Showing posts with label Sacha Chua. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sacha Chua. Show all posts

Friday, May 15, 2015

Shy? Going to a Conference? - Try These Strategies to Connect

As the summer nears some of us will be thinking about attending a conference for professional and or personal growth. I tend to think of myself as a shy person and I have to work at making connections at conferences. Nearly five years ago I got some great tips from Sacha Chua on making connections at conferences when you feel shy. If you feel the same way, review  her tips in the Slideshare presentations below.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Two Nice Guides to Web 2.0 at School and Work

Here are a couple of SlideShare presentations from Sacha Chua that I've featured in the past. But as it has been two years since I last wrote about them and it's the beginning of a new school year, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight them again.

A Teacher's Guide to Web 2.0 at School.

The Gen Y Guide to Web 2.0 at Work.
The Gen Y Guide to Web 2.0 at Work
View more presentations from Sacha Chua

Both of these presentations are suitable for introducing colleagues and students to the key concepts of Web 2.0 and social media. The Teacher's Guide does a good job of addressing the "yeah buts" that you might encounter from colleagues or administrators who are leery of Web 2.0 and social media.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Video Guide to Conference Awesomeness

Earlier this month I shared with you Sacha Chua's great guide to conference awesomeness (her word choice). That guide is designed to help shy people connect with others and make the most out the conferences they attend. Well now she's made a video explaining the things in her Shy Connector's guide. The video is just under eight minutes in length. Even if you're not a shy person, the guide and video offer tips that anyone can use to maximize their conference experiences.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Shy Connector's Guide to Conference Awesomeness

Sacha Chua has once again developed a great slidedeck offering tips for shy people who need or want to connect with others. In The Shy Connector's Guide to Getting Ready for Conference Awesomeness Sacha offers steps for shy people to take before, during, and after a conference. This presentation was developed for ITSC 2011 conference, but the strategies can easily be applied to almost any conference setting.
Sacha released a similar slidedeck a couple of years ago that you should also take a few minutes to flip through.
The Shy Connector
View more presentations from Sacha Chua.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Advice for Shy Presenters and Shy Connectors

Sacha Chua, who I've mentioned a few times in the past, creates some of the best slideshows you'll find on the web. That's not just my hyperbole, she's been mentioned by some of the biggest blogs on the web. In fact, I think it was through Read Write Web that I initially discovered her work.
Recently she gave talk titled The Shy Presenter at Ignite Toronto. The Shy Presenter is five minutes packed with advice for shy people who want to be presenters or who have to be presenters. The video is embedded below. But if you're really interested in this topic don't just watch the video, read Sacha's blog post on the topic.

Ignite Toronto 3: Sacha Chua - The Shy Presenter: An Introvert’s Guide to Speaking in Public from Ignite Toronto on Vimeo.

The Shy Connector is another of Sacha Chua's presentations. This one offers good tips and strategies for shy people who need to make connections for work or personal reasons. I've gone through The Shy Connector a few times since I first saw it and have actually put some of her tips to work for myself. Again, if this is a topic of interest to you, don't just flip through the slides, read Sacha's blog post about The Shy Connector.

Applications for Education
At my school all seniors are required to give a fifteen minute exit presentation before graduation. As you might guess we have shy students who are very nervous about giving presentations. Those students would do well to view Sacha Chua's presentations in preparation for presentation day.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Social Networks Help People Spread Change

Sacha Chua has once again created an awesome slide presentation. Her latest creation is called Smarter Work: Why Social Networks Matter. This presentation is targeted toward businesses, but the ideas definitely apply to the education sector too. The presentation speaks to the difficulty of being an early adopter (or as Beth Still would say, a Change Agent) and how social networks can help spread change.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Teacher's Guide to Web 2.0 at School

Sacha Chua has once again created an awesome slide presentation. In this presentation, A Teacher's Guide to Web 2.0 at School, Sacha does a great job of addressing the "yeah buts" and "what if" opposition statements that some administrators and teachers make in regards to using Web 2.o in schools.

The slideshow is embedded below. If you're reading this in RSS you may need to click through to view the slideshow.

Here are some other great slide presentations created by Sacha Chua that I've highlighted in the past:
The Shy Connector - Networking Tips for Shy Folks
Web 2.0 in the Workplace

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Shy Connector - Networking Tips for Shy Folks

Sacha Chua, whose work I've highlighted in the past, has created another excellent presentation. In her latest slideshow Sacha shares that she is an introvert and offers advice to other shy people on how to network. The advice she shares could be used by high school and college students that struggle with shyness preventing them from making connections at work and school. The advice is equally good for shy adults. The slideshow is embedded below.

If you're reading this in RSS, you may need to click through to view the slideshow.

Here is a related item that may be of interest to you:
Web 2.0 in the Workplace

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job

Today's episode of CNN Student News (embedded below) features a segment about high school and college students that are getting haircuts in the hopes of improving their chances of landing a job. This episode reminded me of a couple of other resources for students to consider before applying for a job or applying to college.

