Speaker Evaluation - Paul Gillin
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9/30/2010 10:57:41Grand Rapids AAF5545We loved it. Continue to get very positive feedback. It was a home run!Marketing Profs University Survey Results, Jun 10, 2011
9/30/2010 15:25:00Cleveland PRSA4545Great job. Your content was very thought provoking and well-received by the audience. We were given many positives comments in the days following your presentation.
10/1/2010 10:38:15Listrak Webcast5555We've hosted a number of speakers on our webinars, and Paul is one of the best. He attracts quality attendees and presents the material in a straight-forward way that gives our audience useful, actionable objectives.
2/23/2011 9:07:02Suffolk University 2/18/115555
2/23/2011 19:07:48Suffolk University 2/18/115555
2/25/2011 13:15:00Thomson Reuters 2/24/115555This was a great intro to Social Media. There were some great starting points mentioned that I appreciated.
2/25/2011 13:29:19Thomson Reuters 2/24/114544
2/25/2011 13:35:33Alpha Software: 2/15/114555
2/25/2011 13:51:48Thomson Reuters 2/24/114534It started slow, repeating information that I believe is common knowledge - the reduced influence of paper-based media and rise of blogs and on-line media. The company examples and examples of tools to filter information from the social media environment were helpful.
2/25/2011 13:58:57Thomson Reuters 2/24/114555Are any of your books available as audiobooks?
2/25/2011 15:56:07Thomson Reuters 2/24/115555
Excellent presentation and very relevant to some of my current contracts with the federal government.
2/25/2011 16:25:47Thomson Reuters 2/24/115555I found the B2B social networking and SEO information to be very interesting. Thank you for the valuable information, Paul!
2/27/2011 20:10:46Thomson Reuters 2/24/114544I found the presentation very informative, especially for someone who is relatively new to social media. You gave a high enough overview, but provided enough detail on areas where we can use social media to improve B2B relationships.

Some areas I found that you went a bit too fast, especially when making key points. However being a recorded presentation I was able to go back to those key points which helped.

Most useful for me was real business examples of sucessful social media being used in an effective way.
2/28/2011 5:14:57Thomson Reuters 2/24/115555
3/2/2011 10:34:52Thomson Reuters 2/24/115555
3/2/2011 18:29:59Alpha Software: 2/15/115555The knowledge shared and Pauls insights were highly appreciated.
3/15/2011 16:05:12Thomson Reuters 2/24/114545I know we ran out of time, but it would have been useful to have a couple of minutes on what TR's policies are regarding individuals and use of social media to connect with clients.
Enjoyed the session! Thank you all!
3/22/2011 15:32:32IBM Business Partner Social Media Series5555Paul - Great job on this series. Very insightful and informative
3/22/2011 16:06:00IBM Business Partner Social Media Series5555
6/7/2011 15:54:14American Press Institute 5/23/115545
6/7/2011 16:22:51BMA 6/1/115555
6/7/2011 17:08:55BMA 6/1/115555
6/8/2011 11:33:24American Press Institute 5/23/115555I got a lot out of your presentation and enjoyed your sense of humor. I admire how you turned your lost job situation into such a forward and upward movement. Good luck with your twins!
6/15/2011 15:36:05American Press Institute 5/23/113432I understand the value of the metrics, but I was getting lost in the math, especially since I am not sure what metrics our newspaper currently keeps. If I had some background going in on what we do now, it might have helped me more.
6/20/2011 9:24:25BMA 6/1/115544I am always wary of workshops because they can sometimes be more about the speaker's methodology and services versus informing the audience. This was not the case in this instance. I thought Paul did a great job of providing information and has a deep level of expertise. The workshop was valuable because it provided more specifics and depth than could be found in the shorter keynote speeches. At this point, audiences need more than a call to action in the area of social media and the like. That is old news. They need to get into the execution. Paul did a nice job of that.
6/25/2011 19:17:51PRSA 6/17/114444
6/26/2011 8:35:16PRSA 6/17/115555One of the best seminars i have attended, content rich and you were so knowledgable you were able to answer any question you were asked!
6/27/2011 9:30:35PRSA 6/17/115545I thought this was one of the best seminars I've had the opportunity to attend. I would most definitely attend another class led my this instructor and have already recommended him and the class to other industry professionals.

