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How to handle Talk Interruptions

How to Handle Interruptions During Your Talk

Maybe this has happened to you. You take the stage. The slides are peeped and displayed. Your talk starts. The nervousness subsides and you’re getting into a good flow. Then, when you’re finally comfortable, someone just has to interrupt you. This has happened to me more times than I can count. It even happened recently, when someone in the crowd felt the need to correct me on the duration of a construction project. So what do you do? What’s the best way to handle interruptions? Let’s take a look.

A new favorite travel spot - Cabo

My Summer Travel Schedule for 2018

One of my favorite things to do is travel and speak at conferences, and summer is prime time to do that. Not only is it nice most places in the summer, but lots of great events happen – especially in July. Here’s where I’ll be traveling and/or speaking. If you’ll be at any of these places, be sure to say hello!

How to Build Better Web Pages in WordPress

When I was creating the website for my new project WP in One Month, I wanted to make sure the home page was diverse with content, different sections, and a lot of information. As a WordPress developer, I could have built a completely custom page template with custom fields for each section, and I could have made use of one of the many plugins to do that. However, I also wanted to get the site up and running quickly. I was pivoting the business and wanted to focus more on executing ideas than on developing the website (I know many developers can relate to me here). I opted instead to build a simple child theme from the theme Ward and use a page building plugin called Beaver Builder. It saved me literally hours of development and gives me lots of flexibility.

I was on the Living Your Passion Podcast

I had the pleasure of talking to DJ Waldow on his podcast, Living Your Passion. I contacted him shortly after his podcast launched over the summer and basically asked if he’d have me on the show. Lucky for me, I’ve very passionate about ‘making things on the web’ and just a little bit shameless.

It was a great conversation (and DJ said some very nice things about about me at the end- thank you!) and I recommend listening to it and all of his episodes. If you’re looking for a new passion or making a living out of your current one, this is a great source of inspiration.

Listen Here

NEPAWP November Meetup: Blogger Chat!

This month we are switching things up a bit at the NEPAWP Meetup and bringing it back to basics- we’re talking all about blogging! It will be a pretty open discussion about all things blogging: starting one, running one, SEO, more comments, using social media, and more. If you have a question about blogging, join us on November 19th at 7pm at CoalWork: 544 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA. RSVP Here.

For good measure, if you want to comment with your blog link here or on the RSVP page, I will compile a list to send to the attendees!

I’m Speaking at WordCamp Baltimore!

The last WordCamp I went to was WordCamp Chicago in June, with it rounding out a big tour that started in January to promote my book, Responsive Design with WordPress. While I took a much needed break (and started a new job thanks in part to that trip), I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be speaking on the topic at WordCamp Baltimore.