Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I quit drinking a long time ago but this made me laugh...

A Chinese Company 3-D Printed 10 Houses In A Day - Business Insider

A Chinese Company 3-D Printed 10 Houses In A Day - Business Insider:

"There's a lot you can do with a 3-D printer. Now add "building a house in a day" to the list.

Make that 10 houses.

The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. (link in Chinese) has printed 10 homes in 24 hours out of recycled materials. "

Job applicants for World's Toughest Job get a big shock

Job applicants for World's Toughest Job get a big shock

Of 2.7 million people who saw a job posting by a Boston agency for a 'director of operations' position, just 24 applied. That's likely because of the brutal requirements.

The website posted the job and paid for ads, hoping to get the right applicant. So what is required from the right applicant? Here's the entire list:

Must be able to work 135+ hours a week
Ability to work overnight, associate needs pending
Willingness to forgo any breaks
Work mostly standing up and/or bending down
Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis
Ph.D. in psychology or real-life equivalent
Crisis management skills a must
Ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time
Ability to communicate at all levels (basic to advanced)
Ability to improvise
Proficient in handling sticky situations (literally and figuratively)
Ability to coordinate multiple, often conflicting, schedules
Ability to make independent decisions on behalf of others
Ability to work with associates with minimal ability
Ability to work in a chaotic environment
Frequent travel; minivan driving experience a plus
Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach
Flexible when it comes to surprise requests
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating, counseling and culinary arts
Unlimited patience
Understanding of social media, mobile devices and video games
Understanding of finance
Understanding of medicine
Selflessly driven
Valid driver's license, CPR certification and Red Cross membership
Ability to wear several hats, professional and domestic
Positive disposition at all times

Those requirements all for a job that pays $0. So who would hire for a such a job? Only one way to find out. Click play to watch their interviews and real-time reactions and, believe us, it's worth it to watch to the end.

Friday, 11 April 2014

I am asking for a big favour... help me convince...please

In my new job we have been working on a 30 Day Social Media Campaign and I know I have been almost spamming my different media accounts some times.  I have lost some followers, friends, circle members and would like to hear from the people that have stuck around.

The focus of my posts in the past couple of months have been business, leadership and education.   With the new direction that our business NexLev is going, my posts will be directed more towards innovative ways to do knowledge transfer (training) and education.

So, I ask for a couple of responses...please

Do you think that I post too often...

Do you like the subject matter of the posts....

Has the campaign over the last 30 days lead you to think about de-friending me?

One of the most difficult thing on any social media site is to figure out how many people are actually reading your my new position, I am trying to sell the concept of social media marketing and some people are still not convinced it is a good bang for the amount of effort it takes...

Your response to this will assist me greatly in having some information I can use to convince...

I will post a summary in a few days of the response or lack of responses this entry generates.

How many people out there in digital land are really listening?

Here are some of the comments from Facebook

  • I'm listening Darren... and I like what you have to say.

  •  Your posts I've seen about NexLev have had just enough info to make me wonder what it's all about. I wouldn't de-friend you because it's not all you post about. Also, from what I've seen, your NexLev posts haven't been overly frequent.

  •  I would not defriend you. To be honest I paid more attention to your posts on teaching issues. I glanced at your other posts but I've been busy lately so everything has been a quick read or skip over!

  •  I would say the same as above.
  •  Agree with above

  •  I added you during the beginning of teacher negotiations. I usually read your post and find them awesome. Keep posting away!!

  •  I think like most people, I have a wide array of friends who have different interests, so what they post isnt always up my alley. Your posts don't seem like spam to me. Of course I'm more interested in the education.

  •  I enjoy reading your posts. I also think your ideas around social media marketing are looking toward the future of connections between business and the average person. It will continue to evolve and change and there will be many different levels of connection and communication depending on new trends, age demographics and advances in technology just to name a few. I also believe that everyone's digital footprint will become more important to making connections to a network of like minded/focused people throughout the world. I am developing my second digital citizenship course that focuses on personal branding right now. Your posts are thought provoking and I believe that people should pay attention to what you share.

  •  No, Yes, and No.
    I actually had to go to your wall and in doing so I see that your posts do not regularly show up in my news feed. I spent some time navigating through your posts and checking out some of the links.
    I would like to know more about your work with the online school. The marketing from a business perspective honestly doesn't interest me a whole lot because it is not relevant to me in the here and now.

  •  I am still here! Not going to leave. I read some of your posts...the ones that somethings sparks my interest in the title. I tend to read the education related ones more but every once in a while info about leadership creates interest.

  • Darren I find that during media blitzes that you will often lose followers and gain followers social media is such an flighty mistress, I don't find you post too much for what it is worth

  •  After you unfollowed me on twitter I considered not following you back, , but I wanted to see where the whole NexLev thing was going, so I very well couldn't drop out mid-stream, as it were. I read some posts that I find relevant to education or social media just like most of the people I follow on SM.

