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Show and Tell Videos: Tools and Techniques for Working from Home

Discover some weird and wonderful tools and techniques to make working from home just a little easier. Hosted by NetSquared Vancouver on June 3, 2020.

Chad Leaman launched the event with a demo of Hemingway, a fierce text editing app.
Ashleigh Turner demonstrated how to use Notion as a database for your organization’s important information.
Want to minimize your email? Use BCC aggressively!
Roar shares how using multiple monitors can make you more effective. And make your closet look like NASA Mission Control.
Descript will transcribe your videos and make rough edits quick and easy. Also useful for podcast editing.
Miro is a free-form whiteboard tool that allows you to brainstorm, mind-map, project manage, and more. Perfect for teams of visual people.
Deadlines are THE BEST!
NetSquared Calgary’s Mel Sutjiadi shares how Toggl can be used for time-tracking. Perfect for client work.

Applications Demonstrated

(Thanks Chad Leaman for the note-taking!)

AppNotes
Software – Hemming Way AppHelp with word and character counts
Process – BCC on emailGet agressive with the BCC to save everyone’s email.
Software – NotionManagement software for NGO, especially around HR. Database / XLS / trellow mashup – cloud based, has nonprofit rates
Software – DescriptTranscribing Video (audio to text). Can also edit associated media (like take out the ums), take out gaps. Can snip out clips into new videos.
Software – GrammarlyGives you the tone ontop of the grammer help. Has NGO rate
Hardware – get more appsMultiple monitors to save your mind
Process – give deadlinesRequests for Feedback —- Give people a deadline for thier feedback “I willl do NEXT STEP at DATE AND TIME”
Software – TogglTime Tracking – great for contractors that need to log those minutes. Free plan may do!
Software – Auto Text ExpanderAuto Text Expander. Free Chrome addon
Software – AYOA.comMind mapping software
Software – MiroCollaborative Whiteboard. People can leave notes. Takes lots of things in – spreadsheets to diagrams, etc. Free first 3 boards
Software – SnapCameraBring Snapchat filters into your Zoom meeting
Software – iGlassesModify whats coming out of your webcamera (zoom, etc)
Process – TEam Happy Hour VirtuallyDress funny! Have a drink
ONline boardgames
Game like that suitcase boteKahoot – mulit choice questions game quizshow
Software – Calendar pluginSpeedy Meeting – take 5 minutes off each meeting.
Sofware – Video recording and sharing — Loom or VidyardShare and show some short little video — can be quicker than writing steps
Software – Zoom Breakout RoomsGreat to get people talking, too many people in a room can be intimidating
Zoom bomb stop??
https://youtu.be/2rtis_5xRWA

Does Your Nonprofit Need a Volunteer?

Need helping during these COVID-19 times?

PMV (Project Management Volunteers) offers professional services at no charge to nonprofits and charities. It’s a very valuable service — we used one of their project managers with The Digital Nonprofit and their help made the process much smoother.

I spoke to Shawn Hawkins, the PMV Executive Director, and learned they are teaming with other organizations like Annex, TMP, Vancity Community Foundation, Vantage Point and others as they pivot to “all hands on deck” to support the needs of nonprofits province-wide.

If you are with a nonprofit that could use support in IT, finance, strategy, taxation, planning, procurement, logistics, trades, networking, transporting or any other area, let us know. https://pm-volunteers.org/

If you have skills and want to do something to support nonprofit organizations as they scramble to meet community needs, let us know. https://pm-volunteers.org/

Who do you know who works with a nonprofit, or is at home and might want to do something that makes a difference? Please pass on this post.

Introduction to Change Management — Podcast of Geoff Doty’s Workshop

Introduction to Change Management — Podcast of Geoff Doty’s Workshop

 
 
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The technology planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those without any technical background. Where do you start? How do you implement the tools and keep volunteers, staff and donors up to date? In this recording from NetSquared Vancouver’s March 4, 2020 workshop Geoff Doty introduces you to the best practices of change management. You can view the slides and video from the presentation on the Net2van blog.

