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Liliana Hart & Scott Silverii Live Streaming at Poolside Using Facebook’s Mention App
Social media should be—social. Facebook just released a technology for certain accounts to access real-time live streaming video. You can watch from your computer or smartphone just by visiting either one of our author pages.
Chief Scott Silverii, Ph.D.
It’s totally interactive and encourages you to type in questions and feedback. That’s where the live Streaming part of the event name comes from.
Poolside is where we’ll be. We’re on a mini-vacation after months of taxing kids to summer camps and sno-ball stands. We’d love to spend part of that time with you exploring this exciting technology.
Liliana’s next release in her wildly popular Addison Holmes Mysteries has created so much buzz, that she can’t wait to read samples from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. This New York Times Bestselling series promises to be a blast.
Ask her anything by typing your questions into the comment box on her Facebook page. She’ll be happy to answer you live – except for giving away the ending.
Scott’s latest mission, Savage Souls Outlaw Series is on pre-order and promises to be unlike anything you’ve experienced. He says it like Sons of Anarchy, with 25 years experience of undercover reality infused in each of the five books.
He also just retired as a Chief of Police, and is up to taking questions about anything also. Except what’s he planning to do next.
If you want to get a jump on the competition because lets face it, everything is a competition—you can submit questions for us to answer during the Live Stream Broadcast. We’ll read your name and question and then give it our best shot at answering it.
Submit questions at our SilverHart page
LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE our page, and you’ll not only have your questions answered LIVE, but you’ll also be entered into our drawing for FREE GIFTS.
Rain or Shine—it’s on.
Your Keys To Join Us On This First Ever Event Are:
Liliana’s page – https://www.facebook.com/lilianahart
Scott’s page – https://www.facebook.com/CopsWritingCrime
SilverHart’s page – https://www.facebook.com/silverhartllc
FIT@50 \ week 12
Social Media: Social
I’ve been asked why I post what I do to social media. It’s simple—to be social. The value is to operationalize the term “social.” It’s what you chose to present to the world. I have no agenda, or master plan—I just enjoy people.
It’s encouraging to know people who are connected through social media. I always try to meet them in person if possible. You’d be surprised how amazing some of them can be on the other side of the computer’s screen.
Talk about amazing – last week while at the hospital, so many folks knew Max from Facebook. It’s a blessing to see their faces light up and kind words accompany friendly gestures.
As a dad, it’s wonderful to see your son touch lives, even without an ability to verbalize his thoughts. That’s the true aspect of social media – being able to convey your message. Max communicates love and kindness through his full-face smiles and double thumbs up poses.
What message do you convey – virtually or in person? It’s your message to manage-make it count.
What’s the best time to plant a tree?
– 30 years ago.
What’s the next best time to plant a tree?
In general, law enforcement has made for horrible horticulturalists. We’ve not tilled the soil of community engagement as a practice. Now we wonder why no one understands us.
When an incident like Ferguson erupts, the pundits hurry to fend off allegations from a civilian population incessantly asking for answers. I’ve had so many tell how they’ve unfriended people on social media streams because of the content post-grand jury decision.
When a public service organization adopts a “No Comment” paradigm over the course of a few centuries, is it any wonder why questions and misinformation arises during societal flash points. While operational confidentiality is vital to an agency’s mission, the majority of daily operations and information processed by law enforcement fail to meet the level of classified materials.
Social media allows public agencies an opportunity to manage their own message. If an agency fails or refuses to engage in the often free mediums available for informing people, then they should expect to face the accusations of pent up frustrations.
This is a great opportunity for Chiefs and Sheriff’s to re-examine their public relations practices. It has to be more substantial than a few handshakes with kids at the high school ball game. An ongoing, open dialogue with the community we swore to serve builds bridges and breaks down walls.
A few suggestions:
- Balance the “official” tone of agency social media accounts. If you want the public to relate to the humanity of your officers, then present them as such.
- Not every public event has to be public. People distinguish “photo ops” from sincere neighborhood engagements.
