I’m in the final stages of preparing to speak at the WritersUA conference later this month. Specially, that means that I’m doing a few dry runs and starting to figure out how to pack all of the electronics I’m going to need while in Seattle for a few days.
Using Twitter At The Conference
Because I’m focused on using Twitter in my business, and because I’m speaking about integrating Twitter, I’m also thinking about ways I can help the attendees in my session engage Twitter.
I’ve noticed that many of the people I follow use Twitter while attending various conferences to share tidbits they pick up in sessions. I’ve found some of them to be brilliant bits of wisdom that I have enjoyed reading and thinking about.
When I’m at a conference, I normally jot down one of two big ideas from each session, the pivotal points that help me to shift my thinking. And I’m wondering, should I be tweeting those tidbits, or dare I say, tweet bites, while attending the conference? And how can I help the tweeting audience during my own session?
In developing my presentation content, I do have a couple of pivotal points that I’m hoping will shift the thinking of my audience. Perhaps it would help my audience if I create a slide that contains a tweet bite to make it easier for the audience to tweet while listening.
Conference Twitter Strategy
I’m planning to tweet from the conference. If you would like to do the same, here’s my strategy as a starting point for you.
- Use the conference hashtag (#writersua) in every tweet. This allows anyone to search the Twitter timeline to find tweets made about the conference, no matter who sent the tweet.
- Take a mobile device such as a cell phone or iPod Touch so you can easily tweet during the session without a laptop.
- If you have never used a cell phone to tweet, set up your phone with your Twitter account and practice sending and receiving tweets before attending the conference. It’s quite different from using Twitter.com.
- If you have a smart phone, get a recommendation for a good Twitter client for your phone. Google for a list of your options, or check the Twitter Fan Wiki. Get the application installed and set up before you leave for the conference, and give yourself time to practice before arriving.
- If you don’t have a smart phone, you might consider using text messages instead of the mobile version of Twitter. I found the mobile version of Twitter (m.Twitter.com) difficult to use from my cell phone.
I’m going to be taking notes on paper during the sessions so I make sure that tweeting doesn’t interfere with my learning process. I will be tweeting the pivotal points from my notes. I’ll also use my notes to expand these tweets into short blog posts. This strategy allows me to reinforce the message for myself, and gives a context for the tweet for anyone who follows my tweets and blog. I’m planning to blog a few times a day using my laptop and the email to blog post feature for my blogging software. I’m practicing that before I leave for Seattle.
WritersUA Conference Tweeting Poll
Are you attending the WritersUA conference? If so, would you take a minute to complete this poll about tweeting during the conference?