There is such a difference when you’re the sage on the stage and rolling through your PowerPoint in front of a room full of people. Limited time for questions and answers, dispensing knowledge and expertise from one slide to the next, and putting your best foot forward in a room filled with heads.
Most recently, I met with business owners and marketing professionals and discussed SEO and Twitter in a small, more intimate setting. To be honest, I really preferred this method of speaking for a variety of reasons.
To start, I really got to know the attendees and understand what they were hoping to achieve as a result of the session. That led to a certain level of trust with the others in the room. You know who is in the room and you’re OK with saying that you’re not a “pro” at everything. Attendees were open to sharing with each other, collaborating, and providing real information.
I also felt more relaxed in the presentations because they were hands-on workshops. I helped to guide the conversation and move it forward, while also giving practical tips and information.
Finally, I was able to tailor this to the attendees in the room. If someone had never sent a tweet before, I showed them how to do it. While the other end of the table, I encouraged creating a content calendar for the tweets to have a similar voice.
Learning from others, leveraging experiences, and ultimately getting something new to think about is all the more reason to attend these sessions and continue to give them.
Hope you’ll join me for our upcoming teacher workshops this June!