Reflecting on the 10th Charity Meetup

The Charity Meetup two-year anniversary and the 10th event was a very special gathering for me. It was the culmination of so much work as our most complex event to date, and our first daytime session too! The event was sponsored by Magneto Films. I felt so many strong emotions before, during and after the event but the resounding feeling is one of gratitude. I am grateful for: Perfect Place – Being able to hold […]

Video for Good

In June 2015 I started the Charity Meetup; I saw a need for an event which supported charities to network together in a practical way as well as sharing skills. I am proud to say that our next meetup will mark our two year anniversary and will be the 10th event, to celebrate, I wanted to organise a special celebration. I believe that video is one of the most underutilised forms of communication by the charity […]

Charity Photo Story Inspired by the Charity Meetup

How the Charity Meetup inspired a Photo Story about a Garden in Kings Cross A meeting in a ‘Glass House’ I’m standing in the middle of Kings Cross looking at the most amazing view – cranes, buildings and a swimming pool in the form of a natural bathing pond, surrounded by lush bee friendly vegetation. Kings Cross is going through a rebirth. Everything is changing. And right in front of me are my kids – […]

3 Ways Social Media Storytelling Can Help Your Charity

Social Media gives charities the opportunity to have a two way conversation with their audiences. In essence, when you know what works and what your supporters respond to, you can do more of it and social media has the analytics behind it to help you measure your most effective posts. 1. Use It To Demonstrate Your Impact Social media offers lots of opportunities for you to communicate WHY your charity exists and the real difference it makes […]

SMEX16 Small Charity Questions and Answer Session

Small charity discussion group

Recently I ran an open session for small charities at the annual Social Media Exchange event (SMEX16). The idea of the lunch bite session was to help small organisations who have few resources with their burning marketing and communication related problems. In this blog I am going to share some of the questions and some suggested tactics and possible solutions. Q1 – If you’re small (tiny) what’s the minimum manageable amount we should aim to […]

5 Simple Ways To Make Networking Fun!

Our latest Charity Meetup hosted by Petit Miracle Hub (Wednesday 9th September) was themed around speaking with impact and unlocking creativity.   I wanted to share 5 top tips for taking advantage of these types of events with some enjoyable ways to network with the other attendees. This blog post is inspired by advice from our keynote speaker Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code.   Tip # 1 – Listen twice Listen to the person you […]

Adventures at Barcampnfp 2015

I took part in my third Barcampnfp unconference this week. It always reminds me of the old saying “you get out what you put in” and I did my best to contribute meaningfully I suggested and ran two of the morning sessions. At this event the participants co-create the conference and topics are crowdsourced from the group. If you want to cover a topic you have to be the facilitator. I saw some of my […]

Storytelling is our past, present and future

Before we had the written word, we were storytelling.  We used stories as a tool to learn, to share, to laugh, to warn.  Apparently our brains even crave stories, the modern world is unrecognisable, but the power of storytelling endures. I have noticed that my favourite people are master storytellers.  Most importantly for me, those stories are inspired by real life experiences and are not works of fiction. Some really powerful stories that cut through […]