VIdeo Shows to watch and join on Firetalk this week

A busy week on Firetalk and I hope you can join us.

You can get your free ticket and reserve your seat by clicking the title of each show.

If you want help with creating your own video chats please ask 😉

Tuesday

Across the Pond 5:00 PM MST 12:00 PM EDT

Leland and Steven will be discussing events of recent days and weeks in both the USA and UK .

We invite you to join us as we try to explain and explore the back story of the events

We have much in common but sometime manage to baffle and bemuse

Cendrine and Steven Interview Anthony Carranza

08:00 PM BST 3:00 PM EDT

Cendrine and Steven are looking forward to talking to Anthony Carranza
about digital journalism

Every month we enjoy interviewing people who are at the ‘top of their game’ and have a tale to tell and good advice to impart

About Anthony Carranza

Digital Media Journalist! Existing contributor for Social Media Today, Epoch Times and others with a track record for web news. A former freelance writer for CBS Local Minnesota. Writing and reporting on the latest social media and business happenings.

Wednesday

Episode 3 of RawChocTV 7:00 PM BST 2:00 PM EDT

For episode 3, Steven & Dan will be joined by Alison Nixon, a UK based Health Coach.

The show will include:

the health benefits of raw chocolate and how it can fit in to a happy, healthy lifestyle
another new raw chocolate recipe video
our monthly competition

Thursday

Blabbing for Britain – News , Views and Chat with Jon and Steven Episode 39

Thursday, August 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM BST

This week sees Jon and me host our 39 th ‘Blabbing for Britain’ show

We discuss everything under the sun and are joined by people from around the globe

A special mention to both Stephen Silk and Peter Stewart who have become good friends and discussed hundreds of topics of interest with us over the weeks

Wiltshire Business Club Interview 7:00 PM BST 2:00 PM EST

Every month we interview a member of the group

You can be notified of upcoming event and when they go LIVE by subscribing to my channel (thank you to the 73 people who already have)

Simply click Channel Info Bar on the left

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What are Blab.im video chats ? An introduction

and why are thousands of people getting involved ?

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In the last five + months on Blab I have had more fun than a host of other networks , I have joined in as a guest and talked with people around the globe.

At first I was wary of going onto camera live before people I did not know , so for the first month I explored and watched Blabs on a variety of disparate topics . Then one day Phil Aston was holding one of his ‘Cornwall Blab Hour – Business Networking’ shows and he invited people to join him on camera.

Much to my surprise I did , fifteen minutes later I was bitten by the Blab bug . I wanted to do more , host my own shows – get Blabbing. I have never looked back.

With Jon Upton I host a weekly show every Thursday called Blabbing for Britain . Over the weeks Jon and I have been joined my many guests , friends of old and new friends who we found on Blab . We talk about everything under the sun , people join us on camera for the first time and we have a great time chatting.

So what does a typical Blab look like ?

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Let’s take a closer look

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To take an active part in a Blab you need to be logged in using your Twitter Account

(1) Host

Every Blab has a host . They schedule the Blab , promote it , start it on time and control the proceedings . Every host has moderator powers.

The host may also appoint other people to co-host

(2) Guest

The second seat may be taken by a guest who joins after the Blab has started by calling in .

(3) Open Seat

Every Blab has four seats , two taken by the guest and host . Seats 3 and 4 can be opened at the discretion of the host and more people can join in the chat and ask questions or add their viewpoints to the live discussion.

(4) Viewers

At the top of the screen we can see the avatars of people who are watching live . As a member of the audience yourself you can click on the avatar and follow them both on Twitter and Blab is you wish .

(5) Comments from viewers and (6) Message Box

As a member of the audience (logged in with Twitter) , you can make comments during the course of the discussion. you can also ask text questions by prefixing your question with /Q

(7) Questions from the Audience

When a text question is asked it appears on the left hand side of the screen for the host to see. They can then select the questions and bring them into the discussion.

(8) Blab Promotion

Blabs can be promoted on Twitter and Facebook – before the event , during the event and after the even to promote the replays if the show was recorded.

(9) Blab is a Community.

If you want to connect with the people taking part on camera in the discussion then an automated system gives you the option to do so. This saves time if there are four people on camera.

(10) Audience Numbers

At the top of the screen you cam see two totals . The left hand one is the number of people who have viewed the Blab , the right hand one is the number of people logged in who are watching the show live.

You can watch any Blab without being logged in .

(11) Blab Topic

The topic of the show is decided by the host.

Taking part in a Blab is simple .

(A) Login with Twitter and you can make comments and ask questions whilst watching the show

(B) Going live on air , press the button and at the discretion of the host(s) you can go on camera and join in the video discussion.

In my next blog post I will cover best practice in hosting a Blab and how my adventure of interviewing over 20 great friends on camera to a LIVE audience began.

