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Promotional Video – Giving Time and Solutions Ltd Company Services Update

August 27, 2013 1 comment

This is my 1st video (please see website link 1 below) recorded and edited by Luke and Myroslava who are 2nd year Media Production students at Coventry University. I was happy with the results – the outcome – 1st CLASS! I am so glad I did my 1st video with Luke and Myroslava. I found both of them:-

  • Were very honest from the start. In our initial meeting, they were honest about their particular skills set and what they could and could not do
  • Knew when best to use verbal and written communication
  • Were very professional to work with
  • Were very reliable
  • Kept me informed on progress throughout the project  – the good and not so good news!
  • Were polite and friendly to work with
  • Delivered to very tight time-scales – quick turnaround!
  • At times called me first, which I found was very professional
  • Understood the importance of scheduling calls/meetings
  • Tried tasks which may not be their strength and knew how to work well in a team to deliver a high quality product! 10/10
  • Demonstrated their attention to detail
  • Have been consistent with me after project completion – again very professional!
  • Were very mature in their attitude
  • Always confirmed the meeting minutes (in writing)

Before the project started, I contacted a number of people. Firstly I visited the staff who work in Media Reception in February 2013. Following this I had separate meetings with the Senior Lecturers to discuss the video I wanted. I then sent a document outlining my project requirements and Luke responded.

I could tell from the initial meeting (would not quite call it an interview myself) I had with Luke and Myroslava that they were excited to work on this project. This is exactly what I was looking for – Passion!

On 27 and 28 March 2013, we recorded the video. I left it to Luke and Myroslava to give me their expertise on how I should present myself. When watching myself back, my usual style of presenting to an audience did not seem suitable for this video. I changed my style and listened to the instructions from Luke and Myroslava. There was a blank screen behind me, I had to stand still and there was a microphone above me. All the graphics was going to be added afterwards.

Once we recorded the video, it was then time for Luke and Myroslava to edit it. The project was completed in Coventry and London and we worked on site and remotely. As a Programmer many years ago, I always believed it was best to have clients involved in how they wanted the IT systems designed, prototypes was what always worked well. I gave my feedback verbally and then documented it in a structured document to Luke and Myroslava. It saved time and was a good document to keep referencing to check if the changes were done.

Despite the few ‘these things happen sometimes in the real world’ moments (please read Luke’s and Myroslava’s blog posts  – website links 2 and 3 below), the video was completed ahead of schedule. Contingency planning a must!

Once the project was completed we had a ‘let’s celebrate’ meeting to review the lessons learnt and discuss the areas that went particularly well.The written project requirements and mutually agreed terms and conditions documents proved to be useful during and after project completion. Again, both documents were good to refer to as a ‘To Do’ checklist with my ‘I like giving ticks on tasks done’.

On another note, I sometimes have to rely on experts and professionals to provide certain services to Giving Time and Solutions Ltd, be it a freelancer or people from a small/medium/large size organisation.

As with everything I do, I contact people directly myself. I feel more comfortable working with professional people who respond, reply and mutually agree in writing the verbal discussions we have and work that will be carried out.

For the last 3 years, I have been looking for someone to do a video (for another requirement I have) and take professional photos. As well as the promotional video, Luke and Myroslava have also taken professional photos for me! I will definitely consider working with Luke and Myroslava again.

For me, this was a SUCCESSFUL project and I thoroughly enjoyed working with Luke and Myroslava! A BIG THANK YOU to Coventry University, the Senior Lecturers who made time to meet me (200 students!), staff in the Media department, and of course Luke and Myroslava! My family, friends, previous work colleagues and relatives have directly given me good and constructive honest feedback comments, both of which will help with videos I do.

From one Director to another Director – please do read the detailed ‘Giving Time and Solutions Ltd Promotional Video – Behind the Scenes’ blog posts Luke and Myroslava have written – please see website links 2 and 3 below.

*** UPDATE:

The Green IT workshops had been requested in the Green IT awareness talk feedback forms (March 2011).

A lot has happened in the last year (2013). I am happy with the progress made on other projects/work I have been focusing on, as well as looking into the options to outsource some of the tasks I have.

5 year milestone on 16 April 2014!

There are lots of people who have genuinely supported me and I am also fortunate to have connected with more honest and trustworthy professional people. Every person has made a difference.

The people who have and continue to inspire and influence me are real people.

To read the testimonials/recommendations, please visit the company website or my LinkedIn Professional Profile.

 

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WEBSITE REFERENCE

NO. WEBSITE LINK DESCRIPTION
1. http://youtu.be/3Mi0dcIoFlU Giving Time and Solutions Ltd – Promotional Video
2. http://bit.ly/13VVtnp Luke’s Behind the scenes Blog Posts – Coventry University Media Production Student (Year 2)
3. http://bit.ly/1dmmW5M http://bit.ly/15fIPti http://bit.ly/12HrAEB Myroslava’s Behind the scenes Blog Posts – Coventry University Media Production Student (Year 2)
4. http://www.givingtimeandsolutions.com Giving Time and Solutions Ltd – Testimonials.

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 27 August 2013 1.30pm
Last updated: 28 October 2016 4.15pm

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Fujitsu’s own Green Label

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I find looking at eco-labelling is similar to food labelling. As a vegetarian (together with the huge interest I have in health/fitness!) I often have to do more detailed research into the actual ingredients and nutritional information.

Not everyone can agree what a vegetarian can or cannot eat though, which makes my interviewing/question process so much more interesting! Not to mention the really long words on the labelling for both IT eco-labels and food labels!

I’ve spent the last few months looking at more eco-friendly IT products, mainly for my Green IT talks/training and for a customer requirement. The joy of speaking to some resellers and account managers has been rather eventful.

I like to directly contact the company myself. There are other eco-friendly technology products as well as those on the UK EPEAT list.

I’ve looked into this further with EPEAT and received some information to do with paying and registering on a country by country basis.  I also spoke to a contact who actually works in the sustainability team at Fujitsu in the UK, as none of their products appear on the UK EPEAT list.

Fujitsu have their own Green Label which includes EPEAT, Blue Angel, Nordic and Energy Star, and they look at the whole lifecycle.

The Blue Angel is a German certification and is the oldest eco label in the world. Fujitsu Siemans was the first global manufacturer to introduce a Blue Angel certified Green PC to market in 1993.

The Nordic label was established in 1989 and is another environmentally labelling scheme used internationally.

So, as well as EPEAT (UK), it’s also worth looking at Fujitsu’s Green Labelled products for other environmentally friendly technology products.
 

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 11 December 2011 12.30pm