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An invitation to a talk: Social media for people too busy to be on social media.

Social media.

You want to use it to connect to likeminded people, collaborators and customers, but you don’t know where to start…

I have many friends around me who are doing awesome things…awesome things that the world needs to know about.

I’ve also been having a lot of chats and coffees with people wanting to know how to get started on social media.

Hence, this invitation to an informal, instructional social media get-together for friends and friends of friends.

I’m no expert, because there are no experts. Social media is a constantly moving beast. But I’ll share with you what I know so far.

In an hour or so, I’ll attempt to get you up to speed with how to ‘read’ social media using free online tools, so you can see how it works, and more importantly, understand how it

might work for you.If you’re a little bamboozled by the vast nebulous nature of social media and all the hype surrounding it…you might want to join us.

Tomboy owners Georgina March and Pia Hambour, along with chocolatier Georgie Castle have kindly donated their space at the rear of Tomboy Cafe for our workshop.

The talk is completely free, but we can only fit 20 people. So RSVP is essential.
Chocolates and snacks will be available for purchase on the night.
Time: 7.45 for 8pm start.
Date: Monday, 2 September
Venue: Tomboy Café, 356 Smith Street, Collingwood
RSVP: Ben on ben((at))thethoughtpolice.com.au or 0414 529 054 (first come, first serve).

Kind regardsBen, Michelle, Lieu, Georgie and Georgie.

Creative on demand: A Workshop for World Vision.

Yes, that is me impersonating a wildebeest to get my point across during a Creative Workshop I ran for the very nice folks of World Vision Australia.

 In this particular slide, I’m pointing out the particular peculiarity of the creative process which is being ok with not having the answer for as long as possible. This goes against our natural instinct which is to make decisions instantly, so as a result we get flustered and frustrated. But the reality is you need to learn to be ok with dwelling in this vague space long enough for the truly original thoughts to arrive. When you don’t this, all you come up with are “first thoughts” – obvious ways to solve the problem.

The workshop itself is something I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. It’s a mix of myth debunking, me exposing how I go about coming up with ideas,  and field tested techniques that can help people make the most of their scarce thinking time.

It was a great afternoon with some really nice and talented folks doing very vital and worthy work.

Suffice to say, some great ideas came out of the sessions too.

Thank you to Pet and Andrew for inviting me along.