  • Darren Cannell Sorry, just trying some different cleaning tools in twitter...was not personal..will follow again..

  • Darren Cannell But post something in the twitter account so I have something to follow...

  • Like most other's I follow, I read some of the things that you post if they pique my interest. I don't get overwhelmed with the number of things you post. They seem to come in waves.

Day 30 of Increasing Your Social Media Clout

I have been involved with social media for over 10 years and have put in countless hours trying to stay abreast of the changes and how to increase my clout.  One single fact will always rise to the top and that is how very little I actually know.
Day 1

Day 2
Top Social Media Sites

Day 3
Creating our base, sun or main site

Day 4
Introduce Yourself

Day 5
Check the announcements

Day 6
Reading day

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10
Building interest

Day 11
Do you ever sleep?

Day 12
If this then that

Day 13
Expand your web

Day 14

Day 15
Video Day

Day 16
Rest and Review

Day 17

Day 18
Define yourself

Day 19
Table talk

Day 20

Day 21
Newspaper day

Day 22

Day 23
Strengthen your network

Day 24
Another reading day

Day 25
Check up

Day 26
Feeding the network

Day 27
The Manager

Day 28
Social Media Manager traits

Day 29

Day 30
Summary and Check up

Now you have completed the 30 days and you have just started the process now you have to share, share and share.  Remember if it is on the web it is not private, so think about what you are sharing and if it is something you do not want the whole world to know do not put it on a social media site.  People will get to know you, appreciate what you are willing to share and will in turn build a relationship with you.   There are some people that I know just in the digital world but I would consider them no less of a friend and you too will get to that stage as you continue to develop your clout.   For me it is my personal learning community, if I am curious about something that is happening or I want to do or have done, I as k my network…I get answers, opinions and smart alec responses but in the end it does help to formalize my thoughts…for me the social network has been invaluable for me to create my vision of where I want to be in 10 years.  From a business perspective, you net will carry a lot of power, it is the new way to market, it is a word of mouth type of sharing and is not a slick and polished as the traditional methods of advertising but it has no boundaries of distance and time which makes it very powerful.  I am happy you have taken the time to read all the 30 days and I hoped it helped you start your journey.

Darren Cannell

p.s. all the 30 days can be seen if you do a search for "Increasing your Social Media Clout" ... keep the quotations.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Who, What, Where, Why, When, of the NexLev business plan

A visual of NexLev's business plan

Today we Launch our NexLev Business Plan

In a single sentence here is what is happening...

Our new business approach is to take the "Lessons Learned File" created while building the largest online high school in Saskatchewan and using it in a business world.

For 13 years I lived, and breathed the proposal, vision and development of the largest online high school in the province of Saskatchewan.  In 1999 I was given the exciting opportunity of developing an online school in Saskatoon. Using a trial and error method of development I collected a massive lessons learned file.  During the development, I did my Masters in distance education and am currently writing my dissertation on interaction in online education.  While working at the online school, we had many inquiries about the possibility of using the process for knowledge transfer in a business world.   Due to the fact this was not in a publicly funded school systems mandate it was not possible.   So, in November 2013, I entered the business world and decided it was time to try to apply what was learned to the business world.   The new NexLev  plans to leverage it's expertise in digital knowledge transfer in a partnership business approach with businesses around the world.  As this model of knowledge transfer has no barriers of distance or time the possibilities are endless, exciting and need to be developed.  Our goal and vision is to partner with and assist local, national and international partners in actualizing a new way of training and knowledge sharing.

Welcome the NexLev method of knowledge transfer.  Contact us if you want to join the journey.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Day 29 of Increasing your Social Media Clout

During this month (almost a month) of increasing your social media clout you have heard me say often…”the most important thing”.  Here I go again, the most important thing that you need to be aware of when creating your content is your title.  It is the first part of your entry and will make a huge difference when it comes to someone clicking on it and reading further and engaging.   On some social media sites like Twitter, it may be all they see.
You might now be asking…what makes a good title…do I have some articles for you.
·         How to attract more clicks to your blog posts:  11 revealing title tests
·         Best Blog Titles:  Make Great Posts without Dropping in Names
·         Importance of Blog Titles for Increasing your Search Ranking

Some suggestions from the articles are:
·         Talk about mistakes
·         Use questions
·         Broader topics
·         Unique objectives
·         Using words like surprising reveal…
·         Use numbers, list
·         Fun

In Project Management terminology: 
The Project
·         Building a Foundation for a Social Media Network.
Deliverable (is the noun):
·         A good title
Tasks (is a verb):
·         Read the content of the day’s activities
·         Each of the three articles has a slightly different slant.
·         Look at some of your old entries

·         Post an old entry that you thought was good and change the title.