How to Use Twitter to Supercharge Presentations
Twitter is an amazing tool for gauging your presentation performance. Find out how to make it work for you.
My newest social media modification is to encourage the attendees to use Twitter for their note taking. As you likely already know, Twitter only allows 140 characters per tweet. That forces note takers to very concisely summarize the content, which is again a benefit. According to researchers, summarization helps boost the retention of information.
And there’s an added collaborative benefit. Today, audiences want to be part of the presentation; they expect to be able to participate. By encouraging the use of Twitter, participants who want to be part of the conversation can add their own examples, ask questions, or provide links to additional related information.
When presentweeting (that’s my word for presentation tweeting) I recommend appending two Twitter hashtags: one that applies to the broad subject area and one specific to the presentation or conference. That way, even folks who are not on Twitter (or who are not following you) can view--at a minimum--the conversation using a tool like Twitterfall, Twubs, or VisibleTweets. Twubs is my favorite (and no they are not a sponsor, but maybe they should be) because you can moderate the posts, do live event streaming and, participants can easily tweet video, photos, and text. Nice!