My Keynote At The (RIAA Sponsored) Leadership Music Digital Summit

from the fun-stuff dept

In mid-March, I had the pleasure of giving the second day keynote talk at the Leadership Music Digital Summit. It was a lot of fun, and generated some really fascinating discussions (as always). There was a lot of demand to get the video online, and I wanted to thank the team at Leadership Music (Kira and Abby) and Matt Houser who volunteered to put together the video with my slides, which you can see on the media page or embedded below:

Leadership Music Digital Summit 2009 - Mike Masnick keynote address, 3/25/09 from Leadership Music Digital Summit on Vimeo.

If you've seen my earlier Midemnet presentation, this is actually an extended and improved version of that, so part of it will already be quite familiar to you. However, the final 10 minutes of the presentation gives me an opportunity to respond to the biggest question that came after the original presentation: how does this work for less well known musicians. So, I went through five different musicians, who all come from different backgrounds and experiences, representing different "success levels" in the industry, to show that this basic concept of connecting with fans, giving them a reason to buy (and not freaking out about piracy) works quite well.

You'll note at the beginning of the presentation, I note that the RIAA was a major sponsor of the event, and there was a huge RIAA logo hanging over my head (not seen in the video). The RIAA also sponsored the lunch following my keynote. While I actually did end up talking to representatives from all four of the major record labels while in Nashville (with... um... very, very, very different reactions from reps from each label, from outright frosty, to curious, to very interested and engaging), no one from the RIAA itself actually said hello. Too bad.

In the meantime, there are a bunch of new events I'll be speaking at in the coming months (all doing very different presentations), and I'll be putting up a post detailing some of those in the near future as well -- and I hope to meet more readers and Techdirt/Insight Community participants at these events.

Filed Under: business models, jill sobule, jonathon coulton, josh freese, keynote, moto boy, trent reznor

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Apr 2009 @ 12:24pm

    On the fence on the presentation technique

    A number of slide and presentation techniques are usually useful to know depending on the audience. Understanding your audience can be helpful. It's not surprising that some people are offering suggestions, as often, different people process information in different ways. Surely this is already known. But overall, presenting data in a way which they are familiar with is often key to gaining buy in.

    I've spent a lot of time trying to understand this newer "Lessig-esque" technique, which may work well within academia where this audience is often "trained" for information overload. Thusly, the goal of a student is to better prioritize facts based on the contextual subject matter is easy and works especially well in an academic setting where students know the context going in (ala Course Syllabus).

    When speaking to left-brained people such as artists, a Steve Jobs-type technique where your engaging with the audience and sharing genuine holistic thought may be helpful. Expect to spend 2-3 minutes per slide, have narrative for each slide, and use flashy transitions, but keep colors to a minimum. Let your presentation complement, but not overtake the speech. This audience often wants to leave a talk seeking something different than the academic, more holistic in a way.

    When speaking with right-brained business types, a technique with many charts and very data driven with facts, bullet points and citations is extremely helpful. In this case, consider allowing 5-7 minutes per slide, and allow your narrative describe the data. Also, try to leave 10% of the presentation time for a question-and-answer session for any clarification.

    In any situation, slide titles that begin with questions, and can engage something of a Socratic method, can also be helpful.

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