Create Your First Professional Conference Presentation

Have you ever wondered how people get on the agenda at professional conferences? Whether your state professional association or an international conference like South by Southwest, the answer is often the same: they submitted an idea. So why haven’t you appeared on one of these agendas? This year, I encourage you to deliver your first professional […]

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Gather Round, Solo Social Media Professionals!

On Sunday, March 9, 2014 over 75 people gathered in a conference room at South by Southwest Interactive. They were there to talk about one thing: what it feels like to be alone. No, it wasn’t a group therapy session. Everyone in the room was a solo social media professional—working on their own to manage […]

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SXSW Interactive Is A Crazy Mess—Here’s How To Make Sense Of It

Yes, I’m one of the thousands of people in Austin this week for South by Southwest Interactive. This is my third year attending the conference. I came in 2011 at the suggestion of a mentor, and in 2012 after being selected to lead a core conversation with Deb Maue. I took last year off, and […]

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Advanced Social Media Training for Higher Education Professionals

I’ve often complained about the lack of advanced social media training available for those of us that have become specialists. No matter the size of the conference, “Social Media 101” seems to rule the day. So, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Karine Joly of Higher Ed Experts is planning the Higher Ed Advanced […]

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Tips To Improve Your Conference Presentation Slide Deck

This post originally appears on the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Association’s blog. Since I know a lot of you don’t work in financial aid and likely would never come across it, I’ve posted it here. Please add your tips to improve conference presentations slides in the comments. ————————– It’s very rare to find […]

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Facebook Graph Search for Business

The night I got Graph Search beta access, I wrote about opportunities it presented for college campuses. The next day, I received a phone call from the organizer of the Central Wisconsin Social Media Conference asking me to present my ideas to a business audience. The result was this presentation, which I gave for the […]

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#HEWEB12 Wrap-Up and Reflection

Although I think I managed to keep my tweets to a minimum, I spent the last three days at the Higher Education Web Professionals annual conference in Milwaukee. It sure is convenient that they held the conference about 15 minutes from my house! The conference wasn’t exactly what I expected. I thought I would come […]

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South by Southwest: Effective Social Media Presence In Higher Education

On Friday, Deb Maue and I led our core conversation at South by Southwest Interactive. I could tell you a lot about it, but Rob Evans did a phenomenal job with his storify. So here it is: [View the story “Higher Ed at SXSW Packs the House” on Storify]

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Why Aren’t We Adopting Next Generation Student Support Technologies?

Because they require us to change, and most of us aren’t ready or able to. At South by Southwest EDU, I had the chance to see Michael Staton, Brian Co, and representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation speak about next generation student support technologies. As the panelists explained quite eloquently how their products […]

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Help Put Higher Education & Social Media on the National Stage

I’m ready to give South By Southwest Interactive another try, even after my luke-warm feelings about the 2011 event. Why? Two reasons, really: 1) I think approaching the event differently (as in, exactly the opposite of a higher ed conference) will improve my experience, and 2) I want to contribute my thoughts and knowledge to […]

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