Well, it’s finally arrived. International Work Out Loud week is here. For those who don’t know what the fuss is about, it’s one week of the year where we all encourage people to narrate and show what they’re working on. Whether it’s showing their work openly on public networks or in their own enclosed enterprise social networks, the aim is to inspire people to start conversations around the work that they do. With conversations come new ideas and insights that can be applied to our own work that not only benefit the organisations we work for but more importantly nurture our own sense of connection, acknowledgement and personal development.
So what am I working on this week?
Prepare & Plan for The Australian Institute of Training and Development Work Out Loud Webinar
My biggest tasks this week is to script out a Work Out Loud webinar presentation on Thursday 19 November at 1:00pm AEST. I was asked by the Australian Institute of Training and Development to provide a one hour webinar on WOL and I agreed. There wasn’t as much time to prepare for it last week (I was away interstate on a Change Management Institute Conference), so this week I will script out the slides.
Usually for webinars, I script out every slide and include the activities. Last week we did a run through with the organisers to figure out how to use the GoTo Meeting webinar software as it was the first time I had used this on a Mac. After some small hitches, we decided on the right format but I had to change some activities as I wasn’t aware that the numbers attending could reach over 200. With that information, I now have to change my whiteboard activities and close the chat function – instead use other functionality such as polls to cater for the possible large numbers without people feeling overwhelmed with the possible participant engagement.
Register here for the webinar.
Edit the Change Management Institute Conference Video
You may know that I’ve started vlogging and now have my own YouTube channel. (No, my aim is not to have millions of subscribers but it is another form of sense making for me that nurtures my need to learn a new creative skill). I attended the Change Management Conference in Sydney last week and captured various interviews with people in the field of Change Management. They’re going through as much disruption as Learning and Development so I used the opportunity to film the various speakers such as Euan Semple (@Euan), Simon Terry (@simongterry), Dr Jason Fox (@drjasonfox) and Helen Conway (@Helen_Conway1). I filmed an interview with Jon Husband (@jonhusband) who spoke of Wirearchy as well as Caroline Perkins, President of CMI in Australia. My plan for this week is to create TWO videos.
The first video podcast will be about the conference itself and the need for Change Managers to consider alternative approaches in this networked world when working with stakeholders. This video will be submitted and aired on LearningNow TV, which is a live streamed internet TV channel.
The second video podcast will be a montage of the conference along with my own reflections and a little bit more light hearted that will be published on my YouTube channel. As a teaser, you can see what I will aim to do in this pre-conference video I shot the night before my presentation.
Create Short Introductory Videos for the Future Assembly Exhibitors
This is something additional and a “nice to do” as a generous gesture to a few of the exhibitors at the Future Assembly at the Melbourne Show Grounds. The Future Assembly was a showcase of new digital and emerging technologies and I visited over the two days the event was on to speak to some of the exhibitors as well as play, try and experiment with the new gadgets. My highlights were playing around with the various functions of the Tesla car, delving into virtual realities, getting myself augmented and seeing how 3D printing works. A few of the exhibitors were kind enough to do a short 30 second introduction to their product for my vlog and I thought I would thank them by sending them the separate individual MP4 file to them so that they can use it on their own websites or content marketing channels. This is all without payment of course. It won’t take me long to do and they were really good sports about me sticking a camera in their face so I believe they’ll appreciate the gesture.
If you want to see what I got up to at Future Assembly, here’s the short video I created when I went along with my brother, an electrical engineer. (My apologies for the video quality. It was shot in high quality but it would have taken me hours to upload it onto YouTube so I had to reduce the picture quality. I simply cannot wait for the National Broadband Network to be in our area so I don’t have to pull my hair out with crappy internet speeds).
(One of the highlights of Future Assembly was spotting an Osmo. The Osmo is a handheld camera stabiliser and I met the distributor in Australia. Hope I get one for Christmas….). You can see the review that vlogger Casey Niestat does with the Osmo below – starts at 1:30 mins.
So that’s it for SOME of my work out loud activities this week which need to be completed. There’s a few other things thrown into the mix and you’ll see those as they arise through my tweets.
I hope that you enjoy your work out loud week, learning new things that you can apply to your own work and in the process, meeting new people around the world who are doing the same! Have a great wolweek!