PowerPoint Karaoke and Orange Shoes

For my presentation to the Kijiji Ambassadors, all successful bloggers, I was rushing to get the slides done until 5 minutes before I needed to present. Only 45 minutes to talk over the slides, but I still wasn’t sure my story line fitted. Another session of PowerPoint Karaoke. Just click the button and see what turns up on the screen.

imageMaking sure my presentation was somewhat successful, I pulled an old trick out of my sleeve; distraction. Although I did think the presentation was of value for the people in the room, my Orange shoes got enough attention that I know it was worth it to putting these on in the morning.

A number of the Bloggers present in the room tweeted about the Orange shoes, which was great to see that not only the content was received well, but also my slightly European sense of fashion got some airtime.

Some examples of the tweets:

From KijijiUS

Our visitors are big fans of @eBay SEO expert @TheNextCorner and his orange shoes! #kijiji

From AndrewRossi

Great seminar on seo from @thenextcorner. Even better shoes: http://yfrog.com/5ohepxj #kijiji

From Linseyk

Love the orange shoes. RT @ebayinkblog: @TheNextCorner present to the #kijiji Classifieds Committee on SEO. The man knows his stuff.

And apparently, the bloggers in the room liked my slides and the fact I spent the Sunday night building a deck focused on specific next steps for them. Two more Tweets I’m sharing here which talk to the fact that the eBay speakers all prepared well:

From Littletechgirl

RT @TheNextCorner: Now on TheNextCorner Doing SEO class for Mommy Bloggers http://twurl.nl/04hhfk (He is AWESOME!!)

From Onceamonthmom

I LOVE that @ebay speakers did their homework. It is CLEAR that even the speakers have read/researched our blogs. #kijiji

Once again, it was my honor to present to you all. Your sites ROCK, and I only would like I could get a little bid more time building my own sites like you all have done already. Keep up the good work!

Picture taken by Andrew Rossi at: Yfrog

Update: More Tweets and pictures rolling in...

From SuellenGermani

Loved the SEO presentation by eBay's @thenextcorner today. Fun orange shoes too! http://tweetphoto.com/15450396 #kijiji

powerpoint karaoke orange shoes

SEO class for Mom Bloggers

Sunday evening, I’m preparing a presentation on SEO for a group of “mom bloggers” who will visit the eBay campus tomorrow. While going through my slides I presented at eBay Devcon and PayPal X conference, I thought it is always a good idea to prepare your slides with the audience in mind. And boy was I happy I did that!

Off course, starting your deck on Sunday evening might be a little late for this, but fair to say, I just spent most of my weekend on the family. And with a really bad muscle pain in my back, I wasn’t looking forward to sit behind my computer to do this. But I cannot postpone it any longer…

While browsing over the sites of our guests tomorrow, the thought dawned on me… These ladies have more to teach me, than what I can tell them! They write really good content, manage wordpress blogs where some do it themselves, some hire a tech geek to maintain. All in all, they have more Twitter followers, probably drive more traffic and make more money blogging than I am! And they do all of that while taking care of a family. RESPECT!

The following bloggers will be there:

I foresee this is going to be a longer night than planned, as I definitely would like to give everything I have in my presentation tomorrow.  I hope I will provide these ladies with some useful tips and they walk away with a sense their time wasn’t wasted listening to me.