My first speaking gig

Last week went by about (snap) that fast. Sure, it was busy at work – when is it not – but Tuesday afternoon I slipped out of my day-to-day and boogied my way (via United Airways and damn them times ten for now charging for checked bags) to do something I’d been both excited about and dreading for more than a month.

My first speaking gig.

A little back-story: one of the things I do at work is manage our Online events. That’s just a dressed-up way of saying webinars, but it’s a gig that takes more than a bit of thinking and one that I genuinely get quite a bit of pleasure from doing. At any rate, our technology provider (the guys that handle the back-end of our events) invited me to join them on a panel at the Marketing Profs Digital Mixer in Chicago and talk about how we use webinars to capture high-quality leads and promote the actual events using social media. 

In a word, awesome.

I was on a panel with two other people, so there was very little stress once things got rolling. It helped that I made the audience laugh about 10 seconds in, but as this was my first time getting up in front of a group of people and speaking there was a little apprehension going in.

I could produce quite a few paragraphs about the experience, but I’ll sum it up briefly. I met absolutely great people (see here and here), the panel went swimmingly (see the review and comments here) and I’m, to use the technical terms, totally stoked to do this again.




  1. Hey you! Just a note to let you know two things: 1) It was so nice to meet you at MarketingProfs 2)Congrats on your first speaking gig. Now the possibilities are endless! You just might get addicted to it and take that show on the road 🙂

    I hope to see you again soon!


    1. Amy,
      Thanks for the comment; it was absolutely a pleasure meeting you, too! Yup, I’m looking forward to the next speaking opportunity. I had no idea I’d enjoy it so much.

    1. I truly did. My only regret was not being able to stay for the entire conference – there were some great partnership opportunities I would have liked to explore a bit more. So it goes…

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