Can Interactive Twitter Storytelling Be Sexy?

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I don’t know, you tell me. This Monday I hosted an Interactive Twitter Storytelling workshop with Laneway Learning in Melbourne.

You can read the full tale on my Storify, but I will give you a teaser. What happens when a sexy dancer, two people on a date and a charismatic Iguana walk into a bar?

Find out here!

Or visit me on Twitter and follow the hashtag #LLStory!

Explore Hashtags with Twitterversity

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Join me at NAB Village September 17th!

Learn to tame the little blue with this special lunch time session of Twitterversity! Bring your lunch, a smart phone, laptop or tablet loaded with Twitter to harness the power of the hashtag!

In the space of your lunch break we will gain more twitter followers, make our hashtags work for us and engage in intelligent conversations using Twitter!

Can’t wait to Tweet you! This event is free, just grab your ticket here. Directions to NAB Village here.

Blog to Educate, Not Advertise!

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“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” – Bill Nye

You are valuable. You have knowledge that other people do not.

We all know something that someone else doesn’t. What do you want to share? This is the essence of blogging. In today’s world we are all educators. We are out there describing what we do to the world.

Why is this important to your business? Advertising is dead and educating is here to stay. It is important that people understand your why you do what you do. That is your point of difference.

If you are running short on time, reblog or share an image. It doesn’t matter if it is not your original content all of the time. It is important that you share what resonates with you and your brand.

It is important to have a voice. Your ability to share what interests you, connects you to the best audience. They say “Sharing is caring”, so go ahead!

Start writing, educating and learning!

Interactive Storytelling with Twitter #LLStory

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Next week at Laneway Learning I will be leading a class using Twitter to explore the concept of interactive storytelling. The class is Tuesday the 10th of June 2014 at 8 pm. It will be possible to join the live interactions by following #LLStory.

I am very excited to see how the story unfolds and who gets involved. It is Twitter, anything is possible!

Check back next week, I will be posting the story on my Storify account!

Context Is Key To Online Communication

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It is important to understand your own point of view. Your version of what you are doing and why may not translate into something that other people can relate to or understand.

Remember that your perception exists within the context of your life. Without proper definition your vision can get lost in fragmented versions of other people’s view of you.

An artist, for example, has to constantly justify their vision with their projects. They begin with explaining what type of media they work in so we can understand how to relate to them. The work of a photographer differs to a sculptors, and viewers approach their work differently.

An artist statement describing the work allows us to understand the artist’s perspective. We now have the tools to understand what someone is trying to say. We have a framework to approach a uniquely presented point of view.

We must never assume that people understand our point of view and understand our vision. Don’t cut corners on educating someone about what you do and why you do it. When you are communicating with someone online or in the real world never forget the critical pieces that will allow people to understand you.

Those pieces are, who you are, what you do and why you do it. Use these components to fashion a story to delight, engage and promote yourself. A well thought out story will sell your view of the world. We are all unique, never assume that someone doesn’t want to hear your story or that it isn’t interesting enough. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and share your passion or why you do what you do!

Experiment with storytelling, be brave you never know what you might come up with. I will be teaching a course at Laneway Learning in Melbourne on Interactive Storytelling with Twitter. Come a long on the 10th of June, there are still spaces left!

Your Story, Your Twitter, Your #Hashtag

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What are you passionate about? Last Wednesday evening at Twitterversity I had the pleasure of exploring other people’s passions. Twitter is a tool, a conduit for getting your voice out into the world to share our passions.

The really wonderful thing about Twitterversity is the connections and conversations that take place after the course has finished. During the class I encouraged people to Tweet introductions to link people in the class to a possible new connection. It is now two days after the course has finished and I am still getting introduced to friends of people in my class!

This generosity of sharing and connection is the cornerstone to building solid networks. A strudy framework supports us all, assisting us to achieve our goals. The more we support each other, the more we collectively become.

Our personal successes are tied to our generosity and our ability to support each other. Find people who are doing wonderful things and help them do it by sharing their story with others. Who knows they might share your story as well!

Create a narrative within your own story by using a custom hashtag. Mine is #yourflock. Find something that is unique, that is your own and encourage others to interact with it. If you have your own hashtag, Tweet me, I cannot wait to interact with your story!

To Teach Is To Learn Twice

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To teach is to learn twice – Joseph Joubert

Why do I enjoy teaching? Teaching is empowering people. What is learned can never be taken away. Knowledge is what helps us to collect and curate experiences. Our experiences are what make us extraordinary. The right combination of experience and knowledge are the building blocks to achieving our goals.

To learn well, one must listen well. There are many good ideas out there in the world and most of them are not mine. When I meet a person who wants to talk to me about social media, I listen. Most things in this world don’t have a simple answer.

Like my grandma used to say, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”

This is because there is more than one answer and there is more than one question. The trick is to find the right answer for the right question.

I am always looking for new opportunities to learn, part of learning for me is teaching. That is why I run training for Twitter, the more I understand how other’s are using the platform, the better I get at teaching other’s how to use it.

My next training program is fully booked, however I am planning more for June and an extra special Interactive Storytelling with Twitter class scheduled with Laneway Learning! The details will be announced soon! Sign up to my newsletter, I will release the dates as soon as they are available!