In the meantime check out Blab yourself by clicking here (It takes you to Blab)

Finally .. what do people talk about on BLAB ? EVERYTHING !!

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Interview James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences

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Jim and I spent an enjoyable hour on Blab.im as Jim gave a Master Class in Conference planning and Marketing. We first connected 10 years ago and have remained firm friends ever since

In a wide ranging chat Jim explained his extremely successful approach .

He covered

Choosing event locations\Finding Sponsors \ Selecting speakers \ Email and Text Marketing \ Blogging \ An integrated approach to Social Media Marketing \ Facebook Pay per Click

The importance of Facebook and Facebook groups was discussed at length.

If you are looking for an insightful practical hands on approach on the subject of Conference Organisation , you have found it.

Thank you Jim.

Jim’s website http://www.internetbattleplan.com/

Or on Youtube

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Chat with Jacqui Malpass on ‘Planning to write your own non fiction book’

During the course of a lively entertaining chat Jacqui and I discussed

Why write a book / Getting Ideas / Who is your Reader / How to Publish and Creating Outlines

If you are thinking of publishing your own non fiction book then listen in for some great insights and tips from an established author and coach.

Jacqui is an established author who encourages others to write through her online courses and writing workshops in the UK and Spain.

We hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did 🙂

Jacqui’s website http://www.jacquimalpass.com/

The book on which the chat is based ‘Plan your non-fiction book in a weekend (The pathway to publication)’  is here 

Jacqui says

‘I have been described in many ways – enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world. Personal branding strategy and coaching (this is always part of a book coaching conversation) Book coaching and mentoring (personal story, non-fiction & legacy stories) Product and service development (workshops, online courses, membership sites)’

You can view the replay here

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Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain

A fascinating interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain.

Over the course of an hour Simon covered the history of Catalonia from it’s beginnings to the present day

A history lesson bringing the struggles and triumphs to life.

The book on which the interview is based ‘Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective’

How much does the world know about Catalonia and its role as a great medieval empire and one of Europe’s first nation states? In Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective author Simon Harris takes the reader through 1,000 years of Catalan history focusing on the Principality’s often difficult relationship with Castile-dominated Spain. This insightful and balanced history gives an insider’s background to the current political situation and why Catalonia is engaged in a process for deciding whether it wants to be independent from Spain.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00OWS9O1M

About Simon

I have lived in Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, since 1988, where I have had a career as a minor rock star and then a university-level teacher of English and translator. My main writing topics are Catalan history, language and culture. I had my first book Going Native in Catalonia published by Native Spain in 2008 and self-published Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective in late 2014

The replay is here

 

 

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Live Video Interviews on #Blab in December 2015 Subscribe Now !

I have been fortunate to arrange a great series of Blab interviews with group of people I know well and respect.

Many I have been connected to for the last ten years , several I have met , all are good friends

Topics .. real world practical advice from people at the top of their game

Better Writing / KickStarter and Job Hunting / Indie Music / Catalonia / Publishing your Book /  Presentation Genius / Marketing LARGE Conferences

You can subscribe and watch direct from this page 🙂

If you would like to be interviewed in January 2016 please click HERE and enter your details.

Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs 2nd December at 4:00 pm . Visit Suzan’s  Website

Suzan says ‘Talking about the importance of the written word in today’s business communications…hope you’ll be able to join us.’

Suzan is a qualified journalist and advertising copywriter Suzan St Maur has written across an extremely wide range of media in her career and brings that experience and skill now mainly to online applications of the written and spoken word. With a core service offering of bespoke writing for business clients, she is also – increasingly – being asked to train business owners to write their own content via her workshops which are very popular in the UK and Suzan’s native Canada .

Her award-winning website, “HowToWriteBetter.net,” despite being a niche site has recently hit the 2 million page view mark after just over 4 years, with more than 1,000 articles and tutorials available for readers to access for free. In addition Suzan has written 31 published nonfiction books on business, self-help and humour topics.

 

Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign 4th December at 10:30 am . Visit Julie’s Website

Juie is a keynote speaker about social media, social recruiting, digital natives and digital immigrants, the future workplace, empowering students with social media

Social recruiting ..working with companies and helping them to create talent communities, helping them to become the preferred employer so they naturally attract talent. When I work with you we’ll work together to build a great employer brand, to make sure everyone you recruit is an ambassador , to attract top talent,to cut recruitment costs and to retain talent.

Job Hoppers are ambitious, strategically job hopping to climb the career ladder fast. They’re focused, determined and are adaptable to change, something that’s required in this era of technology. Hoppers are usually well connected within their industry because they add to their network of contacts and social capital with each job hop. A hopper should bring to the table, abilities to change with technology, speed, hyper-connectivity, ambition and a new network of contacts.

