Beth Ziesenis

Beth Ziesenis

Your Nerdy Best Friend, Technology Expert.
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29 Tech Tools to Create Cool Content for Social Media Marketing
The most popular posts on social media are pictures and videos, and with a few easy (and free!) tech tools, you can transform your messages into share-worthy graphics that will put your organization out in front. This action-packed session will give you dozens of sites and apps that will help you elevate the quality of your social media posts and other material.


  • Make professional-level multimedia pieces in less than two minutes
  • Add depth and interest to your boring social media posts
  • Transform ordinary photos into works of art
  • Create infographics for little or no cost!

  • A favorite breakout!
  • Flexible program length... from 45-90 minutes
  • Great for audiences who are interested in sales and marketing
  • Customized topics for your attendees' needs
  • BONUS: Enhanced hands-on learning opportunities with a longer session

    90 Days to Better Tech
    You know you need to organize your digital life, but where do you start? And what's most important?

    Let Your Nerdy Best Friend guide you through an assessment of your cloud-based organizational tools, email systems, privacy controls and more to recognize and repair tech challenges that keep you from being productive.

  • Evaluate your most pressing tech problems and identify the most critical areas for improvement
  • Leave with a 90-day plan with actionable items and ideas
  • Learn best practices for privacy, organization, security and more
  • Laugh and learn with both practical advice and concrete takeaways

  • Perfect for a half-day workshop that gives participants tangible takeaways
  • Includes a workbook for participants to evaluate their present tech problems then develop a plan for the next steps
  • Helpful for professionals who need to discover the tech that will truly help them and keep them safer online

    A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Professional
    So many apps... so little time. How can you put the technology at your fingertips together to make your life easier at work and home? This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes you hour by hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy professional. You’ll learn how a professional nerd solves a security crisis before 10 a.m., learns to make more of a lunch hour with an extra set of virtual hands, saves money on software before the staff meeting and brings the team together online before the day is done.

  • Understand how technology fits into every part of your day
  • Learn about technology systems that streamline projects and tasks
  • Get a vision for how the technology in your toolbox can work together

  • Most popular keynote session
  • Customizable for 45-90-minute programs
  • Great for audiences of all tech levels
  • Focuses on both "wow" technology and practical tools
  • Works well with other sessions with no content overlap

    All Phones on Deck: Hands-On Experiences with Mind-Blowing Technology
    It's one thing to hear about the latest advancements in technology... but it's a completely different experience when you see it with your own eyes. Join Your Nerdy Best Friend for a hands-on session with augmented reality technology that you can start using now at work and home.

  • Phones on! Try your hand at augmented reality tools for translation, measuring, marketing and more
  • Learn about augmented applications for your industry and others
  • Discuss the use of AR for your business for today and in the future features
  • Perfect for smaller groups of less than 50
  • Interactive, creative session with lots of "wow" technology
  • Great for networking and brainstorming with the discussion format

    Productivity Brain Breaks: A Facilitated White Space
    A jam-packed conference like this one can lead to learning overload... time to take a Brain Break!

    Join your peers for a mini-lesson on a proven productivity technique, then put the technique into action during this facilitated white space. It's the session you need to absorb what you've learned in the past couple of days.

  • Understand the Pomodoro Technique and the tech tools that make it happen
  • Immediately put the technique into action with a real-time productivity session
  • Discover for yourself the benefits of the productivity technique
  • Leave with more tools for a lifetime of productivity

  • An innovative (never-before seen!) session designed to help participants process the ideas from the conference
  • Opportunities for peer-to-peer insights on new productivity techniques
  • Designed to be scheduled towards the end of the conference
  • Dual takeaways: A proven technique for productivity they can use forever plus real progress on their most pressing tasks or needs

    #CreepyButHelpful: Futuristic Tech Tools that Increase Your Productivity TODAY
    Sometimes we feel like we need a clone to help us carry out everything we have to do for our organization. Today’s cutting-edge technology can act as your invisible staff, handling tasks and challenges that overwhelm your to-do lists. This session introduces you to awe-inspiring but affordable tools that organize your tasks, set your appointments, make your travel plans, find time for your workouts, manage your personal budget and much, much more.

