How was your looong Labour Weekend…?
Alan and I headed to one of the Pacific Islands for a family wedding.
It’s the first time I’ve been sort-of offline in a very long time.
It wasn’t so much because there was no coverage or access (cellphone or internet). More like I used the cost of being connected as a reason to disconnect. For a few days.
However, in saying this, it wasn’t like I went cold turkey or anything … after all, I’m leading into three pretty exciting training events (two seminars and a one day workshop) so I needed to be able to check into those.
But in saying this, knowing I couldn’t just reach out and check-up or check-in had me a bit discombobulated.
Fortunately, a relative living on the island gave us access to her wifi (phew!) …
Travelling is something Alan and I love to do. When we visit a new place we usually hire a car and drive. We do that a lot in New Zealand as well.
Alan usually drives in the driver’s seat and I from the back seat. Sometimes my backseat skills come in handy (like when we were in the US: having both of us on the job meant there was less risk of ‘unconscious habits’ taking over and causing grief – like going around a corner on the wrong side of the road).
When we were driving around this particular island in the Pacific we came across the eatery in the photo at the top of this newsletter.
Which had both of us wondering
What makes people think it’s ever okay to rip off someone else…?
I know that sometimes those who do the ripping off think it’s kinda okay if the company being ripped off is a large one (they won’t notice li’l ole me at the bottom of the world).
But is it really?
How would you feel if you saw your stuff being used by someone else…?
Because every big company started off small. Every big company started off with someone like you and me. Just an ordinary person. With an idea.
What makes people breach copyright or trademark?
In my humble opinion it’s because they’re under-resourced in one of two very important aspects of business acumen:
I’m not sure about you, but I know I don’t want to do business with someone whose ethics makes it okay to break the law…?
Because breach of copyright or trademark is against the law.
If they’re prepared to knowingly rip off someone else’s work how can you trust them not to rip you off…?
Ignorance is no excuse!
Images & Photos
Talking of copyright – a question that I hear often is ‘is it okay to use free photos from the internet?’.
My answer is always “that depends”
On a lot of things.
The biggest thing about a particular image’s okay-ness is the small print on the website you found it on.
You always need to check the small print. Sometimes attribution or citation is all that’s required, other times written permission.
In many cases you probably won’t receive written permission in the time frame you’re wanting (unless you’re super-organised and you started the ball rolling long before you needed to be able to use the image).
I believe it’s therefore important and wise, to build your own library of images that you own. By own I mean that you have either photographed these images yourself or you’ve hired a photographer to take them for you.
One photographer I’m happy to recommend is Dean McLeod of Creative 67. Dean is based in the Wonderful Waikato and is in his element stooging around workplaces and the countryside taking photos for clients to add to their own image library.
Just for the record – I know many photographers – but Dean’s the only one who doesn’t specialise in weddings!
Cropping, capturing, resizing & other stuff
Purchasing images is the first step (whether you hire a photographer to create your own unique image library) or you purchase stock images from stock image sites.
You might need to resize an image to fit a certain space.
Or alter it slightly (perhaps crop on one side).
My list of favourite apps, tools and gadgets
Because I’m asked ‘how to’ questions lots I’ve created a list of my favourite tools, gadgets and apps.
I’ve sorted the list under various headings to make it easy to read and skim – it’s called “Favourite Apps, Tools and Other Bits’n’Pieces”
I’m hosting three events this month:
Audience Specific Facilitated Networking Seminars
For Waikato Christians – God at Work – 06 November 2015 – 12:00-2:00pm
For Waikato Professional Women – Connected Women – 16 November 2015 – 10:00-12:00
One day LinkedIn and Networking In Real Life Workshop
LinkedIn Power Networking – 08:45am-5:00pm – 19 November 205
If you’re shy, then come along with a friend – all have attend-with-a-friend tickets available.