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Join Rob Biesenbach for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

By: Lindsay Bell | April 16, 2014 | 
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Rob BiesenbachBy Lindsay Bell

Are you feeling a little…down on yourself today?

Asking yourself, “What have I really done with my life?”

Well, this isn’t going to make you feel any better.

Rob Biesenbach is what you might call a renaissance man.

Not only is he an independent corporate communications pro, he’s a former vice president for Ogilvy PR Worldwide and spent time as the press secretary to the Ohio Attorney General.

But, that’s not all.

He is also a Second City trained actor who has appeared in more than 150 stage, commercial, and film productions in the past decade.

Honestly.

The nerve of this guy!

Ok, all kidding aside (though, really, where does he find the time?), you might be familiar with Rob through the comments here at Spin Sucks, or you might have attended his recent Spin Sucks Pro webinar, Eleven Deadly Presentation Sins: A Path to Redemption for Public Speakers.

And what you really must do now, is run out and pick up a copy of his latest book: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins – A Path to Redemption for Public Speakers, PowerPoint Users, and Anyone Who Has to Get Up and Talk in Front of an Audience.

The book title pretty much sums it up. In PR, few things are more important than the ability to present your ideas in clear and compelling terms.

Solid presentation skills can help everyone in business win! You’ll be more likely to gain approval for projects and budgets, rally teams, motivate employees, and better position yourself as a leader, if you can work a room, and know how to make an impact.

Rob will be here today to answer your questions about how to triumph over everything from a listless delivery to lackluster content, from meandering stories to mundane visuals.

Today’s Livefyre Q&A

At noon ET (that’s 11:00 CT, 10:00 MT, and 9:00 PT for those of you who can’t do time zones), Rob will be here to answer any and all of your questions: What should you do if you freeze in front of an audience? Is it even possible to make presentation slides more compelling? Is there a difference between presenting in a boardroom rather than an auditorium? And, is that really him in that Cialis commercial…?

In order to participate, all you have to do is:

  • Make sure you have a Livefyre account or be ready to sign in with one of your social networks.
  • Set a reminder for noon ET today.
  • Order the book so you can support Rob and get your learn on.
  • Create a list of questions (if you haven’t read the book, you can bribe me and I’ll write some for you!).
  • Come back here, scroll to the bottom, and write a comment in the form of a question. As soon as you hit “post comment,” Rob will see it and reply to you. You can even join the conversation around questions others are asking, if you like.

We’ll be here for an hour so you can join us the entire time or step in and out during the hour. It’s entirely up to you; just make sure you’re here before 12:59.

Win a Copy

Those of you who participate in today’s Livefyre Q&A (even if you’re late to the party, but not if you’re an Arment Dietrich employee) will be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of the book.

Don’t forget – you have to actually leave a comment, ask a question, or participate in the chat to be entered in the drawing. Otherwise we won’t know you were here.

Get ready with your questions and join the conversation. And don’t fear! If you missed the live portion of this, we’ll keep the drawing open until midnight PT so you still have time to get in your questions.

Former Guests and Who’s Next

For former guests, check out Margie ClaymanSarah RobinsonMark StoryBeth HaydenSarah EvansStanford SmithChris BroganC.C. ChapmanMitch JoelDanny BrownChuck HemannMichael BritoDJ WaldowTom MartinAhava LeibtagJay Baer, Shel Israel, Mark Schaefer, and Gini Dietrich.

And following are the dates for the next few months, so mark your calendars!

Same bat time, same bat channel.

About Lindsay Bell


Lindsay Bell is the content director at V3 Marketing, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

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205 Comments on "Join Rob Biesenbach for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today"

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biggreenpen
2 years 2 months ago

ACK! Got a conflict! But hopefully I can catch the tail end and definitely will come back to check out the q&a. Love robbiesenbach ‘s take on things!

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

you left out that his mom still calls him Chachi!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  I was saving that for the Q&A!!

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

True story: I did get sent out on a Cialis audition once. These days I’m more careful about these things, so as not to cause, um, confusion in the marketplace!

