So there is this magical place called SXSW (‘south by southwest’ for those whose brains have been inundated with acronyms and might have just spent 2 minutes trying to figure out what the ‘x’ stands for). It is a happy beautiful conference land in the middle of Austin, TX where geeks, film buffs and music junkies converge to change the world, make merry and generally rock it out.
But this year is exciting in another way – I might get to be be speakers and you can help make it happen! The following bullets are my 2 panels up for vote and then please-please-please visit our Schipul SXSWi 2009 Panels of Interest page to check out some other super folks who would make marvellous presenters (your vote and comments are incredibly super-duper important):
- Heart your peeps – building your business from within:
Your employees are your company’s heart and soul – do they know how
much you love them? Personal branding, kick ass training, quirky perks
– our panelists will share ideas on how to improve the lives and brains
of your greatest assets, giving you a strong competitive edge and a
killer bottom line.
- Strategic PR for Social Media Geeks:
Social Media hacks are ruining the PR profession. Lack of disclosure,
lack of planning, lack of strategy. With untrained social media geeks
attempting PR, the profession needs to demand ethical behavior. What is
PR and how does research, strategic planning, implementation and
evaluation relate in a Web 2.0 world?
My submissions are all to be panel-style, in that I will moderate a group of incredibly funny, knowledgeable and awesome people (like Ed Schipul, Jason McElweenie and Dan Keeney) as they tell their stories, provide useful Real World tips/tricks of the trade and
tell me how beautiful I am provide actionable ‘when you get outta’ here, do this or else’ kinda’ stuff.
Also, there will probably be cupcakes involved somehow. Because that is what I do. So vote will you? Hmmmmm?? SXSWi 2009 Panel Picker is closed at 11:59pm on August 29th. That gives you 10 whole days to think of witty comments and to give 5 star virtual happiness points for these amazing panel submissions.
A handful of other panels that I have personally already voted for and encourage you to do the same (not a complete listing of course — check out that Schipul SXSWi 2009 Interesting Panels page for that):
- Personal Branding for Profit (Ed Schipul)
- Social Media for NonProfit Rockstars (Ed Schipul)
Women Engaging Tech: Ferocity Fuels the Phenomenal
(Gwen Bell, Monica Danna, Laura Mayes and Tara Anderson)
- Is Your Company Blog Cheating On You (Jason McElweenie)
My Life With NF in Web 2.0 (
Building a Tech Community in Flyover Country (Marc Nathan)