I recently had the privilege of having a terrific conversation with a journalist from Fortune, and here’s a short excerpt from the final product: …He notes that a growing number of business events now feature live Twitter feeds that let the audience Tweet comments and questions during speeches. The Tweets often show up either on a laptop on the podium or on a giant screen set up on the stage that is visible to everyone in the room.
“Twitter is really changing the game,” observes Weiss, adding that, even if you don’t see the instant Twitter feedback on what you’re saying, “people are still tweeting about you. When you look out at the audience and see everyone’s thumbs going, it can be distracting,” he notes. “Along with all the other stresses of speaking to an audience, you now have this added layer to contend with. It’s nerve-wracking” — especially for a neophyte speaker who may already be nervous enough.