I had dinner last night with an old friend who's in town for a few days on a business visit. Much of our conversation centered on social media, technology and the results of some of the developments we're likely to be seeing in the next few years in areas such as reading, consuming and interacting with news and information. That part of our conversation wasn't so much about the obvious things like newspapers and other dead-trees media (which we did discuss: we thought the interesting newspaper … [Read more...] about Getting my interactive kettle online
As someone who's moderated a few conference panels in recent months, and is preparing for doing another one in June, I found Guy Kawasaki's tips on how to be a great moderator quite useful: Don't over-prepare the panelists. Do prepare yourself in advance. Never let panelists use PowerPoint. Never let panelists use anything special. Make them introduce themselves in thirty seconds. Break eye contact with the panelists. Make everyone else look smart. Stand up for the audience. … [Read more...] about Frameworks for panel moderation
One of the first things I did upon my return to Amsterdam today was install a very cool gadget I bought in CompUSA on Saturday - a Linksys Skype phone. This is a phone that works with the Skype internet phone service which you use to make and receive phone calls via Skype as you would make and receive calls with a normal cordless phone. The contact list in the phone replicates the contact list in the Skype application that runs on your computer. So, as with a normal phone, you select a contact, … [Read more...] about Easy Skype phone
If you pay attention to what's going on in the broad tech world (Tech Memeorandum is a great way to get the hum of some opinion), you can't help but notice things like the growing buzz about Microsoft's Origami during the past few days. Like at least half the blogosphere and some mainstream media, I've taken a look at the teasing video showing Origami in action (full instructions via Bink). Ooh, I want one of these! And there's a good buzz effect - I'm not wholly sure exactly what this gadget is … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s Apple-style word of mouth
Robert Scoble reports a big upward blip in sales of Naked Conversations, the business book on blogging he co-authored with Shel Israel: I was talking with Richard Edelman yesterday (his blog is here) and he told me he bought about 250 copies of my book. "Oh, were you the one who bought from Amazon?" I asked. Wiley had already seen the spike in sales and reported to us that someone had made a big order. Turned out he was. He's handing them out to all of his senior managers. Who's Richard Edelman? … [Read more...] about The time is right for Naked Conversations
After setting up my first Google webpage the other day, I've been playing around with the new Google Page Creator. My cat had a suggestion for a new page... A lot of commentary out there knocking Google for this tool. It doesn't work properly, they say. Why isn't it integrated with Blogger, they ask. What on earth is Google doing with such trash, they wonder. There's no pleasing some people. Ok, the service is groaning under the strain of popularity at the moment. New sign-ups were suspended … [Read more...] about Google Page Creator: Where’s the problem?
A survey by IABC says that only 67 percent of companies are prepared for the next crisis even though more than 80 percent say a crisis communication plan is clearly a key buisness tool: Despite a year of natural disasters and organizational crises, only two in three companies are prepared to manage and respond to the next crisis that affects them, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The survey also reports strong support for … [Read more...] about Crisis communication planning still has a way to go – IABC survey
Dan Forbush has posted an interesting collection of links to blogs (and podcasts) that are being written by members of ProfNet: How many ProfNet members and experts, we wonder, write blogs that are squarely rooted in their primary area of professional, academic or business expertise? Although we have no specific plan to aggregate blogs or blog content, we're certainly interested in serving bloggers as both query originators and responders, and so we're undertaking an inventory of what our own … [Read more...] about ProfNet bloggers