Being creative does not mean wearing a black turtleneck and hanging out in jazz cafes sipping cappuccinos. It means using your whole mind to find solutions.
– Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen
Play is an imagination carburetor. It refuels my energy and sparks curiosity. Play helps me stay creative, collaborative, and fun. Who doesn’t like fun?!
In addition to writing and giving speeches assigned in the Competent Communication book, I volunteer to take on a range of meeting roles, such as timer, ah-um counter, coordinating impromptu speaking sessions, and more. Find out about Toastmasters of Lincoln Park.
Professional involvements keep me learning and connected to broader trends in communications.
I’m the Creative Services Director for the 2017-2018, and will be serving on the Board. I’ve served as a judge for prestigious Chapter and Regional competitions; I assisted the Director of Chapter Marketing & Public Relations with website content review; provided pro-bono communication support to local non-profits; and served on the Chicago Chapter Board of Directors—in addition to attending professional development events. Find out about IABC Chicago.
I learn a lot from Vital Speeches of the Day newsletters. I attended the 2017 PSA World Conference virtually. Was exhilarated and intrigued by the online Speech Writers Course. Am intrigued and entertained as I explore this craft. Find out about Professional Speechwriters Association.
Making a meaningful contribution to my community makes me feel good too!
I participate in the Chicago River Day. In a neighborhood effort, I walk along the banks and in the river, collecting trash, pulling invasive weeds, and helping to clean up the river. I have also volunteered at the big fundraising event, the Big Fish Ball (selling raffle tickets, etc.)
From time to time, I volunteer as a dog walker with Chicago Canine Rescue. They make it delightfully easy. After completing the paperwork, all they ask is that you come by every few months (no advanced commitment needed) to walk a pooch. I give them my ID, they give me a dog to walk (and bags for poop fairy duty!) and we’re off for about 40 minutes. Fun for me and the dog.