Today (Tuesday, the 14th), I will be giving a presentation at the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s third annual “Publishing University.” This is a shout-out to anybody from the ECPA-U who’s stopped by to say hi.
My assigned topic is “Technology for Editors.” But After working through several different plans of attack — and nearly losing my laptop in the process — I’ve settled on the subject: “Strategies for working and publishing in an information age.”
- Productivity and information overload
I focus on email as a primary source of distraction and information overload in our workplaces. I also provide several strategies for overcoming the burden and distraction of too many emails in our inbox — especially useful for the busy information worker.
- Macros: the hi-tech Word tool
Rather than spending a week on the various ways one can master Word for Windows to do a job more effectively — because I only have 45 minutes for the entire presentation — I focus on one tool that, if used, can save information workers hours of work every week. Let Word do your work for you.
- The Web and the way we communicate
Wrapping my my flying overview of the challenges of new technology for traditional information workers, I discuss how blogs and podcasts offer new challenges and opportunities for publishers of information. And I close with a discussion of the “long tail” theory, and how it also provides an opportunity for publishers to capitalize on the tools of the new info-tech world.
If you were at the conference, please feel free to drop a line with some feedback. Either use the “contact” buttons on this page, or leave a comment below.
Update: I gave my presentation yesterday and it went satisfyingly well. I got a few yuks in the right places, and saw people scribbling notes. Though it’s possible that they were writing down things like, “Never ask this guy to come present ever again!” I received some nice compliments afterward, then everybody fled the building to catch flights back home.
I wish I could’ve been able to attend more of the conference, myself, but a near-catastrophic laptop failure and my recent job-loss interfered with my ability to do more than merely present. I hope the information I gave was helpful, though.
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