How to Make an Award Winning Presentation

How many horrible slide decks have you witnessed in the last six months?

How many have you made, designed or delivered?

Making an effective presentation is extremely simple. Focus on the content you are delivering and the the slides that are behind you.

I’ve compiled 10 quick tips to get you started and heading in the right direction.

StartupBus is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. If I only had an invite…

ReadWriteWeb posted an article today about finding a ride to SXSW… while the title was pretty decent link bait, it completely undersold the extremely awesome idea of StartupBus.

From RWW:

Why hop a plane to SXSW this year when you can get on a bus? Okay, let’s rephrase that – why hop a plane when you can get on a bus with 20-something other folks, drive across country, and try to formulate a viable startup idea along the way? At least that’s the idea behind the Startup Bus, the brainchild of Elias Bizannes, which is now in its second, vastly expanded incarnation.

I hope you can grasp the awesomeness of this. To illustrate, I illustrated… with my incredibly mediocre at best art skills.


Take a bunch of smart people and throw them in a bus for a roadtrip.

If you’re passionate about startups, you will understand how unbelievable awesome this is. The goal is to work through ideas and launch a startup when the bus arrives.

This. Is. Awesome.

I’d love to be on the bus as brainstorming is one of my guilty pleasures and I even have a whiteboard in my house (don’t tell anyone though). I have a love for startups as I’ve worn tons of different hats in my career (marketing, IT, HR, product management and social media).

Alas, I have no golden ticket. I need to channel my inner Charlie. Continue reading

Join me to talk about Phonebooth’s success at SXSW 2010 at 4:50pm EST today!

As most of you know, we launched Phonebooth Free at SXSW in March of 2010. Today I’ll be joining Espree Devora to chat about using SXSW to grow your business. The live stream is below and feel free to tune in with any questions at 4:50 EST later today.

See you then!

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Want Google Offers Now? Here’s how.

Google OffersThis is really simple.

Google is built for search and Offers is built into Google.

Want to see every offer out there and find one you like?

Simply search the following at

“coupons intitle:Google Offers”

Have fun checking out all the participating offers!

You can also add Google Offers to your iGoogle homepage easily.

Personal Branding Magazine “Internet Famous” Issue: Chamillionaire, Brian Solis, Brian Clark, Chocolate Rain and Chris Moody?

Dan Schawbel is the leading authority on personal branding and runs one of the top personal branding blogs around.

A couple of months ago, I received an email from Dan… and honestly I thought it was spam. I’ve followed Dan for a while, but had never chatted with him before. What’s even cooler is that the email came in through my Contact Us Plus widget from Phonebooth. :)

Dan asked if I’d chime in on how people can build a personal brand online, a topic that I preach frequently (especially when at local colleges and universities).

If you aren’t familiar with Personal Branding Magazine, it is an awesome publication. Vanna White, Seth Godin, Kathy Ireland, Evander Holyfield, Guy Fieri and even Donald Trump have all been interviewed in previous issues.

While I am definitely not “Internet Famous” or extravagant and wealthy… I was happy to oblige.

The “Internet Famous” Issue Details

Full paid issue (February 1st): 22 articles

Sample issue: 10 articles total, including how to make a good first impression, how to manage your digital image, and wardrobe tips.

Interviews with: Chamillionaire (Grammy Award Winning Musician), Julia Allison (Co-creator of, Tay Zonday (creator of the Chocolate Rain viral video), Judson Laipply (creator of the Evolution of Dance viral video), Brian Solis (author of Engage), Amy Marin (Shaquille O’Neal’s social media manager), and Brian Clark (founder of Copyblogger Media).

And some Chris Moody guy has an article in there called “Own Your Online Footprint.”