Free Social Media Classes

I just wanted to let you know I’ll be leading a series of
three social media classes at the ____ library as part of their Business Technology series. Each session
lasts from 6:30 – 8 pm.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, May 14: The Art of Blogging: Content not Technology

Monday, May 18: 140 Characters or Less: Meet Twitter

Thursday, May 28: An Introduction to Creative Commons and Copyright

Offering free classes to my local library is a way I can give back to the community in which I live. I’d love to see you there!

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Vote for me

It's silly, and it probably doesn't matter much in the scheme of things, but I like to think my efforts over at my Wine Blog mean a little. 😉

can now vote for the City Beat Best of the City Awards. My wine blog, My Wine Education, is listed as potential best blog. I really wish they'd broken
it out into categories, but they didn't.

All you need to vote is an email address. Go to CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati page
and read the instructions. Once you get to the survey, you can vote on
your favorite liquor stores, wine shops, and restaurants, as well as
just about everything else. (Again, I wonder why they only have one
category for blogs.) It's a fun survey. You can fill out as much or as
little as you wish. The BLOG category is listed under PUBLIC EYE.

I think I'll win? Not in a million years. All my favorite blogs  – and
closest friends – are nominated too. The competition is stiff. But at
least I'm in the mix, yes? You have until March 1 to vote, so you know
I'll be mentioning this again.

I appreciate your vote for My Wine Education. Everyone knows, a blog is nothing without its readers.


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Meet Michelle

26 April 2008

Michelle Lentz - headshot Michelle Lentz graduated from Wright State University with a degree in English and an emphasis in Technical Writing and  Speech/Theatre. She
entered the industry as a technical editor for aerospace documentation.
She honed her editing skills and moved into more diverse areas
of industry, consulting within training and documentation for  consumer products, pharmaceuticals, software, SAP, science, and manufacturing.

has also spent a fair amount of time studying e-learning and
Web 2.0. For several years, Michelle was Director of Training at Trivantis (Lectora). Her experience led to presenting
at several conferences as well as countless local presentations. (View a complete list of Michelle’s local and national presentations here.) In April of 2003, Michelle was certified as a PMMI Certified Trainer
through the Packaging Machinery Manufacturer’s Institute, the standard in packaging documentation and training.

October 2003, Michelle decided to leave her job as an instructional designer and trainer in a manufacturing firm to start Write Technology. She recently served as Vice President of Technology for the Greater
Cincinnati ASTD and is on the national planning committee for the ASTD TechKnowledge 2010 conference in Las Vegas. Michelle also functions as a founding member and Technology/PR chair for the Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship.

Michelle maintains three weblogs, including an award-winning blog on wine, and is over-connected in social media. Michelle is also a contributing technology writer for Brian Solis’s social economy blog.

Write Technology currently offers customized courses on everything in social media, including blogging, Twitter, personal branding, and more.

Social Networking:

LinkedIn: writetech

Twitter: writetechnology

Organizations/Positions Held:

  • ASTD National: Planning Committee member, TechKnowledge 2010 and 2011 Conferences
  • Greater Cincinnati ASTD: Vice President of Technology, 2007-2008
  • American Marketing Association, Cincinnati Chapter: co-chair, Interactive/Word of Mouth Special Interest Group
  • Krystal Pepper Memorial Scholarship Fund: Co-Founder, Technology & PR Chair


Occasionally I’m interviewed on social media for learning industry podcasts. Listen in!

01/09 The Accidental Trainer Podcast: Social Media (and Microblogging) for Business and Learning

09/08 Elearning Guild “Guildcast” Interview on Twitter for Education


View my profile on slideshare


Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati: Social Media 101, 1/23/2010

Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati: Monthly Brownbags on Social Media, beginning March 2010 and running through the end of the year

WritersUA 2010: On the Job Twittering: Making it Work for You, Seattle, WA, 3/21-3/24/2010

Florida International University Workshop, April 9, 2010:

  • Social Media Tips in 50 Minutes or Less
  • Keepin’ It Legal: An Introduction to Copyright and Creative Commons

US Dept of Fish & Wildlife: Social Networking Drilldown: Facebook and LinkedIn for Admin Professionals, April 21, 2010

Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati: Social Media 101, 9/23/2010


ASTD TechKnowledge 2010, Las Vegas, NV, 1/26 – 1/29/2010:

  • Preconference Workshop: Social Media 101
  • Orientation Session
  • Concurrent Session: Introduction to Twitter
  • Concurrent Session: Creative Commons & Copyright: Legally Using Other People’s Stuff
  • Closing session panel
  • National Conference Planning Committee

Ohio Free-Tech Conference (sponsored by Smart Ed), Cincinnati, 2 sessions: Creative Commons & Copyright: Legally Using Other People’s Stuff, 1/20-21/2010

