Afraid to flop? Twitter CEO's keynote lessons

The Eloquent Woman

No one would have bet on this, but by all accounts, yesterday's SXSW keynote by Twitter CEO Ev Williams flopped. His long wishlist for the talk indicates that would-be attendees came there--as most audiences do--with many questions they'd hoped the speaker would answer. On Twitter, that would be a direct message--one that excludes all but the two people on stage, putting the audience in a passive role.

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Audience on the Stage

Duarte Blog

Expo Attendees. I also assumed that most of the attendees were probably active tweeters. Additionally, attendees could join as “guest&# so that privacy would not be an point of resistance. There are audiences out there that will LOVE this kind of two way discussion, and there are some audiences with whom polling would be a complete flop. That is why it’s absolutely important that you really know your audience before you get up on that stage.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. I’ve had my share of presentations that have been total flops, along with some very successful ones. Bear in mind that sitting in a chair for a full day of presentations isn’t the most enjoyable activity as an conference attendee. How will they describe your presence on stage? On Stage: The Presentation 12.

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