Sexiest Presentation Smackdown at PCMA or Professional Convention Management Association didnt offically take place this week in San Diego. But what did happen was some fantastic presentations, keynotes, education, parties and networking!
After seeing so many sessions the below clever video reasonated with me. I myself fall into this script trap of what we think we are suppose to do when speaking to a group. Though our creative team at Grass Shack designs awesome presentations and coaching for executives so they engage. Speakers can learn a ton from the tricks of professional speakers, marketers, designers and PR folks to engage the audiences.
Adding a story to your presentation, images (no clip art) and knowing your audience is so important to get them hooked and learning your message.
The convention center was pretty overwhelming with the vast amount of sessions and a whole other conference taking place in the same venue: The Virtual Edge Summit. But nobody was complaining. The PCMA Learning Lounge had several sessions going on at once. Which worked really well but I did see some fantastic speakers with nobody sitting in the audience. Sad. But the Velvet Chainsaw guys who put it on are smart cookies and I am sure next year they will evolve it even more.
MeetingsPodcast was the official podcast of VES. Something we have never done and it was really fun. This really meant we interviewed many of the speakers and then posted them on the VES site so attendees could get a taste of the sessions. Many many downloads later we think will offer this service up to help organizers and attendees get more out of the conferences they are attending.
If we had to give out a sexiest presentation award it really should go to Sexy Greg Ruby with his Foursquare session because that is the nickname given to him by eventprofs at Event Camp. I guess he holds the unofficial title!
Several podcasts are on the way from the show. Stay tuned.