Thanks again for an enjoyable afternoon. I look forward to your next seminar.

6/27/2011 9:44:51PRSA 6/17/114445
6/27/2011 12:21:07PRSA 6/17/114444Good organization of material; willingness to change gears \ focus based on the audiences’ needs; GREAT examples of new social media tools and quick demos made a big difference.

Overall, very good seminar with a lot of meaningful material to take back to the corp. comm. team.
7/1/2011 11:46:17PRSA 6/17/115555As a social-media novice tasked with creating a strategy for my organization from scratch, this seminar was invaluable for me. I have referred to the slides and the book numerous times since the presentation, and we're already using many of the suggestions. Well worth the time spent!

Laurie Kinney
7/7/2011 9:14:15American Press Institute 5/23/112452yrsyuurssr
7/29/2011 12:10:31Securitas 7/27/115555
7/29/2011 12:11:44Securitas 7/27/114545Would have liked some of the content tied more specifically to facility security

For example, do Google searches on some of the keywords and see where Securitas comes up

Current popular twitter handles in facility security

Use some Securitas linkedin profiles as examples, etc.

The comments were good but more prep would have been of increased value to the audience
7/29/2011 12:12:47Securitas 7/27/115545
7/29/2011 12:23:15Securitas 7/27/113434As a sales sourcing presentation this seemed on target-for recruitment it was a little light on information for attracting the hourly service worker. Security folks in general are pretty risk adverse by nature and trade but overall I thought it was interesting and provided food for thought.
7/29/2011 13:05:08Securitas 7/27/114455Go around room, have every one intoduce themselves, title, location.

Have printed agenda, with breaks, your name brief resume, contact information for each attendee.
7/29/2011 13:20:31Securitas 7/27/113443Excellent knowledge on Social Media but knowledge of Securitas seemed limited. Cookie cutter 160 slide presentation with no reference to target audience.
7/31/2011 9:57:16Securitas 7/27/115555This is great stuff, but I also have a great deal to learn about it.
7/31/2011 17:02:23Securitas 7/27/114545This was a great deal of information to try to absorb in a short time, but it definitely got me thinking about how increasing various social media activity would be beneficial to our business objectives.
8/1/2011 8:26:34Securitas 7/27/115555
8/1/2011 9:46:16Securitas 7/27/113534The speaker's evaluation of the audience and self editing of the presentation was appreciated. A better understanding of the work done by those in the audience would have made it better, but overall it was very infomative.
8/1/2011 11:13:13Securitas 7/27/114545Waht could be a very dry subject material, Paul kept the information and the pace at an excellent level. I ttok something away from the day and to me that is the measurement of a seminar.
8/1/2011 13:59:11Securitas 7/27/114535The pace of the day was too fast. If it was spread out in a two day session we could have covered more in detail.
8/2/2011 8:00:20Securitas 7/27/114555I enjoyed the presentation very much. I can see the value of social networking to Securitas, although it seems like a full time job if done correctly.
10/18/2011 12:21:18Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114545It was a bit too much info for the time allocated. I would recommend maybe reducing the amount of information shared and concentrate more on what you feel are the key tips and points. Other than that, it was an excellent webinar! The information was invaluable! I hope you present for KU again.
10/18/2011 12:34:33Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114554I thought a lot of valuable material was presented within the one hour timeframe. I was amazed that the average ages of those that read the US daily newspapers was so high, for one thing.
10/18/2011 13:06:32Kaplan Webinar 10/18/113423No visual--sound. Noise interference

