Here's a glimpse into some of the activities I do in the springtime. For a career in Extension, there is never a dull moment.
Last week I was challenged by a colleague to share some insight into my work/life productivity. The questions I've answered came from Lifehacker.
In this post, I share everything from the apps and gadgets I use, my morning routine, how I make time for social media, and much much more.
I encourage you to answer these questions and post them so others can learn about your productivity methods, apply them, and work/live smarter.
I'd like to share my slides and content with you from a resent story I told to an Extension audience.
Building Resilient Youth Talking Points
The story of the Wright Brothers & Samuel Langley
Effective Internet search skills are essential with the compounding amount of information available on the web. In my work as an Extension professional with USU I have noticed that many of my colleagues and clients lack the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Internet and locate needed information.
Here are three factsheets I co-authored to help you improve your search skills:
Google Search Basics
Google Search Operators
Google Search Techniques
Knowledge is no longer something we possess, it's now something we access. The Internet requires highly developed skills to access and interpret information. Relevant information is not the same as specific information.
It's truly a privilege to be involved in Southern Utah Code Camp. The event is incredible and the people I work with to make it happen are wonderful.
Code Camp is a programming, design and entrepreneurship contest all rolled up into a ridiculously compressed 24-hour event. While all 224 programmers were coding away I decided that it would be a good use of my time to crank out a video that explains what the event is all about and why we do it each year.
Here, I made this.
Today I'm blogging from Southern Utah Code Camp. It's a hack-a-thon were programmers gather to launch a product in 24-hours. This is my absolute favorite Extension program, I look forward to it every November. I love to see the collaboration between professionals and rookie 4-H members who are learning the ropes. This year we had over 280 registrants...participation has doubled every year since 2010. We're running out of room and that's a great problem to have considering the national computer science education crisis.
In other news, I was recently invited to contribute to the National 4-H Council's Professional Blog each month. Here are links to my posts I've written about innovation:
August: Innovation Starts with You
September: You’ve Got Time for That
October: Put Yourself in the Flow of Relevant Information with Google Alerts
November: The Key to Productive Meetings
I was also asked to write for the Extension Reconsidered Blog, I wrote this post about my experience on USU Extension's Visioning Team: University Extension and the next generation: Innovate, or wait and react?
In addition to writing, I've been making a few videos.
What's Up Down South Economic Summit
4-H Mountain Biking Club
My next project is creating a video about Code Camp and I'm giving myself 12 more hours to complete it. Wish me luck.
A few weeks ago I hosted a quite large 4-H event and had a volunteer ask me, "How do you get so many people to volunteer?"
My response was this, "Well, when people realize how incredible 4-H is, they can't help but get involved."
This week I've spent a great deal of time tabulating the numbers of my activities for my tenure documentation and this volunteer's question has been on my mind. I didn't realize until this week that I actually do have a volunteer recruitment strategy. I've never written this strategy down or explained it to anyone. It's just something I've got ingrained in me and I feel like I should share it with you.
I blog, tweet, and present about technology quite often. I'm hyped up about all the great things it does to make my life more productive and things go faster...but that's all technology has really done - make things go faster. Technology is amazing for the exchange of information, but it's terrible at creating human relationships.
Rather, follow your skills for a meaningful career...because don't you feel great when you're totally awesome at something?
The cheapest career advice you can get is to "follow your passion." This idea sounds cool, but there is so much more to a meaningful career than matching your job to a pre-existing passion.
I love making stuff, but I'm not that good at it. I'm a better leader, so I've chosen to follow that path (but I still make stuff).
I write about leadership in the 21st century.
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