I had the chance of meeting Ze Frank (web, twitter) a couple of times, back in 2010 and 2011. Last time I interviewed him on some of his public speaking tips (read article). Now, he just published this hilarious but also very practical video that distills in a “how to” [non blinking] style his best advice. I will surely take these into account when I prepare for my next speech.
By the way, Ze suggests that you don’t imagine that your audience is naked to fight your nervousness, a quite popular tip for first time speakers.
A couple of months ago I started a workshop with 16 event organizers from a top international organization by asking the question “If you had a magic wand*, what would you like to obtain with your event?”. Surprisingly, most answers were a variation of “I would like the participants to be happy”, “I want to change the world [with this event]”, “I want people to be smiling”. “I want to provide hope and solutions”.
The loquacity of those attending my workshop ended though when I made my following question: “In your organization, who is responsible for the participant’s happiness? Who is the Chief Happiness Officer?”.
There seems to be a problem –and thus an opportunity for someone to solve it– regarding fundraising for charities by selling tickets using existing ticketing tools like JustGiving or Eventbrite.
It all started with a rant on Twitter by Eze Vidra (Google+, Twitter, Linkedin), Head of the Google Campus in London, whogets to organize several of these kinds of events (not necessarily for Google) :
Why does it have to be so hard to organize an event for charity? getting frustrated with Eventbrite, Justgiving and existing tools.
Online ticketing company Amiando just published the 2012 edition of their Social Media & Events Report with research and tips on how the event industry is using social networks. The paper is divided in a research section on how are event organizers using social media for their events and a “How to” section with stats on the main Social Media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc) and a series of stats, tips, best practices and suggested tools.
Herb Kim, considered one of the top 100 digital power brokers by Wired UK and among the top 100 most influential people in UK media by the Guardian Newspaper, is the founder of the Thinking Digital Conference, that will be taking place next May 29-31 in Gateshead, United Kingdom.
The 2012 edition of Thinking Digital has a powerful roster of multi-talented speakers from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts.
Kevin Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, an online ticketing company, is on a mission to disrupt the ticketing industry by reducing the friction involved in organizing and attending an event. In this interview he shares some insights on what a great event should be and how they are helping event managers to organize and promote their events.
Harald Neidhardt (Linkedin, Twitter, Tumblr) is quite a character, a curious mind by default, who created MLOVE and the MLOVE ConFestival, an innovative mix between a festival and a conference that today is having its first US edition in Monterey, California. The event also takes place in Harald’s native Germany (Berlin) and Japan (Tokyo).