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Tips on networking

Yesterday I went to a ‘managing your career’ workshop and the best thing to come out of it were a few networking tips that I would like to share with you…

  1. Share more information than you expect to get back
  2. Research an event/project/person before going to it/watching it/meeting them so you take an interest in what’s happening
  3. Be proactive – if you hear about something you can help with, volunteer for it! 
  4. Make the most of the events that you go to
  5. Keep your contacts up to date and use them – don’t just wait until that point when you need a job or want something. Drop people a line to say hello or ask for their opinion on something you’re working on
  6. Follow up on the contacts that you make quickly
  7. See yourself as part of a linked environment – it’s a small world after all!
  8. Become known as someone who can also connect others with one another – don’t be selfish
  9. Spend 10 minutes a day ‘bumping into’ people
  10. When possible, chose for a face-to-face meeting instead of picking up the phone

Generally, I think the overall consensus of networking is a bit like exercise or learning a new language – it’s all about little and often. 

 

I hope this has been a little useful for you. It was for me. I’m replenishing my business card stash as I type!!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

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Eurovision, EastEnders, Strictly and more!

I think there needs to be some equation set out that explains the disinterest in blogging and tweeting if you do it in your work-life. Something along the lines of…

blogging + work = not blogging at home

There, that can be it! Not sure what all these mathematicians and scientists are singing and dancing about…. equations are actually quite easy.

Anyway, since my last entry so much has changed! Life seems to have a fun way of twisting and turning in such a short space of time and before you know it a year has already passed, you’ve done two months on EastEnders (as blogger Guest Insider) and you are back to working on Strictly Come Dancing.

Gemma presenting at Playback

Me presenting at my playback session

I guess the most recent thing that has happened has been my presentation about integration and how successful it can be to a production. Using Eurovision 2011 as an example, I gave my top 5 tips to getting the most out of Multiplatform and Linear teams working together.

Gemma Hodgson

Me presenting at my Playback session

They were:
1. Be positive– I knows sounds totally cliché but it’s amazing how many ideas get turned down within the first sentence because of the word ‘no’ aka ‘can’t be bothered to investigate’

2. Do your research – I think as well as being part of the Multiplatform team, it’s also your job to educate the linear teams about what is possible regarding audience interaction these days. And to also let them know how cheap it can be these days!

3. Get involved – being a self shooting, self editing ACP means that I can film and edit for the linear teams. It’s a great way to really feel part of a team so if you have and skills, even if they are very basic, get practicing so that next time someone needs something covering you can put your services forward.

Gemma Hodgson

Presenting at my playback session

4. Be flexible – It’s clear that you aren’t going to work office hours anymore, especially when the production really gets going. It’s important to understand and remember this!

5. Finally, learn the lingo – Not only is it your job to educate people about the world of the web but also, to help with team morale and getting involved – see tip 3 ;o) – learn the lingo of the TV production. It really helps you to feel part of something more than ‘just the web’

So they are the top tips I presented. It was a very interesting experience and one that I really enjoyed. It’s really helped me to get focused for upcoming events.

Soon I shall be working on Strictly and I have already set reminders to help me blog each week about my experiences. It’s certainly set to be an interesting autumn!!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Airfront Media Ltd website up and running!

It’s finally arrived! The website for Airfront Media Ltd by the very talented Front-end web developer and designer Paul Michael Smith (not biased at all!).

Airfront Media LtdThe website for the North-West based company has been live for a month already with tips on how to cancel ambient noise when those impossible deadlines seem to be creeping closer, and the reason behind those rainbow clouds on the homepage.

Why not have a look around and see what work Paul has been up to since leaving the BBC in 2008 and becoming a Freelance Front-end Developer and Web Designer from Manchester.

A few things that you should try out include, click on the bird on the homepage (nice Twitter touch), click on the basket ball and try to understand the link to the website (very witty), and finally if you refresh the homepage you can see a collection of different posters appear on the left (nice for a bit of change!).

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Peggy Mitchell leaves Eastenders

Exciting news!

On Monday evening as I sat there getting ready for Eastenders, a promo for the montage I edited popped up on television.  Prime time television!


I couldn’t believe it. Not only was my dream of Multiplatform and Linear coming together coming true (and Lord knows I’ve been piping on about it for long enough!), but I was actually part of it!

Why not watch it again!

There’s more exciting news on the horizon.

Looks like I’ll be doing a bit more editing that will be broadcast come September.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr and I’ll keep you up to date regarding the promos. I promise, I’ll try to refrain my excitement!!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Top Gear editing

Monday’s are generally a nice day regarding editing.

Transcoding Top Gear ready for editing

I simply have pull out show footage up from Top Gear; put an endboard and BBC DOG (digital on-screen graphic) on the clip. Then, having exported the clip to the correct specifications I publish it with iBroadcast; the way in which the BBC now uploads clips.

Editing with Final Cut ProMost of the time I have to play the waiting game as every clip has to be signed off, or complied…like in Flight of the Navigator…. “compliance”.

There’s no rest for the wicked though…

While working on the Top Gear website, I was also working on Eastenders, editing together some montages which are always great; especially when you put some upbeat music on them!

Click here to see one of the Peggy montages.

It seems that my new gel keyboard cover is getting quite the workout at the moment. Come September though, it’ll be getting even more action…ohhhhhhhhhh

Stay tuned!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

Inspiring those Television types

As of the 1st July, it has been announced within the BBC that all television teams, or Linear as we in Multiplatform call them, have to deliver one clip per programme. This is to go on their APS website page.

As a result, there have been a number of ‘Masterclass’ sessions.

In one, they asked me to speak a little bit about the importance of a website and how it can be used to promote and keep the audience engaged.

I gave them the example of Big Brother. They use their website to release exclusive news, and by ‘exclusive news’ I don’t mean, “the housemates are in the garden”. I’m talking about the real juicy gossip that you would usually leave for the television programme.

For example, (and bare with me if you have nothing to do with BB11) even before Big Brothers Little Bother aired the news that Ben would be performing a stand up act in front of the eviction audience, Emma Willis did an exclusive video for the website! Click the flower below to see said video:

Big Brother 2010 flower logo

In my experience, that’s one of the best ways to use the web…to constantly remind people when a show is on, where to watch it, and what to expect…it’s like the new generation of Radio Times. But with moving pictures!

So here we are…to the future of Multiplatform. I hope a larger audience will understand the true potential of it!

The views and opinions in this article are that of my own and not my employer.

“How do I get into the Media?”

Z5 view finderHaving filmed the BBC Three Live Insight event last Thursday, I found most of the audience asked me about getting into the media industry.

The answer I gave to all is to apply for work experience at the company you want to work for.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic formula as you may have already read in a previous blog I wrote about how I got into the industry.

I too didn’t have any connections with people who already worked in the media industry.

But like many people who now work at the BBC, I applied for work experience and during that month of employment I spoke to Production Managers about possible runner jobs, either in the office or on set, coming up in the future.

Luckily, my ‘work experience’ contract kept getting extended. I think it was because I treated the experience as something that could end as quickly as it had started…and I was nice and cheap for the production ;o)

Whatever reason it was, I worked in Linear (TV) for a few months before applying for a job in Multiplatform. That’s how I managed to work for the BBC.

If you show passion and commitment, I don’t think you can go far wrong.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are that of my own and not my employer.