I am in Dallas, Texas for the annual EMS Expo presented by EMS Magazine, EMSResponder.com, and Cygnus Business Media. This is the biggest EMS show of the year and I am really looking forward to the time with friends, visiting with CentreLearn prospects and clients, and learning about the newest products and techniques available to EMS professionals.
I have two scheduled conference presentations. Thursday morning I am presenting on Trends in Online Education. Friday morning I present on using Social Networking for Personnel Management and Training. I am passionate about both of these subjects so my primary challenge is to determine what to leave out.
During the presentations I will be asking the audience to participate by answering questions with “audience response pads.” I plan to use their answers to guide the depth of my discussion. I am also asking some questions to get to know the audience better. I really appreciate John Dillon from C3Softworks.com sharing 120 audience response pads with me. I also will be using a PowerPoint theme from my good friend Kyle Bates.
Social Media Creation
I am really excited for the live recordings of the EMSEduCast podcast that I will be doing at the ZOLL podcasting studio. I am partnering with other podcasts in the ProMed network to bring the conversations of EMS Expo to our regular audience. Scheduled guests include Mic Gunderson, Dan Limmer, and Kelly Grayson.
I will also be regularly updating Twitter and Facebook during the conference. During sessions back channel communications have the ability to bring the conference program to non-attendees and create interaction among attendees. If you want to follow my Tweets follow @gfriese and the Twitter hashtag #EMSExpo.
On Thursday I have two additional appearances. The JEMS.com booth is hosting bloggers to meet their audience. I am a little suspicious of the label “Hottest EMS Bloggers” but nonetheless looking forward to meeting with readers of EverydayEMSTips.com as well as my other blogging efforts, like Blog.CentreLearn.com.
At 4 pm on Thursday I will leading a mini education session at the ZOLL Medical booth. ZOLL is a great supporter of EMS Social Media efforts, such as blogs and podcasts. My topic is “3 Ways to Monitor your Social Media Presence.” It will be a quick hitting 15 minutes with three actionable ideas individuals and agencies should be doing to starting monitoring their social media presence and efforts.