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Speaking

I enjoy speaking publicly about social media, personal branding, civility in the business world, changing careers, and following one’s passion.

SOCIAL MEDIA – why use it, how to use it, stories of its effectiveness, and tales of great misfortune at the hands of it. I like to discuss the intersection of social media and business goals, which by the way extend far beyond simply juicing sales. I try to give a bigger-picture perspective to my audiences. I don’t always give you the answer (which is quite impossible, as everyone in the audience has a different question.) Rather, I try to get my audiences thinking in a certain direction, which is similar to what I do with my clients. If I can train them to think, they can provide themselves the answers to their own questions.

PERSONAL BRANDING – using online and offline tools to define who you are.

CIVILITY IN THE BUSINESS WORLD – this is how great teams are built.

CHANGING CAREERS / FOLLOWING ONE’S PASSION – I made the mother of all career changes, going from a CPA to a social media and marketing executive.

A few reviews of past presentations:

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Previous speaking engagements:

6/18/09 – Social Media Club St Louis – panelist: “Social Media For Businesses”
3/31/10 – David Siteman Garland’s RISElunch – presenter: “Building Communities And Spending Time On Twitter, Facebook, And Blogs – Why Bother?”
9/16/10 – Busch Stadium Social Media night – Social Media panelist
10/23/10 – Show Me The Blog conference – Social Media panelist
11/15/10 – STLMixtapes.com tweetup at The Gramophone – presented on Social Media
12/2/10 – Webster University School of Business – Walker Speaker Series – Social Media panelist
12/2/10 – David Siteman Garland’s RISElunch – Social Media panelist
1/18/11 – Lindenwood University Class on Social Media and Personal Brand Development
2/24/11 – Maryville University – presentation to PR class
3/7/11 – Webster University – high school journalism convention
3/27/11 – The Rise to the Top with David Siteman Garland – Episode #139
4/5/11 – Kitchen Table Talks show with Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge
4/6/11 – Maryville University – presentation to Professional Communication class
4/9/11 – Delta Kappa Gamma Foundation at Southwestern Illinois College
4/19/11 – Marquette University – Personal Branding presentation
4/26/11 – IABC presentation on Social Media
4/26/11 – Webster University – presentation to nonprofit social media class
4/28/11 – StlIndex.com State of Twitter event – presenter
5/25/11 – The Q Show – Internet radio show – guest
6/9/11 – American Marketing Association – “Viral & Buzz Marketing – Using Video and the Internet as a Marketing Tool” – panel discussion
9/8/11 – Pecha Kucha STL – presentation on #SavePratzels campaign
9/10/11 – St. Louis Press Club – seminar at Webster University entitled “Alternative Career Paths For Journalists”
9/27/11 – Kitchen Table Talks show with Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge
9/28/11 – Washington University Olin School of Business – 3 guest lectures
9/29/11 – Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work – guest lecture on social media and community relations
10/11/11 – PR + Social Media Summit Milwaukee – panel discussion
10/21/11 – Missouri History Museum – emcee of their trivia night (not my typical speaking engagement)
11/10/11 – Get Digital 2 seminar – social media presentation
11/17/11 – AMA lunch – social media panelist
12/3/11 – KSDK Newschannel 5 TV – discussing social media and holiday shopping
12/12/11 – Private client event
1/10/12 – Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC) – social media luncheon
1/17/12 – Regional Arts Commission – Major Marketing Initiatives – social media presentation
January 2012 – Private client event
February 2012 – Private client event
2/21/12 – St. Louis Art Map – social media presentation
2/27/12 – Washington University – guest lecture to communications class
3/14/12 – KMOX radio – social media discussion with Mark Reardon
3/24/12 – Fox 2 News TV – Discussion on Instagram
4/19/12 – IABC Social Media Seminar – presentation
4/21/12 – Fox 2 News TV – Discussion on Pinterest
4/26/12 – St. Louis Area Foodbank – panel presentation
5/15/12 – Community Service Public Relations Council (CSPRC) – Annual SPECTRUM conference keynote presentation
5/22/12 – Kitchen Table Talks show with Chris Brogan and Joe Sorge
5/26/12 – Fox 2 News TV – Discussion on Google+
6/7/12 – Social Media 101 Seminar – Business Boot Camp – Webster University
6/28/12 – 3am presentation on Susan Baroncini-Moe’s Guinness Book of World Records record-breaking attempt for the longest webcast ever
7/13/12 – Anheuser-Busch InBev “Women in Beer” group – social media presentation
8/8/12 – KMOX radio – My debate with Mark Reardon on the merits of “The Wave” – I was bravely pro-Wave
8/9/12 – Appearance on “St Louis Presents” on STL-TV – discussing Twitter
9/15/12 – Officiant at the wedding of Michael Tomko and Tabitha Meyer
10/13/12 – Appearance on Food Talk STL with David Craig on 590 AM
10/16/12 – Social Talk with Mike Stenger – Twitter discussion
11/1/12 – MBA class guest lecture at Washington University – how businesses use social media
11/19/12 – Two MBA class guest lectures at Washington University – how businesses use social media
1/16/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – debating the Cadillac ATS television ads
2/2/13 – Fox 2 TV appearance discussing Twitter’s new video sharing app Vine
3/4/13 – Recycled GoGetter with Nick Ruiz – online interview
3/6/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the Harlem Shake with Mark and Kenny Wallace
3/13/13 – NAWBO St. Louis luncheon panel discussion at Sunset Hills Country Club
3/20/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – Why do memes take off?
3/25/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the Bud Light Blind Date ad
4/2/13 – State of Digital Media Marketing Conference – panelist
4/25/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussion on unfriending people on Facebook.
5/4/13 – Private client event
5/7/13 – Zeb Welborn podcast
5/18/13 – Appearance on Fox 2 Now, discussing Amy’s Baking Company Facebook meltdown
5/23/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing Larry Conners and his Facebook problem
5/31/13 – Social Media Club of St. Louis – social media presentation
6/23/13 – Appearance on Fox 2 Now, discussing Instagram Video
7/26/13 – Nonprofit social media seminar – United Way of Greater St. Louis
10/30/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing the price of soda at work (important topic!)
11/12/13 – Social media presentation at Variety St. Louis
11/26/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing smartphone abuse and workplace horror stories
12/23/13 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing unfortunate tweets and the consequences
12/28/13 – Fox 2 TV appearance, discussing the 2013 social media year in review
1/4/14 – Fox 2 TV appearance, discussing social media trends for 2014
2/17/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing NBC Olympics interview with Bode Miller
2/20/14 – Be Human Project – discussion moderator
2/26/14 – The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX Radio – discussing Kelly Blazek’s mean emails and online communication in general

Upcoming speaking engagements:

Nothing currently on the schedule. Whew. Taking a break, editing my book and preparing the marketing initiatives for it.