Online Reputation and the Handjive

by Susan on May 30, 2012

Once upon a time I lost my mind.

By that I mean, once upon a time I saw a call for speakers for Social Media Club Atlanta’s Pecha Kucha night, and I submitted an idea.  I didn’t think I would get accepted, but I did, and that is when the panic set in.

If you aren’t familiar with Pecha Kucha, you can watch a – wait for it – Pecha Kucha presentation about it here.

My idea was based on a quote from the movie Grease.  In it, the main guy says something like, “I got a rep to protect.”  So, I submitted “Rep to Protect: Managing Your Online Reputation” as my idea.  When I got chosen, I figured I would use Grease as some sort of metaphor, put it on my calendar, and put it out of my mind.

And then, BLAM!  The deadline to submit the deck was in four days, and I hadn’t even made an outline.  To the internet!!!

I Googled the quote from Grease.  Couldn’t find it.  Kept looking.

After reading the scripts of both Grease and Grease 2, I realized that I had it totally wrong.  Johnny What’s-His-Name from Grease 2 had said the thing about the rep, along with the other T-Birds, and my Facebook friends assured me that while they were all huge fans of Grease 2, no one else would have a clue what the frack I was talking about.  My speech was screwed!

Or was it?

I think it turned out OK.  I recorded this version during my nine hours* of rehearsals, so it sounds less lively than the, well, live version did.  Would you ever give a Pecha Kucha presentation?

*Nine hours is perhaps a low estimate, y’all.  I practiced this sucker in my sleep.  I did it so many times that my dog started barking in rehearsed places.  The key to Pecha Kucha?  Practice.  There is more video of me practicing on my YouTube channel, for those of you who want to punish yourselves see my facial expressions.


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Drew @ Willpower Is For Fat People May 31, 2012 at 9:35 am

I heard there was one coming up in Cleveland and went to check it out, but there wasn’t enough time to put anything together. Well … it was more than four days, which is all the time you took, but short enough that I didn’t think I could swing it.

Susan June 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

It is a great experience, but you need to have enough time to dedicate to practicing over and over and over. Or you can just read a script, which some people did.

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