Speaker opportunity at Media Trust’s Art of engagement conference

I’m delighted to be delivering a workshop on social media and growing your online communities with my colleague Helen Osborne at Media Trust’s Art of Engagement conference on 20 November.

There is a fantastic line up of speakers, including Jo Kerr from Girlguiding UK, Lewis Wiltshire from Twitter UK, Alexis Akwagyiram from BBC Africa and Holly Monks and Miranda Nagalingam from Comic Relief.

You could join us

Media Trust is running a ‘suggest a speaker’ opportunity on Twitter for the month of September, where they are encouraging people to nominate a person/organisation that they would like to see speaking at The Art of Engagement conference.

This isn’t a competition as such but rather an opportunity for the sector to help shape the programme and suggest interesting and innovative stories/campaigns/speakers that they would like to hear from.

The chosen nominee will then be offered a 10-minute slot in the enlightening talks part of the programme. To nominate someone, a campaign or an organisation just fill in this short survey.

Thoughts on Squared Online Module One

I promised to post about my Squared Online journey so here are my thoughts now that module one is complete.

The first module is all about A connected world and it forced us to think about our own digital life. If I’m honest, I found this module rather basic but I understand that the course is made up of around 300 – 400 people all with varying levels of experience and we need to start somewhere. From module two, where we are put into groups to work on our projects, it steps up in terms of level of difficulty.

At the end of module one we had to complete a project, which was to create a video to introduce ourselves to our fellow ‘Squares’. Having no prior experience of creating a video, I was considering just doing a basic webcam video. However, the whole point of me taking part in this course was to learn, so learn I did. I used Window’s Movie Maker to create my video and although the recommended time to finish the project was 2 hours, this probably took me about 6. Yes, seriously…

It’s not a great video, I admit. But I did it all by myself with no help at all and I’m really rather proud of it. If it were a picture, I would have stuck it to my fridge with a magnet.

Module two will look at how to think commercially and the project looks challenging. Bring it on!