The Role of Healthy Eating in Events: Interview with Andrea Carroll Langan, Nutritional Therapist

The Role of Healthy Eating in Events: Interview with Andrea Carroll Langan, Nutritional Therapist

The Role of Healthy Eating in Events: Interview with Andrea Carroll Langan, Nutritional Therapist

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Andrea Carroll Langan, MSc, BSc is a functional nutritional therapist and NLP Practitioner. Through Andrea’s practice ‘Health Embrace,’ tailored nutritional and lifestyle programmes are offered to coach and encourage people towards achieving optimal health, condition and performance.

“Achieving competitive edge has always been big business. Ensuring valued employees, their biggest asset, are striving for optimal health is a large component in any forward thinking company’s success strategy. Nutrition drives energy and ultimately performance so unsurprisingly corporate wellness is a fast growing market in health.”

How do you feel corporate events can work to provide inspiring menus for events that are fun and healthy?

Events bring together lots of people, hungry ones, in an environment combining very different outlooks on life and even tastes. To consider many different healthy food options is not only excellent social responsibility, but it’ll help showcase your attention to detail and creative skills.

Having experienced first-hand the exciting projects that emerge when working with truly creative companies like Comshows, my recommendation would be to include nutritional guidance in the overall plan of events. As always experts in their field can save time, budget and quickly provide the finishing touches.

Although focusing on all aspects of health and nutrition at events is a great thing to do, it’s still new and exciting, so embrace the differentiator to keep you at the forefront of your field! People are always looking for the next big thing and nutrition is a huge topic that people just love to discuss.

What is your top tip for incorporating nutrition into events?

Make a big deal of ‘healthy swaps’ – attendees will appreciate options being provided and also the chance to try something new! More and more people are following a personalised dietary approach to support healthy weight maintenance or long term health (Paleo, 5:2, low GL, blood sugar regulation etc.). There’s catering for medical conditions such as coeliac that need to be covered out of necessity, but thinking of those who may have intolerances or a desire to eat a certain way makes you stand out.

Here are 3 simple swap choices which can be provided as easy alternatives or alongside your normal provisions:

  • Cauliflower rice instead of white rice
  • Courgetti instead of spaghetti
  • Carrot, squash and kale fries instead of chips and potatoes

Nutrition drives energy and ultimately performance

What would you recommend as a fun and interactive health-food activity?

Mindful Nourishment ‘Eating for Energy’ workshop either a full version for up to 90 minutes with tasters, fun questionnaires and quizzes or a modified version to fit a suitable time slot. It is designed to appeal to a large and varied audience and provides people with simple and effective tools for avoiding the effects of the blood sugar rollercoaster. Small changes can make a big difference so people love the talk as there’s always a win for everyone.

If you could pick one element for event organisers to help make a fun and healthy event – in particular to combat that after lunch feeling – what would it be?

Always include protein with any carbohydrate-based meal or snack offered as protein helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. This provides a more gradual energy release and a feeling of being fuller for longer. Avoid the mid-afternoon slump!


For more Health Embrace nutrition tips, please visit: 

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Published at Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:52:58 +0000

New Tutorial! Damage and Decay FX! No Plug-ins!

New Tutorial! Damage and Decay FX! No Plug-ins!

In this new tutorial we’ll create a procedural decay system capable of generating realistic rust, moss, cracks, corrosion & more! Like most sequels, Chapter 2 is jammed packed with even more unnecessary FX! Watch now!

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Techniques great for:

  • Learning Procedural workflow
  • Moss FX
  • Rust
  • Grunge
  • Plaster
  • Metal Corrosion
  • Paint Peel
  • And more!

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Published at Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:41:51 +0000

Submit your films for the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards now!

Submit your films for the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards now!

Presented in 2018 by SAE and ATOM, the ATOM Awards have established themselves as a mainstay of both the screen industry and education sectors after more than thirty-five years of recognising film and media excellence.

