Archive for May 2007

Media Moves for Social Change

May 30, 2007

Just getting back to work after a long weekend break with the family – more about that later!

Meanwhile, David from Mediaforum reminds me about the upcoming Media Moves conference in Galway on 8th June.  I had the pleasure of a brief meeting with David recently in Dublin and I was very impressed by the scope of his plans in relation to addressing media literacy issues.  I’m hoping to organise a chat with him for an upcoming Digiculture.

I still haven’t gotten around to setting up a site for Digiculture (or recording episode 2!) but here’s the feed.  It should also be available in iTunes later tonight.

Back to Media Moves.  It’s “a conference on understanding, shaping and creating media for social change“, and there are still some places available for pre-registration at  You’ll also find the agenda, including details of a workshop on DIY Media.

Irish Business Women Rock!

May 23, 2007

I’m still recovering from doing two conferences and driving 500 miles last Thursday and Friday.  It was great to catch up with Michele, Brian and Jason at the Irish Internet Association Annual Congress, and I also met Richard Delevan, Richard Hearne and David Behan, to mention just a few.

After a heroic editing marathon, Brian has just published the entire suite of podcasts from Thursday’s conference.  If you weren’t there (or if you spent the day networking in the corridors), you can now take in the presentations and discussions at your leisure.  Well done Brian – and well done Microsoft Ireland for recognising the sponsorship value of these podcasts.  They’ll continue to resonate on the internet for months to come.

Terry ProneOnce I dragged myself away from the IIA, I had a late night drive to Mayo, where I was the podcaster-in-residence at the conference.  Unlike Brian however, I’ll be spreading the post-production of these over a couple of weeks.  The first one is published today (24MB, 41:14, MP3), and features valuable advice on communications by one of Ireland’s most respected practitioners: Terry Prone of Carr Communications.  Terry’s message is wonderfully clear: Listen.  Keep it simple.  Don’t use tricks or gimmicks.  Be interesting, understandable and memorable.


QBC Podcasts Score in iTunes

May 22, 2007

Business coach and podcaster, Michael Byrne, is the latest new entry in iTunes Ireland’s podcasting chart.  Listeners can choose either of two podcast feeds: The Customer Experience or Employee Engagement.  There’s also a combined feed for those who want to hear all QBC podcasts in both series.  That’s currently at number 25 in the Business Podcast chart.

Michael is working on a number of new episodes which will talk about both subjects in the context of Emotional Intelligence.  The first of these will be released in two week’s time.

QBC Podcasts are produced by Edgecast Media.

Podleaders in Pictures

May 21, 2007

News just in: Podleader’s Tom Raftery has just published his first video podcast.  Fellow Corkman Conor O’Neill is the honoured guest as he and Tom discuss Conor’s startup LouderVoice.Com.

I’ve blogged about LouderVoice.Com before (though not in English!)  Now it’s open to the public, though, so head on over.  Do you like to review things on your blog?  Conor will help you get heard!  [Note to self: must review something!]

Well done lads – both of you!  Ye’re gorgeous! 😉

Irish Internet Association Annual Congress

May 17, 2007

I’m in Dublin at the IIA Annual Congress at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel in Killiney.  Breakout sessions are underway and I’m at one chaired by Michele Neylon (and sponsored by his company).  “How to make money from blogging and podcasting”.  I really hope they figure out the answer to that! 🙂

Heading to Mayo tonight for the Irish Busineswomen’s Conference.

The Importance of Working with People who Share your Vision

May 16, 2007

Aldagh McDonogh of Alternatives MarketingAldagh McDonogh and Sandra Lawler had an idea for a business.  With a background in marketing for large corporations, they took the plunge and started out working from home.

Seven years later, Alternatives Marketing is a highly successful business.  It’s an agency for matching marketing talent with specific contracts on a range of projects.  Their success has been recognised in recent months by their placement as finalists in the 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and most recently they won the Image Magazine/ Sunday Times Entrepreneur of the Year 2007.

In this podcast (17MB, 30:04, MP3) Aldagh outlines their journey so far.  She talks about the importance of having a clear vision, understood by all involved, and of keeping the goals in sight.  She discusses the advantages of organic growth for retaining control.  And she looks forward to this Friday’s Irish Business Women’s conference in Westport, Co. Mayo.

