Monday, October 26, 2009

Fall for our top 10 tips from October

 October saw our tips and tactics falling everywhere, from speaker situations to social-media strategy. Here's the best of the month for you to consider as we move into next month:
  1. What speakers can learn from Twitter hecklers, a post inspired by an audience meltdown during a keynote speech, drew thousands of readers from the conference in question and beyond. I used tweets from the audience to illustrate useful tips speakers can incorporate in their presentations to get ready for a really interactive audience.
  2. If you want to rev up an audience, whether online or live and in person, check out these 2 easy pieces to engage your audience, using examples from Purdue University and the University of Oregon. Think pictures and laser surprising uses.
  3. A behind-the-scenes look at how I manage this blog, based on reader questions, proved a popular post about the writing, planning and execution. I'm hoping it'll encourage those of you who are mulling your own blogs.
  4. In October, I went to two conferences where lots of participants joined Twitter for the first time. I was busy advising them to check out The Twitter Book, a great all-around guide to get started, making this older post popular once more. (I'm @dontgetcaught on Twitter--join and find me!)
  5. If you're trying to reboot your communications with social media, check out what my clients at UMBC have done, following a training retreat I facilitated for the university's public relations, alumni, marketing and related units earlier this year. They've launched a student blog on campus food and a special crowd-sourced social network for UMBC students. Two great examples here of what your future may look like!
  6. Visuals don't just mean video, as I learned at a hands-on workshop at the National Association of Science Writers' meeting this month. Check out this post on the handouts and resources from the workshop, including a great way to create slideshows with sound.
  7. If your only approach to communications is storytelling, this popular post lets you know about 5 ways you can skip storytelling and use a more effective tactic.
  8. Online video continues as the strongest social-media trend, and I've got a roundup of recent research and ideas to keep you ahead of the curve.
  9. Handouts from the Communications Network conference I attended this month--including a personal favorite on the best online tools you never heard of--form the basis of our #9 post. I'm happy to pass along these strong ideas for nonprofit communicators.
  10. Got writing standards? If you do, it may be time to reassess and review to be sure they still meet your needs and goals. Check out this weekly writing coach post for more.

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