For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #4 | Amadeus, All The Jedi & Leadership

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

An augmentation of a scene from the film, Amadeus, wonderfully revealing the musical literacies of two artists working on what will become Confutatis. By adding these new visual aspects to an already existing work it reveals the hidden brilliance of the story and the characters impact. Bravo!

A further example of when new layers add more impact to an existing story narrative (the above is extended from the previous version). Another demonstration of how you can amplify an existing storyline with references of previous lore which serves the fandom deeply. Goosebumps.

As slightly different but with the same approach to augmenting a scene with additional content is the above. Speaking over a peculiar short piece of shaky footage from a musical festival, Derek Sivers adds a compendium of leadership insights in such a short space of time. So simple yet so effective.


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#41 April 2022 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

A bunch of things (which I tweeted) for your eyes and ears plus brain to spend time on.

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This plain English argument against crypto you can share on to friends / family / colleagues.

Blockchain is Dangerous Nonsense,’ great summary of the issues by a computer studies student and then there’s this deconstruction of the argument against putting medical records on the blockchain.

Some scary first-hand insights from folk who worked at Facebook about how they don’t know what happens to the data it collects on its users.

Wikipedia community has decided to stop taking crypto donations due to environmental concerns which makes total sense.

A long read on how “social media has dissolved the mortar of our society & made America stupid” (found it hard to disagree and I used to make my living getting folks on to it all).

The recent news that there will be a return of the Auckland-Wellington Northern Explorer train shows how backwards the transport policy has been in these islands.

First Minister of Wales calls for the resignation of the Prime Minister of the UK, obviously.

For a hearing impaired human like me this is AMAZING: MIT Scientists Develop New Regenerative Drug That Reverses Hearing Loss!

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Try magiceraser.io to remove unwanted things from images in seconds.

Over 1950 free and open source icons for web design via tabler-icons.io.

An array of free converter tools for PDF, Video, Images etc via tinywow.com.

If you use a Mac check out clipy-app.com, an open source clipboard management app.

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I’ve Been Tweetmailing For 15 Years | How The Twittersphere Has Changed

Usually, there’s only one thing I’m doing at 5am in the morning, but on April 18th 2007 I was sending my first ever tweet.

MediaSnackers was the second company I founded and ran for a bunch of time. It existed to skill people up on new media (it was called that before it become social) and emerging technologies (like mobile phones and the internet). It got me speaking and delivering our training courses on five continents plus building out a team and an array of service offerings. During this time I introduced and trained thousands of people to use Twitter and on April 3rd, 2011 I tweeted for the first time via @justadandak.

Over the last 15 years I have tweeted approximately 45,000 times (total from both accounts). That’s 3,000 times a year. 250 times a month. 8 times a day.

I’ve always championed Twitter as a communal space to connect to a wider conversation. And beyond that tweets place a big-fat-juicy-virtual-pin into moments and places. They amplify experiences and tap into our humanness to story-share. Whether you’re live-tweeting a conference and connecting to others on the hashtag or increase your following by adding value into the world on weird / wonderful topics.

Nowadays though it’s a little more subdued as a connecting platform and even though I continue to tweet, the engagement has gone through the floor, probably due to the proliferation of other channels and also the divisive nature these channels are being used for.

That being said, I still think it’s pick of the bunch and my three biggest insights for folks who continue to use it are:

  • use lists: I have a couple although always jump into the main one which cuts through all the clutter and gets me to the good stuff. There’s another massive reason I use lists but it’s top secret and I never share it publicly, although hit me up via the contact page and I will tell you why;
  • advanced search: I often search Twitter when looking for a solution to a problem or a product / service question I have. Think of Google as a way of searching the ‘lived’ web which is indexed by algorithms, Twitter is a way of searching the ‘live’ web, shared by humans, right now;
  • unfollow people: stop following accounts who have a negative effect on your well-being. As a user, you have total control over the stream of content which reaches you (unlike BookFace & *InLinked).

*the latter being unusable as an engagement medium in the past year or so due to the algorithmic biases only allowing the stuff it wants to show you, with no option to just see from those who you are connected to⁠—see this recent example of me scrolling in real time and note how some posts appear more than once plus there are no posts from those in my network, only likes or supports or loves etc of content from those outside my network (oh and I did ask and here’s their non-response proving there’s no way to see posts JUST from those in your network):

Back to the Twittersphere, things have definitely changed: from the early days of ‘follow Friday’ where you would celebrate a bunch of people in your network you wanted to champion to others right through to connecting via event hashtags and having fantastic ‘back-channel’ discussions on what’s going on.

