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At the upcoming Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Geoff Bilder and I have been asked to present together again, after what proved to be a raucous and popular session at last year’s meeting.

But this year, there’s a twist — and you can help make it even more twisted.

You see, Geoff and I seem to be at-ease giving complex, thought-provoking presentations. So, we’ve been challenged by some of the more sadistic elements of the conference committee to prove our mettle in a session officially called “Geoff and Kent Redux,” but known among the tribe assembling it as “PowerPoint Karaoke.”

We’re going to have to present to slides we haven’t seen before, creating a narrative on the fly.

And you can help create the slides we’re going to have to use. The SSP has posted a very brief survey instrument via SurveyMonkey. You can contribute slides, ideas, links, or other items to the session organizers using the information found on the survey page.

Believe me, I have some trepidation promoting this. I know the readers of the Scholarly Kitchen are well-educated, intelligent, and universally good-looking, but also possess deep reservoirs of repressed mischief. Asking them to contribute to what could be a public speaking nightmare seems unwise at some level.

Yet one phrase sums up the spirit of this session: “Bring it on!”

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Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson is the CEO of RedLink and RedLink Network, a past-President of SSP, and the founder of the Scholarly Kitchen. He has worked as Publisher at AAAS/Science, CEO/Publisher of JBJS, Inc., a publishing executive at the Massachusetts Medical Society, Publishing Director of the New England Journal of Medicine, and Director of Medical Journals at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Opinions on social media or blogs are his own.