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Give Members More Powerful Weapons To Tackle The Gamification Exponential Curve

Here’s a common mistake we help people cover in our Psychology of Community Course. Imagine you design a gamification system which allows newcomers to earn points for simple actions and move up the first few levels relatively quickly. (e.g. 1 point per post, 3 points per response, 5 points for an accepted solution with new levels on 4, 10, and 20 points). However, since levels are usually linked to perks (i.e. every 5th level unlocks a new benefit), this can’t be a straight linear process (i.e. ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

Learning from UI designers

After diving into JavaScript, Electron, and Node.js to refresh my coding skills, it is now time to get into front end design. I never followed developments in this area very much and now discover the similarities between slide design and interface design. This article by Steve Schoger has recommendations that apply to presentation design as well:Lots of grey shadesOnly one real primary color, but use it with restraintSuper contrasting accent colours to highlight thingsNo lines around boxesMake ...
Tags: Speaking, Harpal Singh, Steve Schoger, JavaScript Electron

3 Keys to Excellent Presentation Etiquette

I was 21 years old when I landed my very first paid presentation opportunity. I was asked to speak in front of a small audience of middle school and high school students about the importance of understanding who they are. I was so excited for the opportunity and spent weeks preparing. The day came for the event and I could not wait to get on stage. However, what I didn’t know, was how little I knew about the professionalism and etiquette that was expected when you are asked to present. At Ethos3...
Tags: Design, Etiquette, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Northwestern University, Presentation Science

What Do Members Want?

Some 20 years ago, I used to play an online video game called Red Alert 2. I once racked up 45 straight wins and my username was listed among the top 10 players in the world with a unique ‘unstoppable’ badge. I don’t think I ever played another game using that account. The fear of losing my top 10 status and breaking my streak was too high. Instead, I created another account and began playing for fun again. To a game designer, it probably made a lot of sense to list and celebrate the top players...
Tags: Community, Red Alert, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

The dark background effect

Dark or light background, it is a choice, and both can lead to overcrowded, ugly slides full of bullet points. For some reason, people do a better job when working on a dark slide background. Possible reasons?The dark slide is a clear break from the colour format of most project working documents., there is less temptation to just copy/paste that spreadsheet and call it a slide?The minimalist dark Apple product launch presentation is just etched in our brain and serves as an example?Dense bullet...
Tags: Speaking

National Speakers Association, Northern California, January Chapter Meeting

Over 60 members and guests of the Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association gathered in Lafayette last Saturday to hear NSA National President Dan Thurmon, CSP, CPAE, who presented a talk titled “Doing what it Takes: How to Differentiate & Deliver in Today’s Competitive Marketplace”. Dan is an author, entrepreneur, workplace performance expert, […]
Tags: Storytelling, Lafayette, Public Speaking, Speaking, Juggling, Dan, Storyboard, Keynotes, National Speakers Association Northern California, Dan Thurmon

The political progress women have made -- and what's next | Cecile Richards

Women have made enormous progress over the last century -- challenging the status quo, busting old taboos and changing business from the inside out. But when it comes to political representation, there's still a long way to go, says activist Cecile Richards. In this visionary talk, Richards calls for a global political revolution for women's equality and offers her ideas for how we can build it. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Cecile Richards, Richards

How music crosses cultures and empowers communities | LADAMA

Singing in Spanish, Portuguese and English, LADAMA brings a vibrant, energizing and utterly danceable musical set to the TED stage. In between performances of their songs "Night Traveler" and "Porro Maracatu," they discuss how cross-cultural musical collaboration can empower communities. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Porro Maracatu

"Night Traveler" / "Porro Maracatu" | LADAMA

Singing in Spanish, Portuguese and English, LADAMA brings a vibrant, energizing and utterly danceable musical set to the TED stage, performing their songs "Night Traveler" and "Porro Maracatu." [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Porro Maracatu

How to Set Your Public Speaking Fee

One of the questions I’m asked most is what my speaking fee is for any given event. I don’t often have a “stock” answer. Why? This is a more complex question than we might initially think. What’s really being asked of us are two separate questions: How much value do we bring to the event? (from […] The post How to Set Your Public Speaking Fee appeared first on Christopher S. Penn Marketing Blog.
Tags: Advertising, Marketing, Seo, Conferences, Speaking, Christopher

Community Data Is What People Think It Is

(reminder prices for our Strategic Community Management course rise tonight). It’s a mistake to believe that you win the argument if you have the right data. During this week’s webinar, I presented this slide and asked attendees whether the level of traffic was going up, down, or staying the same. The audience was split between the three. We’re all looking at exactly the same graph and coming to completely different interpretations. That’s pretty incredible don’t you think? But this is true of...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities, Strategic Community Management