 

 

Chatting with JoeJoe Keys of Indie Music Plus , playing music from Indie Artists 4th December at 6:00 pm . Visit JoeJoe’s Website

JoeJoeKeys is a professional musician who has been active in the industry for over 15 years. He has appeared on numerous albums, and has extensive experience writing music in addition to recording and performing.

Digital Marketer/Songwriter/Label Owner  Owner of (e)INDIEMUSICPL http://www.indiemusicplus.com

 

 

Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain 7th December at 7:00 pm , Visit Simon’s Website

Simon says ‘I will be talking about The Political Situation in Catalonia and the exciting and often frustrating process of creating a new independent state.’

Lived in Barcelona since 1988. Author of Going Native in Catalonia and Catalonia Is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

 

 

Chat with Jacqui Malpass , book writing coach and word alchemist 10th December at 6:00 pm . Visit Jacqui’s Website

I have been described in many ways – enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world. Personal branding strategy and coaching (this is always part of a book coaching conversation) Book coaching and mentoring (personal story, non-fiction & legacy stories) Product and service development (workshops, online courses, membership sites)

 

 

Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of #Presentation Genius 11 December 10:00 am . Visit Simon’s Website

I started life as a research scientist: I looked at the causes of childhood leukaemia. After 24 years as a researcher I gradually became more interested in how science is communicated (or not) because what people act on is very different from what researchers *know*. Then I got more and more into understanding how *anything* was communicated, not just science. I’ve also worked as a lighting designer for dance companies, written a few books and plays, been a teacher, been a fire-eater and other things I’ve forgotten….. 🙂

 

 

Interview with James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences 18th December 8:00PM (2:00 PM Eastern)  , Visit Jim’s Website

Jim says ‘I am looking forward to being your guest on our broadcast December 18th. We will be discussing how to produce large, high-dollar conferences and seminars. JIM ‘

Starting his business on the kitchen table in 1986; he became a self-made millionaire within five years. His seminars, speeches, books and educational materials center on the retail automobile industry.

 

 

Summary

Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs 2nd December at 4:00 pm . Visit Suzan’s  Website

Chat with Julie Bishop of #Jobhop about her #KickStarter Campaign 4th December at 10:30 am . Visit Julie’s Website

Chatting with JoeJoe Keys of Indie Music Plus , playing music from Indie Artists 4th December at 6:00 pm . Visit JoeJoe’s Website

Interview with Simon Harris author of #Catalonia Is Not #Spain 7th December at 7:00 pm , Visit Simon’s Website

Chat with Jacqui Malpass , book writing coach and word alchemist 10th December at 6:00 pm . Visit Jacqui’s Website

Interview with Dr Simon Raybould author of #Presentation Genius 11 December 10:00 am (2:00 PM Eastern) . Visit Simon’s Website

Interview with James A Ziegler,Techniques / Marketing to produce large conferences 18th December 8:00PM (2:00 PM Eastern)  .Visit Jim’s Website

Better Writing / KickStarter and Job Hunting / Indie Music / Catalonia / Publishing your Book /  Presentation Genius / Marketing LARGE Conferences

If you would like to be interviewed in January 2016 please click HERE and enter your details .

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Video Chat with Suzan St Maur author of How To Write Brilliant Business Blogs

On Wednesday 2nd December at 4pm I am looking forward to chatting to my friend Suzan St Maur whom I have known for the last 10 years on the topic of ‘How to Write Better’ which coincidentally is the name of her website here

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We will be talking about ‘Why the written word is so important in our current online environment’

Qualified journalist and advertising copywriter Suzan St Maur has written across an extremely wide range of media in her career and brings that experience and skill now mainly to online applications of the written and spoken word. With a core service offering of bespoke writing for business clients, she is also – increasingly – being asked to train business owners to write their own content via her workshops which are very popular in the UK and Suzan’s native Canada.

Suzan on writing

1. Before you write anything down define not what you want to say, but what your message must achieve.

Yes, absolutely. That one never changes in its theory, but it does change in terms of how it’s delivered. With online business writing today often we’re looking at very different things that our message must achieve according to where in the buying cycle customers and prospects are when they receive it, so we need to refine our message accordingly.

2. Identify your target audience and get to know them very well. No matter how beautifully structured your message is if it doesn’t take into account the real circumstances and needs of the audience, it won’t work. Align your message’s objectives with these circumstances and needs.

Yes, again. However as time goes on we have more and more tools to help us do this, and with increasing accuracy, too. See point 3. below, particularly with media like Search; the latest analytics can tell you so much more about your target audience than traditional methods can.

Suzan on blogging

‘Successful blogging for business can generate great results, but it is a long term strategy that requires commitment and creativity. It offers an opportunity to clearly define your business as the exception to the competition. It can communicate your passions, ethics, expertise, unique selling points and the personality of your company. It should clearly reflect how your business has chosen to operate.’

How to watch us ?

You can register for the Blab and watch us LIVE

You can ask questions and join us on camera if you wish

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