I run a broad range of digital workshops including animation and digital story telling for Children (& adults) and a whole range of creative workshops for communities. I’ve also done some hybrids like Digital Skills for Employability and Digital Skills for mental well-being. Contact me for more info.
All the workshops are highly practical with no jargon and jam packed with #goldennuggets ! We use only free digital tools so it will be easy for you to implement what you learn from the workshop into your own practices.
After the workshop you will have access to my e-learning portal where there are all the resources you need from the workshop. You will be able to remind yourself of the processes you learned at any time.
The workshops below are particularly suited to Social Enterprises, Creatives, SMEs and Sole Proprietors.
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The content of the workshops can be varied or adjusted to suit your particular requirements.
Social Media is the current hot potato, but some companies are simply diving in and not getting it right. This highly practical workshop will introduce you to the tools and practices that will help you form your own social media strategy and grow your reach and influence in the social media world. Although we will touch on many of the myriad social media channels we will focus mainly on the mainstream channels plus additional free tools to help support these. This workshop is designed to help you efficiently and effectively engage in these practices without costing you a fortune in either money, time or patience.
“Images and social media go together like fish and chips.”
Images are the cornerstone of almost everything you do these days be it websites, blogging, social media, print and online marketing. This workshop will cover a comprehensive range of resources which are mostly free or at least low-cost. We will give you the basic skills and knowledge needed to use these tools and achieve everything you need to use images in your work. We will include a few quirky image items to give you a creative edge. You will also receive support resources to take this forward at your own pace and develop further skills in the use of images and graphics.
The SEO workshop will demystify the black art of Search Engine Optimisation and introduce you to the tools and concepts you need to run a healthy and active website. How to keep your content appropriate and consumable and attractive to the search engines. How to cope with external threats that could cause problems for your web presence. This workshop is a must for people and small businesses that want to do their own maintenance or at least understand what they’re requesting and paying for if they still wish to outsource. Everyone gets a free website to experiment so you can use it or break it, we don’t mind: we wouldn’t want you experimenting on your own website would we?
The Blogging workshop is NOT about Websites or Content Management Systems (CMS). It’s about the tradition of Blogging and Journalistic approaches and a range of tools, resources and processes to support it. Many blogging platforms have now become fully functional Content Management Systems (CMS) and can be used to manage a whole website. This 3 hr workshop looks specifically at pure blogging. By this, we mean blogging as an online diarist, journalist or simply posting news about your business or activity and how this can be turned to your personal or business advantage. We will also look at some of the hybrids that emerge from blogging such as “live blogging”, “blogcasting” “event/project blogging”, “podcasting” and “vodcasting”. We will look at the major blogging platforms from which you can choose your preference(s) for future projects.
Using FREE Digital tools you could release yourself from the tyranny of the office, the workstation and software. This workshop will introduce you to some key tools and concepts for Cloud Computing and online collaboration. We will explore and use free tools for productivity and organizing your online world. The intention is to use digital tools to increase your efficiency and open up the possibilities in new and creative approaches to your enterprise.
In the WordPress workshop we will introduce you to a range of easy to use services to run a website but we will focus primarily on Wordress. WordPress is the worlds most popular SEO, mobile ready website software (60 million people can’t all be wrong) We’ll cover content management, themes, plugins and everything you need to know. This workshop will also explain how to register and manage a domain name and a range of ways to run your website and email services on it.
Hootsuite is THE social media dashboard. Whilst alternatives exist they either don’t have the same quality of functionality or are very expensive. You could do an awful lot with the Free version of Hootsuite and if you wanted to upgrade it need not cost the earth. This highly practical workshop will show you how use Hootsuite to manage your social media channels monitor the social mediascape and get the best out of the free version. We will also look at browser plugins and additional tools to make you a social media power-user painlessly. Our approach gives you practical experience without the need to use any of your own or corporate social media accounts.
Digital Video made simple: in most instances this is hard topic to break into because of the skill levels and costly equipment/software needed. However this workshop uses only readily available materials and free software to get you producing and editing video with a pretty gentle learning curve.
Digital Audio is similar to digital video in that this subject could be complex and expensive. However just like the previous example, the audio workshop uses free tools and is easy to understand (fun even!) You’ll be able to record and manipulate audio, remove noise and enhance it and produce podcasts or create audio tracks for your video productions.
I can build a Bespoke package that fits your needs. This includes “Digital Start-Ups” (see video below), ICT Audit, Social Media Audit, equipment purchase advice or anything your little heart desires. Just contact me and I’ll build a package and give you a quote. Simple advice comes free so don’t be afraid to ask..
A Digital start-up will give you everything you might need from hardware/software advice, email, domains, accounting, invoicing e.t.c. Check out the video below for some ideas.
Quite often, but not always this is for elderly people and includes, web browsing, email, online transactions and everything you need to become acquainted with the digital world.
Steve recently configured my website, email, and all related social media for my business, and as always I was so impressed with Steve and how quickly and efficiently he delivers. He also provides you with the knowledge and support to enable you to do things for yourself too!
Steve is forever keeping up to date with the minefield that is social media and all things tech, which is why he is always my first call when I need assistance or a straight forward answer to a problem.
I would genuinely recommend Steve to anyone!
SJ Virtual Assistant
Whilst looking to develop a new website is we were given Steve’s number, I was told to give him a ring, and how brilliant he was!
WHAT A GUY! From the first contact with him he it was obvious that he was genuine, and unlike so many, actually did what he said he would do, AND the major bonus, again unlike many, actually knew what he was talking about!
Steve developed the website with me rather than for me, so at the end of the process, we had a brilliant website, which I knew how to manage, saving us website management cost’s.
During the process, on many occasions, Steve had me sat, mouth agog, AMAZED at what we could do with the site and how easy it was!
We’ve since had Steve in to do some training with us about embracing digital technology, which, speaking for myself alone, had me amazed!
I would highly recommend Steve and ST MEDIA, don’t be fooled by his laid back approach; This guy, in my opinion, is the bees knees!!
Thanks for setting us on our social media journey with the training those several years ago. We now have 1256 fans on our Facebook page, so you taught us well.
We are surrounded by IT and everyone thinks they know it all. Steve knows a lot more than most definitely a lot more than others, but Steve continually learns, develops and seeks out the best solutions. He never says he knows it all. We commissioned Steve a couple of years ago to help us develop a website that we could easily manage ourselves. The workshops Steve ran were relevant and very much catered for all the varying levels of IT skills of the team.
Steve has always proved helpful and supportive. His apparent laid back approach helps put you at ease but you quickly realise this guy does know what he is talking about.
Get to know him he has some fantastic stories to tell of his own life antics.
I was very happy to recommend him to others and know he has succeeded in making their business better as a result of the developments he helped to embed.
Michele Armstrong ex CEO of 2D Ltd
When I do one of Steve’s workshops I come away from the session being able to actually do something – it’s not just talk. He shows you how its done and then gives you the support for you to do it yourself. I would recommend Steve’s workshops every time.
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