ATOM are currently calling for entries across forty-five diverse categories of film, television, animation, educational resources, games and new media. Over the past three years, the ATOM Awards have added several new categories for games, apps, ebooks, commercials, web series, telemovies/miniseries and feature films, as well as additional television series categories such as comedy and drama. As always – in addition to general categories that are open to both independent and established media producers – the Awards offer student categories tailored to all levels of education. Now more than ever, there’s a category for everyone!

The 2018 SAE ATOM Awards offer real opportunities for budding screen content creators to engage a vast audience, and to network with industry professionals. Our website hosts a page promoting each of the finalists’ productions. Plus, we run audience choice competitions for the student categories and a National Screenings Tour during the following year.

Selected winners and finalists from the 2017 Awards (including all finalists in the student categories) can be streamed online at

Entries for the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards close in less than 1 month’s time:
midday AEST, Friday 1 June 2018.



The 2018 SAE ATOM Awards will recognise film and media excellence through two distinct awards ceremonies: the Student Awards Presentation on Wednesday 14 November and the Tertiary & Industry Awards Night on Thursday 29 November.

The Student Awards Presentation includes the announcement of the winners of the primary and secondary school student categories, as well as a showing of all the winning student films on the big screen.

The Tertiary & Industry Awards Night is for screen-industry personnel (and tertiary students) and is a great opportunity for emerging and independent producers, directors, cinematographers, composers, songwriters, game/multimedia producers, etc. to mingle with established Australian and New Zealand screen-content creators. Last year, the event was hosted by the always-entertaining Brian Nankervis from RocKwiz and was attended by representatives from Australia’s leading broadcasters and screen-funding bodies.


The 2018 SAE ATOM Awards National Screenings Tour comprises free screenings of recent ATOM Awards content across metropolitan and regional Australia and New Zealand.

The 2018 National Screenings Tour selections are available to schools free of charge. The tour provides opportunities for students and the general public to access screening programs comprising locally sourced screen content from students, emerging producers and established media professionals.

More details are available at


The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has created some excellent and free filmmaking and animation resources, specifically for primary and secondary teachers and their students. Media Lab is an extensive website providing accessible media arts resources including videos and downloadable PDFs.

To learn more about the 2018 SAE ATOM Awards, please visit

Published at Tue, 15 May 2018 23:08:32 +0000




2017 is predicted to be an exciting year for brand communication for those inspired to stand out from the crowd and deliver tailored audience experiences.
Check out our summary of key trends to whet your appetite:

1. Real Experience vs Virtual Reality

In 2016, Pokémon Go introduced a new world, the world of virtual reality; Due to the progressive technology in events, devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony Morpheus could massively increase the reach of an event by bringing together experts and “virtual attendees” from all the parts of the world. That offers the ability to create a generation of ideas and discussion even to those who were not able to travel. This is the opportunity for events to be amplified, to go beyond the location, to preserve the one to one interaction while being miles away.


2. Inspiring Venues

Even though hotels have dominated the UK domestic conference market, nowadays conference and awards ceremony organisers look more for venues that fit the theme of their event and can impress their delegates and guests, rather than always choosing conference facilities offered by hotels and purpose-build conference venues. Informality is fast becoming the new norm, and this spills over into the use of more casual locations. This includes places like rehearsal studios, lofts, roof spaces, warehouses, temples, castles and previously unloved spaces that can be re-energised with amazing production techniques #original venues # license to be creative #graffiti signage on arrival  


3. Theatre for Brands

It’s all about the immersive theatre standard experiential experience: A successful event is based not only on profits and attendees’ satisfaction, but also creating memorable experiences, engaging the audience and later continuing to connect emotion with the event/brand. Be bold and creative and consider using bespoke theatre makers, such as Swamp Studios, to create and curate immersive and unforgettable bespoke brand experiences #theswampmotel #theultimateshow #creative script writing 

