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Nancy Duarte TweetChat Recap: How to Win over an Audience

October 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm PST

On Tuesday October 18, we held a live TweetChat with best-selling author and presentation guru Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design. (She created the presentation you see in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.)

During the hour-long chat, Nancy shared a truckload of sage presentation advice, tips on how to spread ideas, tell stories, and ensure the next time you present, your audience will be truly riveted. Thanks to everyone who participated in the chat and congrats to Cisco partner @CapNetSols who won a signed copy of Nancy’s book Resonate.

If you’d like to watch Nancy’s Virtual Partner Velocity video covering this topic and how to truly resonate with audiences, the replay is here. (And be sure to take the survey after you watch Nancy’s video to get your copy of her most recent book “Resonate” and for your chance to win an iPad 2.)

And now, for a full summary of the TweetChat. (You can also visit our TweetChat room to view the transcript.)

To help facilitate discussion, the @PartnerVelocity Twitter handle asked Nancy 10 prepared questions. There were plenty of great audience questions as well, so for easier reading, those are posted after the Q&A along with Nancy’s Golden Nuggets and tips.

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Social Media Spotlight: Our Top 21 iPhone Apps (and They’re All Free!)

October 19, 2011 at 8:16 am PST

In honor of Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs’ memory, the Cisco Channels team wanted to share our Top 21 iPhone apps. But with more than 500,000 apps available in the iTunes App Store, how does one even begin to narrow the list down to 21?

Well, we decided to focus on free iPhone apps that we use all the time. The perfect pairing – free and useful! And for the new iPhone converts who traded in their old devices for the new iPhone 4S, this list would be a great starting point for building your own library of useful iPhone apps.

So, without further ado, our Top 21 iPhone apps are: Read More »

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Partner Update: Fresh Batch of Cisco News in Less than Five Minutes

October 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm PST

As Andrew learned the hard way, doing your research before you make an investment pays off, whether you’re buying a car or equipment for your network.

In this episode of Partner Update, we explore total cost of ownership and why it’s the only true way to measure network costs. We also cover storytelling tips and methods learned from esteemed author and presentation expert Nancy Duarte (she created the presentation you see in Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth), our October 18 TweetChat with Nancy, our October 20 broadcast covering LinkedIn for B2B, virtualization technology news, Cisco’s own Edison Peres’ travels to speak with partners in South America, LEAP centers to help partners test out data centers, tips for solution providers, and much more. Whew!

Tune in for the latest partner news:

Keep reading for a text summary and list of links mentioned during Partner Update. Read More »

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Cut Costs, Go Green with Cisco Certified Pre-Owned Equipment

Cutting costs is always a priority. And if your customers need to purchase new products, they likely will want to find the best deal. Did you know that one of the best ways they can do that is by purchasing Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment?

Pre-owned equipment is Cisco hardware that has been fully refurbished to Cisco factory specifications. It’s backed by the same warranty, and has the same maintenance and support options as new Cisco products. And…Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment can be had at discounts of as much as 30% off new product prices!

But did you know that less than 5% of Cisco channel partners currently take advantage of the availability pre-owned equipment for their customers? I got the chance to chat with Maryann Von Seggern--senior director, pre-owned equipment, Cisco Capital--and she filled me in on why partners should consider Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment for their customers’ networks, how the equipment is certified, and the financing available to partners for Certified Refurbished Equipment.

Keep reading for my full Q&A with Maryann. Read More »

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Virtual Partner Velocity Recap: How to Persuade Any Audience (and Join our Live Chat)

October 14, 2011 at 9:52 am PST

Did you know, some of the greatest innovations we have today were created because of a mishap?

Gum, chocolate chip cookies, potato chips (someone’s hungry), and Post-It notes, just to name a few. Okay, maybe these aren’t the greatest innovations of all time but I’ve been known to partake in several handfuls of potato chips in one sitting.

Well, we ran into some technical challenges during our latest Virtual Partner Velocity broadcast featuring best-selling author and presentation expert Nancy Duarte, CEO of Duarte Design. Although we were disappointed that we couldn’t offer our audience a live broadcast, we now have the video recording available for your viewing pleasure.

And to top it off, we’re going to couple this video with an hour-long live TweetChat session with Nancy on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 a.m. PST. So, be sure to jot down any questions you have as you’re watching the video. See, good things do come out of mishaps. (You can click this link or use the #channelschat hash tag to join the live chat.)

And don’t miss our next Virtual Velocity session on October 20 with channel strategist and blogger Heather Margolis who will share ways to leverage LinkedIn for B2B. Register now on the Partner Velocity site.

You may be wondering, “What the heck is a TweetChat and how do I join?” Read More »

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