Be persistent with LinkedIn connections

Today I ran a LinkedIn workshop with a group of fantastic students, most of whom had already had a profile ranging from 7 months to 7 years. It just goes to show that LinkedIn has stood firmly in the midst of changing sites and platforms (who remembers MySpace and Let’s Lunch?), in fact, I’ve had…

Awesome (yet arduous) August

Goodbye August.  Boy, what a hard, challenging month you were!  You put me through the wringer, tested my patience, made me confront myself, and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite going through this arduous process, I made the bold decision to leave my workplace after 5.5 years.  Yup!  Time for a new start…

Feel the love

  Today is the 14th of February; the Feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of love. With aroha in the air, I write this blog post with strong affection for my administrative skills.  Yes, I have loathed you in the past and at times I found you to be boring, repetitive, routine, and devoid of…

A flock of tweets

I had the privilege of managing the ANZSSA social media accounts during the recent conference in Auckland and boy was it a great learning experience.  The hashtag #anzssa2016 became my mantra, with Twitter my platform of choice. The challenge…  to provide commentary on key aspects of the conference whilst at the same supporting fellow tweeters…

#livefortomorrow

Check out these statistics…  The World Health Organization estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds. Up to 25 times as many again make a suicide attempt.  I know, pretty sobering stuff right? On Saturday it was World Suicide Prevention Day, and rather than focus on…

Tweet tweet

I recently read Eric Stoller’s Inside Higher Ed article on why it would be useful for those working in the higher education space to ‘get’ Twitter.  I couldn’t agree more! Eric shared his recent experience of sitting a table with other education professionals: While they had not ever used Twitter, they were certain that it wasn’t for…

Be kind to each other.

It was difficult to wake up to the news that 50 innocent people had been killed in Orlando.  These were people who were simply enjoying themselves in a space that should have felt comfortable and non-threatening. It makes me feel sick to my stomach that one person (and a gun) could quickly shatter this existence. As…

Facebook? Sweet as!

Despite predications that Facebook was sliding towards rapid decline, usage of this much beloved (and maligned) social media site continues to be a mainstay for many New Zealanders. A 2015 study conducted by Nielsen and commissioned by Facebook, showed that on average, 2.5 million Kiwis use FB per month.  Within that, 1.6 million Kiwis use a mobile…

Chatting about Snap Chat

I’m not going to lie… Snap Chat confuses me. Of all the different social media apps I have used, Snap Chat is probably the one that baffles me the most.  When you go onto Snapchat you see an image a friendly looking ghost (Casper much?) in front of a bright yellow background.  I have no…

Embrace your #hashtag

I love using social media.  Since using MySpace back in the mid 2000s, then Facebook in 2007, social media has weaved into my everyday life. Reasons why I use social media: To find and receive information quickly.  It provides a great source of news To stay connected with others – the majority of my friends…