BIO

Geoffrey Doty is a software and professional services extraordinaire. Geoffrey advises organisations on digital transformations and change management.

Systems Adoption & User Enablement — Podcast of Leah Chang’s Workshop

Systems Adoption & User Enablement — Podcast of Leah Chang’s Workshop

 
 
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The technology planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those without any technical background. Where do you start? How do you implement the tools and keep volunteers, staff and donors up to date? In this recording from NetSquared Vancouver’s March 4, 2020 workshop Leah Chang provides models and worksheets to enable successful systems adoption. You can view the slides and video (and the handouts!) from the presentation on the Net2van blog.

BIO

Leah Chang founder of Leah Chang Learning Inc. Leah works with organisations to create learning strategies that streamline the education process for staff and volunteers.

Understanding Your Tech Stack: Digital Tools for the Modern Not-For-Profit — Podcast of Eric Franzo’s Workshop

Understanding Your Tech Stack: Digital Tools for the Modern Not-For-Profit — Podcast of Eric Franzo’s Workshop

 
 
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The technology planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those without any technical background. Where do you start? How do you implement the tools and keep volunteers, staff and donors up to date? In this recording from NetSquared Vancouver’s March 4, 2020 workshop Eric Franzo guides you through the creation your tech stack. You can view the slides from the presentation on the Net2van blog.

BIO

Eric Franzo founder of Purposely. Eric leads the team at Purposely to develop tools for organisations to match their opportunities with dedicated volunteers.

Digitally Integrated Organizations — Podcast of Jai Djwa’s Workshop

Digitally Integrated Organizations — Podcast of Jai Djwa’s Workshop

 
 
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The technology planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those without any technical background. Where do you start? How do you implement the tools and keep volunteers, staff and donors up to date? In this recording from NetSquared Vancouver’s March 4, 2020 workshop Jai Djwa guides you through the creation of a digitally integrated organization. You can view the slides and video from the presentation on the Net2van blog.

BIO

Jai Djwa founder Strategist and Creative Technologist at Agentic Digital Media. Jai advises medium to large social change organizations on their digital ecology.

Slides and Video — Technology Planning and Change Management Workshop

The technology planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those without any technical background. Where do you start? How do you implement the tools and keep volunteers, staff and donors up to date?

During our March 2020 workshop we invited four local Tech4Good experts to guide us through the process of technology planning and change management. Enjoy!

Digitally Integrated Organizations — with Jai Djwa

Jai Djwa founder Strategist and Creative Technologist at Agentic Digital Media. Jai advises medium to large social change organizations on their digital ecology.

Understanding Your Tech Stack: Digital Tools for the Modern Not-For-Profit — with Eric Franzo

Eric Franzo founder of Purposely. Eric leads the team at Purposely to develop tools for organisations to match their opportunities with dedicated volunteers.

Systems Adoption & User Enablement — with Leah Chang

Leah Chang founder of Leah Chang Learning Inc. Leah works with organisations to create learning strategies that streamline the education process for staff and volunteers.

Leah also generously shared her templates when implementing CRM projects.

What-is-a-CRM-Training-Slides-Session-1

CRM-Naming-Poll-Sample

Custom-Data-Fields-Worksheet

CRM-Roles-_-Responsibilities-Worksheet

CRM-Video-Worksheet

eTapestry-Lingo-Bingo-Worksheet

Introduction to Change Management — with Geoff Doty

Geoffrey Doty is a software and professional services extraordinaire. Geoffrey advises organisations on digital transformations and change management.

And finally a big thanks to event producer Sam Lintern and venue hosts iATS Payments.

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Slides and Video: Social Media Analytics for Nonprofits

In the February 2020 Net2van meetup guest experts Charly Jarret and and Katrina Nguyen of the SPCA share case studies from their work with the SPCA.

