The seventh weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz in conversation took place last Thursday. As with each of these informal chats, we do them live via Zoom, recording each one as we go. The recording is published after the live conversation usually within a few days of the event or, as is the case with this episode, quite a few days later. Whether sooner or later, we hope you enjoy these unstructured, unfiltered, authentic conversations. You get … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 7: Conference Ribbons
The May episode of the Small Data Forum podcast gave Sam, Thomas and I a lot of space to get a few things off our chests about the present lockdown status in the UK we're all experiencing in one form or another. Recorded last week via Zoom, episode 35 is dominated by some big topics. Government communication with daily TV briefings, big-brand marketing and face masks; the politics of priorities in the wrong order; Colonel Tom, and more. It's actually the topic of priorities in the wrong … [Read more...] about SDF 35: We would have recorded you a shorter podcast …
Last Thursday, Shel and I recorded the sixth weekly ZoomChat where we engage in informal discussion with FIR listeners. Each episode is typically up to an hour although I'm usually there only for the first 30 minutes (part of my Zoom fatigue management). This episode is just over the hour. In this episode, the conversation ranged wide as usual, from the fun and games of lockdown life with kids (and without grandkids); views on lockdowns far and wide across the US, in Brazil and in the UK; … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 6: Short Memories
The fifth weekly Zoom Chat featuring listeners and FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz. Our primary discussion continues to focus on coronavirus and lockdowns, and how communicators, businesses, and whole industries - automotive and airlines to name but two - are managing, although a shift in focus is emerging: getting back to work once this crisis is on the wane. And what might the new normal look like? Watch Now You can also listen to or download the MP3 audio file. Links … [Read more...] about FIR Zoom Chat 5: How We’ll Get Back to Work
With so many people using video conferencing tools - especially Zoom - in their new-normal working from home lockdown environment, there's a rise in anxiety and stress when it comes to using a tool like this as your primary method of real-time communication across the work/life divide. It's leading to burnout says Angela Lashbrook writing in OneZero last week: When we’re already forced to conduct our work life via the same means, it’s perfectly reasonable to become overwhelmed when … [Read more...] about FIR Zoom Chat 4: Zoom burnout
On March 23, 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and the consequent emergence of the COVID-19 infection. Since then, it's been a time of staying home for large numbers of the population, regaled daily by government spokespeople, advertising and social media messages to "Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives." It's been a time of an emerging 'new normal' that began with panic buying of some household basics especially toilet roll and hand gel (sanitizer); and, … [Read more...] about Living in Lockdown
The third weekly FIR Zoom Chat hosted by Shel and Neville on April 9 got off to a promising start and continued with great discussion with a handful of FIR listeners on preparing now for communicating return-to-work when coronavirus lockdowns are lifted or relaxed. It lasted 21 minutes or so until we were hijacked by a coordinated zoombomb attack featuring many simultaneous zoombombers that ended our discussion. The clue to what was coming, unbeknownst to us, is the unknown fella who joined … [Read more...] about FIR ZoomChat 3: Zoombombed!
In the midst of coronavirus lockdowns just about everywhere, I suppose it's natural for some people to wonder if the Internet can hold up and not collapse under the strain of millions of people suddenly working at home, schooling at home and playing at home, all during the so-called working day and beyond, for an extended period of continuous months. As someone who works for an organisation that's all about the resilience of the Internet, I also suppose it's inevitable that I'd be the one to … [Read more...] about SDF 34: “If broadband goes down, we’re all screwed”