Saturday, December 23, 2006

a glimpse of what's in store

yesterday, i was very excited to get an e-mail from my mentor for the climate project. our mentor will be with us through training, but also help us most of all *after* the training when we are out giving presentations.

my mentor is c. (for this blog, we'll be using initials instead of nicknames.) i can't wait to meet him in person. he was a volunteer, like me, but was in the first group to be trained, and now is a mentor for the rest of us. he had a varied background, from politics to the performing arts, and in another strange coincidence, is a survivor of stage 4 non-hodgkins lymphoma (i'm currently training a marathon for charity to benefit the leukemia & lymphoma society. stage 4. so frightening! it makes me proud to know what i'm doing with the runs is contributing to more success stories like c's.

anyway, i think we're going to get along famously. i asked if there was anything i should be doing in addition to reading an inconvenient truth, and here's what he had to say:

Also be thinking about how you're going to market your presentations: Who are your centers of influence? Who do you know that can help you get engagements? What organizations do you belong to? How will you network ...

i think i have a lot of good ideas for this. first off ;) i have the networking down pat, but if anyone else has any ideas feel free to sent them my way. i think while it will be really important to educate the young, influential, mobile urbanites, it is equally important to get out into smaller communities, like where i grew up, to spread the word. i have a lot of contacts at large media companies, and will see about doing some presentations on site (hearst, conde nast, hbo, etc).

happy holiday's to everyone if i don't post in the next few days...its going to be all about christmas and running! =)


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