Make a list

I’m reading the Checklist Manifesto right now, and you might accuse me of confirmation bias, but I’m totally right.

  1. Write a list
  2. with clear deliverables
  3. in the order they need to be done.

Every month I have to send out a newsletter for our organization, and it’s one of those routine things that I know I have to do. About a year ago, I was busy with other emergency tasks, and this one nearly fell off the radar, and I had to rush myself and my colleagues to get it out (nearly) on time. And that was silly, avoidable stress.

Every month I start with the deadline (when to send the newsletter), and work backwards. So simple, and entirely supported by the Checklist Manifesto, which calls checklists “quick and simple tools aimed to buttress the skills of expert professionals” (page 128).

Now I can spend more of my time with work-related puzzles like how to maximize our use of Google Adwords (AND explain it to my colleagues).

Monthly Newsletter list

Talking mental health and autism

The last two days were spent at Harbour Centre Campus in downtown Vancouver, where we hosted a two day conference on the topics of mental health and autism. The Executive Director at ACT brought together an excellent collection of speakers; international, adults on the spectrum, researchers, and practitioners. This variety of speaker provides many different approaches and understanding of the topic, and also reinforces the commonalities (one of ACT’s objectives is always to break down the silos, to get the researchers, practitioners and families talking to each other productively).

This was our fourth time delivering the conference via live webstreaming, and each time it gets a bit better:

  • I wrote stage directions to make sure that people stood where I wanted them to enable easier filming. This will result in a better video, too.
  • There was less online “chatter” during the presentations – I hope that means that people were simply paying attention and taking notes. It did make it easier to see the questions being asked (which were thoughtful and on topic).
  • I was posting links to references and support groups to our social media accounts as we went on, and that was popular amongst both attendees and the rest of our audience. The objective was to reinforce the learning for attendees (check) and to reinforce the importance and value of these events to those who did not attend. The resources that I was able to share extend our reach, and the communities lifelong learning.
  • The final panel of the conference was structured (and worked!) as an opportunity for reflection and tieing things together. The speakers referenced other talks as they discussed their own learning and practice, issuing challenges to the audience. Overall, it was a powerful way to end the conference.

 

Monday is more summation; we’ll be trying to collect more promised links and resources to send out. The conference may be over, but the learning, change and implementation certainly isn’t.

Increased awareness

We increased awareness of the Autism Videos @ ACT project this year. Comparing Jan 1- March 10th 2016 to Jan 1- March 10th 2017:

  • 250% increase in videos played (users clicked “play” 3,700 times)
  • 309% increase in video finishes (1,800 users watched to the last frame)
  • 191% increase in the number of hours of videos watched; (users watched 22 days and 7 hours of video)

The old platform was too many clicks,so we replaced that in January with a much simpler platform. I’ve also been increasing marketing through our newsletters and social media, and that’s paid off.

Giving myself a gold star for this one.

 

March 4- 10

I follow many blogs and website via the magic of RSS and Feedly (RIP Google Reader). And one of the writers does a weekly sum up of work, school and readings. I see the value in that; it’s easy to see gaps over accomplishments and to miss how disparate interests and directions can tie together.

So I am, without remorse, stealing his idea.

First of all; this week was the always important International Women’s Day.

The rest of all;

Working:

  • One video up
  • Another nearly done
  • Emails and associated Facebook posts.
  • Draft Board Report, figuring out the Case of the Increased Visits

Next week; create a draft videos handout with updated content.

Learning:

  • IABC Special Interest Group meeting for health care communicators. This was my first meeting and it was a talk by the director of digital engagement at a local university on choosing technology and managing campaigns. A group of attendees that clearly have many links and connections.
  • Visualization lies: flowingdata.com/2017/02/09/how-to-spot-visualization-lies/ 

Self-care:

Yoga which made my thighs jelly and a gym workout that nearly broke my hips (and a new goal; unassisted chin-ups).

Updated my fathers book blog: whatdavidread.wordpress.com/