- Proactively pursue the media for establishing mutual credibility. Yes, mutual.
- Ensure the designated “Voice and Face” of your agency is representative not only of the community, but of the vision and ideals for serving the public.
- When wrong, say “I’m sorry.”
- When right, give credit to the persons responsible. Whether it’s the rookie cop or the shop owner who dialed it in, give legitimate thanks.
- Don’t wait until a crisis to introduce yourself to the public you vowed to protect.
- Don’t take it person. Negative public comments are born out of the frustrations of not being heard. Re-evaluate practices to ensure you’ve not shut your community out.
- When times get tough, don’t be a prick.
- In all situations, be yourself – a single human being placed in extraordinary circumstances trying to handle unimaginable calamities. People understand if you trip, and if you do, refer back to #9.
Ferguson & Public Engagement | What are they good for?
Welcome back to the second half of my interview with Christie Pepper. In addition to having first met Christie while working at the same Sheriff’s Office, she’s a trusted honest eye for my upcoming crime thriller and current A Cajun Murder Mystery Series.
I’m excited to continue this conversation with Christie because one answer blew me away. I’ve asked this same question to others, and yet her reply was so unique, I’ve thought about nothing since. You’ll know it when you read it.
Scott – Getting right to it, what do you enjoy most about photographing south Louisiana?
Christie – South Louisiana is absolutely beautiful. As a child, I had huge dreams and couldn’t wait to become a powerful successful woman, move away to a big city, and live in a loft apartment overlooking the hectic streets and bright lights.
Today, I look back and laugh. I never appreciated the true beauty and history that surrounds us. The prominent old oaks, perfect cypress trees, elegant “gro-beck” cranes, vicious gators and other wildlife should be appreciated.
In today’s time, everyone is busy, life is frantic at times and we all have to work just make ends meet, but we also have to take some time to sit back and appreciate what God has surrounded us with.
Just driving down Hwy 308, we can see old plantation homes, wildlife, vibrant plants and trees, but how many of us truly notice it?
We all have a destination in mind and get there as fast as we can, foregoing any admiration and gratitude for what physically encompasses us. For those who can’t see these images, I hope that my captures bring the beauty to them.
Scott – I know it’s cliché, but it fascinates me – If you could photograph anyone from any period of time – who would it be? Why, and how would you set the shot?
Christie – That’s an easy one, I would love to be able to photograph my mom with my children. She passed away when my youngest was only two years old. He wasn’t even speaking yet.
I know that she would be very proud of all of grandchildren and I try to keep her memory and spirit alive by speaking of her often. I don’t necessarily think I’d want a posed picture though.
I’d love to just capture some candid shots of her and my children enjoying each other, laughing, playing, and any other things that were taken from them when she was called home.
She loved New Orleans and would spend time in the French Market and Riverwalk every chance she had so it would definitely have to be shot somewhere in that area.
Scott – Lots of smart phone picture snappers to professional enthusiasts out there. What wisdom would you share with aspiring artists?
Christie – Capture everything that you see is beautiful. The way you see something is truly different from the way others see things. The one statement that I hear over and over is “you have the eye for beauty”.
I have taken pictures of light fixtures, buildings, and natural habitats that people see on a daily basis, but have been told “I have never seen it that way before.” Don’t ever give up on anything that means something to you.
Art is always open to interpretation, something that may be beautiful to one, may not be to another. It is your way of expressing your views and emotions to others without words. Also when taking portraits, the venue should be the choice of the person being photographed.
I like to get to know the people I am photographing before doing it, in an effort to bring out their personality and charm. I’m not a huge fan of over editing faces, everyone’s natural beauty deserves to come through. This of course is just my opinion, and I have found that my clients feel the same; editing is always discussed before anything is done to photos.
Christie – thank you again for gracing us with you passion and talent. Stay safe on the job and best of success capturing the moment.
Stop by Christie Pepper’s Facebook page and hit the LIKE button. You’ll be glad you did.
Capturing the Moment \ Christie Pepper / Part 2