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LINK: Q & A with #MNBlogCon Closing Keynote Panel Speaker Greg Swan

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mnblogconfI’m speaking on a panel at the Minnesota Blogger Conference on October 12 with some super smart interactive experts…

“The Future of Blogging” – Greg Swan (@gregswan), Blois Olson (@bloisolson), David Brauer @dbrauer); moderator: Julio Ojeda-Zapata (@ojezap) (CLOSING KEYNOTE)

Registration for the 2013 MN Blogger Conference will begin this Thursday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., with two more rounds of tickets to be released on Monday, Sept. 16 and Wed., Sept. 18.

More info here.

Part of my PR News Next presentation last month has been highlighted in this piece on PR News.

1. Possess a comprehensive knowledge of content strategy. According to Swan, more than 90% of marketers believe that content marketing will become more important during the next 12 months. Media operations are should be a management priority, while content will be a sustained part of PR and marketing communications.

2. Be a master of the most important communications tool conceivable to modern man: PowerPoint. Did you know that PowerPoint is used at an estimated frequency of 350 times per second? If you’re still struggling with putting together slides to showcase your latest campaigns success, you’re already behind the curve. Set aside some time to really learn your way around PowerPoint. For beginners, Swan outlined three must-haves for every PowerPoint presentation: Story arc, big visuals and context not content.

3. Unplug. Really. Fifty-six percent of your PR peers experience anxiety as a result of missing an important event or status update if they don’t monitor their social networks, Swan said. Employees who detach themselves from the office not only report higher levels of psychological well being than those who don’t, but also experience higher job performance at all levels. Do yourself—and your boss—a favor: Put down the iPhone.

via Back to School: 3 Crucial Skills to Master Today – PR News.

This morning I’m presenting at the PR News Next Practices Conference in San Francisco, splitting the 8 Essential Skills Communicators Will Need to Thrive in 2014 and Beyond with my co-presenter, Darrel Ng.

Here is my half of the presentation:

What skills do you think we’ll need this time next year?

I’m quoted in this piece from PR News promoting my presentation next Tuesday:

Knowing how and when to unplug will be one of the key skills for communication leaders in the coming years, says Greg Swan, senior VP of digital & interactive for Weber Shandwick. “Mastering the balance of plugged in and unplugging will help us all succeed in 2014. Our brains need time to rest, and our ADD, always-on culture won’t allow it. We have to ask ourselves, what kind of role model are we setting for our employees and clients?”

Swan, who will be speaking at PR News’ Aug. 6 Next Practices PR Conference, offers five tips to help you become a master at plug-pulling:

1. Establish clear physical and mental boundaries between work and private life.

2. Give yourself (and your team) permission to be offline on evenings and weekends.

3. Set an out-of-office reply email that encourages recipients to call if it’s important.

4. Don’t go overboard. Develop systems to stay abreast of news without 24/7 monitoring.

5. Take regular, unplugged breaks or vacations with no apologies.

5 Key Tips for PR Pros to Avoid Burnout and Stay Motivated — PR News.

Photo courtesy of Missy Ward

I spoke on a panel about the relationship between public relations and bloggers at the first annual Minnesota Blogger Conference earlier this month. All four of us on the panels were bloggers, but only two of us were marketers who work with bloggers.

Photo courtesy of Missy Ward

The moderator focused heavily on product sampling, but Tony and I tried hard to shift the discussion to building relationships, fostering transparency and breeding authenticity — all while maintaining ethical integrity.

I think this sums up the primary take-away from the discussion:

As part of the day, I had the opportunity to chat about why I blog, my work as a marketer working in the social space, and more about Perfect Porridge, my music blog.

A great experience. Kudos to Arik Hanson and Missy Ward for organizing a fantastic event. When’s the next one? Hmmm?

I had a great time presenting at the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Summit Conference last week.

Nathan Wright and I copresented “Social Marketing 101: Everything you think you should already know…”

Get the handout here (pdf)