Saturday, July 11, 2009

Goodbye Blogger - hello Wordpress

Hey there,

I'm going to stop posting over here on Blogger and head over to Wordpress. Please stay up to date with me over at and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Thinking about Manweek

This week is Manweek - brought to my attention by Servant of Chaos last week at Coffee Mornings. It's about men talking about their feelings. Not easy - as I am finding now, since I've been thinking about this post since last Friday.

I'm going to be brief (it's a way of me getting out of this easily :) - but the thought that is in my head is that I am very good at relationships in general (business and personal) however I don't think I am good at communicating my feelings to those I care about most - particularly to my immediate family. I am going to talk about my father now - a man who reminds me of the good qualities shown by Walt Kowalski - Clint Eastwood's character in the movie Gran Torino I have the utmost respect for my father - he works hard at everything he does, is a good man but is easily misunderstood. Sometimes I think we misunderstand each other - and that I believe is due in part to the difficulty in communicating our feelings.

With this in mind, I am going to try to be a better communicator of my feelings. Meanwhile, I am going to say this: dad, I love you - you're a great inspiration to me, and I look forward to sharing many years ahead of happy family times, and great memories.

Phew! This post was extremely difficult to write, but at the same time, it makes me feel good to write it. For those men reading this, and who may also feel that they cannot communicate well with a loved one, perhaps try writing something down - a letter, an email, a blog post.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Barcamp Sydney 5

Barcamp 5
Originally uploaded by Halans
Sitting room only during one of the sessions. That's me sitting next to on the right foreground.

Barcamp Sydney 5

Barcamp 5
Originally uploaded by Halans
Catching up on the tweets between sessions at BarCamp Sydney 5

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Daisy The Spoodle Maroubra Beach December 2008

Playing around with Flickr, and it's ability to post to my blog. Love this shot of the dog taken at Maroubra Beach in December last year.

Friday, May 15, 2009

New Blog Post: Coffee Mornings - Single Origin Roasters, Surry Hills

Finally got back to Social Media Coffee this morning - the atmosphere and crowd was as energising as I remember it back in December last year. I was greeted by one of the chaps offering tastings of their new Timana Colombian Coffee - delicious - prepared via plunger, it was very smooth, not at all bitter to taste. I'll be back.

I was pleased to be able to catch up with the charming and adorable Beth Etling from startup The Insight Exchange. Unlike any tradtional events company to date, Beth has joined forces with futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author Ross Dawson and I look forward to attending their first luncheon event next week - The Power of Influence. Contact me (leave a comment) if you'd like discounted tickets to this event.

Another highlight was introducing the team from the award-winning artisan baker Brasserie Bread to coffee mornings. I recently met Brasserie Bread's CEO and Director David James and online comunity manager Mei Tan - these guys are really interested in educating and engaging with their valued customers and embracing social media as a way to do so. Just this week they have started a new blog, and joined Twitter. They have had a Facebook page for some time now - it's really encouraging to see traditional "bricks and mortar" businesses like Brasserie Bread be open to embracing these new forms of communication.

I really can't fault the service at Single Origin Roasters too - there must have been 60 people there this morning and they were hand-delivering our coffee and breakfast orders in impressive time. Well done guys.

I look forward to making more regular appearances and getting to know people at this event - every Friday from 8am.