Posted on | November 29, 2013 | No Comments
OK, we do a lot of music on Nightline with the help of Paul Kelly over there at www.triplew.me but we have not had a band like these guys.
If you are not listening and watching Q you are missing something big.
This band, Royal Canoe caught my attention because they are indeed taking the other road as they make their music.
OK, so what is stopping you from doing 1 thing a little different in the office this week?
Posted on | November 26, 2013 | No Comments
It is one thing to do what you love but it is fantastic to watch people doing what they love.
Try to get teens out of bed at 5:45 on a weekend!
Then try to get those teens to sit in a car for an hour at 5:45 on a weekend!
In this case these teens get up at a crazy hour and then ride a wave for 3 hours.
They love it.
It is one thing to do what you love and another to watch people do the things they love.
I can watch these kids ride the waves every weekend because they have such passion for it.
Do what you love, love what you do and appreciate those doing it!
Posted on | November 24, 2013 | No Comments
What is the best advice you can give to anyone who is looking at a career or job or change of career?
Love what you do!
We spend a lot of time drilling into students that this or that is a great career and really how do you know?
All of my students do an internship and I always say to them that you have to pick a site based on your likes and dislikes NOT on what other students have done.
Again you have to love what you do.
And as fate would have it the things you love are the things you are best at.
But don’t confuse loving a job or career with it being easy, nothing is ever easy.
But if you love a field at least you won’t mind putting in the hours it takes to be a master and to find success.
On that note here is a great example of loving what you do.
I think every student should watch a video like that you just saw of John Daley—chef and co-owner of the newly opened New York Sushi Ko on the Lower East Side of New York City.
The lesson again love what you do, do what you love!
Posted on | November 22, 2013 | No Comments
All too often we think in boxes.
Our eduction is a box.
Our passion is a box.
Our family life is a box.
And all these boxes are stacked and stored but few ever spill over into the other and get mixed!
What a shame that we don’t allow our ideas, passions, hobbies, education, assignments and so on get mashed together.
What would happen if we mixed sales, with publishing, with retail and added a bit more communication?
Oh and then what if we wrapped the whole thing in the banner of customer service?
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED!
I would love to hear your thoughts on how we can do this in education.
Posted on | November 21, 2013 | No Comments
Well I teach media and do a pretty good radio show on DubaiEye if I do say so myself.
I also teach public speaking and some media writing at Zayed University.
We teachers need to be careful that we don’t project the image of being experts at all things.
One thing I am not is a TV presenter.
Lights, cameras, scripts, visual, for so many reasons I love the intimacy and informal nature of radio.
Maybe what I also love about radio is the theatre of the mind that it prompts by making people have to imagine what is going on in the studio.
A group of video production students put on a slick broadcast this week and asked for my help.
Of course I said yes, should have asked more questions, make a mental note.
Turns out I had to be the on air presenter, not my thing.
No matter how much I said this is not what I do and I have no experience the students smiled in disbelief and said I would do fine.
What did I do? Exactly as I teach in public speaking.
- -talk slow
- -short sentences
- -a bit of drama
- -smile more
- -let the audience do the work
I survived and yes the work was good, so the students said.
And what did I learn?
Stick to radio and be prepared always to put into action exactly what you teach.
Posted on | November 20, 2013 | No Comments
So often what we study and what we end up doing can be very different things.
Maybe the thing we need to keep in mind is not what we will do but how we will use our ability?
Maybe we are too tied to one way of thinking?
Take communication, is it about words or images, a combination of them?
What about scale?
Check this video out.
That is a career that you can’t plan for 100%.
But if you think of all the layers of a story this is storytelling to the extreme.
So what is the career path? What do you study?
Posted on | November 19, 2013 | No Comments
Am I missing something?
Grow a MO, talk about mens health and maybe raise a few Dirhams/Dollars, sounds easy.
Yet so few men, I know, are willing to grow the MO.
I have heard that it is not good for business.
Well I beg to differ!
Have you seen my instagram videos?
And check out twitter and these folks.
Inspector John. RT @johnmsv: Day#18 #MO mmm @apanjabi @jamesEd_me @The_Links_Group #Mustachepreneurs pic.twitter.com/FsfUwrUc7n
So, why are the boys not willing to grow a bit of facial hair?
Go and donate a fil or 2 this is how!
Posted on | October 27, 2013 | No Comments
I remember a couple of years ago sitting around a table with several colleagues looking over a budget for video and audio equipment.
The numbers being tossed about, at the time, to keep current and have the top of the line video and audio recording and production capability was staggering.
Not that we don’t need a brick and mortar studio with all the equipment, we do, but the possibility exists today to create fantastic video and audio using mobile media.
Instagram may be the instant reporters best friend!
But what I am really proud of is what can be done with an XLR microphone adaptor and Samsung Galaxy Note2.
Last weekend I was at the World Flowboarding Championships 2013 and realized it was a bonanza of content.
Armed with my phone and a good mic I was able to produce some great broadcast quality content.
So, what do our students need to create great audio and video content?
Skills to use a variety of tools including those they carry around with them.
Oh and the training on how to see and hear a story and of course how to get the great interview.
More to come…
Posted on | October 24, 2013 | No Comments
So, I teach at Zayed University in the college of communication and media sciences.
I teach across the curriculum but find myself, more often than not, teaching intro courses, ethics and converged media courses.
This week I realized why note taking is so important for students but even more important for media students.
Here is the thing, my students need more work at interviewing but how are they expected to get that experience?
Maybe we need to break interviewing into parts and work on the parts individually?
Need an example?
An important part of any interview is taking notes, is that any different than taking class notes, no but how many students are not taking effective notes?
So I start by asking students to take notes of my classes thinking in terms of the story they will tell.
I also ask them to think of the questions they want to ask based on the notes.
Then comes the fun, how many students ever ask a question?
So now the object is to take notes and ask a followup question, a lot like being at a press conference.
I also found it useful to have my students watch and listen, in this case to a radio interview.
And when you start and stop the interview, talk about the components of the interview it actually seems to work.
What I wonder is why I never thought of this before.
Posted on | October 23, 2013 | No Comments
I am a professor and I create teaching content on a daily basis.
I am a radio broadcaster and 6 hours a week produce original content on DubaiEye.
Actually, I think the content I pull together with Paul Kelly from Triplew.me is some of the best research, writing, recording, editing and distribution I have been part of.
Here is our latest bit you be the judge.
So the question I keep asking myself is why when I sit in front of this keyboard can I not seem to get a single word out?
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