Also, I may or may not have the use of a functioning Period key this morning, so get ready for some run-on sentences. Or lots of exclamation points!

ginidietrich
2 years 2 months ago

RobBiesenbach  I thought you took the computer in to get that fixed?

Eleanor Pierce
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  That’s a better nickname than Robbie Senbach!

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

ginidietrich  Not yet! I had too much going on to go without, so I’m dropping it off tomorrow. Testing out my backup machine now to see how it works. Periods are fine, but the keyboard is huge!

HeatherPR
HeatherPR
2 years 2 months ago

Is this where the chat will be?

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

testing 1,2   1,2   testing 1,2   1,2

ClayMorgan
2 years 2 months ago

Fashionably early?

ClayMorgan
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  Very cute!

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

ClayMorgan wait til i wake him to have him sing Frozen

LauraPetrolino
2 years 2 months ago

Let’s get this party started!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

We’ve still got three minutes!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  OH MY GOOOOD!!!!! *falls on floor dead*

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay  Wait, I thought it was supposed to be at noon?

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Heather MacGregor  Hi Heather, yes, it will, just be ready to type quickly! 😀

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

LauraPetrolino

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

RobBiesenbach Don’t you EVEN, rob!!!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

I’m excited, because I get paralyzed at the mere THOUGHT of public speaking. I literally shake.

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

ginidietrich  Unfortunately, the other machine has trouble with the O key. I hit my keyboard VERY hard!

ginidietrich
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  Hi boyfriend!

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

so how come you chose 11 sins vs 7 or 10 or 27?

ginidietrich
2 years 2 months ago

RobBiesenbach LOL

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

I want to extend a very warm welcome to RobBiesenbach!!  To start, I want to know – why does public speaking make some (most!) people so nervous??

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  I had more ideas than 7, and 11 rhymed!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  Howie, we didn’t start yet!!!

ginidietrich
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  Apparently Lindsay wants to be the first person to ask a question.

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay Why? Interesting question. I usually get asked how to overcome the fear! But I guess it’s as simple as we’re scared of making a fool of ourselves!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

ginidietrich belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  That is how it’s done, Gini.

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

in 1991 i was a finalist in my university’s public speaking contest. top 5 out of 37 presenters. in front of 500 people i went albert brooks in broadcast news. something that has been repeated. any tips on sweat control?

ginidietrich
2 years 2 months ago

Howie Goldfarb  Man. You’re old.

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb  You people are funny!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

RobBiesenbach Does the “think of people naked” trick work?

Eleanor Pierce
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay RobBiesenbach  I was timing how long it would be until someone asked about the naked people trick

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

ginidietrich seasoned!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Eleanor Pierce belllindsay RobBiesenbach  Do I win a prize???

Eleanor Pierce
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  I’ll email you something …

ginidietrich
2 years 2 months ago

ClayMorgan  Or something

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Eleanor Pierce belllindsay RobBiesenbach  YAY!

Eleanor Pierce
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  Wait until you see it …

RobBiesenbach
2 years 2 months ago

belllindsay Well, Mike Brady of the Brady Bunch says it does, and I hate to argue with him ….

But I don’t know anyone who would find that calming in any way!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

RobBiesenbach Me neither, because I would then immediately think of MYSELF naked too! GAH!!

Eleanor Pierce
2 years 2 months ago

Ok, I have a question! I realized when I started recording myself for the AD video blogs that I say “um” a lot more than I thought I did. What do you recommend for verbal tics like this?

Howie Goldfarb
2 years 2 months ago

RobBiesenbach belllindsayginidietrich you should post rules!

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Eleanor Pierce  Journalist’s are the worst for tics like that.

Heather MacGregor
Heather MacGregor
2 years 2 months ago

Eleanor Pierce  I seem to always start an answer with “So….”

Eleanor Pierce
2 years 2 months ago

Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce  Writing is sooo much easier than talking.

belllindsay
2 years 2 months ago

Eleanor Pierce Heather MacGregor  Definitely.

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