December 10, 2017 — As web designers and developers one of the keys to our business success is retaining clients over time and generating client referrals. If we build strong supportive relationships with our existing customers we can guarantee future projects and work. Clients need more than just a great website, they need to be empowered to manage their WordPress site on their own. However, many business owners and marketing professionals are not knowledgeable about WordPress and feel confused and stressed about running the site once it is launched. Learning about WordPress online is also very confusing for people that are newer to or less experienced with the platform. So how can we empower our clients to manage their sites on their own and feel confident in their abilities? Many designers and developers offer a single training when the site goes live, but for clients that have never used WordPress or rarely use it this single training is not enough. Get tips and tricks about how to prepare your clients so they can take their WordPress tool and make the most out of it for their company or organization. Learn how to put together a launch plan that includes in person training, video tutorials, FAQs, and more. Discover why as designers and developers we are also educators. Give your customers the best chance they have to succeed and they will be more likely to return to you when the site needs to grow, as well as tell other professionals, businesses owners, and organizations they know about your service.
March 27, 2017 — Ok, so you’re a kickass WordPress developer. You’re always looking to learn new things. You read every technical blog post that you come across. You try your best to apply them in your WordPress project. Things are going well, but you’re not sure if there’s more that you could do to hone your skills.
Why yes there is! You could also teach. But you might be wondering, “Seriously, how can teaching make me a better developer?” That’s a good question! And that’s what I’ll share with you in this talk.
I’ve dedicated a significant amount of time to teaching. I write a lot on my personal site and sometimes on other WordPress educational sites. I also speak at WordCamps and local meetups. These teaching opportunities have been essential to help me grow as developers.
The good news is that you too can use teaching as a powerful learning tool! This talk will show you how. You’ll learn how to use teaching to build your development chops. You’ll also see how to do it so that what you give back benefits the WordPress community.
March 16, 2017 — So-called digital natives might pick up tech skills easily, but that doesn’t mean they intuit everything tech-related – there is plenty to teach and learn, especially when it comes to a robust storytelling tool like WordPress. Teaching high school students how to properly design, set up, and launch a WordPress blog and how to tell their stories powerfully to a target audience, with good writing and high-quality multimedia, gives them a mighty perch from which to sing. I’ll explain the step-by-step process I’ve used to teach teens to become WordPress bloggers.
April 20, 2016 — Teaching anything that comes second nature to us can be a difficult task. While we talk about something we know very well, it’s completely unfamiliar to someone seeing it for the first time. In this talk I’ll go over some of my tried and true methods for introducing and training people on WordPress.
January 20, 2016 — You’ve probably seen it happen- someone complains because they just got a website, but they don’t know how to use it. Their designer or developer or project manager just left them high and dry without some type of direction or documentation.
Let’s face it, as a designer or developer or project manager, you’re definitely going to run into someone who isn’t really that familiar with WordPress. In fact, you’ll encounter all sorts of user levels when it comes to working with clients. How do you teach your client how to use their WordPress website? How do you figure it into your project’s scope? If you don’t like teaching them, what can you do to make sure your relationship with your client ends on a good note because you were diligent to give them the tools they need to continue on their own?
I’ll be going over strategies to help you put together a plan on teaching your clients how to use WordPress. Let’s decrease the frustration together and allow your clients to become enthusiastic WordPress users that are making money.
December 23, 2015 — Josepha will take a brief look at the Digital Divide as it stands today and what current technological trends mean for it in the future. The talk will mainly be focused on what it takes to be literate in the digital landscape our students find themselves in and how WordPress can be used to build and perfect those skills.
December 16, 2015 — This talk will give a view of how blogging with WordPress fits well with Scottish education’s ‘Curriculum for excellence’. Some loose linkage of Community, Connections & Openness in software and education. How Glow blogs, a set of 32 multi-sites with a total of >160,000 blogs are used and are developing. Some notes of the ‘Product Owner’ role and working at large scale to fit the needs of stake holders from a wide range of ages and needs.
October 2, 2015 — Are you a freelancer who is at capacity with clients but aren’t earning the income you would like to be? Are you a freelancer looking to expand your reach beyond the one on one client work? If you answered ‘Yes’ to either or both of those questions then this is a must see talk for you!
Helena will help you plan your first online course by helping you with following tasks:
Do you have a list? If not start building one now so you can survey your list to find out what they may want.
Can your current skills, the ones you use in your freelance business with one-on-one clients, translate into an online course?
– Skills assessment.
– Target market – who are you be able to teach your skills to?
– Creating your course – delivered live or pre-recorded?
– Minimum viable product and iterate as you go or at each release.
– Fitting course creation amongst current work.
– Cut back on one-on-one work to make time to deliver the course.
– Specific launches or Evergreen course.
July 31, 2015 — He’ll discuss the different scenarios that we encounter when teaching WordPress to our clients, friends, and students. He’ll offer strategies for optimal sharing of our knowledge to others.