Society for Technical Communications, Southwest Ohio chapter, Introduction to Blogging for Business, 12/09

DevLearn 2009, Creative Commons & Copyright: Legally Using Other People’s Stuff, San Jose, CA, 11/14/09

PRSA Media Day: Panelist: How the Media Can Talk to Bloggers, Cincinnati, OH, 10/29/08

Campbell County Public Library: Introduction to Twitter, Newport, KY, 10/05/09

BlogHer Food 2009: Panelist: How Blogging Best Practices Apply, No Matter Your Blogging Niche, San Francisco, CA, 9/26/09

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati: Social Media Basics for Non-Profits: What, Whys, and How of Web 2.0, Cincinnati, OH, 09/15/09

Boone County Public Library Social Media Series, Union, KY:

  • Intro to Personal Branding with Social Media, 8/4/09
  • Intro to Twitter, 8/11/09

BlogHer ’09: Food (& Wine) Blogging in a Recession, Chicago, IL, 7/24-25/09

PodCamp Ohio: Creative Commons: Legally Using Other People’s Stuff, 6/20/09

The METS Center: Get Plugged In to Social Networking panelist focusing on Social Netiquette, Northern Kentucky, 6/4/09

eLearning Guild’s Using Media to Engage the Learner Online Conference, 6/4-5/09: Cool Tools: Free Web 2.0 Tools to Legally Spice Up Your Training

Kenton County Public Library Technology Series:

  • Improving Your Blogging, 5/14/09
  • Intro to Twitter, 5/18/09
  • Using Creative Commons, 5/28/09

eLearning Guild’s eLearning 2.0 and Beyond Online Conference, 4/23-24/09: 140 Characters or Less: Microblogging in Learning

Cincinnati Women Bloggers, 4/25/09, Blogging: Content, Content, Content with Julie Niesen

VisionServe Alliance Conference: Managing the Non-Profit, 4/30-5/1
Accessible Social Media for Your Non-Profit
, Cincinnati, OH

Spaces of Interaction: An Online Conversation on Improving Traditional Conferences, Improving Conferences Panel, 02/20/09

The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati: Social Media Basics for Non-Profits: What, Whys, and How of Web 2.0, 02/12/09

ASTD TechKnowledge 2009, Las Vegas, NV, 01/09:

  • Cool Tools: Free Web 2.0 Tools to Legally Spice Up Your Training
  • 140 Characters or Less: Introduction to Microblogging
  • Face to face sessions on blogging and Web 2.0

American Marketing Association, Cincinnati Chapter, Non-Profit Special Interest Group: Introduction to Blogging, 12/08

eLearning Guild DevLearn ’08, San Jose, CA, 11/08:

  • 140 Characters or Less: Microblogging in Education
  • Breakfast Byte: Introduction to Twitter

Unconference organizer and facilitator: Wine Bloggers Conference, Sonoma, CA , 10/08

American Marketing Association, Cincinnati Chapter: Link, Tweet, Plax, or Blog? 10/08

Cincinnati iMarketing Group: Tips on Blogging, 10/08

Kenton County Public Library: Panelist, Social Media: Linked In, Blogging, and Twitter, 09/08

Cincinnati Women’s Bloggers: Twitter Tips & Tweaks, 08/08

PodCamp Ohio: Small Words: The Power of Twitter, Columbus, OH, 06/08

Greater Cincinnati ASTD: Get Connected: Building Your Personal Brand with FaceBook & LinkedIn, 05/08

The Cincinnati Women’s Circuit: Panelist on social media panel, Now is Gone: Did You Miss It?, 04/08

Tennessee Association of Realtors, Introduction to Web 2.0, Nashville, TN, 03/08

ASTD TechKnowledge, San Antonio, TX, 02/08:

  • Using Wikis to Collaborate Across an Organization (2 sessions)
  • Introduction to Open Source Software
  • Face to Face sessions on Blogging

Elliot Masie’s Learning 2007, Orlando, FL, 10/07:

  • Blog Yes! Using Your Blog to Market Your Training Internally
  • book club session on David Weinberger’s Everything is Miscellaneous

Greater Cincinnati ASTD: Panel Member, ASTD TechKnowledge Review, 02/07

ASTD TechKnowledge 2007: Instructional Design Learning Lab facilitator, 4 sessions, Las Vegas, NV, 02/07

Elliot Masie’s Learning 2006: Mini-session: Compliance Training: From Boring to Not, Orlando, FL, 11/06

Greater Cincinnati ASTD eLearning Forum: More than Instructional Design Overview, 08/06

Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities: Teaching on the Web, 05/02

Cincinnati Catholic Schools In-Service: The Internet and the New Plagiarism, 10/02

NAGTAD annual conference: New Web Media/Introduction to Lectora, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 09/00

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