Thursday, April 15, 2010

For the blog's 5th anniversary: The top 10 over 5

I started the don't get caught blog five years ago today as the "news & info" section of my website. Today, it is the website, and maintains its original mix of content, which mirrors my consulting: communications and social media strategies, training and content development. (Some of the most popular posts come from topics where those things overlap--such as thinking about a strategy and training needs when you're a speaker who wants to use social media to advantage.) Over the past five years, some posts stand out as the readers' most popular, so here's a birthday sampling of the blog's top 10 posts from the past five years:
  1. From 2007: Does your media trainer use Bob Newhart? suggested you might want an updated version of traditional media training these days; my suggestions are here.
  2. From 2007: Weekly writing coach: Passive-aggressive turned its lesson on itself, showing you one graph with passive verbs, then a rewrite making them active.
  3. From 2007: What to ask reporters offers 11 questions you can ask reporters, starting with "Are you on deadline?"
  4. From 2007: Who talks more: Men or women? may surprise you. For me, this post was among the things that prompted me to launch DGC's sister blog, The Eloquent Woman.
  5. From 2008: What should I do with my hands?  is one of the most common questions I get when I train speakers and presenters.  The issue is hands at rest, not while gesturing--and this will tell you how knowing what to do with your hands helps your speaking.
  6. From 2009:  Speakers: Learn from Twitter hecklers covered a backchannel explosion at a higher education conference, and turns it into positive lessons for speakers.
  7. From 2009: Tweeting at meetings gets controversial marked the uncomfortable transitions going on at conferences when the audience starts to communicate on the backchannel.  It's one of my strategy posts that bridges traditional communications and social media.
  8. From 2010:  Weekly writing coach: S.M.A.R.T writing offers tips for both writers and their managers so that assignments are made--and carried out--in smart ways.
  9. From 2010:  Ten ways I use Twitter to boost my creativity sparked a lot of tweeting and is the first in a series on how I use this facile communications tool.
  10. From 2010: How social media remixes public speaking also bridges strategy, training and content, helping speakers orient their space in a social-media world.
I'm looking forward to giving you more solid content in the sixth year of the blog, and, as always, use your feedback, questions and ideas to shape this work.  Please feel free to leave me your thoughts in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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