I run a broad range of digital workshops including animation and digital story telling for Children (& adults) and a whole range of creative workshops for communities. I’ve also done some hybrids like Digital Skills for Employability and Digital Skills for mental well-being. Contact me for more info.
All the workshops are highly practical with no jargon and jam packed with #goldennuggets ! We use only free digital tools so it will be easy for you to implement what you learn from the workshop into your own practices.
After the workshop you will have access to my e-learning portal where there are all the resources you need from the workshop. You will be able to remind yourself of the processes you learned at any time.
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The workshops below are particularly suited to Social Enterprises, Creatives, SMEs and Sole Proprietors.
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The content of the workshops can be varied or adjusted to suit your particular requirements.
Strategies and Practices for Social Media Marketing
Social Media is the current hot potato, but some companies are simply diving in and not getting it right. This highly practical workshop will introduce you to the tools and practices that will help you form your own social media strategy and grow your reach and influence in the social media world. Although we will touch on many of the myriad social media channels we will focus mainly on the mainstream channels plus additional free tools to help support these. This workshop is designed to help you efficiently and effectively engage in these practices without costing you a fortune in either money, time or patience.
Images for Web and Social Media
“Images and social media go together like fish and chips.”
Images are the cornerstone of almost everything you do these days be it websites, blogging, social media, print and online marketing. This workshop will cover a comprehensive range of resources which are mostly free or at least low-cost. We will give you the basic skills and knowledge needed to use these tools and achieve everything you need to use images in your work. We will include a few quirky image items to give you a creative edge. You will also receive support resources to take this forward at your own pace and develop further skills in the use of images and graphics.
Intro to SEO, Analytics and Webmaster Tools
The SEO workshop will demystify the black art of Search Engine Optimisation and introduce you to the tools and concepts you need to run a healthy and active website. How to keep your content appropriate and consumable and attractive to the search engines. How to cope with external threats that could cause problems for your web presence. This workshop is a must for people and small businesses that want to do their own maintenance or at least understand what they’re requesting and paying for if they still wish to outsource. Everyone gets a free website to experiment so you can use it or break it, we don’t mind: we wouldn’t want you experimenting on your own website would we?
The Blogging workshop is NOT about Websites or Content Management Systems (CMS). It’s about the tradition of Blogging and Journalistic approaches and a range of tools, resources and processes to support it. Many blogging platforms have now become fully functional Content Management Systems (CMS) and can be used to manage a whole website. This 3 hr workshop looks specifically at pure blogging. By this, we mean blogging as an online diarist, journalist or simply posting news about your business or activity and how this can be turned to your personal or business advantage. We will also look at some of the hybrids that emerge from blogging such as “live blogging”, “blogcasting” “event/project blogging”, “podcasting” and “vodcasting”. We will look at the major blogging platforms from which you can choose your preference(s) for future projects.
Productivity & Collaboration Using Free Digital Tools
Using FREE Digital tools you could release yourself from the tyranny of the office, the workstation and software. This workshop will introduce you to some key tools and concepts for Cloud Computing and online collaboration. We will explore and use free tools for productivity and organizing your online world. The intention is to use digital tools to increase your efficiency and open up the possibilities in new and creative approaches to your enterprise.
WORDPRESS + Domain Names, Websites and Email Accounts
In the WordPress workshop we will introduce you to a range of easy to use services to run a website but we will focus primarily on Wordress. WordPress is the worlds most popular SEO, mobile ready website software (60 million people can’t all be wrong) We’ll cover content management, themes, plugins and everything you need to know. This workshop will also explain how to register and manage a domain name and a range of ways to run your website and email services on it.
Using Hootsuite & Associated Tools
Hootsuite is THE social media dashboard. Whilst alternatives exist they either don’t have the same quality of functionality or are very expensive. You could do an awful lot with the Free version of Hootsuite and if you wanted to upgrade it need not cost the earth. This highly practical workshop will show you how use Hootsuite to manage your social media channels monitor the social mediascape and get the best out of the free version. We will also look at browser plugins and additional tools to make you a social media power-user painlessly. Our approach gives you practical experience without the need to use any of your own or corporate social media accounts.
Digital Video made simple: in most instances this is hard topic to break into because of the skill levels and costly equipment/software needed. However this workshop uses only readily available materials and free software to get you producing and editing video with a pretty gentle learning curve.
Digital Audio is similar to digital video in that this subject could be complex and expensive. However just like the previous example, the audio workshop uses free tools and is easy to understand (fun even!) You’ll be able to record and manipulate audio, remove noise and enhance it and produce podcasts or create audio tracks for your video productions.
Bespoke Consultancy and Mentoring
I can build a Bespoke package that fits your needs. This includes “Digital Start-Ups” (see video below), ICT Audit, Social Media Audit, equipment purchase advice or anything your little heart desires. Just contact me and I’ll build a package and give you a quote. Simple advice comes free so don’t be afraid to ask..
A Digital start-up will give you everything you might need from hardware/software advice, email, domains, accounting, invoicing e.t.c. Check out the video below for some ideas.
Quite often, but not always this is for elderly people and includes, web browsing, email, online transactions and everything you need to become acquainted with the digital world.