Five essential questions to ask when producing a video

Whether it’s to support learning, employee engagement, recruitment or some other activity, more and more of us are expected to support organisations to produce video content. It takes just a few seconds for someone to say ‘let’s make a video’, but it’s the very shortest part of the whole pre-production process that follows. Whether using your own in-house skills to produce video content or you’re working with an external provider, it’s important that you understand the process of gathering the all important information required.

How will you harness the secret online lives of your managers?

If you are interested in developing people and helping them to be the best they can be, I believe it’s worth spending some time with this article and the links in it.

A couple of weeks ago a new report was released by our friends at Good Practice. It’s called the Secret Online Lives of UK Managers and presents findings on data gathered from 504 UK managers. The report explores the role the internet and social media play in the lives of today’s managers and how they use these to solve business challenges. But what does this information mean to Learning and Development?

In a webinar hosted by the Learning and Skills group, Peter Casebow from Good Practice summarised the findings of the report and what they mean to L&D in four bullet points.

DPG’s HRM Level 5 Online CIPD Programme Advert

Here’s your story let’s begin

The waters fine come on dive in

The future’s here, its right before your eyes

Step by step you’re on your way

Welcome to a brighter day

Don’t you know it’s good to be alive

I love those tracks that you hear and just feel the need to do something with. When I heard the lyrics of the song sung by a guy called Benji Jackson backed by the awesome upbeat sound of Pink Zebra it was the meant to be. A perfect fit.

Keeping your children safe in a digital world

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He was just eight years old when Mum and Dad decided to go away for the weekend and leave him in the house on his own.

‘Do what you like whilst we’re away and have anyone you like around. We’re not leaving you a key so don’t bother locking the door. If you do go out, go anywhere you want with whoever you want. Trust everyone and come back when you like, if you like.’

What a load of nonsense. You’ll be pleased to hear this story is made up. There can’t possibly be a parent in their right mind that thinks this is right. But, whilst we all agree this made up scenario should never happen, the sad thing is in real life, amazingly it does. Not in the context of ‘in real life’, but in the context of digital and online.

How do you measure your social media success?

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It was a question someone asked me quite some time back. The immediate answer that jumped to mind was the obvious choice. The number of people following me. It seems to have become the most important, talked about, single measurement of social media success. I once heard a radio interviewer talking to a phone-in listener commenting on how successful they looked on Twitter based on how many people were following them. The numbers of favourites (now likes) and retweets I also considered as measures that I knew some people used.

It wasn’t till a few days later when I thought more about this. I questioned what it was all about anyway. It’s not about numbers and large followings or fan-bases for me. Nice if it happens in a humble way, but not something personally I chase. Instead, my social media purpose is about conversations, connections, networking, learning and sharing. Those things aren’t measured well by quantity. It takes a quality measure. I reminded myself that I already measured quality in a particular way. I’ll come on to explain that in a short while.

Social Media Tools: How do you use yours?

creme_3547027bI remember the creme egg advert do you? I’d always thought there was only one way, just one to eat a creme egg. Biting the top off and diving right into the contents, ending up in a gooey mess. The advert, if you remember, had vidoes of people attempting to eat their creme eggs in a variety of creative ways. There was more than one. Much more than one! One size really didn’t fit all.

Pretty much, as I’m discovering, like the social media tools we have around us. Many of these tools we are conditioned to use in a particular way. Maybe that’s done deliberately by the platform owners, maybe it’s just how it’s always been and the ‘way it’s done around here’.

The digital curation of #Tweepathon The Movie 2016

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It’s a fairly long story. About 2-3 mins reading. Or you can skip straight to a pretty cool movie at the bottom of this page…..

Ok, so it’s not a real movie in the true sense of the word. But at around 4.30am Monday morning after a marathon of digital curation and video production it felt like that’s what we had all made. A piece of history. Something special and something certainly unique. Born out of the genius mind of Simon Heath, #tweepathon was a brilliant journey. Great people coming together to do great things for charity. You can read all about that here and make charitable donations as you wish.

Twitter Lists: A guided tour

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It’s been a week since my new way of working with Twitter began. I’ve had a few questions here and there about how it all works. I’ve put together the video below that gives a sneak peak behind the scenes of what my new Twitter looks like.

I’m not for one minute suggesting everyone follows this exact same blueprint. The video does however give a useful introduction to get you thinking about how you could make Twitter lists work for you.

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