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My Newest Project: Jingle to 5k

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 September, 2013

jingle-bell-runI’ve been quiet here recently and for good reason. Previously you’ve heard about my entry in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for this year and to run the 5k (link to that post is here). I’m now blogging my progress on the new site Jingle to 5k.

A friend from Melbourne Natalie Roche is coaching me and writing the training program so I won’t end up with injuries. She also sends me messages such as, “Bianca, it’s Wednesday. Have you done your pilates yet?”. It’s needed; running is more fun than pilates.

Both Natalie and I will be posting and my training plan is online.

Comment, like, love on the Jingle to 5k site. Join me for the run if you’re in Seattle (you can walk or even snooze). Or sponsor me and help the Arthritis Foundation.

The Wiggles show how crisis management should be done

Posted by on Monday, 12 December, 2011

Videos like this make me miss event management. What would you do if you arrived at your summer venue to find it a flooded mess? I love the way the team jumped in to get it fixed, had the Wiggles outside explaining the delay to thousands of fans and ticked all the crisis management boxes. What could have been fans hitting the internet to complain was only a 30 minute delay to the show. Watch and learn.

Disclaimer: I used to work in merchandise sales for the Wiggles in Australia. I can’t take credit for their event and crisis management awesomeness, but I can praise them for it.

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.