A colleague’s motivation is a direct result of…

A colleague’s motivation is a direct result of the sum and quality of the interactions with his or her manager. #WednesdayWisdom

A colleague’s motivation is a direct result of…

A colleague’s motivation is a direct result of the sum and quality of the interactions with his or her manager. #WednesdayWisdom

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Introducing Sage Business Cloud

Discover #SageBusinessCloud – the one & only business management solution you’ll ever need!

Introducing Sage Business Cloud

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Switching to Sage One Accounting from Sage One…

Switching to Sage One Accounting from Sage One Accounts

Switching to Sage One Accounting from Sage One…

Once you make the move from Sage One Accounts to Sage One Accounting, there’s a wide range of additional features available to you. These include a new user interface, multi-user functionality, stock management and much more.

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How to create amazing #socialmedia #videos in…

How to create amazing #socialmedia #videos in minutes https://t.co/EN5TI2uis6

How to create amazing #socialmedia #videos in…

How to create amazing #socialmedia #videos in minutes https://t.co/EN5TI2uis6

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Got a minute? Do some microlearning!

Got a minute? Do some microlearning! @sageUK

Got a minute? Do some microlearning!

Today’s fast-moving society is transforming the business world. There’s more information, opportunity, and innovation than ever before. Business is… well, … busy! That’s a good thing, right? The one thing there is not more of is time. It is a precious, limited resource – and you want to spend all your precious time focusing on […] The post Got a minute? Do some microlearning! appeared first on Sage Advice .

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If you want to land a job that lets you work…

comprehensive guide to help you land a job that lets you work from home @jeff_haden https://t.co/0LkhL2gnfb

If you want to land a job that lets you work…

If you want to land a job that lets you work from home, here’s your comprehensive guide. @jeff_haden https://t.co/0LkhL2gnfb

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Accelerating to Unconscious Competence


The four stages of learning or competence, often attributed to Maslow, show a natural progression and growth in competence.

  • learners start at unconscious incompetence – they don’t know they can’t do something
  • in early training they pass through conscious incompetence – as they become aware that they can’t do this thing
  • then through conscious competence when they begin to start being able to do it
  • until they arrive at unconscious competence which is when they can do it without even thinking

Ideally you want all of your people going about whatever they do, knowing exactly what they need to do. When something new comes along, a new process, a new way of working, a new script, or even for new sales people, how can you accelerate your employees to unconscious competence quickly and in a comfortable and safe environment?

Introducing Accelerator from The Creative Engine          

Accelerator from The Creative Engine is a branching eLearning tool, which runs on any Learning Management System, delivers simulated scenarios with immersive content and realistic customer interactions with the following benefits;

  • simulates real world experience
  • reduces time needed away from the front line
  • it’s a reusable asset
  • creates a safe environment for learner practice

Now you can get your people to unconscious competence with Accelerator by The Creative Engine. 

Take a look at this video for more information and contact me below for more, or to arrange a demo.


Infographic: Shameless Self Promotion

From time to time you need to shamelessly self promote yourself. Anyone who posts to LinkedIn knows this, and does, no matter what they tell you. Now is MY time. Infographics are innovative and popular tools for visualising information, and your CV or resume can also benefit from the infographic treatment.

Of course, unless you are applying for a particularly creative job, I wouldn’t send in an infographic in place of a traditional CV / resume. Even then, most companies these days now use automatic CV reading software which can’t read infographics, and if you were to send in your finely produced and highly visual infographic your CV would most certainly not be picked up and you could lose out on that big job you are gunning for.

So when can you use the infographic and how useful is it?


It is known that relying on job boards and recruiters only in your job search is limiting. A high proportion of successfully found jobs actually come through “networking” often even before the job has even been advertised on any boards. Why not circulate your highly visual infographic across your network (or specifically chosen recipients from your network, targeted across the areas where you are interested in working)?

Personal Brand

Designing your infographic well and ensuring it fits with your personal brand is essential. That way potential employers / recruiters can instantly see your brand awareness and understand what your personal brand is all about. The infographic is a visual aid to the information in your CV or resume and should never replace your CV itself. It should be simple, clear, concise and visually impactful. Ideally it should entice prospective employers or recruiters to want to ask you for your CV, and to want to have a conversation with you.


Recruiters generally don’t have time to look at your new infographic masterpiece, BUT it may just catch their eye and make your CV the one they want to see, so make sure you circulate it appropriately. At the same time realise that one of the biggest mistakes job applicants make is sending the same CV to each and every job that they apply for. You really must tailor each and every CV you send in to each and every job that you apply for, so your infographic CV is only useful as an attention grabber for recruiters. They will need your updated and full (no more than 2 page) CV eventually once you have updated it for the specific job.


Just popping your new fancy infographic CV on LinkedIn is a bit of a ‘no no’.Shameless self promotion tends to be a bit of a turn off on LinkedIn, so you really need to find a way of dropping it in to a post for a reason, to accompany another message, or in support of another topic. Trenton Willson, CEO / Owner at Dream Coaches published an interesting article on LinkedIn discussing the two sides of the coin, identifying when it is “healthy” to self promote on Linkedin and what is deemed to be “damaging”. Worth a read.

