I’m told public speaking is consistently ranked as many people’s greatest fear… yeah, that’s right – above heights, spiders, snakes, clowns (I still don’t get why anyone likes clowns) etc. In fact, in many surveys public speaking is even ranked above the fear of death.
Which, in my opinion, is all the more reason for you to be very impressed with what I’m about to tell you…
You see, I had the privilege/challenge/trauma (delete as appropriate) of delivering a presentation on digital and social media last week at a Media and Marketing event (see video below) organised by The Nubian Times.
I’m not ashamed to say I was a little nervous beforehand, but by all accounts the talk went well.
Although I won’t go into the contents of it here, the presentation did allow me the chance to share some thoughts on what is, to me, a hugely exciting sector, one that has increasing influence in Manchester in particular.
You see, this city has the largest tech cluster in the UK outside of London, and that in an economy generating around £2bn annually, accounting for a significant part of the region’s overall economic output.
All of which means the creative digital sector, of which social media is a major part, is a pretty big deal just now – financially, yes, but even more so culturally.
I mean, think about it. We keep up with current affairs via social media. We source job opportunities through it, decide which restaurants we’re going to visit with it. In fact, with some of the new features Facebook has recently introduced, the likelihood is we’ll soon be doing most of our shopping through it too.
Which gets you thinking…
With around a quarter of the world’s population now using social media, there are all sorts of questions about how this global society of ours is set to evolve.
So what do you think?
What’s been your experience of social media, professional or personal?
Do you see social media as largely a good or bad thing?
And what do you think may lie ahead for us, and it, in the future?
Feel free to comment below, would love to hear your thoughts.