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4. Go Live

Although live streaming is not a new thing, the enhanced LIVE functions of Facebook and Instagram paired with drone streaming will let events achieve game-changing, full-360 degree streaming and enable event organisers to create great content, drive interest and engage with the audience. Comshows v-communicator allows you to transcend borders and interact with remote audiences through voting/ commenting and ranking. Also as a bonus you get great archive video footage for use post-event #webcasting #borderless communication #extending the life of your event

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5. The Role of Data

Stats like percentage of exhibitor types, educational topics discussed, and attendance increases, let attendees know if the event is a good fit. Furthermore, social media analytics tools can reveal the attendees’ preferences, demographics, behaviour etc. Analysing data and acting on it can improve the overall event experience, help organisers focus their marketing spend, and ultimately boost event attendance #BigData #Events

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6. View Point: Social Engagement at Trade Shows

Have you ever wanted to hear the spontaneous views of audiences about brands in a trade show environment? Viewpoint which is currently in development involves creating memorable experiences by creating a mini-studio at your event – lights, camera, backdrop and set up a playful exercise, asking some questions, tailored to the theme of the event, and invite delegates to get involved. For the participants, it’s a story to share back at the office and a memorable engagement with the event. For event organisers and organisations, it’s a way to create entertaining content, get real insight into themes and understand their participants. We have had some great feedback so far #ViewPoint #Tradeshows

Click here to see the taster video


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Want to hear more creative ideas for your next event/exhibition, video or need the technical and creative expertise to unleash your next bold and memorable experience?

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Published at Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:39:43 +0000

FX Console Updated to V1.0.3

FX Console Updated to V1.0.3

Good news everybody! Our sweet workflow plug-in, FX Console, has been updated with a BUNCH of bug fixes and a few new enhancements! If you are not using FX Console, check it out! It’s free!

Fixes and Enhancements for V1.0.3:

  • Added option to save images as JPG from menu & Gallery
  • Preferences files are now saved in a user path instead of a common path, meaning different preferences for different users.
  • Fixed user presets path for AE 2017 and 2018.
  • Fixed issues of preset and effects not being applied if a floating panel had the focus.
  • Fixed screenshot image resolution not being correct in OSX.
  • Fixed crash when rending via command line.
  • Fixed color profile issue when taking a screenshot (mismatch colors).

After Effects Requirements:
Adobe After Effects CC and above (Including CC2014 Sorry no CS6)

DOWNLOAD FX Console V1.0.3 PLUG-IN: For After Effects!

FX Console V1 Features:

  • Access FX & Presets quickly
  • Create FX Shortcuts
  • Create FX Overrides
  • Export Snapshot with PNG
  • Automatic Snapshot Tool & Gallery
  • + MORE!

In V1.0.1 we added these features:

  • Custom Shortcut Key
  • Import + Export Settings file
  • Tab to Presets in search results
  • Over a dozen bug fixes!

Published at Tue, 01 May 2018 17:33:11 +0000

Future Proof SD Cards/SSDs for Your Camera and Computer From Angelbird

Future Proof SD Cards/SSDs for Your Camera and Computer From Angelbird

Cameras are demanding faster media than ever with internal high bit rate 4K and sometimes RAW footage. The solution? Angelbird! Lets take a look at the Angelbird SD cards and SSDs for video production.

These cards and drives work perfectly with the demanding 4K-6K from the GH5 and even the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K!

  • Angelbird V90 SD Cards
  • Angelbird SSD2go PKT SSD
  • Angelbird SSD2go PKT XT SSD
  • Angelbird Atomos 4K RAW SSD

Be sure to watch Ash Tailor’s review of the Angelbird gear here.
And subscribe because he makes killer videos!

You can learn more about Angelbird hard drives and other gear on their website here.

Some of these links have an affiliate code, if you purchase gear with these links I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you!

These test drives were supplied to me from Angelbird for testing free of charge. This review and it’s content was not reviewed or paid for by outside persons or manufacturers.

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Published at Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:37:24 +0000

What Free Anti Virus Protection should you Use?

