News Day 29/09/17

Create to Change project proven to be a success


A new project launched by Goodwin Development Trust, in Hull, has been deemed as life changing for young people, writes Danielle Hayes.

The trust launched the Create to Change project in May 2017, which encourages young people to work in the creative industry.

The project is an employment initiative targeting young people aged 16 to 29. It offers 51 people living in Hull paid work experience with small, creative local businesses for 12 weeks.

Kane Blythe, 22, who has started his placement as a gallery assistant at Queens Gallery Showcase and at Humber Street Gallery said he loves what he’s doing and it is what he wants to do in the future.

Mr Blythe and Thom Sheppard, 25, who is working as a marketing officer at Goodwin and as an artist development and merchandise worker at Warren Records, shared how they feel about being on the project:


The businesses on board with the project and offering individuals experience are Drunk Animal, The Warren, Thieving Harry’s, Larkin’s, Queens House, Pure Events, Humber Street Gallery, Brain Jar, West Hull FM, Dolly Day Dreams, Diony creative, Browse Magazine, Ambiente, Discs (bricworx), Drop point, Octivision Media and Simples Café.

Clive Darnell, Manager of FareShare Hull and Humber, who set up the project said his idea came from Hull being the City of Culture 2017.

Mr Darnell said: “I knew there was a lot of activity and business growth within the city and I noticed there was a lot of interest from young people to get involved with the creativity”.

Rachel Foster from Goodwin Development Trust, who enrols businesses for the project said a huge amount of young individuals and businesses have already shown interest in being part of the project in the next 12 week period.

She said: “I think over the next few months it is going to really kick off because we did a jobs fair thing at Britannia House on Tuesday and we got absolutely loads of people interested in joining the course, more people than we can actually take on”.


Builder has a bro-mance

A Hull builder said he loves working with his best friend despite their regular disagreements.

Peter Broderick, who runs his own business, said it can be challenging working with his colleague but he still thinks highly of him.

The 26-year-old claimed he spends most of his time with his business partner.


Tips for presenting

The three main factors to think about when you are doing a presentation are content, design and delivery.

When creating a presentation you also need to think about:

  • What message you want to convey in your presentation
  • What you know
  • What the audience wants to know

Regardless of length, any presentation should be able to be summarised in one sentence. If you’re able to do this, people will be able to understand what you’re presenting.

Emotions are also a good thing to try to include in a presentation. This is because emotions stimulate more regions of the brain than facts do. To include emotions, you should talk about things you can relate to.

The structure of a presentation is important because, it’s important to provide people with information in the most simple way.

An introduction should typically have a story, anecdote or joke. By doing so, it will relax the audience and make them want to listen to you.

To get people thinking about your presentation, it’s also good to end things with a solution, insight or an action step.

In terms of transitions, the slides should have connections, contrasts,  and conclusions. By doing so, it presents things like a story to people.

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You should also minimise content on slides and know what you’re going to talk about because too much text exhausts the eye.

The style of slides should be consistent and you should use three complimenting fonts and stick with them. This includes font type, size and colour.

Overall, all design elements should reinforce your message.

Body language is also important because if it’s not right it can distract people from listening to you. To present effectively you should have a good posture by standing tall and facing the audience,otherwise all your efforts would go to waste if you look awkward.A good way to deliver a presentation is to look confident, smile, give eye contact, have a strong tone of voice wear the appropriate clothes.

It’s also good to practice any presentation you’re going to do. If you’re able to be spontaneous, humorous, talk about recent events and ask people questions, it’s likely you will look more confident and honest, and you will be entertaining.