A social media training treasure hunt

I’m teaching a course called ‘Social Media Introduction- the good, the bad, the beautiful’ starting this week, to UN staff here in Nairobi  and I thought I’d let you in on some of the treasures to be found when you incorporate Social Media into your training and development work. Feel free to join us on this social media treasure hunt, which is designed to help you get to know how to use various social media tools.

New to Social Media? A little nervous about it? Haven’t a hot clue how to use it in training and development?

Have no fear, that’s where this treasure hunt comes in. Simply answer the questions below – and put your answers on this Google Doc I created. To do that, simply click on the link, add your name to the next column and type in your answers to the questions below. Here we go.

There are 10 questions that highlight 10 different Social Media tools. Have fun matey – as thar’s gold in the waves that Social Media is creating.

  • LinkedIn – is a great way to share events, ask & answer questions & find likeminded folks. For example, click on my LinkedIn profile page and, look under my groups, find out which ones I belong to. Write the name of one of them on the Google doc.
  • Facebook – isn’t just something that your teenage kid does to annoy you, it’s the source of all sorts of great things. Take a look at my Facebook page and write a comment below one of my posts. Then copy your comment to the Google doc page.
  • Twitter – look at my Twitter profile and look at my lists. Lists are groups of people I follow, categorized into, well, lists. Find my Social Media Twitter list and click on one person from the list. Put their name in the Google doc and 1 interesting thing about them. Having trouble finding the list? You can access it directly here. OR if you are comfortable with Twitter, send me a tweet asking me a question (write your question in the Google doc as well). My Twitter handle (or name) is @LeeAnneRagan
  • Blogs- are great for sharing vast amounts of resources and training material. Take a look at my Rock.Paper.Scissors Inc. blog, or my Life Lenses™ blog & read one post (any post) and write down three words that the post makes you think of on the Google doc.
  • Delicious – is a marvelous social bookmarking site. Once you have an account (which is free) you can ‘tag’ or put reminder words on websites and other resources that you come across on the web. It’s like having a full-time knowledge management person at your beck and call. Check out my Delicious account. Click on one link that I’ve bookmarked (any link) and write down which one you clicked on in the Google doc.
  • Flickr – is a photo sharing site. Currently there are some 2 billion photos stored there. Check out my Flickr ‘stream’ (just a fancy word for my Flickr account) and look at some of the photos. Describe one of the photos in the Google doc (or if you know how, copy the photo into the Google doc).
  • AStore – (or Amazon store) is a great way to list the books you recommend as a trainer. You can list books by categories to make it really easy for your training participants. See my AStore as an example. Look at the ‘Training Trainers: how to teach’ section. Browse the books. Which one is your favourite? List it on the Google doc.
  • Newsletters – continue to be a good way of reaching groups that haven’t yet caught onto Social Media as much. My monthly newsletter are all listed here. Click on one of them and record your thoughts about it on the Google doc. (Make sure you include the name of the newsletter you’re commenting on.)
  • Doodle - is a fun online tool that helps find out when is the best time for people to meet. I’ve created a mock Doodle which you can access here. Pretend that we are trying to find the best time to leave on a social media study tour in Paris. Simply click on the link above, enter your mock (remember this is mock!) results, then also enter your #1 date on the Google do. Merci!
  • Video is a great way to use Social Media – either ones other people have filmed or ones you yourself have recorded. Below is an example video I shot to describe the Social Media course. Take a look and see if you can guess where it was filmed (any and all creative responses are welcome). Write your response in the Google doc.
  • Audio recording can be a really easy, efficient way to share information.  Try your hand at Vocaroo.  Record a message & put the link for your message in the Google doc.
  • Confused about the various Social Media terms? Check out this crossword puzzle &, you guessed it, put your answers on the Google doc.


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An archeologist is someone whose career lies in ruins


An archeologist is someone whose career lies in ruins ~ anonymous

Love this twist on perspective.  It’s clever.  It’s humourous.  It points out, quite simply, how perspective can dramatically change the picture.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~


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A far reaching, thought provoking insight into why we still need feminism

Why we need feminismYou may have noticed that when you Google something, Google tries to lend a  hand.  She’ll give you some options, filling in your search for you, to see if one of them is actually what you’re looking for.

Of course Google’s suggestions are based on actual searches. That is, Google remembers what people look for & feeds it back to you, in case you’re looking for the same thing.

This clever picture, shows how Google fills in your search if you type in ‘Women should…’ or ‘Women want to be…’ or ‘Women shouldn’t.’

