Business Networking

Business Networking events are a way of forging new connections and getting help with leads to more business. However the true essence of business networking is to help others.  If you can recommend a colleague to other business’s – that’s what good networking is all about – giving and not expecting anything in return.  So this morning I attended an informal event in Perth.  I made sure I was there early before 9am to set out my flyers, and grab a cup of tea while I had the chance, as I usually engage intently, so much so that, I don’t have time to drink.  The event was well attended and I didn’t even manage to speak to a quarter of the attendees.  I always try to remember the words of Eckhart Tolle and try to really listen to the other person, give them my full attention without thinking about what I want to ask them next.  I try to avoid losing eye contact, I try not to stare across the room at other potential people I could be speaking with.   I look forward to the next event, perhaps in Dundee or in Fife.

Anti Bullying Film

Well after returning from Montrose this weekend to record a Guinness world record of Squash playing by a Scotsman (over 69 games in 12 hours) I am considering producing an Anti Bullying fllm by a young writer from Leven in Fife.   The role of a Film Producer is to be responsible for the budget of a movie – to work out how much it will cost for each element such as paying crew fees, hire of equipment, transportation and so on.  I may be required to help recruit a crew and I may even need to be present at the shootings.  This is a new role for me so I will be pleased to take this job on should this production go ahead.

Marketing

Well today my brand new cards and marketing flyers arrived!!  So I will be able to proudly present my business cards at networking events in future and will start distributing my flyers locally – to run a business people need to know you exist in the first place.  So I have the three marketing tools now to rebrand the company – website, flyers and business cards.  I first got the inspiration to do my flyers after getting a flyer through the door from a local fitness class company and realised that this is an effective way to get yourself noticed.

Guinness World Record Attempt – Squash

Am looking forward to being a camera operator in a crew to shoot a Scottish Squash player’s attempt at breaking the Guinness world record for playing squash non stop over 35 hours.  This job came up at short notice so it is important to plan all aspects of this job including transportation, accommodation, and how to shoot such an event which is more than even a long 12 or 16 hour work shift.  Fortunately there are two operators to work in shifts, so here’s hoping we will witness a new Scottish World Record breaker!

Photographing Historic Loch Leven

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Rich in historical and natural heritage, Loch Leven provides fantastic landscapes  for photographers and artists alike.  Full of mystery and inspiration, I have over the last year, taken every opportunity to explore and photograph aspects that intrigue me.  Loch Leven castle is so old that no one really knows who built it, but it has been visited by some of Scotland’s most profound historical idols including Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, and William Wallace.  As you drive by Orwell Farm you will see the two ancient standing stones – little is known about them, they stand like a magical neolithic gateway.  They mean something and like a beacon they drew me to my favourite dog walk up Kilmagad Wood.  I found that by taking Angus up this walk I would feel a sudden relaxation – a positive  change in mind body and spirit.  After several months of experiencing this, it suddenly dawned on me that I was walking in direct alignment with the famous healing well at the foot of the hill, which since medieval times, has been reputed to have medicinal properties.  As you ascend the woodland path you can see the village of Scotlandwell  below.  On a clear day, to your left, you can view Berwick Law and the Bass Rock in East Lothian.  You can also observe St Serf’s island which was inhabited by monks in the 11th century.   They built their monastery on the island to avoid Viking invasions.  If you’d like to visit Loch Leven castle, Historic Scotland run seasonal regular boat trips to the island from the Lakeside Bistro shore.

Book Launch Film Promo

This week I was approached by an Edinburgh based author to produce a 30 second video clip that can be used to promote her debut novel on social media sites and the internet.  More authors now are realising the importance of digital marketing techniques  and the use of social media to promote their works.  One of the possible locations will be Loch Carron which is not far from Skye.  It looks like I may be camping so am looking forward to this project as it will be nice to get up into the highlands again.  Again I can only hope and pray for dry weather.  More updates to follow folks.

Photographing Events

Today I went with my dog Angus to a village Fete.  I took my wee compact camera as I had hoped to provide some nice images to go with this blog, and it’s easier to use a compact while holding a dog on a lead.  Unfortunately, the weather today was dull and wet – I didn’t see anything that would make a compelling photograph so I ended up not taking any shots.  I always practice camera ‘in editing’ whether it be still or moving image.  Time is of the essence and I don’t believe in taking even one shot, just for the sake of taking it.  Any shot should engage, enhance and promote an event.  So on my return I have decided to continue working on developing this site in time for the new marketing flyers and cards which I hope will be delivered on 25th of this month.