6 Steps to a Cohesive Presentation

We recently worked with a client who was preparing for an upcoming company-wide meeting. They had decided that this night would focus on inspiration rather than just information. Their goal was to have roughly 30 different presenters share on different passion areas of their brand as well as tell stories to inspire the audience. However, in order to pull this off effectively, they had one major obstacle to overcome: Cohesiveness. As you add different presentations together to build one larger pr...
Tags: Design, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Cohesive

A life-saving device that detects silent heart attacks | Akash Manoj

You probably know the common symptoms of a heart attack: chest and arm pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. But there's another kind that's just as deadly and harder to detect because the symptoms are silent. In this quick talk, 17-year-old inventor Akash Manoj shares the device he's developed to stop this silent killer: a noninvasive, inexpensive, wearable patch that alerts patients during a critical moment that could mean the difference between life and death. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Akash Manoj

Embrace your raw, strange magic | Casey Gerald

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain success in the upper echelons of American society -- and shows why it's time for us to have the courage to live in the raw, strange magic of ourselves. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Gerald, Casey Gerald, Casey Gerald Too

Embrace the strange magic of your true self | Casey Gerald

The way we're taught to live has got to change, says author Casey Gerald. Too often, we hide parts of ourselves in order to fit in, win praise, be accepted. But at what cost? In this inspiring talk, Gerald shares the personal sacrifices he made to attain success in the upper echelons of American society -- and shows why it's time for us to have the courage to live in the raw, strange magic of ourselves. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Gerald, Casey Gerald, Casey Gerald Too

Community Strategy Breakdown Webinar And Other Resources

During Tuesday’s community strategy breakdown, we touched upon a lot of the concepts we teach to students in our Strategic Community Management course. This includes: Why most community strategies are pretty terrible. Why it’s important to define the problem (or opportunity) before suggesting solutions. The components of a community strategy. How to collect and interpret community data. And a lot of practical tips on deciding and executing your tactics. Don’t worry if you missed it, you can no...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Don, Community Management, Online Communities

"We just need a quick fix up"

I get these type of requests to improve a presentation a lot, first when there are budget issues, and now more recently when I say that coding my app consumes 100% of my time. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes in good freelance design work:Doing quick fixes will turn you into well, a quick fixer, you join anonymous army of freelance designers that do patch work and compete on price. If not you, we will find 1,000 alternatives exactly like you. The race to the bottom as Seth Godin would cal...
Tags: Speaking, Seth Godin

What to do When You’re Asked to Present on the Fly

I will never forget walking in to a room full of 200 of my colleagues and being asked to give a 10-minute presentation on the fly. That’s right – with no preparation or forethought, my supervisor asked that I share about a new idea that my team was implementing. My stomach dropped and anxiety quickly began to rise as I frantically tried to come up with something to say. The meeting seemed to move at a rapid pace as my time to present quickly approached. They called my name, and it felt as though...
Tags: Design, On The Fly, Deliver, Last Minute, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science

How empowering women and girls can help stop global warming | Katharine Wilkinson

If we really want to address climate change, we need to make gender equity a reality, says writer and environmentalist Katharine Wilkinson. As part of Project Drawdown, Wilkinson has helped scour humanity's wisdom for solutions to draw down heat-trapping, climate-changing emissions: obvious things like renewable energy and sustainable diets and not so obvious ones, like the education and empowerment of women. In this informative, bold talk, she shares three key ways that equity for women and gir...
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Wilkinson, Katharine Wilkinson

Maybe The Community Just Isn’t For Them?

Here are responses to a client’s survey question distributed by length of time they’ve been working in the field (n=356). Take a second and think how you would interpret this data. One interpretation is to look at the newcomer group (and possibly the veteran groups) and decide to have more relevant discussions, content, to cater to that audience. For example, a beginner’s guide to the topic, introductory level discussions, topic overviews etc… Perhaps a more exciting interpretation is to look ...
Tags: Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities

Investor pitching: more and more like movie/dance auditioning

I recently watched the documentary “This is it!” about Michael Jackson again and remember the scene in the middle where the director is picking the handful of lead dancers for the MJ show from a line up of hundreds and hundreds of highly talented people that made it through the first selection filters and made the journey to the stage.The parallels with pitching for an investment to experienced investor are striking:He does not need to see an entire performance start to finish, he has seen it be...
Tags: Michael Jackson, Speaking, MJ

