I was reminded recently of a huge challenge continuing to brew in the background as we busy ourselves with the economic crisis - the retiring workforce.
Check out the lead in to this article, The Dark Side of the Retirement Bubble by Stephen Xavier over at Chief Learning Officer. (Unless noted, the other quotes are from the same article.)
Streaming Media West (November 17-19, San Jose McEnery Convention Center, CA) is looking for speakers. Use this form if you are interested (form says due date is May 31 but we just got an email citing June 15). All speakers receive a full, complimentary registration to the conference. About 2500 people attended Streaming Media West last year, including Sonic Foundry.
During our Mediasite User Conference last month (UNLEASH 2009) I happened upon a conversation Dharmesh and John were having about folders and permissions. Dharmesh was at the Mediasite Guru post and one of our customers had been having trouble with the "add like" function and permissions.
I thought the info that Dharmesh went on to share was excellent - something I didn't know - and so the three of us decided to repeat the conversation with me behind the camera, Dharmesh as our special guest and John playing Oprah.
I was reading an article over at Chief Learning Officer Magazine by Alan Fine called "A Mandate for Coaching." He has some interesting thoughts about what he calls "an inside-out approach" to managing employees. He says that this approach "is about tapping into the performance capacity already inside people." I've always been a fan of that type of management and I appreciated the brief refresher.
We can't simply become stagnant. This was the key motivator for our virtual symposium options. When removing the costs of hotel, food and travel, the virtual conference becomes a much more viable scenario. - RT Brown, Sloan-C
At our Mediasite Linkedin group, there's a discussion going on around how to get presenters to relax in front of the camera. It's funny how sometimes the hardest parts of our jobs have nothing to do with the technology, isn't it?
There are a number of good suggestions from that discussion:
Have casual conversation with the presenter while in front of the camera before hand.
Have the presenter think of the camera as "a supportive friend."
Time for the third and final installment of MUG TV at UNLEASH 2009.
In this episode, feedback: harsh words about blackjack, high praise for Sonic Foundry's Gurus and warm thoughts for Madison, Wisconsin and the growing Mediasite community.
Thanks to everyone who appeared on camera and special thanks to dynamic duo Kelly Parke and Scott Holcomb for using their limited UNLEASH down time to bring you MUG TV.