Somehow, over the past month or so, I’ve become in demand. A hot commodity. Coveted for my great knowledge, humor, charisma and panache.
Well, not really. But I have
started dipping my toe into public speaking, and educating others on my two big passions: 1) social media and online community engagement, and 2) Walt Disney World!
SPJ Region 3 Conference
First up, I spoke at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3
conference here in Birmingham on April 1st. They wrote a great recap of my talk on social media and online user interaction in a newsroom setting
I had no idea I was being videotaped, but alas! I was
. It’s a little dark, but you can view my talk, split up into 5 videos, here
. I really enjoyed speaking to a “class” of mostly college students. I had conversations afterwards with student journalists from the University of Alabama, Florida A&M, and University of Central Florida. Great group!
See Jane Tweet
Next up, my Alabama Social Media Association cohort and new gold-shoed pal Erin Shaw Street are presenting together for a new organization here in Birmingham called See Jane Write, a networking group for female writers, bloggers and journalists. We’re presenting a program on Thursday, April 28 called See Jane Tweet, where we will present an overview on social media and using Twitter as a way to connect with other writers.
I recently did an interview with Javacia Harris Bowser, the founder of See Jane Write, about my work with al.com and the Alabama Social Media Association ahead of See Jane Tweet
. We’ve also gotten coverage from RSS Birmingham
and Magic City Manifesto
leading up to the event, and Erin recently put out a call for questions ahead of our presentation
.So if you plan on attending, tell us what it is you want to learn!
Ignite Birmingham 5
Thursday, May 5 is Ignite Birmingham 5
, and for the first time, I’m presenting! My 5-minute talk is titled “Magic City: Magic Kingdom — Birmingham’s ties to the wide world of Disney World fandom, and why you should visit WDW as an adult.” See the full list of speakers here.
(It’s a fabulous lineup!)
I’m very excited to introduce attendees to some local “Disney celebs,” and convince folks that they need to start planning a Disney World vacation, with or without the kids. At the end of my speech, I’m going to tease to a special event here in Birmingham for Disney fans — and for those curious to learn more about Disney World –on Saturday, May, 21. Arrr, ye mateys! Mark ye calendars! It will be a magical good time!
To say I’m thrilled to be taking part in these events, along with serving as executive director of the Alabama Social Media Association
, is an understatement. I’ve already met some amazing people here in the past few months, and have turned social media connections into real-life connections. I’m excited for more to come.