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Front row: Fiona Taylor (participant), Lynda Willis (participant), Jim O'Hagan (CEO Libraries NI), Christine Watson (TrainingMatchmaker.com), Councillor Uel Mackin (Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council), Tina Calder (TrainingMatchmaker.com trainer Excalibur Press), Ciaran Connolly (TrainingMatchmaker.com trainer Profile Tree), Mary Jane Burns (participant) and David Archer (participant).Back row: Karen McIlwee (participant), Clare Flynn (participant) and Jill McDowell (participant)
vlogging and podcasting are ways to share stories and compelling content, and
recently 12 Northern Ireland bloggers received certificates for completing a
six-week course at Lisburn City Library.
TrainingMatchmaker.com and backed by Libraries NI the course introduced new and
intermediate bloggers to the tools and techniques necessary to become a
successful presence in the online world.
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Uel Mackin, presented
certificates to all participants at Civic Headquarters, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn
on December 20.
the course were Chartered Marketer & Trainer Christine Watson (Founder of
TrainingMatchmaker.com), Journalist and Publicist - Content Trainer Tina Calder
(Excalibur Press) and Online Marketing Trainer - Ciaran Connolly (Profile
Watson said: “In Northern Ireland there is a thirst for knowledge and a real
talent for sharing and telling stories that are relevant, entertaining and
vlogging and podcasting are the latest ways we can show the world what we
experience, what we love and enable every one of us to use our words, pictures,
videos and voice to inspire others.
saw participants from all walks of life engage and take on the lessons to share
unique experience. From blogging on a corporate website and creating their
own lifestyle blog to creating educational YouTube channels and simple daily
journalising to improve mental health. The collective learnings of the group
will now have all who attended reaching for their computers, tablets and
gave them a better understanding of how blogging can be monetised and
commercialised or utilised for business purposes.”
Tina Calder (TrainingMatchmaker.com trainer Excalibur Press), Ciaran Connolly (TrainingMatchmaker.com trainer Profile Tree), Christine Watson (TrainingMatchmaker.com) and Jim O'Hagan (CEO Libraries NI)
2019 will see
everyone who took part in the Lisburn course take forward the features they
learned at the course on their chosen online platforms.
said: “Social media is part of daily life for all ages and with so many social
media platforms and changing trends it is important that they are communicated
with in their preferred medium. It was a pleasure to meet individuals who
are keen to improve their digital skills and creativity. I have no doubt the
participants benefited from both the learning experience and the networking
opportunity with liked-minded people.”
Chief Executive Libraries NI added: “Libraries NI was delighted to offer this
free six-week session in Lisburn. Storytelling is forever evolving and
blogging, vlogging and podcasting is quickly becoming the new platform for
telling stories through text, images and video.
blogging for business, documenting your family history or keeping a record of
travelling expeditions, you’re using the power of words to tell a story.”
The event is
one of many Libraries NI events that took place in libraries across Northern
Ireland as part of Get Online 2018 - a campaign aiming to inspire individuals
training and learning opportunities go to TrainingMatchmaker.com
Left: Tina Calder (trainer Excalibur Press), Jim O'Hagan (CEO Libraries NI), Christine Watson (TrainingMatchmaker.com), Ciaran Connolly (trainer Profile Tree)Right: Ciaran Connolly (trainer Profile Tree), Christine Watson (TrainingMatchmaker.com), Councillor Uel Mackin (Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council), Tina Calder (trainer Excalibur Press), Jim O'Hagan (CEO Libraries NI)