I haven’t done a blog like this before. I’m trying what I hope will be a relatively simple experiment to help me run some seminars on Thursday 3 March 2016 for the East Midlands NHS Leadership Academy.
And you can help me!
- If you read the blog before Thursday, I would love to have your comments at the bottom of this blog to help me help the people in the seminar groups think about the use of social media in the NHS.
- And if you read it afterwards, you can help me to think about it some more. Comments would be really welcome from seminar participants and others. Because like all of you, I am a lifelong learner.
- I intend to use this blog as my main audio-visual aid for the seminars. It is therefore shorter than usual and presented mainly as
- Bullet points!
- As well as seeking your comments in bold, I will be encouraging comments and discussion from the attendees.
- I plan to start by asking people where they are on scale of 1 – 10
- 1 = a social media virgin
- And 10 = social media savvy warrior
- I am pitching the seminars and the blog towards the people who place themselves towards the lower end of this scale, but I will try to engage the more informed attendees by inviting their comments, as I am inviting yours.
- How does that sound to you?
- I will then introduce social media as a form of media where the control lies with the individual.
- I will illustrate my point with a newspaper story that ran about me recently (two blogs down from this one if you haven’t heard about it) and how I was able to redress the balance myself via Twitter, Facebook and my blog.
- Is the above example too self-indulgent, do you think? And if it is, can you think of a better one?
I will then list the different forms of social media thus:
Social media products:
- Facebook: An early product. I use it to stay in touch with family + friends. But people use it very successfully for work, even instead of a website
- Instagram – good for sharing photos, I am told.
- Linked-In: For keeping in touch with people at work, finding jobs, making connections. Again an early product. I don’t like the interface. But I’ve missed some important messages from people who have tried to contact me that way, so be warned!
- Skype: Free video calls. Can be erratic. But great for interviews or meetings with people far away. Much cheaper than video conferencing
- Twitter: Admission time – my favourite. I love the discipline of the character limit.
- Viber: Similar to WhatsApp. Also free calls
- WhatsApp: Great for staying in touch with individuals and groups. And free phone calls!
YouTube: used by President Obama, Justin Beiber and me!
Does that sound overwhelming? Any glaring omissions? And does expressing my preferences help or hinder?
Benefits of using any/all of the above:
- Contacts and connections
Things to look out for:
- No such thing as a free lunch – you are the product for the companies providing these “free” services
- Warning: social media can be addictive
- Loss of privacy with some formats (see my blog On Forgiveness)
- Trolls and other monsters (see my blog Please Take Care, Twitter can be Cruel)
Again, your thoughts please?
- Why do it? (see my blog called Why do you Blog?)
- And why not do it? (hint: there are lots of good reasons)
This is where I hope we will have the richest discussion.
I’d really welcome your comments here too please.
Some NHS-inspired bloggers that I think are worth following:
- Zoe Bojelian Wonderful mother of a brilliant boy who we will never forget
- Annie Cooper Senior nurse + social media genius – she will be at the conference
- Andy Cowper The most original writer on health policy I know. Also v funny
- David Gilbert Writes in a brilliant, challenging way about patient leadership
- Paul Jenkins Ex CE of Rethink, now runs a mental health trust. Deep thinker
- Liz O’Riordan A breast surgeon with breast cancer. Stunning
- Charlotte Walker A mental health patient (like me). Writes in real time. Gutty, startling insights
- John Walsh My personal compassion guru
- Rob Webster A brave, wise leader who shares generously
The list is of course not exhaustive, but I’d love your thoughts – who would you add?
My plan is to share this blog via the seminars, including all comments received, to stimulate discussion. And I will invite those who take longer to decide what they want to say, to add their comments after the event.
My final question to readers of the blog is this:
- Would you find a seminar structured in this way useful?
- And if not, and I really want your honest answers, please tell me how you would improve it.
I promise to incorporate your ideas. And I will also let you know how it goes.
Thank you very much indeed for joining my social media experiment!