not agree with every edit, but they’re very clear cues to what your client feels comfortable… Read full post »
In a great wide-ranging report on a National Speakers Association convention panel from Ian Griffin, these two sentences seized my attention:
Dychtwald claimed he gets more accomplished in the last 60 seconds of a speech than in the first 30… Read full post »
That looks painful, I know. But there’s no easy road to six-pack apps.
As someone who struggles with going to the gym, electronic devices may well prove to have been a life-saver for me. Without an ingrained workout ethic, it’s been hard for me to see a half-hour on a stationary… Read full post »
Every once in a while, titans team up. Sometimes the results are catastrophic (Lex Luthor, meet Brainiac) â€” but once in a while, you get something so wonderful (“You got chocolate in my peanut butter!”) it’s almost enough to rehabilitate the word “synergy”.
Here’… Read full post »
It’s hard to think of many other occasions when more is riding on a speechwriter’s craft than the moment when a presidential candidate officially accepts nomination.
My biases are probably pretty clear, but for the record, I dearly hope President Barack Obama is re-elected. That said, I… Read full post »
You can find it here. I’m going to take it for a spin, liveblogging a pre-recorded episode of Nikita.
Everybody’s been ooing and aahing over the engineering triumph of Curiosity’s landing – which was, admittedly, pretty nifty. But to my mind, the real triumph doesn’t belong to the engineers. It belongs to the project managers.
Can you imagine how hard it must be to prev… Read full post »