It’s a far reaching, thought provoking insight into perspective.  And why we still need feminism.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~


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Prudish. Flirty. Whore. Proper. Cheeky. Slut. – displayed in a stark photo

Women woman short skirt

‘Prudish. Flirty. Whore. Proper. Cheeky. Slut. These are just a few of the words that could be used to describe a woman’s sexual behavior based on her appearance alone, and 18-year-old college freshman Rosea Lake chose to display them starkly — on a young woman’s legs in a photo that has since gone viral.’

The above quote is from a Huffington post article.

Fabulous.  Stark.  Mind opening.  Example. Of. Perspective. Busting.

The view changes drastically & dramatically depending on your perspective.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~


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When hackers & farmers join forces – creating jacuzzis from abandoned water troughs & other hacker delights

Check out some pretty spiffy uses of technology – bringing hackers together with farmers.

Hackerspaces [are] user-friendly spaces where technological tools are crafted, are spreading throughout the rural environment. They can even transform abandoned water troughs into eco-jacuzzis. 

“If we take a look at the etymology of the word ‘hacker’, it refers to hacking wood”, comments Ursula Gastfall.  A … main goal was the development and democratisation of technological know-how in a rural setting.

Certain hackerlands arise as an alternative to these structures, turning into local, non-profit consultants of sorts. They meet some of the rural area’s needs – particularly digital de-isolation – by creating independent Internet networks that work in mountainous or isolated areas, setting up local, democratic servers, regional Internet radios, etc.

In Pado [Italy], there is no water or electricity. Festival-goers put together a rain-water collection system that filtered the water before consumption, and set up solar panels – wired to batteries – to supply the electricity to the electronic equipment used for the event. On the event’s program: building wind turbines, solar ovens and 3D printers, making free software and doing research on fermentation, as well as concerts and lighting and analog photography laboratories…all of this, right in the heart of the Alpine mountains.

Edited interview with Philippe Langlois, one of the founding members of the first French hackerspace on RealitySandwich.


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How to tail a rhino (or the view from a rhino’s butt)

Photo Credit: glasseyes view via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: glasseyes view via Compfight cc

‘The secret to sneaking up on a 3,000-pound black rhino, should you ever need to know, is to walk in its footsteps.  Literally.  Rhinos, it tuns out, have incredible sharp hearing – and the best way to avoid any crackling or crunching during your approach is to step inside our hefty target’s tracks, where the twigs, and leaves are already as flattened as they’re going to get.’ (source: Globe & Mail)

It’s also a great way to gain perspective & enhance your view.  As the old saying goes, walk in someone else’s shoes (or in this case footprints).  See where they’ve trodden, examine what things look like from their viewpoint.

For who knows, the view of a rhino’s butt could be pretty interesting.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~


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One incredibly cool & creative recruitment method

There is a music school in Frankfurt, Germany called the University of Hannover Academy of Music.

It is an elite school for musicians.

Hannover wanted to recruit specific people: Those with “perfect pitch.”

If you have perfect pitch, it means you can identify a specific musical note without any other external assistance or context.

If you think that’s easy, try it now: Sing an “A” off the top of your head.

Only one in 10,000 of us can do that.

In Europe and North America, some studies suggest that less than 3% of the population can do it. Yet, 98% have absolute colour recognition.

That’s how rare Perfect Pitch is.

So the University of Hannover’s Music Department wanted to recruit people with perfect pitch.

But how could they do that on radio?

By doing this:

Seriously cool huh?! How’s that for an incredibly creative recruitment method.

Source: one of my all time favourite podcasts, Under the Influence


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Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone – Neale Donald Walsch

Life begins at the end of comfort zone

What a mantra for a Go Life Lens™.

Explore.  Experiment.  Search.  Seek.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~



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The importance of backing up or how not to avoid tears of a 4 year old while not pissing of Uncle Dave

Deleting photos uncle dave


This poor little 4 year old learns about deleting beloved photo of Uncle Dave (see video clip below).

I’m about to start teaching a new Social Media course for UNON here in Nairobi.  I’m soooo looking forward to sharing new tips, tools & techniques for using Social Media to learn, research, ‘listen,’ get organized, find ease & efficiency & more.

One of the things we’ll be talking about is how to use Social Media to make finding (& keeping) information easier.    I rely heavily on Delicious to keep my online resources organized & sorted.  I use Mozy to back up to the cloud automatically.

What are some of the tools you use?



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Is it equal or is it equitable? There’s a big difference.

Natural selection cartoon cropped

A colleague from the UN gave me this cartoon.  Whether I’m doing train the trainer training, talking about stages of group development or intercultural conflict resolution training, the difference between equality and equity comes up.

Many people see them as the same thing (pun intended).

They’re not.

Equality is treating everyone the same.  Equity is treating people fairly.

Big difference.

If we recognize that people hold different perspectives, different world views, & we act on that premise, it’s a start towards equity.

How does this play out in your work?

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~


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