There are still some places available for the Irish Business Women’s conference.  It’s a one day event with a networking social occasion the night before.  To register, visit

Edgecast Media Ltd are sponsors and official podcasters for this event. launch new podcast ahead of annual conference

May 11, 2007

IrishBusinessWomen.comEdgecast Media is delighted to announce sponsorship of‘s 2nd annual conference which will be held on Friday next, 18th of May in Westport, County Mayo. is an online forum which does exactly what it says on the tin.  It’s full of women, doing business, and sharing their experience of that with each other.  Men are welcome too and, after lurking for a month, I posted my introduction there last night.

I am highly impressed with the quality of support and experience which is shared freely in this forum. As a newly-professed entrepreneur, I am fascinated by the stories of others who are walking the the same path.

Edgecast Media are the official podcasters for next week’s conference.  In addition to podcasting the main sessions on the day, we are also producing a number of pre-conference podcasts, the first of which is published today (15MB, 25:55, MP3).  It’s an interview with marketing consultant and IBW co-founder Finola Howard.  As I said on the forum:

One of the advantages of my business is being privileged to record people’s stories and bring them to a wider audience. That’s my role at this year’s IBW Conference. Events such as this can be hugely beneficial, but not everyone can always be at every conference. Sometimes you find out after the fact that a particular conference had something special of value to you. And sometimes, even if you were there in person, it can be worth hearing a particular presentation or discussion again.

Check out the podcast at or subscribe to the feed for future episodes:

Digiculture #1: The Singing Entrepreneur

May 8, 2007

Open Coffee Limerick is proving to be the most extraordinarily meeting ground for people in Ireland’s Mid West. The idea is that people involved or interested in entrepreneurship and startups can get together informally to network, and as James has pointed out, there appears to be a lot of potential synergy among the regular participants.

Nyle WolfeLast Thursday’s meeting threw up an unexpected delight in the person of Nyle Wolfe. Nyle is a classically trained singer, going it alone with a solo album and a concert tour of Ireland. He’s identified his market niche and adapted a strategy to address it. He’s learning new skills and collaborating with talented people on a new venture. Sounds like an entrepreneur to me! 🙂

In this podcast (19MB, 20:42), you can hear Nyle in conversation with me, Bernie and others in the lobby of Limerick’s wifi-friendly meeting space: The Clarion Hotel. Hear a track from his album, Moodswings, and find out about the Moodswings Tour which concludes this month. (You can also hear part of this interview, and more of Nyle’s music in this podcast by Bernie.)

This podcast is also the start of a new series for me. While I plan to re-launch An tImeall in a few weeks time, and I’m busy producing podcasts for clients, I’d never actually gotten around to formally organising my own English language podcasts – until now. I’ll get a site and a feed up for these shortly but, for now, here’s Digiculture Episode #1, with thanks to my favourite band of the moment, Black Lab, for the podsafe signature tune (Remember – Sir Alex Kemp Mix).

Nyle Wolfe and Conn O Muineachain at Limerick Open Coffee (Picture by Bernie Goldbach)

Shout out to the other coffee-drinkers I met on Thursday: Patrick Liddy from Activation Energy, Shane McAllister from Magnetic Time, Bernie Goldbach from TippInst and, Wannita Phanchana from TouristR, and John Kennedy.

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QBC Launch new Website and Podcasts

May 4, 2007

QBC LtdWe’ve been working closely with QBC Ltd, the executive coaching firm run by Michael Byrne, to integrate podcasting and blogging into the delivery of the Customer Experience and Employee Engagement programmes they provide.

Michael’s taken podcasting to the heart of his operation and he eats his own dogfood.  There’s no point in recommending podcasting and blogging to clients if we don’t practice what we preach.

We commisioned Doop Design to rebuild QBC’s website on WordPress, with blogging and podcasting at it’s core.  The site went live this week, and it features the three podcasts Michael and I have recorded to date, along with a fourth, just published, on the topic of Employee Engagement.  (Download: 23 MB, 28:03)

Michael and I are also working on other blogs and podcasts, including a re-launch of this site.  Stay tuned subscribed!