And now Mr Musk could usurp all of this in the coming months and years although I doubt it. And even if he does, there will be another platform I’m sure which will come along and offer the same service.

So for now, archive your tweets and keep busting some tweetmail moves:

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One Month After Launching My First Online Course | What Has Happened, What I’ve Learned & What’s Next

Reflecting out loud and showing my brain-work.

Four weeks ago I launched my Presenting Engagingly Online course (radically increase your online storytelling & presenting skills) into the world.

In that very short time I far surpassed the recouping of the costs for the learning management service I’m using (which was my first goal) and have received positive comments on its impact from those who have completed the course. As I continue to promote its existence to the world am aiming to build on this great start and turn it into momentum that will sustain.

As a solopreneur there are no partners or other agencies supporting this endeavour, am doing all the course corrections and publicising myself. That being said, the promotional plan has been simple: let the humans in my network whom I think would be interested know about it (mainly via email). To aid interest, for the first month percentage-off-offers were created each week and these were shared in the emails plus through LinkedIn and Twitter every other day.

A big amount of time was spent researching the platform I’m using and it was chosen not least due to its integrated automation (from payment gateways to sequencing of communications to registrants). That being said, tweaks are always needed albeit small ones.

What’s been a surprise is that I’ve been contacted by a few of my friends and colleagues with good arguments about upping the price (some stating I should add an extra “0” to the price tag). I was already considering adding bonus chapters in the coming months as well as yet-to-be-revealed extra opportunities for the membership community to connect further. Was thinking these two developments would create further opportunities to promote the course whilst also increasing the value to both those who have already bought plus those who are considering. Although if I were to take the advice of those who are advocating for a price increase a new path is to be taken (which I’ve already formulated).

So, if you haven’t purchased access to the course yet, please get in now before any changes occur:

In the coming months I will continue to develop two other complimentary courses which will sit alongside and on the Presenting Wisdom platform, rounding out the offer and increasing the learning portfolio available to undertake.

Any questions, hit me up in the comments.

UPDATE 18.5.22 Planning and creating in concert with the next course – shooting soon:

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#40 March 2022 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Several things (which I tweeted) for your eyes and ears plus brain to spend time on.

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This annotated critique of a cryptocurrency piece in the New York Times by fifteen researchers.

An overview of the current state of the NFT & Metaverse space (it’s on a serious wane).

A technical look at how Web3 is not centralised and the shortfalls of it all.

Another two articles about how countrywide adoption of cryptocurrencies in El Salvador & Kazakhstan has failed (not to mention the incredible amount of ewaste & carbon emissions created by the ventures).

A court ruled that Sussan Ley (environment minister for Australia) does not have duty of care to protect young from climate crisis.

Another stark piece covering ice shelf collapse in Antarctica related to climate change.

Inside Finland’s plan to end all waste by 2050 through education.

If you use LinkedIn you probably have noticed how bad the content is nowadays and how you never see stuff from those directly in your network⁠—check out this illustration of me scrolling for over a minute and not seeing anything from those in my network, then this post where you can show your support for change.

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A short audio piece from Radio 4 on Getting Better Acquainted with Words (featuring Ted Hughes, Virginia Woolf, Charles Bukowski).

Another amazing BBCRadio4 piece this time on “Welsh Identities.”

Use for free, Spoke, a way to create 3D social scenes for Hubs, where you can meet, share and collaborate together in private 3D virtual spaces.

A BUMPER a list of free software network services and web applications which can be hosted on your own server(s).

There’s Quodb if you’re ever struggling to find a quote from that movie you like OR find out where a specific quote came from.

A list of pricing psychology techniques.

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For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #3 | Eulogies, One-Buttock-Playing & Peacemaking

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

Touching. Funny. Poignant. Eulogies are an odd but if you think about it, obvious platforms for stories. I mean if there’s ever a second best time to express emotion and insights for loved ones it’s when others are gathered to pay that respect. David Grohl’s weaves a lovely journey of one mans little impact of his friend Lemmy Kilmister.

*first best time is now.

A classic. High energy and sigh-inducing. A teacher in flow. Illustrating everything he says with the aligned energy and practical demonstrations whilst also literally connecting to the audience with no consideration for usual etiquette. Sublime and an example I come back to often to show exuberant oratory.