The Importance of Inspiration and How to Draw it Out of Your Audience

Inspiration is a key component of every presentation. If your audience does not feel inspired by what you are sharing, the likely outcome is less excitement which, in turn, means less long-term engagement with you, your idea, or your product. But the question is how? How do you inspire your audience to action and keep them coming back for more? At Ethos3, we believe the answer lies in the ability of a presenter to connect the head with the heart of their audience. In his book The Sacred Enneagra...
Tags: Design, Inspiration, Inspire, Deliver, Public Speaking, Presentation, Develop, Speaking, Presentation Science, Chris Heuertz

Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school -- and how to change that | Monique W. Morris

Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted opportunities. How can we put an end to this crisis? In an impassioned talk, Morris uncovers the causes of "pushout" and shows how we can work to turn all schools into spaces where black girls can heal and thrive. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Morris, Monique W Morris

You Ask, I Answer: Making Marketing Conference Workshops Engaging?

Chantal asks, “I’m running a social media workshop in a month and am struggling to find ways to make it more interactive. What suggestions do you have?” Great question. Workshops, like any form of content marketing, need to be entertaining, engaging, and educational. So how do you make a marketing conference workshop more engaging? Engagement […] The post You Ask, I Answer: Making Marketing Conference Workshops Engaging? appeared first on Christopher S. Penn Marketing Blog.
Tags: Marketing, Seo, Presentations, Conferences, Speaking, Christopher, Chantal

What Is The Message Hidden In Your Stories?

Sure your speech has stories, but what is the message that is hidden in them? Image Credit: überBusy Most speakers understand that if they can work a story or two into their next speech they’ll have a better chance of both capturing and holding onto their audience’s attention. What a lot of us don’t realize is that often times the stories that we are so good at telling all have a common theme that runs through them. If we can take the time to pick out what that theme is, we may have discov...
Tags: Stories, Speech, Takeaway, Obstacles, Harness, Message, Frame, Speaking, Lessons Learned, Struggles, 2 - Organize, Jim Anderson, Acting Out, Real World Public Speaking Skills Question, Anecdotes, Common Theme

Stop Wasting Your Community Data, It’s Your Most Powerful Tool

If you want me to ruin your day, ask me if you’re measuring the right things. I’ll probably ask you what you will do differently if any of your metrics go up or down. Then I’ll probably try to say something profound like: “If you don’t know what you will do differently because of the data, it really doesn’t matter what data you collect” Data analysis should be the most powerful tool in your community professional toolkit. It should tell you exactly what to stop doing, keep doing, and how to fix ...
Tags: Google Analytics, Community, Online Community, Speaking, Community Management, Online Communities


I love investing in good writing instruments. Here is the current line up (with a new addition):Apple pencil for notes I need to keep (meeting notes, important concepts for my app development, ideas for new blog posts)Mechanical pencil for sketching disposable charts, diagrams, concepts that either need partial creative erasing and/or a ruler (read the review of my trusted Lamy 2000 mechanical pencil here)And now: a nice roller pen for other “disposable” notes.Since I started my career at McKins...
Tags: Apple, Speaking, Mckinsey, Lamy

Wonder: The Key to Unlocking Your Best Ideas

As a storyteller, your job is to bring great ideas to life to show your audience that there is something beautiful behind the curtain that they can’t see. However, in our busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, it’s difficult to find the space needed to do just that. With the start of a new year comes more goals to hit and emails to send. But what if this year, rather than racing to the next event, you chose to slow down and take time to wonder? Wonder is defined as a feeling of surprise mingled w...
Tags: Design, Tim Burton, Deliver, Delivery, Wonderland, Presentation, Develop, Alice, Speaking, Wonder, Presentation Hacks, Presentation Design, Creative Presentations

3 ways to build a happy marriage and avoid divorce | George Blair-West

Choosing to marry and share your life with someone is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. But with divorce rates approaching fifty percent in some parts of the world, it's clear we could use some help picking a partner. In an actionable, eye-opening talk, psychiatrist George Blair-West shares three keys to preventing divorce -- and spotting potential problems while you're still dating. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, George Blair West

A mother and son's photographic journey through dementia | Tony Luciani

Artist Tony Luciani was testing out a new camera when his 93-year-old mother, Elia, snuck into the background of his photos. The spontaneous images that resulted sparked a years-long collaboration, with Luciani documenting his mom's life and spirit as she lived with dementia. In this touching talk, he shares the stories behind some of their favorite shots, capturing the joy and grief of caring for an aging parent. [Author: [email protected] (TED)]
Tags: Higher Education, Speaking, Elia, Luciani, Tony Luciani