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. After an hour's time, the halls in Austin were more than half empty, and an opportunity to showcase one of technology's biggest successes in the last few decades was for the most part lost. 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.

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Audience on the Stage

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Expo Attendees. technology. 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. Event Strategy Technology chat room meebo poll sms twitter web 2.0

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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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. Ask yourself: When attendees return to work and speak about you and your presentation, what do you hope they will say? As an attendee I usually prefer that questions are held for the end.

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