Overall informative
10/18/2011 14:05:40Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114555The host had issues with his volume and almost blew out my ear drum, but other than that, it was a great seminar.
10/18/2011 14:59:44Kaplan Webinar 10/18/115555There were a lot of information given in a short period of time. The speaker was very concise and clear on his presentation.
10/18/2011 15:50:58Kaplan Webinar 10/18/115555Did a Splendid job on the topic of social media marketing, he is very knowledgeable of the subject, it was informative And very interesting, furthermore my questions were answered in the Q&A session I enjoyed the interaction with the student body and staff.
10/18/2011 15:54:25Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114545
10/18/2011 16:33:03Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114555I appreciated the fact that Mr. Gillin discussed all aspects pf social media. I am a Board of Education member and we are presently revamping all of our policies on social media and I was able to get a better understanding of what we could put in. I was able to access information online about blogging that I could use that he had discussed in "The New Influencers". I am also going to suggest to our committee that that read a couple of his publishings as research before we complete our policies. I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar. This was my first webinar and I was having a little difficulty sat was staying focused because of all the blogging that was going but I finally got acclimated.
10/18/2011 17:08:17Kaplan Webinar 10/18/115555I work in the industry and I thought it was great. Would be nice to get a recording since the chat distracted me a little, but no fault of anyone else but my own! lol
10/18/2011 18:03:22Kaplan Webinar 10/18/115555
10/18/2011 18:57:44Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114555It was very informative and I was able to take with me some great ideas that I normally would not of thought of.
10/19/2011 0:42:06Kaplan Webinar 10/18/115555I felt the seminar was very informative and well explained. Questions were answered in a timely manner. Presentation well put together.
10/21/2011 16:04:09Kaplan Webinar 10/18/114555
11/9/2011 9:48:12Kaplan Webinar 10/18/115555I really enjoyed the webinar and I received some very helpful information.
11/16/2011 15:23:36Tech South East 11/17/115554
11/16/2011 15:36:42Tech South East 11/17/115555I found this very informative and you are very knowledgeable. I went to many sessions on this topic and this was the best one.
11/16/2011 16:10:48Tech South East 11/17/114434Great Talk, I would recommend to make it even more interactive to be plugged into the internet and actually show us the examples you are talking about live on the internet as you go.
11/17/2011 8:22:57Tech South East 11/17/115554
12/20/2011 20:41:51Mobium New Paradigm 11/30/111453this is a test
4/18/2012 22:23:05MasterBrand 4/17/124545
4/19/2012 9:39:45MasterBrand 4/17/123323
4/19/2012 9:41:55MasterBrand 4/17/123443While knowledgeable on social media as a tool to successful marketing strategies, I would have liked to have seen Paul showcase how best to tie those most applicable to our industry together for a succesful campaign. I'm still not sure which forums best targets our audience and fits our product category, given the purchase is made typically once / twice in a lifetime. It would have been great to have seen some full case studies, where implementation across multiple forums tied together to generate that success... and what constituted the success.
4/19/2012 15:01:49MasterBrand 4/17/124434
4/20/2012 16:23:39MasterBrand 4/17/123322
9/14/2012 12:32:35Cleveland BMA 9-13-124535
9/14/2012 12:43:51Cleveland BMA 9-13-125555
9/14/2012 13:02:42Cleveland BMA 9-13-125555Best explanation and examples of B2B use of social media that I have seen or read to date! Have already started reading the book, cannot wait to finish it. Truly inspirational to see that social tools can play an effective role in B2B.
9/14/2012 13:11:13Cleveland BMA 9-13-124555
9/14/2012 14:29:10Cleveland BMA 9-13-124555
9/3/2013 19:10:53Canadian Marketing Association 11/6/12552
10/17/2014 9:01:15Canadian Marketing Association 11/6/122334Nothing, really.
11/25/2014 10:35:19SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145555
11/25/2014 10:38:52SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20142433I would like to have seen more practical "writing workshop" exercises. The material was a refresher of journalism 101, which everyone has already taken. It was a good reminder of things we might not be using as regularly as we should, but that might have been covered in the first half-day.
11/25/2014 10:38:54SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20143434
11/25/2014 10:40:03SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20143443Presentation style was pretty dry and presenter seemed dismissive of some questions. Overall a pretty good session. I walked away with some things I could use. Could have been done in one day though.
11/25/2014 10:40:13SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20144544Particularly enjoyed the many examples, and guidance about the overused/meaningless words not to use. The conflict between good writing and SEO is the biggest issue I face. Even more discussion of this would be good -- for example, take a well-written blog post (or other piece) and show how it could be search optimized without ruining the writing too much.
11/25/2014 10:47:224544I would have liked more "workshopping," whether small groups or as the full group, and more makeovers of our content. It would be good for participants to try their own makeovers, after you've demonstrated.
11/25/2014 10:57:39SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145555This was a very valuable training and Paul was fantastic and so knowledgeable. he really changed my approach to blogging and content in general. He has credible insights and expereince.

