My partner is a big fan of Washington, the Australian singer otherwise known as Megan Washington. As a result, I know all the songs, as he has her music on high rotation in our household. And I have (almost) been to more Washington concerts than Bon Jovi ones (yes, my musical preferences are nothing like his). Don't get me wrong, I think Washington is amazingly talented. In fact, she's mesmerising. Although who could imagine that, while sitting in the audience of the Concert Hall at the
Monthly Archives: January 2012
Jessica Rudd has had a busy life. She trained as a lawyer, and practised in that profession, before moving into PR and then politics. But her great love was always writing and at the age of 26, she told everyone she knew she was going to be a writer. While it took some time to get into the rhythm of life as a writer, she has now well and truly hit her stride.
Her second novel, Ruby Blues, released in late 2011, is clear evidence of this. Following on from her successful
We are inundated on a regular basis with a plethora of business books that claim to be the answer to all of our entrepreneurial prayers. How do you work out which books you should read with so many to choose from?
Our continuing series, “3 Business Books that Changed My Life”, aims to provide you with some guidance. We have asked some of Australia’s top business bloggers and business owners to nominate the books that have made an impact in their life.
In this post we
As I'm currently in book-writing mode, I wanted to share a tool with you that I find extremely useful. It's called Scrivener and you can find it here.
First, let me emphasise that I don't have any affiliation with Scrivener. I just use it – and I love it. And it's only US$45.
Let me assure you that I've gotten a hell of a lot more than $45 of value out of it so far. In fact, I
Yesterday, I braved the drive from the Yarra Valley to Sydney. It's around 900kms. And I had two fluffy white cats and one fluffy white dog in the car. My (usually black) car is now adorned with the remnants of Rex, Rocky and Rambo. In more ways than one, in fact. Rexy kindly pooped in the backseat. It was his feline equivalent of that ubiquitous plaintive cry heard from children all over the world: "Are we there yet?"
You hear about people fabricating bits of their resume or embellishing their work history. Sometimes, you can catch this with rigorous reference checking. Other times, you may remain blissfully unaware of someone's dubious past.
When I met Hosay Mangal and her business parter Greg Newton from Verify (a business that provides background checks on candidates and employees, including potential criminal records, credit history, medical, and educational qualifications), I was
Finding the balance between leadership and management is challenging at the best of times, but more so when you are a small business operator wearing a number of hats at once.
It can be hard deciding whether you concentrate on leadership (setting the vision for the company) and management (the execution of that vision) when so many other demands are being placed on you.
The key is to remember not to let the "daily grind", the need to get
Inspired by: Kyle Maynard. Last year I had the pleasure and honour of getting to know Kyle Maynard when we were both attendees at the same conference. One day, as we sat next to each other at lunch, we chatted about his book "No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life". I remembered seeing Kyle on Oprah. You can view it here. I urge you
It's official. I've declared that 2012 is the Year of Doing.
The start of the year is usually the time most of us make big plans for the 12 months ahead. There are new year's resolutions, visions boards, and countless planning sessions with your journal or on big white sheets of butcher's paper.
All those activities are great. But they mean nothing if you don't actually "do" them.
In the past, I've been guilty of spending so much time researching and planning
TNW: What was the inspired moment that led you to launch the Sydney Writers’ Centre? VK: I’ve always been passionate about helping people achieve their dreams or fulfil their potential. However, my technical skill is writing.
Six years ago, I reflected on what I could do to combine my passion and my skills. I realised that the concept of the Sydney Writers’ Centre – a dynamic organisation where people can learn and be mentored – was the perfect answer.
As a journalist for smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au, and as editor of Latte magazine, I receive countless emails from business owners and PR companies sending me information about products and services for which they are hoping to get publicity.
Some of these story ideas are brilliant. Others are embarrassing. If you don't want to fall into the