Speaker. Author. Nerd.
Meet Beth Ziesenis, your own personal Nerdy Best Friend. Beth Z keeps up with all the new online applications and downloads that can help you look like you’re working with a team of marketing, computer and productivity experts, even if you suffer from a shrinking staff and a disappearing budget.
Named an editor’s pick for best speaker of 2013 by MeetingsNet and a Favorite Speaker by Meetings & Conventions magazine in 2014, Beth Ziesenis is an author, speaker, technology consultant and self-proclaimed nerd. Since her first Commodore 64 computer, Beth has been fascinated with technology and computer shortcuts that make people’s lives easier. Beth helps computer users all over the country filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for business and personal use through presentations and her books, including the latest title, Nerd Know-How: The 27+ Best Apps for Work and How to Use ‘Em, available on Amazon.com.
SPEECH TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONSNerd Know-How: A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Professional
Every professionals’ conference leaves you with innovative takeaways to put into action as soon as you return to your office… if you have the tools to make them happen. This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes you hour by hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy professional. You’ll learn how a professional nerd solves a security crisis before 10 a.m., learns to make more of a lunch hour with an extra set of virtual hands, saves money on software before the staff meeting and brings the team together online before the day is done.
• Understand how technology fits into every part of your day
• Learn about technology systems that streamline projects and tasks
• Discover dozens of free and bargain apps and online tools that put the ideas from the conference into action!
Share and Share A Like: 29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media
The most popular posts on social media are pictures and videos, and with a few easy (and free!) tech tools, you can transform your messages into share-worthy graphics that will put your organization out in front. This action-packed session will give you dozens of sites and apps that will help you elevate the quality of your social media posts and other material.
• Discover sites to turn quotes into graphics
• Transform ordinary photos into works of art
• Create infographics for little or no cost
How DO They Do That: Secret Tech Weapons for Professionals
What if you could schedule a committee meeting without having to send three dozen emails to find a time everyone could meet? Or automate your little tasks that keep you from your real work? Or pass off annoying projects to someone else – without breaking the bank?
And what if you could pull all this off straight from your mobile device – without an IT degree?
Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Author Beth Ziesenis, to discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed to work more efficiently with your teams, create professional-level graphics and wow your colleagues. This high-energy session will give you 30+ tools that will leave people asking, “How DO they do that?”
Productivity in Hand: The Five Things Every Professional Nerd Should Be Able to Do on the Go
You carry around a mobile device that is more powerful than the computers that helped put a man on the Moon in 1969, but are you making the most of it? This session helps you discover tech tools for work that you can use from your mobile device to make you more efficient, connected and organized.
Attend this session to learn the most essential mobile tools in your tool box that will let you...
• Engage members
• Stay connected to colleagues
• Manage your email
• Work on projects
• Keep your life organized
• BONUS: Collaborate with your colleagues in a lively competition to create the perfect mobile device home screen!
Killer Apps for Leadership Professionals
Take a deep-dive into the free and bargain apps that will help you move up the ladder. Learn the tools you need for personal organization as well as game-changing tech tools to help your organization function more efficiently and support team collaboration. Showcase your leadership ability by capitalizing on the technology tools that will keep you organized, productive, informed, innovative, and ahead of the crowd.
Apps for Action: Tech Tools to Bring Our Leaders' Wisdom to Life
Our association leaders offer great experience and wisdom to our community, but sometimes it's hard to translate their advice into action. Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend, is back with a new presentation that shares quotes from our leaders and the apps to help you implement their ideas. You'll discover the best advice from FIAE leaders and some of the top productivity technology in one fast-paced session.
Your Virtual Staff: Building a Team with AI Technology
Sometimes we feel like we need a clone to help us carry out everything we have to do for our association. Artificial Intelligence technology can act as your virtual staff, handling tasks and challenges that overwhelm your to-do lists. This session introduces you to AI tools that organize your tasks, set your appointments, make your travel plans, find time for your workouts, manage your personal budget and much, much more.
Other Sessions and Topics
Stump the Nerd Booth or Genius Bar
Give your attendees one-on-one time with Your Nerdy Best Friend. Beth will man a booth or table to answer questions, sign books and interact with attendees.
Nerds Unite! Tech Tool and App Exchange Session
Many professionals have their favorite time-saving, productivity-increasing, rear-kicking technology secrets. This lively, interactive session gives attendees the opportunity to introduce their favorite technology tools to their colleagues.
The Future Is Now: Augmented Reality for Meeting Planners
Attendees want more immersive experiences at meetings. Innovative event professionals need help wading through technology options. In this hands-on session, Your Nerdy Best Friend, Beth Z, shows event professionals how to ride the AR wave to excite attendees and sponsors.
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