Sacha Chua writes a great blog that often contains tips for Generation Y job seekers. Sacha has produced a great slideshow about how social media can influence your work and workplace. Sacha also posted today, a list of great tips for networking at conferences. The tips she listed could easily be applied to a job fair setting.

Lindsey Pollak is the author of Getting from College to Career. Pollack writes a blog that offers job search and interview tips for college students. She also writes for ABC News on Campus where your students can find articles like 10 Easy Ways to Fid a Job During Winter Break.

Aplications for Education
In today's tough job market any little detail could be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. If you're a high school teacher or guidance counselor advising students in job or college interview preparation, the resources mentioned above are worth sharing with your stuents.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

New Media - New Generation: What Does It Mean for Education?

Sacha Chua, who's presentations inspired me to create my own stick figure presentations, has developed a new presentation titled New Media, New Generation. In the presentation Sacha demonstrates, through drawings, how new media is used and consumed compared to old media. I've embedded Sacha's slide show below.

Applications for Education
Slides 12 through 20 in the presentation create a good picture of the role of a teacher in today's classroom. The role of teacher is changing (in some schools faster than others) from a position of standing in front of a class imparting knowledge to a position of facilitator helping students discover and create new ways of using knowledge. Another important job of today's teachers is not so much to teach students how to use a specific Web 2.0 application, they'll figure that out faster than many of us, but to teach students how to collaborate effectively. That said, I do think that there are still times when standing in front of the room lecturing is necessary, but those times are becoming increasingly few.
What are your thoughts? How do you view the role of a teacher in today's classrooms?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Gen Y Goes to Work With Digital Resumes

Rob Darrow writes an insightful blog called California Dreamin' about online learning and education. Today, he has a great blog post about hearing Jason Dorsey speak about Generation Y in general and specifically about the implications of Generation Y entering the workforce. Generation Y generally refers to those people born between 1980 and 1994 give or take a year on each end. This means that roughly half of Generation Y is old enough to be teaching (using 22 as the average age for completing a BA/BS) and most of the other half is still in school. These numbers have a few implications for education that educators and administrators need to consider when thinking about their current students and when searching for new teachers.

One of the items that stands out from Rob Darrow's list of things that Jason Dorsey shared about Generation Y is that most members of Generation Y "don't know quick answers to historical facts... but give them access to the Internet and they can prepare a presentation in two hours on any historical topic." This statement is great reminder that today's students can find information on almost any topic quickly, in fact today's students can probably find information faster than many of their teachers can find the same information. The role and value of a teacher then is changing from one of informant to facilitator. Teaching students what they can do with information they find is an important function of educators.

The second item from Rob Darrow's summary of Jason Dorsey's presentation is Generation Y is tech dependent. "They are tech dependent. Embedded into their being." When I look at job postings for teaching positions (I'm quite happy with my position, I just like to look) I still see many openings that specifically state "no email or electronic applications accepted." I realize that part of the reason for that stipulation is to streamline the process of sorting through applications, but I fear that part of the reason for the stipulation is that adminstrators might not be comfortable with something other than the standard one page resume and reference letters. While I don't think the requirement of a traditional paper resume dissuades anyone from applying for a position, I am concerned that this limits the ability of applicants to show their full complement of skills and creativity. If administrators wish to hire the best and brightest young candidates from Generation Y to fill vacant teaching positions and or retain their younger teachers, it would be in their best interests to be open to alternative forms of resumes and portfolios. Which leads me to the digital resource I'd like to share with you today, Visual CV.

Visual CV is your resume and more online. Visual CV is a free service on which you can host an electronic version of your resume. In addition to resumes users can post links to sample work they have done, post a video introduction, post graphs and charts, and post professional references. Much of this can be done in similar forms on other services, but Visual CV offers a very attractive layout and interface at a great price, free!

Visual CV represents the way that Generation Y prefers to communicate and they medium with which they will expect job applicants to present themselves when Generation Y does the hiring.

In case you're an administrator reading this and wondering how or why Web 2.0 and Generation Y fit into the future of work, take a look at this great presentation from Sacha Chua. (Sacha is Generation Y, she just turned 25).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Web 2.0 in the Workplace

If you have ever struggled to explain to students, parents, colleagues, or bosses how web 2.0 can become an important part of professional development, take a look at this short slide show from Sacha Chua. Sacha Chua blogs about all types of web 2.0 related topics including how new technology influences and fits into the workplace. (Thanks to Skip Z for the tip via Twitter).

Applications for Education
The lesson that high school students should take away from this slide show is that everyone is watching what you do in web 2.0. As students prepare for job interviews or college admissions interviews, reminding them to consider carefully what they've posted on Facebook, Myspace, or elsewhere and decide if they should leave that information for all of the world to see.