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Thursday
Oct042012

Transition to an independent lifestyle, working and living abroad

Ever dream of leaving behind your mundane life, the job that you hate, the dreaded commute, and to live somewhere else? A destination you have dreamed of?

 

Chris Brogan and I in Berlin

Transitions

What do you fear?

A change of culture?

Learning a new language?

Can you afford it?

What about medical?

What about pension?

What about your partner who thinks you cant afford to move.

What about your house?

Finding a job or a means of supporting yourself?

 

In the next few weeks we will be exploring all these areas, and getting your feedback and the opinions of those who have lived abroad happliy, and the solutions they created to the challenges.

 

Now if you are single, its easy, load up the money in your credit card, pack the suitcase, wizz off and face the music later. Right?

If you are married or have a partner there are two people who must quit their jobs, to start again, so more negotiations, more tension, more challenges, but it could bring a while new lease on life for you both, plus you have a team.

 

 

my friend Christine Gilbert who guest blogged on wisequeen when i started it and wrote with me on b5media. has been travelling nonstop with her husband for 5 years now  they had their baby along the way, are expecting a second one  and are now making a documentary and they funded it all online  find them at  almostfearless.com

 

If you have children who need educating the decisions become more challenging and require longer term planning but it's not impossible, we will be talking to those who have done it with kids.

This amazing couple from Argentina have been travelling for the past decade, and their epic story is a testament to what humans can do. they have covered every continent in their old 1920s car, had four children along the way and had the most amazing story to tell published in Spanish and English. Sparkyourdream.com is their blog.

 

 

What would be the deal-breaker for you to live  for a few years in a country or countries you've always wanted to explore?

I never thought I would be forty plus living in a different culture, and speaking a whole new language, it has opened up an entire new world to me, there have been rough spots and challenges I never thought I would overcome. I've dealt with culture-shock, isolation, home-sickness, being broke, being a published author, being a traveller on a new continent as a local, being an adventurer, being successful, being ill, being married, being single, living between four countries.  meeting amazing people some of whom became  my mentors....

 

All of it has refined me, and yet not defined me, it has made me stronger and wiser.

The deal for me is I doubt I could have done it for 12 years without the internet.

Can you really be location independent? The answer, yes. Let's explore how.

Sign up to the blog so you can be part of this adventure and become independent.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Dec052010

Chris Brogan 

Heres my interview with Chris in Berlin where we spoke on b2b marketing and what drives and inspires him.

A candid interview on what makes him so much a favourite online influencer 

 

 

Friday
Dec032010

Berlin white nights

We came to hear the top leaders in Marketing to business speak to us at Berlin #B2BEU at the Next Generation Marketing conference organized by Irina Kremin and her team at KGS, 

 My friend, Chris Brogan who I've written pre-conference posts on and followed since forever, was to be our keynote speaker.

The stage was set, we arrived to a cold snap in Berlin.  We escorted Chris fresh off the plane and still in his shirtsleeves to Potzdamerplatz to buy a scarf , then we went in to have a waffle and scalding gluwein at the Christmas market, it was a lovely crisp evening and Berlin had all her charms on show, and so on to Homebase to warm up the start and to a ping pong match with Brogan.

The first day Kicked off with Chris speaking, It was  Classic Brogan, real, engaged and giving us his take via storytelling on how marketing can be done as communicators in the digital age, Chris's M.O. has always  been making heros of others and giving back more than he takes. 

 

As I tweeted  and wrote on my two posts on Chris before the conference he's a GRU.

He told the story of an  heating installer in Detroit whose lead generation system was a telephone book and a woman making cold calls to the list.

He suggested that his secret to success had been his installers efficient good service to their customers and that this may be their strength and  that they could play to this. Chris suggested he should make a video featuring his installers at work on a customers house, as a testimonal.

 

The response to his talk was great  ( heres a snippet from that)and I guess he has even more fans now, that will adopt him as a mentor as I have.

heres my tweet takeout.  @wisequeen on @ #b2beu 100 years ago I'd be here saying 'look a phone!' then 20yrs ago oh 'look its email ' now its- I'm on twitter and cant use it.

 

His kind tweet comment while I was delivering my talk on using social media for marketing success as Brand stragegist with  iTive who provide solutions for brands and communication for business using new media, is very Broganesque> giving the credit.

 

From @ChrisBrogan, Great work, @ . I loved the point about the event marketing. And the sticky. 

