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Freelancer is back – my next career move

Posted by on Monday, 25 March, 2013

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After a particularly trying day several months ago, a dear friend challenged me to follow my career dreams. She meant to monetize my side projects and stay part of the Expedia team. But I don’t do things by halves.

So on Friday I’ll be handing in my IATA card and leaving the world of full-time employment.

Am I scared? A little. Am I excited? Absolutely.

I’m looking forward to working with a range of clients, starting with the BuzzBee and MS Exchange teams. Follow the MS Exchange ambassador, Squeaky Lobster, on twitter to see what we’re up to.

Do you have any freelancing tips and advice?

Also, if you need a hand with your marketing or PR give me a call. It would be great to see how we can work together, or just grab a coffee and chat.

How to Limit Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

Posted by on Saturday, 16 March, 2013

So for most people reading this, facebook is a tool for your work and personal life, so you know it fairly well.

This is for my friends who aren’t so facebook aware and are confused by the settings. Disclaimer: this is valid as of today, March 15, 2013. Layout changes may and will occur.

All screen grabs are from a Graph Search enabled profile, so yours may be a little different.

To limit who can see your posts, click the cog symbol in the top right of the page and select “Privacy Settings”.

The top option has “Who Can See Your Future Posts?”. Click edit in that row.

Facebook Security Post Settings

As in the above option, click Custom to choose an option. You have several choices:

  • Public > anyone can see it
  • Friends > Your friends can see the post
  • Friends Except Acquaintances > this one is only applicable if you’ve marked some friends as acquaintances to down-grade their importance to you. This is a good way to stop sharing posts with people you don’t really like, but it’s inappropriate to unfriend. Yeah, you can interpret that which ever way you wish.
  • Only Me > Yes, only you can see these. Great for apps and silly spammy stuff.
  • Custom > Selecting this option means you can share posts with friends etc, except individuals whom you select.

Below that is an option for lists. Most people don’t have lists, but if you do, it’s the same kind of filtering.

Next move to the third row in that section.

Facebook Security Past Post Settings

Selecting “Limit Past Posts” to apply your newly created settings to your previous posts.

And you’re done. There’s no need to even save.

For those waiting on the social profile and media law posts, sorry. The quick posts are coming out easier and I have a huge, last-minute project in the works. All will be revealed soon. I’m excited.

Using your public relations skills for good … with Kiva.

Posted by on Saturday, 20 October, 2012

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Let’s just accept that public relations gets a bad rap. Before you protest, in some cases it, and us as practitioners, deserve it.

But it’s up to us if we use our “powers” for good or evil.

One way is through volunteering. Learn skills, make friends, save the world. Simple.

I’m a volunteer editor with Kiva.org. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to check them out. Kiva is a microfinancing organization facilitating small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. These are shop keepers and farmers and tailors whose income capacity or location restricts them accessing loans from traditional banking systems.

This week Kiva is celebrating its seventh birthday. Since 2005, Kiva has loaned nearly $365 million in $25 increments with a 98.99% repayment rate. This is thanks to the partner organizations in 66 countries educating and supporting the entrepreneurs as they build their businesses.

So happy birthday to Kiva and thank you for all you do.

Use your skills for good and try out Kiva with a free trial loan. Money comes from a benefactor and repayments go to Kiva for their operating expenses.

What else are you doing to use your public relations skills for good?

A new home for TapDancingSpiders.com

Posted by on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Please excuse the housekeeping.

There’s been all sorts of fun stuff I’ve been wanting to do on here but restricted by a less than helpful hosting service. That has changed. TapDancingSpiders.com is now hosting by the brilliant people at IvyCat. The domain transfer was finalized just this morning, so please excuse the mess while I finish the migration and make it all pretty.

Also, visit IvyCat.com and say hi to Eric. He’s awesome, even when I insisted on doing all my installs myself because I’m being “silly and girly and want to learn it all”.

The best career advice I’ve ever heard

Posted by on Saturday, 15 October, 2011

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On Wednesday evening Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst, taught an IABC/Seattle audience the best piece of career advice and a tool to make it actionable.

We’ve all heard the advice to do what you love, but how do you work out exactly what that is? As Curt said, many of us love travel, but all for different reasons. Just accepting a job in travel may not make you happy.

The fist step is to make a list of the things we love (this is where the travel generalization came in).

Next, we asked ourselves why do we love these things and why do we love those ‘whys’. Curt recommended taking this down four levels, but with his clients he takes it as far as it can go.

These final things are what we’re really passionate about – the motivators that really drive us.

Mine came down to ‘new things/experiences’ and ‘making a difference’. Which really translates to me having a short attention-span but using that to constantly improve what needs to be improved. Yes, my weaknesses are also great strengths.

How can this help us in our careers? From this exercise what really motivates us an use it as a measure for any career opportunities. Does the job have the variety and learning opportunities to keep me active, along with the freedom to improve processes or results to make it worthwhile? If not, it’s not a good fit for me long term.

I recommend you do this exercise and discover your passions, motivators and strengths.

Want to learn more? Visit Curt Rosengren’s website for his ebooks and his coaching sessions.
Thanks to Nicole Allard for her notes on the session. Photography is mine. Even the photo of Nicole’s notes.