If your computer connects to another computer in any way at all – through shared storage media of any kind, through the Internet or through a common network, you can be somewhat sure that your computer is exposed to malware of some kind. In this post – kindly written by Bruce at Pisys.Net, a leading supplier of IT support services to the Aberdeen area, we look at whether free anti-virus software is up to the task of keeping you safe.

A few years back, when the StuxNet worm swept through the world’s computers, it was noted how it seemed to be attacking lots of computers that didn’t even connect to the Internet. Thumb drives and all manner of other things make it possible. The thing is, there’s just no need for this. There’s so much free anti virus protection available that’s exactly as good as the paid stuff (not that the paid stuff costs anything much).

Search on Google for free anti virus protection, and you will fairly be overwhelmed by the sheer range of choice. Just about every paid antivirus company out there from Avast to AVG, from Avira to Ad-Aware, has a free product out there (is it just me, or do antivirus makers prefer names that start with the letter A more than anything).

Of course, as much as is available, you can have a bit of trouble making the correct choice. Which way do you go?

Your antivirus needs two kinds of ability. It needs the ability to detect viruses on a computer already present when it is installed, and it needs to be able to detect new threats that appear after the installation occurs. Most people don’t think of it this way. They think that if antivirus has one kind of ability, it’s a given that it will perform well the other way too. Well, we’re going to rate popular free anti virus protection for their effectiveness on each count.

Let’s start with the ability to fight existing viruses and other nasties. When it comes to this ability, Ad-Aware is hands-down the favorite everywhere. If you are looking for free antivirus to help clean up a system that appears to be infected already, Ad-Aware is your best bet. The runner-up in this category is Panda Cloud antivirus.

The great thing about Ad-Aware is that it’s great at protecting you against new threats as well. While Panda does great at detecting infections already present, it struggles very much completely cleaning your computer up once it’s detected stuff.

When it comes to blocking new threats, Ad-Aware manages to shine again. But there are other brands that do a good job too – like, Avast and AVG, for instance. The great thing is though that you have a winner in Ad-Aware – one solution for both fronts of the fight.

Make Sure Your Marketing is Intelligent

We all know that intelligent marketing is important for our business, but unfortunately it is also an area that tends to suffer a lot of cutbacks when the market conditions changes for the worse and businesses struggle. However, by cutting back on marketing we also limit our chances to reach new clients or customers, hence reducing our chances of climbing back up the profit ladder.

So what can we change to make sure we still do a sufficient amount of marketing, without spending too much money? The answer of course is to spend the money wisely!

If you currently spend a large amount of your marketing budget on direct mail, then you know that a significant portion of what you spend goes to printing the material, the paper it is printed on and postage. You might also have experienced the frustration of realizing that you would like to change the look or feel of your material, only to come up against printing deadlines! Mailing your audience also tends to be a very slow way of communicating, it takes a long time for responses to come in and it can be very hard to measure how much of the campaign actually reaches its audience and how much is wasted.

With Email Marketing however, you can cut all this out of the equation – let me explain: There is no printing or paper cost, the only cost is that of creating your copy (which you would have to do with a printed campaign too of course)There is no postage to pay, however there will most likely be a fee per sent email. This fee is normally much lower than postage, and it does not restrict you to certain sizes or limit the amount of information you can put forward though.

Email is a brilliant way to direct the audience to your website – giving them all the information they need, with no limited amount of pages!You can tailor the copy to your audience, different copy to different people, or change copy when you want through out the campaign to test different versions or subject lines to make sure you get the response you want. This offers you the freedom of communicating with your audience in a much more direct and personable way.

The response from an email campaign is quick – it is fast to send and to track the results.Thanks to email tracking software it is easy to know how many have opened your email and who they are, even if they don’t get in touch – how would you do that with a traditional direct mail campaign? The email reports can then be used to adjust your next campaign, to target the right audience with the right market.


