Happy new year. It has been just five months since I became self employed and I have absolutely no regrets as I have enjoyed every minute of it. I did myself a quick ‘future backwards’ review of my 12 most interesting and important events of the past five months:
TODAY: Doing OK, opportunities for work emerge at very short notice. Nice balance of leisure to work and paid to unpaid projects. Building reputation, networking and finding my niche.
- Attended a Business Link course on starting a business.
- Spoke on “The ecology of WEB 2.0” at a Unicom conference
- Ran a workshop for MSc students at Metropolitan University in London
- Great weekend at Cae Mabon which brought together sustainability, storytellers and an iron age roundhouse – unforgettable and life changing
- Was guest blogger on Cognitive Edge web site for two weeks
- Facilitated workshop in British Library for a friend doing a PhD
- Re-visited Cognitive Edge accreditation at Wetlands Centre in London
- Became a TRIZ trainer at Oxford and Farnborough for Oxford Creativity
- Attended the superb Centre for Narrative Leadership “Cathedrals in the Heart” get-together near Stroud
- Worked on a couple of projects with Dave Snowden based on and in Liverpool museums
- My “Storytelling Guru” interview published on Kathy Hanson blog ‘a storied career’
- Ran archetype extraction workshop in Glasgow.
HELL = In one year if everything that could go wrong does go wrong.
Meaningless, non story-based work, Central London, fewer contracts, need to seek employment. No travel or too much travel.
HEAVEN = In one year if everything that could go right does go right:
Many meaningful and varying projects (eg sustainability, health and environment), mostly narrative based, facilitating, lecturing, speaking, coaching and inspiring others. Some travel. Some research, publishing and writing.