I would love to do another session with Paul covering things like blogging and social media since we ave such a focus on this at SAS.

Thanks and kudos to Beverly for organizing such a well put together session.
11/25/2014 10:59:57SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20144545A venerable but lively writing consultant named Gillin,
Exhorted and explained what made writing thrilling.
Citing WSJ articles galore,
And appealing to our sense of folklore.
Our content will now be so much more appealing!


11/25/2014 11:33:56SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145555I thought you were engaging and hilarious. You pulled the audience into all of your exercises and points. I liked your pace too. You were calm, which made it easy to absorb the tremendous amount of info conveyed. Thank you!
11/25/2014 13:27:11SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20144555Paul was very personable and had some great insight (along with examples) share. Definitely one of the better speakers we've brought to SAS! The content was 90% right on the mark ... where it missed was spending more time on press releases and assets specific to the PR team (i.e., it would have been great to walk through Cisco and Intel's site to see what Paul meant when he said their press releases and newsrooms were good). But overall it was definitely worth the time! Hope to work with him again at some point!
11/25/2014 13:52:53SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145555Terrific class. Anyone who writes needs to review the basics of good writing and learn to apply fresh approaches. Paul kept up to 50 busy professionals engaged and challenged for two days. Many reported later that they walked away resolved to bring more energy to their writing and experiment with new angles.
11/25/2014 16:45:41SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145555Kudos to Paul for engaging a group of unruly and multitasking SAS employees. His examples were really funny, interesting (women's magazines) and he made them relevant to business/software. Wow, great job! Best of all - his candor and counsel on improvements to existing SAS materials were right on every time. No matter what he charges, it was worth it.
11/26/2014 15:11:23SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145545At times I felt the reinforcement of notions was a bit too repetitive.
I appreciate examples, but at the start of Day 2 - one example was good. Two reinforced. After that I just waited for the next topic to be covered.
Going through the SAS content, was extremely helpful. Thank you.
I'll try to keep your voice in my head as I write from this point on.
(note: I attended remotely - so a different experience than those in the room. The training worked very well for me).
Thank you
12/1/2014 10:15:23SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20144555Paul, you are an awesome speaker and obviously a very insightful writer/editor. I took away MANY great writing tips from your workshop.
12/1/2014 11:28:46SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20144545Enjoyed a refresher on what good writing is, thank you Paul.
My one constructive feedback: During the section where you reviewed the articles as examples of good writing (Fatal Distraction etc), I wanted you to incorporate B2B examples. The challenge is to apply these types of techniques in our world, which is very different from NYT, Post, etc.
Thank you for your sensitivity around the critiques -- you did a great job being honest while not embarassing the writers :)
12/9/2014 10:03:55SAS Writing Workshop, Nov. 20-21, 20145555