2012 in review

2012 has been an incredible year in so many ways from a personal perspective: my mother died; I was made redundant; got a new job; got elected as SLA President-Elect 1013 and supervised a house build in Cornwall. So a busy time for me personally, not to mention all things happening elsewhere in the UK: the Olympics, Queen’s Jubilee and SLA Europe’s 40th anniversary.

Thank you to all those who have supported me during the last year. It’s been gratifying to know there are so many different communities out there to provide me with support, love and encouragement. It’s been an emotional time during which I’ve learnt a lot including:

– when I put my mind to it I can write. As the smattering of blog posts, tweets, tributes and campaign speeches reveal. keep an eye out for more in 2013.

– public speaking virtually isn’t as scary as I thought. Careful preparation and practice can make for successful webinars and Skype presentations and show there really isn’t too much difference to face to face presentations. Except of course what you wear, webinars at midnight can be done in your pyjamas!

– challenges make you stronger, and show you how resourceful you really can be, whether it’s finding a new job or campagning I’ve dealt with an array of challenges.

Finally, WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog and here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

It’s helpful to know the first timers tips for conference was the most popular post, I’ll be working with SLA colleagues to ensure these tips are shared with first timers this year.

Click here to see the complete report.


Challenges and opportunities of working globally

Increasingly we’re all working and thinking more internationally, a recent example of this for me was the UK interest in the recent US elections. I can remember a time when I was considered odd for wanting to sit up all night to watch the results on TV, but then being half American meant I had a personal interest in the result. How things have changed thanks to technology in the form of internet and Twitter.

There are obvious challenges and opportunities that working globally presents from cultural issues to time zone nightmares. I’m speaking, via Skype, to the SLA Silicon Valley chapter later this week about ‘What being international means for SLA and our members’. I covered some of what I’ll be talking about in one of my responses to the board candidates’ questions  posted on SLA’s Blog earlier this summer. I have plenty of personal experience of working globally from my time at BBC, and learnt a lot about different cultures when answering questions from World Service staff. But that was nine years ago so may be dated. To ensure I’m as balanced and inclusive as possible I’d like to hear from others about what they see as the:

  • challenges of working internationally;
  • benefits of working internationally;
  • opportunities of working internationally.

And I’d be interested to hear responses from those working in a global company or being part of a professional association.

Please post responses on this blog, or via Twitter (@katefromuk) or  email (katearnold64@yahoo.co.uk).