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EMS Expo Preview #EMSExpo

I am in Dallas, Texas for the annual EMS Expo presented by EMS Magazine,, 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.

Conference Presentations

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 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.

Other Appearances

On Thursday I have two additional appearances. The 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 as well as my other blogging efforts, like

Check out our booth schedule for #EMSExpo w/ @theHappyMedic @... on Twitpic

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.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.