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Event Maven Tip — Quick Connections — Leverage the LinkedIN App Find Nearby Feature

Event Maven Tip — Quick Connections — Leverage the LinkedIN App Find Nearby Feature

Event Maven #ProTip — I learned this brilliant trick during a recent International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners — IAMCP SoCal event from one a gal, one of our awesome members. As a conference speaker, community member and Microsoft MVP I have the great privilege of meeting many people at various events that I’m involved with around the globe.

And I would love to take the moment to connect with everyone who is attending a session, sitting at a meetup table, in a hallway conversation, or in a reception but business cards get forgotten in a bag and there is never enough time to connect and put someone in your phone with every person especially in those larger sessions.

So I share with you a great way to network and connect with people that is super easy. I now put a slide in the beginning (above photo) of every presentation I give and start all meetups, gatherings, etc… with this action.

Show Me The Social Handles! — Event Maven Tips for Event Producers

Show Me The Social Handles! — Event Maven Tips for Event Producers

I’m sitting at an event, enthralled with the speaker. I jot down a quote, I take a photo, and I think, “I want to tweet this and post it to Instagram and Twitter.”

I look at the slides being shared. I search my conference program, the conference website, and my conference app for the speaker’s social handles.

THEY ARE NOT LISTED ANYWHERE.

Now I’m distracted, trying to listen to the rest of the talk. I want to be present, and I’ve paid to be here. Instead, I’m trolling a search engine on my phone for the speaker’s name — no results — so I give up for the moment. My tweet/Instagram post is half written and saved in draft.

This conspicuous absence of speaker social accounts presents itself at most events I attend, on every level from user groups to meetups to industry events to large technology conferences.

This is a call, an appeal to ALL EVENT PRODUCERS.

Facebook Truths and Lies and Psychological Motions

Facebook Truths and Lies and Psychological Motions

We post the good stuff, the oh my goodness moments, the exuberant triumphs, what we believe in and the deep, deep sorrow. Many have written about the psychology of Facebook, but it is something I think about as it is a big part of what I do for clients and for myself to build my brand and connect with family and friends all over the world.

When You Break Up With Your Phone & Invite The Quiet

When You Break Up With Your Phone & Invite The Quiet

I have thirteen Twitter accounts on my phone that I “manage” or do things with for either my two companies, a smattering of clients, organizations, and a few family members (they get stuck sometimes).

I have six Facebook accounts as well, three Instagram, only one Snapchat, a myriad of messaging apps and conference calling software.

Countless email addresses, seven that I actively use daily.

A bunch of Office 365 Tenants.

And now double-digit Microsoft Teams.

One Slack, yes just one.

And I am absolutely and utterly angry that I now wear readers, which I lend to many to read menus.