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Welcome to our second video from the picturesque town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire where Jay Blake and I talk about video in the pub garden of The Ship. (You find the first video here.) What follows below is a representation of both of our thoughts. If you want to know who said what, it’s in the video.

As we drove along this morning trying to find a suitable venue for filming, we talked about the fact that video can be very much like music or more specifically, like composing.

Composing Videos

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Welcome to the first of our conversations from The Ship in Marlow.

Jay Blake and I met in the garden of a pub in Marlow, a picturesque country town not far from North London, decided to ignore the rain and talk about various aspects of our passion, namely using video. In this case, it’s all about using online video for networking and for business in general.

Why we like video.

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The difference in this picture

Tate Modern, the Shard, the Sail, and the OXO Tower with an ugly high rise muscling in next to it – four times the same panorama.

So what is the difference?

Primarily the light, I agree.

Would this difference be interesting enough to justify showing you more of the same? I do have a few more shots of this scene. Or would this just be boring?

That depends on how you look at the pictures.

Here is one way:
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After location scouting the other day near one of the Inns of Court, I made my way back through Bloomsbury where I had not been in years. Russel Square was largely unchanged.
Two large, empty marquees in Tavistock Square, though, piqued my curiosity what with the square still being open to the public. They were prayer tents for Iftar placed in the shade of a maple tree planted by the League of Jewish Woman to commemorate peace over thirty years ago.
Gandhi would have approved.
Ramadan Kareem.

So many compromises.

All I meant to do was take a quick photo.

After the first one, it suddenly clicked that I had just been allowed enough extra time to video most of the surgery.

How do you film an over 10 metres tall tree from less than 3 metres distance?
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Welcome to the latest edition of #3Questions about Social Media. I’m in Finchley, it’s a bit grey today, but I’m here with Stuart Harris, the Friendly Accountant.

Hi there, good morning, Max. Nice to see you again.

Wonderful of you to make the time. Thank you very much, Stuart. Before we start anything else, you are a Chartered Certified Account and Registered Auditor.

That’s it.

And you go under the name of ‘The Friendly Accountant.’ Before we go anywhere else, why ‘Friendly Accountant’?
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Welcome to another ‘#3Questions About Social Media’ interview. We are back at Vapiano, and I’m here with Jane Tyson. Jane, welcome and thank you so much for participating.

Thank You.

Jane, we’ve had this discussion before, and I find it difficult to identify what you’re doing. You’re very entrepreneurial, you’re an educator. What else would you like to add as what you’re doing?

I guess underlying all I do is encouraging people to be creative and exploring resilience through creativity.

You also have a series on random dialogues where you interview people. And, it’s a secret, but I was interviewed as well. Jane, now to the famous three questions about social media: What are the best, most effective social media platforms that you are using for yourself?
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Today I’m in beautiful, sunny Pinner with Julian Knopf of Gander Photography. Actually, Julian runs not just Gander Photography but another photography business as well. He’ll explain it all to us. And he is also a great social media user.

Julian, you told me that you have two different photography businesses. What is the most effective, most impactful social media platform for you?
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Welcome to Episode 5 of 3 Questions About Social Media with William Buist, business mentor and founder of First Friday, the business networking meeting he has organised for over a decade.

William, what is the most effective and impactful social media platform that you are using for your business?

I use three, Max, and thank you for inviting me to take part in this.
I use Facebook mostly to talk to my close network; people that I know well; people that know me well, my clients some of them and my friends and family.
I use LinkedIn as a way of reaching out to a wider network of business people.
And I use Twitter for more social conversation; short, sharper interventions in debates, in conversations, and just keeping up with what’s going on.

And what type of posts do you publish? Is it images? Just text? Video? Or whatever.
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Jane Tyson invited me to participate in her Random Dialogues and to edit the video myself.

It was fun all the way.

The main questions remain, though:
Do you have a purpose in your life? In your work? If so, what is your purpose?

And how did you find it?
Did it hit you over the head one day? Did it creep up on you? Did you sneak up on it?

Come and join the discussion in my Facebook group. I’d love to hear from you.