 

We  then went on to a panel covering emotions in marketing lead rather deftly by Rick Segal of Gyro HSR. The take outs from this were that: the emotions used most in marketing campaigns are fear and doubt, based on the underlying desire to belong.

We heard from John Gerosa of Google  on how they move and shake our world via search and mobile. Great content there.

We heard from Jort Possel of Accenture who gave us food for thought on working smarter and simpler in engaging with our clients in his talk on Blogging for B2B business success

 

We heard from Andrea Monaci of HP on Effective Marketing to Fortune 500 companies.

We heard from Madlen Nicolaus from Kodak on Turning friends followers  and fans into sales through social media. There were so many excellent talks.

An excellent talk by Roy van Griensven from Philips on bringing the marketing and sales department together around an iPad was really great for me.

Peter O'Neill of Forrester shows us what stats can teach us about the past and future in Marketing.

Thierry Collet of Dassault systems talk was power-packed and so informative on how their  software applications impact every aspect of our lives and how they entered new markets.

For me, both Chris's talk, on engaging and Rick's talk on what  the workspace means to us now had the take outs I will apply to my own efforts. There were so many great take outs from Rick  IDEATE NOT EXECUTE and join the flow dont stop it  and  I'll try cover some them here in my posts just as soon as I have the videos edited.

I will be covering all the speakers and uploading the video I shot of them and all the pictures here. So follow along as I take you into the power-packed conference that was so useful, and we explore all the networking and fun we had in the evenings, quite some adventures and stories we had!

Thanks to our MC /Chairperson b2b Mag Editor Joel Harrison, who tried in vain to herd us cats.

The white out taxi story: which happened moments after the picture you see of us walking in the whiteout above, was moments after the speakers dinner, where we tasted South African wine with Chris., It was an absolutely hilarous and scary taxi adventure that prompted Chris Brogan to tweet this.

 Chris Brogan 

 After a story from @ last night, biting my tongue not to scream "You shut up!" to @  (she's good people from Kodak)

 

 I'll bring you all those stories and videos on the speakers as I upload and edit them all. plus my latest interview with Chris Brogan here this week from my lovely warm apartment above the river and snow in Berlin.  So stay with me

@ wisequeen In Berlin

 

 

 



Photocredit  Madlen of Kodak

Sunday
Nov142010

BLOG IDENTITY CRISIS

I woke up yesterday to a standing start, went into my office, booted up my computer and realised as I was preparing to write my blog post, I could not write about one more start up, Tech wiz-kid, or Tech-meet.

I felt like the Grinch, and I was going up the mountain just in time for Christmas.

No, I had been covering Techcrunch 50s, Le Webs and just about every other Tech-infested corner of Europe and UK solidly for five years, I was done. Tech per se, had become as about exciting to me as warmed-over porridge.

Yes, I wanted to express myself about the people I meet in Tech, or out in the vineyards. I wanted to write about the crazy, wonderful, life I lead, meeting the people who inspire me, and interviewing them for fun, no angles.

Somewhere between the lastest apps and storage systems, between comparing twitter (which I adopted rather early pre @wisequeen) and facebook, between klout, posterous and "social media gurus"( my least favourite nom de plume) and gimmicky software : the juice had all been sucked out and what was left was a dried up orange half. Tech had become Tack.

I wanted to laugh, to poke fun at myself mostly, and also at some of the extraordinary others that I meet along the highways and byways of the Blogging/Tech superstrada.

So far it has been an amazing journey, meeting people face to face as diverse as Queen Rania of Jordan, and @ChrisBrogan (who this month I share workshop duties with in Berlin). People like @GaryVee who I hated watching online, until I got him, met him, traded jibes with, and grew to love.

New Yorkers like Elin McCoy, Ex LA girls like @missrogue Tara, winemakers, serial entrepreneurs like Nicolas Berg, Politicians the list goes on and on.

But I also write on wine, social media and branding of course and these remain my first loves. And I will cover those till my last withered finger drops off. This year Im speaking on wine+socialsharing in Porto, and then in Berlin on B2B and social tools.
I'm also so excited to be invited to cover the wine event of the year in #Paris

I am no technophobe, ask anyone, I was the first person around to buy an mac air, mac pro, iphone, a flip, a flop, a dropbox. But Oh Lord, spare me.

So tech may sneak in by the back door of all the apps and app makers I talk to daily, Tech may sneak in through the side door via the VC s, but I'm not taking it that seriously anymore, because I think its got a little narcissistic of late. Cest la vie

Queen of all she surveys,

Her Middleness

@wisequeen

Donna Jackson

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