Anyway, here’s one I created earlier. I’m posting it here as an article on my WordPress site, and I’ll refer to it while networking.  I’m happy to receive constructive comments, and any suggestions you may have or experiences you may have had either in receiving an infographic CV or in creating one yourself. If my new shiny infographic sparks an interest and you want to get in touch, you can reach me on LinkedIn or by email to brian.n.waters@btinternet.com


Travel Photography: I’m Looking Forward to Volume Two

Travel Photography by BeDoubleYou

a photobook by photo enthusiast Brian Waters

I’ve had the opportunity to do some travelling over a number of years and this book is the culmination of a number of visits to countries across Europe and South America. I’m looking forward to volume two being released in a number of years time, but have still to do all the travelling! For now though this book adorns my coffee table to remind me of the job ahead.

You can take a preview of this book here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5935173-travel-photography or even order your own hardback or softback version for your very own coffee table. Even if you’re an ipad ebook reader only, there is an option for you with prices starting at only £2.49

OK, How are You Going to Record that Demo Now then?

clouds, questions, and collaboration

Quite often it’s far simpler to show something to someone rather than tell them what’s going on, and this is the premise of good screen demos. They can be quick and easy to do, can really illustrate your point and not only fit in with the viewer’s learning style, but also in this digital economy, video is in great demand.

So you’ve been asked to create a demo recording of your new product, that fantastic widget that you’re about to launch? Or you’ve got an issue with the Learning Management System and you need to share exactly what’s going on with the team and stakeholders? Or you have been asked by the L&D team to provide them with a demo that they can pop into one of their latest online training courses? Where do you start? What can tools are available for you to use? What pitfalls do you need to watch out for?

Whoa there, tiger! First you have to understand your objectives. Why are you being asked to do it? What is the expected outcome? When is it required by? Who is the desired audience or viewer? Ensuring you are in on the loop on all of these will ensure you can put together the best possible solution (demo) that fits the requester’s needs. For example, if it’s simply a demo to show a team of five people something is going wrong, you could suggest a WebEx or other videoconference may be a more effective use of everybody’s time, thus redirecting the request and saving everybody a lot of valuable resources. Producing that video demo might not actually be the answer, so always double check the objectives first.

OK now we know we have to go ahead with this, and the demo recording is the ideal solution, what’s available to use? First, your company may have certain restrictions on what you can use, or a suggested product that they know works well, so consult your local team. There are a good number of products out there which can be used, from Adobe Captivate to Camtasia Studio, from Webex (yes, you can record using Webex) to Screenr.com. Of course there are many lesser known, lesser used tools, some of which I have kicked the tyres of, but mostly discarded for one reason or another.

Some of these products are very high value, some have a steep learning curve to learn how to use effectively, but by far the simplest has for a number of years been Screenr, brought to you by the chaps at Articulate. Screenr (free version) was and still is the simplest to use. It basically just does it with no bells and whistles, and limited to five minutes recording duration, which to be honest was just enough for most use cases.  No nonsense, and has been the mainstay of my recent work doing recordings. Until, that is, they also brought out a paid version “Screenr Business”. This offered secure storage, 15 minutes recording limit, and a protected collaborative environment which could be branded with your own logo. It became the core of my recent work, with instructional Designers bringing in Subject matter experts on the system to do the recordings and hand them off in system. It was a great tool while it lasted.

Unfortunately, at the end of June, Screenr Business was retired due to its reliance on Java Runtime Environment (JRE ) which is basically no longer supported on most modern browsers. The folks down at Screenr admitted defeat with their business offering and are currently working to see what they can do with Screenr (Free) and are giving it until around November 2015 (according to their helpline).

So where does that leave us? There are others out there, as I have said, but most were plagued with blue screens, freezing, poor quality of image and other such aggravations which would spoil the quality of your output. Then there’s the high ticket price, steep learning curve tools such as Captivate.  Or Adobe’s other screen grabbing tool “SnagIt” which has really come along over recent years.

There is however one other tool there that, having kicked the tyres, I was blown away by its features, its collaborative abilities, and the quality of output. ILOS Videos is “ridiculously simple screen recording” (their words not mine). For a start you can pause and resume your recording during mid flow. You can also perform simple edits to your completed recording for example to trim off the top and tail or to blur out certain sections of the screen. Additionally you can also record your webcam at the same time as doing the screen demo – if you really want to show the world what you look like while your doing your recording.

Not only that but you get a whole back end with it too, you can assign videos to “learners”  to watch, you can review user stats to see which videos are being watched. You can playlist videos into sensible groups and you can invite “learners” or other “trainers” to come on in and work in your account. ILOS Videos has really come in where Screenr Business left off with the added bonus of a boatload of additional key features. Finally though, and this was the most important factor for most of my customers, ILOS Videos allows unlimited duration recording. It came up many times in customer requests, and ILOS Videos definitely now fills that gap.

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