Social media Arizona, Tempe - 8/20/09 - AC2_5563
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In the last year or so I've made it a priority to find more speaking gigs. Yes, I'm a huge attention whore and love being in front of a crowd. Guilty. But I also find the process of prepping to give a presentation a fantastic learning experience. It's one thing to claim knowledge of several areas. It's quite another to concisely express that knowledge to a motivated crowd -- with time constraints. Yet there is liberation in the restrictions.
Most recently, I had the pleasure of presenting at the Social Media for Business event put on by Social Media AZ. This was a business-focused event -- as if the name didn't give it away -- with the proceeds going to two local non-profit organizations that help kids and the homeless in the greater Phoenix community: Scouting Pack 378 and I-Help. I put up a SlideCast of my presentation the night before, and event organizer Fred Von Graf has an exhaustive write up of the jam packed day. Thanks to Adam Nollmeyer for letting me use the image to the right.
But that was just the beginning. Right around the corner is one of the larger projects I've taken on: Hands On Social happens 8/31 & 9/1. I'm co-organizing this event with Jeff Moriarty and Katie Van Domelen. Both are colleagues of mine at agencyside, a division of Sitewire. This day-and-a-half event is just for advertising agencies. I'll be presenting on the impact social media has on search marketers, as well as explaining new media opportunities for agencies and their clients. Special discount: I know it's last moment, but if you're interested in attending, you can enter Travis in the discount field and save $500 off registration. And no, that wasn't a typo. It's pro-level seminar.
And then on October 12th - 14th, I'll be sharing the stage with some real heavy hitters including Guy Kawasaki at BOLO 2009. It's another agencyside event and is once again aimed squarely at smaller, independent agencies interested in offering the latest in online, digital marketing to their clients. The speaker line up is quite impressive and the knowledge to be shared is vast. Speakers, panelists and attendees are flying in from all over the country for this one. I have another special code that will save you big bucks, but only a handful of spots remain. Email me if you want it. First come, first served.
After that, I'm headed back to the 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo on November 13th, this time held in San Diego. Gotta love organizations that ask me to go to some place with a beach and talk! I'll be expanding on my presentation from last year titled Digitally Expose Yourself. I've spent the year getting much more involved with the real estate business world through friends and local RE focused-events and am really looking forward to this. So real estate people, go to NAR and hear me talk! Sorry... I don't have any discount codes for that one.
And to wrap it all up, I'm still helping coordinate PodCamp AZ, November 14th and 15th. This is a free one and promises to be a lot of fun. It always is.
In between it all, I'll be leading some discussions at Social Media Club Phoenix and other cool events that the Phoenix Innovation Foundation is involved with. After that... I may sleep. :)
Unless, of course, you want me to speak at your event. Contact me!