Extra! Interview with Christian W Frei of MICEPOINT.com

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global events and meetings Extra! Interview with Christian W Frei of MICEPOINT.com

Interview with Christian W Frei of MICEPOINT.com

Definition of MICE
MICE = Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions.
A Global Website for Events & Meetings [Read more...]

New Media Expo content Fire Sale?

1472306931 06342aa187 m New Media Expo content Fire Sale?Image by mmcallen via FlickrI saw this Podcast sales post in my Bloglines reader today. When ever Michael W. Geoghegan has a post on his blog it is usually interesting since he is a smart dude. I even enjoy his Search and Rescue posts since I was a full time firefighter for around 5 years. It seems they are selling all the Podcast Expo/Portable Media Expo/New Media Expo and Podcast Academy sessions for a great big fire sale. Maybe one last way for monetizing the content.

It is strange and fun to think back on the ride he and Tim Bourquin and other podcast pioneers have had with this podcasting stuff. Back in 2004 I was hooked by Reel Reviews, Podcast Brothers and the Daily Source Code. It was neat to be on the forefront of a new distribution method. I wondered how our company Grass Shack Events & Media could utilize podcast content for our clients. I produced several podcasts that each dribbled away or our industy term podfaded. I remember emailing Michael and Rob Walch from Podcast 411 about collaborating with them and our clients to do some podcaasting from our events. It never really materialized. I did one very small, tiny thing for P&GE with Rob but my clients never seemed interested in podcasting. It is ironic because today I am waiting for a conference call and the attendance is way down for this Global Sales Meeting we are producing and I was going to push us podcasting the sessions to the folks who cant get to the meeting. Its 2009 and I am still trying. (They went for it)

I emailed Tim a month or so ago because I have been waiting for a new Podcast Brothers show to come out but Tim Bourquin has always said they wont put out a show just to put out a show. I wondered with his loyal audience if they should still do some sort of show about the niche they lead. When I first listened to the podcast brothers I didnt know/or care about the expo and I enjoyed their take on the digital content niche.

This sale and the disappearance of the Podcast Brothers show makes me think the nails are in the coffin for the New Media Expo, Portable Media Expo, Podcast Expo etc. Also the Podcast Academy which I enjoyed and sadly also bashed in another post a while back. The Podcast Expo felt like a traveling podcast expo at first (like when I went to the Yahoo campus to attend one) but the free podcamps killed them off and it also had a feel like a good ole boys network with most of the same speakers at each one…… I feel like I rode the wave with these guys and did my best to support them. I went to all the Podcast Expos and 3 Podcast Academys. I met so many cool folks and made some great friendships. (was I one of the good ole boys?) One time I sat next to Chris Brogan this is before he was wildly famous at a Podcast Academy. After the first Portable Media Expo I wrote up a long list of things I thought Tim could do to increase the engaement of the audience. It was heartfelt gesture and I even put together a bid to handle the Audio Visual and staging for him the next year. I know we probably were too expensive for his bottom line but I wanted to help out if I could.

Makes me sad it is all over. Of course there are a ton of other conferences to go to Podcamps, Blogworld, SWSW but the community around the podcast expo was a classic community experience. I have always been behind the scenes at conferences and actually I had never been an attendee at a conference before the podcast expo. I have been to hundreds of conferences over the years but always as part of the production company. So thanks guys for the memories….. icon smile New Media Expo content Fire Sale?

I do wonder what Tim, Emil and Michael have in mind for the future. New Media is getting more popular by the day, the economy is slowing it down right now but it is a great time for innovation and creativity so I am sure they are planning more cool stuff.

I do think its great they are selling these sessions………

This sale of wonderful content is a must if you want to learn about podcasting, videocasting, seo, making money with podcasting etc…..

Check it out here……

We’ve opened the New Media/Podcasting vault and have a special offer for one week only.

All the 2006, 2007 & 2008 New Media Expo content plus Podcast Academy™ bonus files!

152 files and over 150 hours of content in a once in a lifetime sale. This is audio that has not been recently available.

Get the historical audio of podcast pioneers and all the information you need for your upcoming podcast production or initiative. Listen to the pros – these are the people with the experience to set you on the right course. This offer includes an amazing deal on all the 2008 New Media Expo audio – normally $149.

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 New Media Expo content Fire Sale?

Show 25! Where in the World is Tom Hillmer?

