Last weekâ€™s trip to Dublin was a terrific experience.
The workshop on social media and public relations I ran for the Public Relations Institute of Ireland â€“ formally known as â€˜New Media for Seasoned Professionalsâ€™ â€“ on Thursday was a full day of listening and learning for everyone including me.
One thing I thoroughly enjoy, and get a great deal out of, when leading events like this is hearing and talking about othersâ€™ experiences with their communication and how social media works or not in their circumstances. Some valuable insights into trends and whatâ€™s happening in some organizations in Ireland.
The deck I used in the workshop is available on Slideshare if you want to take a look and get a sense of what the workshop was about. As always, a deck like this is only part of the overall experience. But it might be helpful to you nevertheless.
On Friday, I took part in a great discussion â€“ a â€˜social conversationâ€™ â€“ held at the Boston College. About a dozen folk were there and we enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion that focused on ten trends that matter.
Over the course of three hours or so, that focus led to some great exchanges of views and thoughts that embraced topics as diverse as Melanie Schregardus and the Irish Mail on Sunday kerfuffle and how to introduce social media thinking into situations of resistance.
So it was a very worthwhile trip and I met many people with some great ideas including old friends like Krishna De, Joe Garde â€“ with whom I enjoyed a splendid dinner at Jaipur, an excellent Indian restaurant: I highly recommend it for quality of food and service â€“ and Bernie Goldbach.
Special thanks to Bernie for being such a terrific host and organizing Fridayâ€™s event. Thanks, too, to Thea Gilien of Boston College for being so hospitable.
Already looking forward to planning another trip to Dublin.