It’s really hard to write text to sound flowing and spontaneous. It’s harder still to read a script with the energy and intonation of natural speech. This is a perfect example of both. A highly charged topic delivered with grace and sincerity, humanised through individual experience and gravitas. A peace-making call to arms in a troubled time.


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My ‘Presenting Engagingly Online’ Course Is Live | REGISTER NOW

Radically increase your online storytelling & presenting skills⁠—20% OFF FOR FIRST WEEK!

It’s a niche offering, only for those who spend any time on virtual platforms such as Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, Jitsi, Livestorm, Blue Button, Skype, WebEx etc. and / or deliver webinars to clients / colleagues and / or been invited to speak at any online engagements.

For only $149NZD approx £90GBP / $120USD / $150CAD / $160AUD (+20% off for this first week), you get:

Since the pandemic kicked in two years ago, half of my professional income was wiped out instantly (producing in-person events for clients and the Creative Leadership NZ conference I founded). The speaker coaching plummeted also but slowly came back as more and more were now going online, so I diversified my offerings to match.

I developed and have been delivering a scaled back version of the above course⁠—positioned as a mini-masterclass⁠—to an array of clients these past 18months⁠.

A few months ago I invested in a ‘learning management system’ (LMS) and devoted a whole heap of time to learn it (will blog about this separately as it’s been a challenging experience). I outlined all the ideas and insights I wanted to convey, mapped the participants journey, chapterised them down, recorded and edited down all the content, designed the branding plus collateral, then put it all together as a virtual learning experience.

Already have two other ideas for aligned courses although for now my energy will be going into promoting and getting the word out about it.

Truly hope you will take up this opportunity and if you could share it through your networks plus to others you know who are presenting online often I would be very grateful, thank you:

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For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #2 | Wood Block Carving, Intimation & Family Secrets

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

Even if you don’t carve Japanese wood blocks for printing, this is a delightful experience. Softly delivered with barrels of enthusiastic knowledge regarding one persons learning journey. A 30mins piece-to-camera with very little deviation (I only counted one cut), no script, just chapters of a thread regarding a teacher and their impact on an eager student with a wonderful piece towards the end of the manifest artistry alluded to throughout the video.

One of my favourite shorts. Dripping in suggestive narratives and tenderly framed, the sparse dialogue focuses attention whilst the actions conveys the emotional depth of the situation. Subtle and monumental all in one.

An example of how oratory can be performative. Complimented by musical overtones plus amplified through a slick and calculated delivery, an illustration of the power of humanising lived and generational experiences.


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#39 March 2022 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Several things (which I tweeted) for your eyes and ears plus brain to spend time on.

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March 1st is St Davids Day / Dydd Gwyl Dewi, did you celebrate in an appropriate way?

Just 15 companies are responsible for three quarters of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand (and there’s no strategy to tackle this).

The boss of games platform Steam explains why NFTs are banned.

Got any little humans? Check out this child-friendly explainer on the Ukraine / Russia situation.

Read about Facebook’s African digital sweatshops.

A write-up on a NFT event here in New Zealand.

If you use Tik Tok you might want to read this.

Life would be very good without’ is the response from leaders in Europe when parent company of Instagram and Facebook threatened to shut down it’s operation in said continent.

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Play around with some happy, jumpy birds.

Driving around cities in the world whilst listening to local radio stations.

I Love PDF is where you can ‘merge, split, compress, convert, rotate, unlock and watermark PDFs with just a few clicks.’

An analysis and visualization tool to help readers better understand space situational awareness (SSA) data, with a focus on particularly interesting on-orbit activities, Satellite Dashboard.

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For Those Who Want To Tell Better Stories #1 | Death, Poetry & Puppets

A few chosen narrative examples, to uncover forms, inspire the soul and stir the creative spirits.

The closing talk of the 2015 event flaws me every time (was lucky to experience it in real-time at TEDActive). A challenging topic delivered with poise and flowing humility, weaved around a set of lived experience and humanising adventures of those at the end of their life. A gentle approach with surprisingly uplifting insights.

A stunning mash-up of words from Rilke, real-life footage and animation, over-layed with wonderful sound design to form a mix which entices and arrests. A revealing vignette of our current climate state with also a poetic call to action for involvement along with creating a poignant sense of hope. Marvelous.

Captivating. Hilarious. An emotional ride of a story. Delivered with an array of pacing and continued narrative arcs. Even though our storyteller is a puppet, recognise and track range of feelings which heightens the rhetorical journey. What an end as well where we’re all challenged by our roles as story-listeners to consider some big questions of validity, superb!


What did you learn from the above offerings?

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