Category Archives: Conferences

Tweeting is Fun, But Face to Face Conversation is Best

Pisarro's Conversation

Pisarro's Conversation

by Deb Ng

Something struck me as amusing at SXSWi ’09. The buzz word of the event was “conversation” yet, a lot of people weren’t talking. Don’t get me wrong, there were conversations happening, just not with each other. Every where I looked, I saw folks sitting next to each other….tweeting. I saw tables full of people not speaking but their fingers were flying at a rapidfire pace over cell phones and laptops. Are we getting so into our social networking we’ve forgotten about talking to each other?

It’s a good reminder that while social media has it’s place, real live conversation is more important. Twitter is 140 characters, the human vocabulary is infinite. I had wonderful conversations at the Residence Inn’s free breakfast buffet with folks I had just met, but that’s because I made it a point to leave my laptop upstairs. There were plenty more folks sharing tables who didn’t even look at the potential friends or colleagues joining them.

Whether you’re talking about your blog, your radio show or whatever it is you wish to promote, don’t forget the art of conversation doesn’t mean spending all your time online. The best conversations take place among good company with lots of ideas and laughter being shared. At BlogTalkRadio, we take conversation to a new level. I hope you do too!

Sunday’s Live Interview Schedule for SXSWi

Chris Brogan inteviews the Best Buy Remix Community Team

Guest Host Chris Brogan inteviews the Best Buy Remix Community Team at SXSWi

by Deb

Have you been enjoying our interviews from South by Southwest Interactive? John Havens and I have enjoyed meeting both established and potential hosts, and also conducting interviews with some terrific people.

We have more interviews scheduled for today and tomorrow, live from the BlogTalkRadio pod at the Pepsico Podcasting Playground. If you’re at SXSWi, we’d love for you to stop buy and say hello. If you’re playing the home game, we hope you’ll find today’s schedule intriguing enough to give us a listen.

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If you missed yesterday’s interviews, feel free to go back and have a listen. They’re in our archives for you to listen to On Demand.

Check Out BlogTalkRadio’s Podcasting Pod at SXSWi!

by Deb

As we mentioned earlier on this blog, BlogTalkRadio and PepsiCo have teamed up to broadcast live for most of SXSWi at the PepsiCo Podcasting Playground. Located on the first floor of the Austin Convention Center, the Playground features four quiet podcasting pods and refreshment area. To get the PepsiCo Podcast Playground, make a right upon entering the Convention Center’s main doors and follow to the end. Make a left and keep going (and I mean keep going!) until you find us!

As first on the scene from BlogTalkRadio, I took a look around to give you a first peek, check out the BlogTalkRadio Podcasting Pod:

I see we’re expecting company:

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Here’s another look:

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To listen live, beginning this evening, and all through the weekend, bookmark BlogTalkRadio and PepsiCo’s Digital Speakeasy. Plus I’ll be adding video and images to this blog throughout the weekend.

BlogTalkRadio is Broadcasting Live from SXSWi and Columbia University Journalism School Watchdog Conference

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So, as you may have heard, BlogTalkRadio is attending a couple of conferences this weekend. Just because you can’t physically attend and meet us in person, doen’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun, however. Allow me to tell you how you can listen in and still feel like you’re there.

First, the Columbia University School of Journalism is hosting a watchdog conference. It is co-sponsored by the Open Society Institute, the Fund for Independence in Journalism, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and yes, BlogTalkradio is there. If you’re in attendance, do say hi to our own Nikki Starr. If you’re only going to be there in spirit, you can listen live on BlogTalkRadio.

Also, as you may already be aware, John Havens will be broadcasting from the PepsiCo Podcasting Playground at SXSWi. John will be interviewing movers and shakers from the tech and social media world throughout the event – and by throughout I mean pretty much non-stop. Check out our SXSWi page for more details. We begin broadcasting late this afternoon. If you’re at SXSW, we want to meet you! If you’re not, at least you can listen in.
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Should You Attend Conferences?

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by Deb

As I write this, I’m making plans to attend South by Southwest Interactive, or SXSWi as it’s known to the social media world. Not only will I be leading a Core Conversation there, but BlogTalkRadio will also have a presence – We’ll talk more about that another time though. Right now, let’s discuss how conferences can benefit bloggers and podcasters.

Probably one of my favorite things to do is attend conferences. For me, there’s nothing more enjoyable than working a room. I love talking to others about what we do, but also, learning their thoughts about what we do. I especially enjoy meeting the faces behind the words and voices and convincing others to drink our Kool-Aid. There’s more to it than that though.

There are plenty of reasons to attend conferences, and I’d like to share some of them with you now:

  • Conferences are a place to meet and network: The best reason to attend a conference is to make connections. You will be like-minded people, network with the movers and shakes in you field, brainstorm with the best in the business, and even present yourself for career or business opportunities.
  • Classes: Conferences offer the best in learning. All the best names in the business are giving inspirational talks or offering workshop sessions. If you do pay to attend learning sessions, definitely take advantage. You won’t find this kind of learning anywhere else.
  • Products and services: The trade show features new product launches, plus displays from vendors whose products and services can benefit you.
  • Meet the experts: What better way to find experts to interview for your blog or radio show? All the experts and big names are generally in attendance and most are more than happy to grant interviews.

