University of Winchester Psychology 2015

LinkedIn presentation

3 December 2015


There is a lot of guidance on the internet and in publications, on how to do things step-by-step on social media and particularly LinkedIn. However, we explored how we can use it in seeking a first career or finding research opportunities. We also discussed the value of reflecting on our own personalities, and choosing which aspects of them are of interest to other users of the LinkedIn site.


There is no doubt that asking ‘why?’ before ‘how?’ is better than simply diving in just because everyone else is. As a result, everyone will benefit from reflection and researching which aspects of an individual’s personality will be best received.

Although we talked around the slides as well, the presentation slides (pdf format) are here for those who want them for review.

Remove google+ birthdays from your calendar

Google Calendar

Google calendar can be a very useful part of the gmail suite, especially for anyone who wants to manage mail and calendar on several devices. For more details see Google’s introduction here, but there are some great advantages like sharing other’s calendars and having several calendars for different purposes (home and work for example).

Removing the Birthday Calendar

Recently google has dumped another calender in your view, and it has the birthdays of any of your google or google+ contacts who have recorded their birthdays. I don’t want this and here is the trick to remove them:

  • calendar view
  • Settings > Calendars tab > ‘Browse Interesting Calendars’ > More tab > Birthdays – Unsubscribe
  • return to calendar

With thanks to n21Brown on google help forums for pointing that out to me.

Hello to Barcamp Berkshire

Hi Everyone, thanks for using the QR code.
Like you, I am keen on having fun with IT, making sure that the good ideas get shouted about and the poor ones get improved or dropped.
I’d like to keep in touch to discuss things like simple setups for smaller businesses (preferably open source); making the most of wordpress (especially freelance theme design) and making the most of learning platforms like Moodle.

If you’re a contractor or run a small business, my day job is helping you make everything work for you – from finance to marketing and keeping a quality of life. Feel free to drop me a line with absolutely no obligation.

If you work with larger organisations, I’d love referrals or introductions to anyone who would benefit from developing their ideas better and improving communication between users and project teams (so that the implementation gives the benefits it is meant to and impossible requests are not resorted to). Because I understand business and some of the technical terms, I can help break down any barriers without appearing to take sides.

Here’s the presentation on the Disney Creativity Strategy as described by Robert Dilts. Thanks to those of you who came along and added so much context and enthusiasm to apply it in your situations.

Thanks for reading and for your companionship. I hope you enjoyed Barcamp as well.