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Tuesday
Aug042015

Speaking on Employee Engagement and Intranets at ThoughtSummit 2015

Earlier this year I was super excited to jet off to Vancouver, Canada, to speak at ThoughtSummit 2015. Organized by the team behind social intranet software, ThoughtFarmer, ThoughtSummit brought together some of the best minds in employee communications, engagement, and technology. I had such a blast on stage that day, and I think from the pictures, it showed.

Here is what Jill Purse, ThoughtSummit’s conference producer and ThoughtFarmer’s marketing manager, had to say about my contribution to the event:

"Tarley was one of the strongest and highest-rated speakers at ThoughtSummit, our thought leadership conference on social software and employee engagement. Not only does Tarley possess impeccable presentation skills and a lively personality, but what really resonated from her presentation was her innovative use of technology tools to make a big impact with a small team. Even though we make intranet software, she shared some ideas we'd never thought of (one of which we went on to implement on our intranet)."

In my lightening talk I shared my top 3 “You’d be crazy not to…” secrets for awesome intranets and employee engagement (more on that later).  I then joined the ThoughtFarmer Champion Panel in very good company with Christi Millar from Osum Oil Sands Corp., Lisa Grant from Vancouver Public Library, and Vanessa Millar from MD Financial Management. Together the four of us fielded a variety of questions from our interested audience.

The speaker line-up at ThoughtSummit varied from inspirational and forward-thinking, to strategic and technical. And I think I landed somewhere in between, with a blend of practical tips and big ideas, very much rooted in reality.

Thanks for having me ThoughtSummit, until next year.

Monday
Jun292015

Celebrate with Pride: Facebook Makes It Easy to Show Support for Marriage Equality

 

You guys know how much I love all of the colours of the rainbow. I've doused myself in colour twice in the name of The Color Run after all. So when I saw the opportunity to add a rainbow to my Facebook profile pic, I jumped at it.

What I love about this, even more than the coloured stripes, is what it stands for.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry across America, becoming the 21st country to do so.

And that rainbow dancing over my face, celebrates the growing drumbeat of countries around the world sanctioning marriage for anyone who has love for another person. Marriage equality for all, regardless of sex.

So with national monuments lit up in rainbow colours, why shouldn't our faces be too?

Facebook's 'Celebrate Pride' tool makes it super-easy for users to add a rainbow overlay to their profile picture. Millions of people are just two-clicks away from taking part in armchair activism and celebrating same-sex couples in their community. My heart warms when I scroll through my feed and see a giant stream of rainbows, from many other supporters of marriage equality.

It's only a matter of time before #LoveWins everywhere, right?

Thursday
Jun182015

6 Tips For A Brighter 5K Color Run

After doing The Color Run, not just once, but twice, I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve on how you can make the most out of the event and make your 5K run even more colorful.

  1. Take a before AND after photo. Although the memories will live on forever, the pictures are going to get the Insta-likes. Take lots throughout the race, but definitely take a before and after.
  2. Get there early and plan to stay after the run. Make sure you pick up your event packet before race day so you don’t have to worry about lines in the morning. Plan to arrive between 30-60 mins before the published start time so you can take in the energy around you. It’s a fun run for a reason so make the most of the music, crazy costumes and dancing before, during and after the race. Not to mention the color throws and dance party post-run.
  3. Bring as little as possible with you.  My kit contained a disposable bottle of water to drink on the way there and then put in the trash, a small armband pocket containing my house key, a credit card, ID, $20 in cash, and of course, my phone, essential for documenting the fun.
  4. Protect your scalp!  If you don’t want to spend the next few days scrubbing colored powder out of your center part, wear a cap or a wig (in white of course!) It’s a great way to look the part, but much easier to get clean in the days afterwards.
  5. Get as much color as possible. Keep your arms down and twirl as you move through the color throws to get a more even color placement – yes there is a strategy involved! You might want to hold your breath and close your mouth at the same time to avoid taking in too much powder.
  6. Finish line smiles. Position yourself by the Flo Foto camera as you cross the finish line and show the world just how happy you are to be done! Then around two weeks later don’t forget to look up your photos online to purchase a copy.

 

Have you done a similar fun run?

Share your tips in the comments>>

Tuesday
Dec022014

Sydney in Summer....*sigh*

It's really simple. Even after living in the Big Apple for 2.5 years, there is still nothing better than Sydney in Summer. Actually, we could even narrow it down to January. Sydney in January is bliss.

It starts with a bang with fireworks on the Harbour Bridge on New Years Eve, then the momentum continues with Sydney Festival and culminates in Australia Day. It seems as though everyone is on summer holidays, at the beach, eating chocolate Paddle Pops, day trippin' on the Manly ferry, and spending the balmy nights at Opera Bar or the many open air cinema's that pop up around the city....

Yep, that's my city in Summer. And she still has my heart.

Watch this snappy timelapse video featuring a few of my favourite spots (Boathouse Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, and Hugos Manly) and then tell me you don't feel the same.

 

Saturday
Aug092014

4 big ideas from the 2014 Content 2 Conversion conference

Earlier this year I attended the Content 2 Conversion conference in New York City to get the buzz on content marketing and lead generation. It’s not often you get to take a day out of the office to mingle with the best content marketers in the business (cue Pam Didner from Intel, Lee Odin from TopRank and Jacky Saayman from Open Text, winner of two Killer Content awards) and eavesdrop on how to drive greater lead generation from content.

Here are the four big ideas I took away with me:

1. Repurpose, Reuse, Refresh.

A whitepaper or webinar is a huge undertaking on their own. They are meaty, lengthy, and rich in depth and detail. But once published it it would be a waste to leave them in their static, stand alone form, waiting for downloads.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Mar212014

Tarley Takes The Color Run

 

So I've been saying for a while, mainly to myself, that something has gotta change. After a year of living, working and eating my way through New York, I desperately need to focus on my health and wellbeing. On the cusp of Spring, I'm having my own awakening.

But I need a goal. Something that's not too far away to give me something to focus on. For some people it's a wedding, for other people it's a marathon. I found mine in The Color Run, or what's dubbed as the "happiest 5k on the planet".

On May 31, The Color Run hits Queens - my home borough in New York City. And this my goal.

To run 5 kms in 10 weeks.

I've never been able to get excited by running. As such I've never considered myself to be a runner. Probably because since high school I haven't been able to run more than one kilometre at a time - even at my fittest.

But, I love colour. Colour makes me happy. And I can get excited about running, dancing, and playing around a 5k track and being doused with colourful paint.

So my 5k adventure starts here, and ends with a very colorful rainbow.

I need all the help I can get. So please, keep me accountable, keep me inspired and help me reach my goal by sending me love and good wishes!

 

- Notes on the Color Run-

  • If you want to run with me in Queens, NY on May 31 or in Brooklyn on July 5, save $10 with this code: COLORNYC
  • The Color Run is GLOBAL and has runs in 30+ countries - yes, even Australia - find your city and country here to train with me
  • More than half of the Color Run's participants are first-time 5k runners, like me. No need to be scared off by 'the professionals' - everyone is there to have fun!
  • You start wearing white and finish plastered in color - what's not to love about that?