  • Discover cutting-edge tools that use artificial intelligence to take care of your tasks with less work from you
  • Understand artificial intelligence technology and how it can advance your career features
  • Perfect for a keynote session
  • Designed in a non-threatening way to help attendees understand artificial intelligence
  • Practical and interactive with personalized examples and lots of humor

    Nerds Unite! Tech Tool and App Exchange
    Your peers are the smartest nerds around! Many professionals have their favorite time- saving, productivity-increasing, rear-kicking technology secrets. This lively, interactive session gives you and your peers the opportunity to share and discover the best technology tools. Great for both tech newbies and experienced experts!

  • Discover the best app ideas from your colleagues
  • Discuss real solutions to your real technology challenges with peers who have solutions
  • BONUS: Leave the session with a list of the best ideas from your colleagues

  • Great for breakouts, round tables and fireside chats
  • Works well as an add-on program for any of the other sessions
  • 100% hands-on and interactive
  • Focused on networking and peer-to-peer learning
  • BONUS: This session comes in a self- guided, step-by-step kit!

    Powered Productivity: Super Tech Tools to Get Stuff Done
    Exasperated by email? Peeved about passwords? Tired of tedious tasks? You're not alone. Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Author Beth Ziesenis, for a research-based look of common productivity problems, followed by the technology to solve them.

    Discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed to work more efficiently with your teams, get organized and finally get stuff done.

  • Discover low-cost, high-value apps and tech tools that you can start using right away
  • Learn great tech tips and app ideas from your colleagues
  • Get new ideas to increase efficiency, improve relationships and get things done!

  • Interactive, interactive, INTERACTIVE!
  • Organized like a game where everyone plays and everyone wins
  • Popular as both a keynote or breakout session
  • Flexible program length... from a 45- minute keynote to a 3-hour workshop.
  • Research-based facts coupled with real- time tech solutions
  • Customized topics for your attendees' needs
  • Why Book Beth Ziesenis?

  • Your Nerdy Best Friend is not a traditional “Sage on the Stage.” Beth engages attendees before her programs with funny, nerdy pictures, social media updates and serious buzz creation. During the program, attendees will love giveaways like the nerdy rubber ducks, knee-high nerd socks and much more. You’ll also see games and group exercises to facilitate networking and collaboration, leading to shared laughs and new connections.

  • The author of four books, Beth keeps up with the latest technology to educate and entertain attendees with the fast-changing world of technology.

  • Beth speaks to groups of every size, from 10 people to 1000. Speaking to associations and corporations throughout North America, Beth entertains, enlightens and empowers attendees to embrace their inner nerds to become more efficient, more productive and definitely more nerdy.

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    Meet Your New Nerdy Best Friend…Beth Ziesenis: Author. Speaker. Nerd.

    Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by Meetings & Conventions magazine and MeetingsNet.

    Since her first Commodore 64 computer, Beth has made a verb out of the word nerd. She helps computer users all over the country filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for business and personal use through presentations and her books, including the latest title, Your Nerdy Best Friend’s The Big Book of Apps, available on

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    "I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you, and what a great job you did at our meeting. Every single evaluation I received raved about your presentation. One of the questions on the evaluation is “What did you like best about the meeting”–you were their favorite, hands down. I hope we will be able to have you back again."
    --American College of Emergency Physicians

    "Beth was a workshop presenter at our annual conference in 2008. Her session was rated very highly and participants told me the information they got regarding easy free and low-cost tools for associations was very valuable. We have asked Beth to come back and speak on another topic in 2009 because of her energy, her enthusiasm and her knowledge of the association audience that she is speaking to. This gives her the added advantage of tailoring her presentation to meet their specific needs. She is easy to work with and delivers a high-quality presentation. Speaking as someone who books presenters, that is the best of both worlds."
    --California Society of Association Executives