People are presenting incredible information about your industry or topic of interest in conferences, workshops and trade shows everyday. Wouldn’t it be great if you could know what was being presented in those venues in near real time, without every leaving your office? Or, better yet, wouldn’t it be great if you could also have access to the slides from those presentations the day they were made available?
You’ve probably heard about a tool called Slideshare. If you haven’t, then you’ll love getting to know it, if you already know about and use Slideshare, I want to share a little tip today that will make it even more useful for you.
You can visit Slideshare and do a basic search to find PowerPoint slides that contain information you are looking for, but I find that the presentations that come up to the top are usually quite old (2-3 years) and sometimes not very useful. When I search on a subject I want the newest content.
The way you make Slideshare show you the latest is to search using the tag attribute. Instead of using the search box just type your search into the address bar. So if I want presentations on small business I would type http://slideshare.net/tag/small-business into that address bar in my browser and presto – I get the most recent presentation in chronological order. But, it gets even better, I can subscribe to this search using an RSS reader like Google Reader and then each day I get the most current presentation sent my way. I can scroll through that day’s list and see if I want to view any or just ignore them all.
There, can’t you feel yourself getting smarter already?
Here are the steps
- Go to Slideshare.net
- Put the tag and search term in the address bar – http://slideshare.net/tag/your-term-here (remember to hyphenate phrases)
- View and subscribe to the search