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Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media
Tom Hillmer of Creative Group Inc.
Jon Trask of Alliant Event Services

MeetingsPodcast Sponsors-
Hilton Hotels Eevents- Now featuring green meetings and weddings
BlueSky Factory- Our email service provider choice
Brand Creative- Your source for promotional or marketing products

:03 Intros

1:12 MPI Bruce MacMillan extensive statement about the state of Meetings – Big thing is to encourage the media- business contacts- keep the misinformation down. Up on MPI website. [Read more...]

Looking at the Fashion Industry for Meeting Ideas

meetings ideas Looking at the Fashion Industry for Meeting Ideas

To create a high energy corporate show we can take some lessons from the fashion industry. With the time constraints—usually about half an hour between shows—and limited space, most designers showing collections at L’Oréal Fashion Week use lighting and music to create ambiance for their presentations. For example, Andy Thé-Anh’s show included an energetic runway performance by electric violinist Dr. Draw, and Joe Fresh Style prepped audiences for the Zen style of the collection by shutting off the lights and turning on a soothing voice track. A handful of designers, however, chose to use projections and props to add atmosphere to their shows and play on the theme of their collections.

For more cool looks check out this link from BizBash.com.

 Looking at the Fashion Industry for Meeting Ideas

Extract sound files from PowerPoint

powerpoint help sales meeting Extract sound files from PowerPoint

I had this post on my company blog and it has seemed to benefit a ton of people so I thought I would post here for the MeetingsPodcast readers and listeners.

Want to extract narration from a PowerPoint file to tweak in a third-party sound-editing program? You can extract audio files from narrated presentations by saving them in the .html format. Open your narrated PowerPoint and Choose File>Save as Web Page. Be sure to choose Web Page (.html) from the “Save as Type” drop-down list (not Single File Web Page). After saving, click Web Options and click Publish. Look through the .htm or .html files that PowerPoint created and you’ll see a .wav file for each slide, numbered consecutively. They’ll look something like this: sound001.wav or sound002.wav.

(Tip provided by Presentations columnist, Ellen Finkelstein, www.ellenfinkelstein.com)

Extra! Interview with Michael Fischette of Funny Business Productions

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event ideas sales meeting Extra! Interview with Michael Fischette of Funny Business Productions

Interview of Michael Fischette by Mike McAllen

Michael Fischette from Funny Business productions, for over 20 years, funny business has been a highly effective part of corporate events in the U.S. and abroad. Their services include professional comedy writing along with the performance of video puppets and animated cartoon characters for live presentations as well as on videotape. [Read more...]

Show 24 Have you seen my Show Cases?

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Show 24 Have you seen my Show cases?

Mike McAllen of Grass Shack Events & Media
Tom Hillmer of Creative Group INC
Jon Trask of Alliant Event Services

MeetingsPodcast Sponsors-
Hilton Hotels Eevents- Now featuring green meetings and weddings
BlueSky Factory- Our email service provider choice
Brand Creative- Your source for promotional or marketing products

:35 intros

1:23 How do you handle high meetings insurance needs by venues and hotels? [Read more...]

More with Nancy Duarte!

I was just re-listened to the interview I did with Nancy Duarte I posted last week. She was featured in an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Check it out to learn more about her. nancy More with Nancy Duarte!

Engaging Your Audience With Characters

I just finished interviewing Michael Fischette from www.FunnyBusinessProductions.com and thought I would pass on this video of some of the work he has done being the “voice of the audience” This is a fantastic idea to engage audiences by weaving a memorable experience through storytelling. Remember that you need to make face to face meetings as interesting as possible so you can drive those attendees to your desired action.

Michael Has been doing this for a long time and knows how to read the audience and executives which is so so important. Look for the interview which should be posed soon. It might give you some ideas for your next meeting.

 Engaging Your Audience With Characters

Steve Jobs at the Whiteboard

I caught this post of Steve Jobs on the Presentation Zens blog this morning. As Garr said it is interesting on how Steve talks about the market, competition, sales, challenges and solutions. Engaging the audience with the questions “Who is our target customer? Why are they selecting our product over the competition’s? What distribution channels are we going to use?” It is great to see how Steve has evolved his presentations. Its also pretty fun to watch. Also gives us some inspiration that even if something does not work out as expected (like the company he is talking about) you still can go on to build great things. As the Tony Danza tattoo says “Keep on Truckin”

 Steve Jobs at the Whiteboard