Saturday, October 31, 2009

Starr Tincup - Try Not To F**k This Up

...but if you do call us.

I had to laugh. Bill emails me and says that a package arrived from Starr Tincup and should he open it. FYI, the reason that he had to ask was because I work out of my house in Seattle and he works at Cool Works worldwide headquarters in Gardiner, Montana. I say sure. He opens it up and a small book written by the dudes at Starr Tincup called Try Not To F**k This Up (but if you do, call us) appears.

I then emailed William Tincup and thanked him for the gift. Conveniently, I knew that I would be able to pick it up this last week on my visit to Gardiner for the 21st annual SHRA conference, which was a HUGE success thanks to some great attendees, speakers and Patty from Cool Works.

So I pick up my f***ing book and wait to read it until I'm on my flight home from Bozeman to Seattle. And, I can say this honestly. It's a great little book. It's full of wonderful tips for anyone starting a company or even those who are wondering how to get more attention for their companies. It covers in no particular order:
  • Social Media
  • Blogs
  • SEO
  • Branding
  • Marketing
  • Product Launches
  • Web Analytics

And so on, and so on. I am about 3/4 of the way through it and will probably finish it on my flight to Chicago tomorrow for Kennedy / OnRec. I also hope to get it autographed by the man himself. Anyhow, check out the book or at least follow Tincup on twitter. You'll soon be adding him to your entertaining list.

That is all.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Podcasts

We're always up to something new. The latestst and greatest is that we are now dabbling in podcasts using BlogTalkRadio. Our first podcast featured Tina Brudzinski, Human Resources Manager, at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. She was as gracious as ever and a perfect guest. She answered generic questions about working for a ski resort and also told us a bit about how she got her job at Crested Butte.

Interview with Tina Brudzinski from Crested Butte

Next up on our podcast will be my long time friend and former co-worker at Princess Tours, Rick Peterson, who is the Hotel Services Manager at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge in Trapper Creek, Alaska. Rick started his own hospitality career as a seasonal employee working for Princess at their Kenai property. On the podcast he will share some of his wisdom regarding how you not only decide if seasonal work is right for you, but also what to do once you've made that decision.

The Seasonal Employee Journey with Rick Peterson
Tuesday, October 20 at 3pm Pacific / 6pm Eastern

We'll cover the following topics on the call:

  • Where to work
  • When to apply
  • How to get your application noticed
  • What to expect once you're hired

If you or your organization would like to join me on one of our podcasts, please email me. We don't have a set schedule yet, but plan on doing a few of them each month, and they will be featured on the following sites.

Also, if you ever want to interview one of us at Cool Works for your podcast or blog, please let us know. We're happy to share our knowledge about the seasonal jobs.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Twitter, oh how I love thee

I have said before, and I'll say it again, Twitter is my favorite social network.  I love how I can just pop in, see what's happening, comment here and there and then get out.  I recently was gone for a trip to San Francisco and missed a lot of the goings on - as tends to happen when you don't have a really cool mobile device - but as soon as I came back, my twitter friends greeted me with open arms.  On the trip a photo of me was taken that I really liked so I decided to update my profile pic.  I contacted Animal, my official profile pic consultant, and recruiting friend who lives in Toronto, and once posted, I got lots of praise from the crew.  Mind you, many of these people who commented I have never met in person.  It's amazing.


As someone who works virtually for, a niche job website featuring jobs in great places like national parks and resorts, etc., I tend to be alone a lot except for the company of my darling kittens, so I really appreciate having a bunch of like-minded individuals I can tap when I need a boost of people power.  Since I joined twitter in early 2008, I've discovered that it is great platform for connecting via common interests, and being social by nature, it gives me the lift I need when I work solo from home.

Earlier this year, I was fortunate to participate as a speaker at the Seattle Cool Twitter Conference and met some great people including Bob Fine, the founder and idea guy.  Like most of my Twitter followers/followees, I had never met anyone at this conference prior to my arrival.  When we got there though, we discovered that all of us had many things in common.  We were ahead of the curve, willing to take risks, and hopeful for a more connected and futurstic world.  Each had their own reason for twittering, but we all agreed that at least we were doing it.

In two weeks on Friday, October 23, I will speak at the Vancouver Cool Twitter Conference where I'll share how you can connect with other people on Twitter.  My presentation focuses on how to get your foot in the door, ease your fears about breaking into the conversation, and get you connected properly.  It's easier than you think.

I am happy that Bob wants me back.  Plus, I hope that we'll get more of a chance to chat since he quickly skedaddled after the one in Seattle.  His world tour schedule is amazing!  And since it seems that I am always (ha!) at the conferences that include the number three (3), it looks like I'll be joining the show next in Melbourne, Australia.  Bob, feel free to add me to the exotic location stand by list. : )

I hope to see you in Vancouver home of the 2010 Olympic Games.  I can't believe that they're almost here!