Engagement? Followers? Likes? We’ve all heard the lingo, and some of us probably even write reports on these social media metrics, but what do they mean, and how can we go beyond Facebook analytics to glean real knowledge? How can we get better data to help us inform our decisions? Watch the video to learn (or subscribe to the podcast if audio is more your thing.)

Slides

Video

There’s two options — webinar-style with a focus on the slides or livestream-style with a view of the presenters.

Webinar-style!
Livestream recording!

Key Resources

Lovely Tweets

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Social Media Marketing and Analytics for Nonprofits

Social Media Marketing and Analytics for Nonprofits

 
 
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Welcome to the February 2020 edition of the NetSquared Vancouver podcast. It’s the first of the year after January was cancelled because of ❄️❄️Snowmageddon 2020.❄️❄️

Engagement? Followers? Likes? We’ve all heard the lingo, and some of us probably even write reports on these social media metrics, but what do they mean, and how can we go beyond Facebook analytics to glean real knowledge? How can we get better data to help us inform our decisions?

This month NetSquared Vancouver’s topic is Social Media marketing and Analytics best practices.

Guest experts Charly Jarret and and Katrina Nguyen of the SPCA share case studies from their work with the SPCA.

They covered everything from remarketing and look-alike audiences; to why Facebook penalized you for external links. And they share the eight types of value exchange that you can offer your members in exchange for their contact information.

They key insights for me were that:

  • We shouldn’t fight the platforms — feed them content that is a fit for the platforms and audience expectations, but that the goal should always be to build relationships with your members OUTSIDE the walled gardens of the platforms.
  • Ignore the vanity metrics of Likes and Views. In fact, Charly and Katrina didn’t show ONE facebook or twitter-provided analytics dashboard during the whole hour. All the valuable measurements are happening in Google Analytics, where they have set goals on donations, email sign-ups, and other measurables that deliver value to their organization.

As always the slides are available.

This event was produced by co-organizer Ashleigh Turner!!

#CMXvan — Community Manager's Toolkit Demos

January’s CMXvan meetup was a fast-paced evening of demos and Ignite-style mini-presentations on the tools, services, and techniques Community Managers use to create more impact.What are the indispensable pieces of software in a Community Manager’s toolkit? What are our secret weapons to allow us to work productively?

Community Manager’s Toolkit Demos

NOTE: this is gonna be Mac-centric, but there’s equivalents for all of this on the PC. 

Loom

Sophie Bujold uses Miro to create instantly shareable videos for tutorials, stewardship, and relationship building.

Miro

Sophie Bujold’s key key of software for working remotely with her clients is Miro. Scalable, secure, cross-device and enterprise-ready team collaboration whiteboard for distributed teams. 

Google Forms and Form Ranger

Dylan Morgan demonstrated Google Forms and Form Ranger.

Form Ranger allows you to auto-populate the choices in list, multiple choice, checkbox or grid question options from columns of data in any Google Sheet or Doctopus roster.

Then Eli did a string of demos…

TextExpander

Putting An End To Repetitive Typing

Screenflow

Creating screencasts for member support and training

Pastebot

Copy and Paste board…. keep your last 100 items in your cut and paste board.

The Noun Project

Icons for every topic.

  • Site
  • Free, but with attribution and only in B&W
  • Or the paid version at $40/year

1Password

You have one thousand passwords. You need help!

Boomerang

The Un-CRM that makes sure you never forget anything.

  • Many of the features are getting added to gmail, like “nudge” and “send later”. But the “nudge” can’t be set or controlled. It’s all magic algorithm.
  • But you can set it to resurface emails that have not received replies.
  • Free for 10 scheduled emails, then $60/year

Markdown

Easily turn plain text into HTML (or whatever other formats you need)

Apple Text Services

Text cleanup and transformations built into the OS.

  • Highlight text and then get: Statistics , Title Case , ALL CAPS, and more.
  • Set your own keyboard shortcuts: System Preference -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts
  • Additional options: WordService set