The main reasons to attend conferences are to learn and meet people. You will learn more in two days than you will a year in school. You will meet the best people in your industry and make important connections.  If your podcast is about books, attend some book conferences. If you blog about music, see what’s being hosted by the music industry. If you’re into social media, the conferences abound.

Go ahead and try it. One conference can do more for your brand than a lifetime of emails.

Personal Democracy: It's a Very Good Thing

Personal Democracy Forum

The Personal Democracy Forum

I received some Skypes today from Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio’s CEO and host of the Alan Levy Show. Alan is enjoying himself in New York City today, where he’s attending the Personal Democracy Forum.

So what is the Personal Democracy Forum? From the website:

Technology and the Internet are changing politics — now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what’s coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before–we’re expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


AgendaThe 2008 election has shown that the Internet has become the central battlefield for campaigns, from the presidential race on down. So, on the first day of PdF 2008, we’re going to focus on how technology is changing the electoral process. But we all know that no matter who is elected, big changes are also coming in how government uses technology to serve or connect with the public. That’s why we’re adding a whole second day to the PdF agenda, devoted to how technology is changing governance and civic action.

Sounds like a good idea to me. The Internet has totally changed the way we look at and talk about politics.

The sessions look like they provided a gold mine of information. Check out what was on tap:

  • A New Media System or Old Wine in a New Bottle? Speakers – Arianna Huffington and Chuck DeFeo
  • When Worlds Collide: Social Media, Mainstream Media and Politics – Speaker -Matthew Hurst
  • The Power of Information to Transform Government – Speakers Jonathan Adelstein, Steven Clift, Sheila Cambell

And plenty more…

The Personal Democracy Forum was co-founded by Micah Sifrey a freelance writer, author and Senior Analyst with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non partisan organization based in Washington DC.

Internet for everyoneInternet for Everyone

While at the PdF, Alan was impressed to learn about Internet for Everyone, an organization a “a national initiative of public interest, civic and industry groups that are working to see that the Internet continues to drive U.S. economic growth and prosperity.”

From the website:

We believe every American must be connected to a fast, affordable, and open Internet to serve as an active citizen in a 21st century democracy and to prosper in today’s economy. High-speed Internet is no longer a luxury; it’s a lifeline for all Americans. Our broad alliance is working together to see that our nation’s leaders adopt a national plan to bring open, high-speed Internet connections into every home, at a price all of us can afford.

How true. How many kids can’t do proper research using the Internet because of a slow dialup connection? How many people miss out on wonderful business or personal opportunities because they can’t afford access? Visit Internet for Everyone for more details and to show your support. You might especially be interested in the Why Internet Matters page which talks about restoring America’s broadband leadership. We approve.

Personal Democracy: It’s a Very Good Thing

Personal Democracy Forum

The Personal Democracy Forum

I received some Skypes today from Alan Levy, BlogTalkRadio’s CEO and host of the Alan Levy Show. Alan is enjoying himself in New York City today, where he’s attending the Personal Democracy Forum.

So what is the Personal Democracy Forum? From the website:

Technology and the Internet are changing politics — now more than ever. Over the last five years, Personal Democracy Forum (PdF) has become the seminal gathering place for the growing community of people who understand the effects underway, and want to make sure they stay on top of what’s coming next.

This year PdF will be bigger and better than before–we’re expanding to two full days at a spectacular new venue overlooking Central Park, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.


AgendaThe 2008 election has shown that the Internet has become the central battlefield for campaigns, from the presidential race on down. So, on the first day of PdF 2008, we’re going to focus on how technology is changing the electoral process. But we all know that no matter who is elected, big changes are also coming in how government uses technology to serve or connect with the public. That’s why we’re adding a whole second day to the PdF agenda, devoted to how technology is changing governance and civic action.

Sounds like a good idea to me. The Internet has totally changed the way we look at and talk about politics.

The sessions look like they provided a gold mine of information. Check out what was on tap:

  • A New Media System or Old Wine in a New Bottle? Speakers – Arianna Huffington and Chuck DeFeo
  • When Worlds Collide: Social Media, Mainstream Media and Politics – Speaker -Matthew Hurst
  • The Power of Information to Transform Government – Speakers Jonathan Adelstein, Steven Clift, Sheila Cambell

And plenty more…

The Personal Democracy Forum was co-founded by Micah Sifrey a freelance writer, author and Senior Analyst with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non partisan organization based in Washington DC.

Internet for everyoneInternet for Everyone

While at the PdF, Alan was impressed to learn about Internet for Everyone, an organization a “a national initiative of public interest, civic and industry groups that are working to see that the Internet continues to drive U.S. economic growth and prosperity.”

From the website:

We believe every American must be connected to a fast, affordable, and open Internet to serve as an active citizen in a 21st century democracy and to prosper in today’s economy. High-speed Internet is no longer a luxury; it’s a lifeline for all Americans. Our broad alliance is working together to see that our nation’s leaders adopt a national plan to bring open, high-speed Internet connections into every home, at a price all of us can afford.

How true. How many kids can’t do proper research using the Internet because of a slow dialup connection? How many people miss out on wonderful business or personal opportunities because they can’t afford access? Visit Internet for Everyone for more details and to show your support. You might especially be interested in the Why Internet Matters page which talks about restoring America’s broadband leadership. We approve.