Local Marketing is a growing Sector

People think that the Internet is a powerful marketing tool just because it gives them the ability to quickly reach vast numbers of people who are geographically spread all over the place. While that’s true certainly, it’s not all that makes it powerful. The Internet also gives you the power to go local, narrow and specific. Local marketing is the new mantra of getting your business ahead.

Here’s the thing – when people need to find local businesses to buy from, they don’t turn to television or print advertising. They turn to the Internet. Of the people who turn to the Internet to search for local businesses to take their custom to, a full 90% actually end up contacting the business over the phone or in person. Any businesses that are interested in tapping all these people who are looking for local goods and services need to get their local marketing act together.

Large scale businesses often forget this. Since they covet the business of the whole country at large, they turn repeatedly to mass-market communication methods – national television spots and so on. They neglect to try to target customers in their small towns. When a small town resident sees national advertising on the television, and then fires up a search engine to see what kinds of businesses there are in his neck of the woods, he is in main going to pay attention to whatever local businesses the search engine turns up. They always seem more relevant.

For instance, if they are looking for an events management company and they search for “events management companies in Aberdeen” they’re going to see some national chains trying to do a bit of local marketing by addressing the keyword phrase “events management companies in” and then putting in the name of whatever city or town it’s aiming for. That’s not quite going to impress them as much as a real local business that uses local information to really set itself apart.

There are number of ways in which a local business can really set itself apart. It can go all out on Facebook for instance, talking about the local community and its financial planning needs. That’s going to really impress Google. Or they can support a number of  local events that they will talk about on their website. They will have a Twitter account that has a lot of followers in the local area. This is the kind of thing that really tells a search engine that a business is truly local, and not just some national chain trying to pretend it’s local.

Local marketing isn’t just about buying cost per click advertising that targets local searches. It’s about really involving yourself in the community and putting roots down there. On the Internet.

How To Design Training That Works For You

Recently, I spoke to Cheryl from Appetite For Business, an IT training consultancy in Aberdeen, Scotland who insppired me to write a small piece on the different types of learners. Determining some basic things about that learning can help. Let me recap briefly.

Memory Types

A way of describing how we retain memories, visually, aurally or otherwise.

Learning Preference

The types of activities we are comfortable with, and whether we prefer a teacher or are comfortable with some other type of learning methods.

Personal Motivation

How we are motivated to learn something, whether it comes from inside us or from outside influences.

Purpose of Learning

Quite simply, why are you doing this?

So here you are, armed with all this knowledge of yourself and ready to do some training. Well before you start you need to know what training you want to do. So what is training? On a previous page I described it as …the provision of information to allow someone to carry out an old task better or to learn to perform a new task…………. At the core of this statement is the simple idea of a purpose. Without a purpose there is no goal and therefore no result. Training can cover everything from installing complex software to answering the phone.So let’s look at designing a plan.

In the context of this article we are looking at career-related training.

Step 1: Consider all the work activities you do in any given day. This should include how you interact with people as well, in writing, on the phone, in person and not just what your boss expects you to do.

Step 2: What things are you good at?You can lie here if you want or you can hand it to someone else who knows you to confirm it. All you are trying to do is evaluate yourself a little.

Step 3: Is there something you don’t do well but want to get better at?

Step 4: What do you actually want to learn?Are these things work related or personal?

Step 5: Where do you think you can find out about these activities?

Learner Designed Study

This means sitting down to work out what you want to learn about. It can be quite a basic plan. By having a plan means that people have more of a focus and potentially can learn more.

Online Courses

This is a more costly approach.  Access to online courses involves the purchasing of time to complete a course. This can range from a number of weeks to 6 months depending on the nature of the course. Usually there will be a demo of some type to whelp you decide whether a range of courses might be useful. It may also be possible to negotiate a better deal for a business.

Buy Materials

There are many types of material that can be purchased. Most commonly this can be book materials or CDs, although given the speed that technology moves at they can quickly go out of date. Ebooks or online courses may be better.