In 2005 I attended a Greater Dayton Advertising Association seminar featuring Jeff Taylor, the founder of Monster.com. A few years later – for better or worse – the key message I’ve retained is “Always go to the party.” (Who would forget that advice?)
His point: It’s never a good time. You’ll always be too tired. The “to do” list is always too long.
But you have to do it.
Because you never know who you might meet … your next client, your next business partner, your next inspiration. But if you stay at home or at the office, you’ll miss the opportunity.
So, being prone to heed wise advice, I went to the party. (Okay, it was lunch.)
In March, I met with a small group of acquaintances and classmates from the Leadership Pikes Peak “Leadership NOW!” Program, including Elissa, a Meeting and Event Manager for the US Olympic Committee (USOC). Prior to joining the USOC, Elissa had traveled to Olympic venues from Lillehammer through Torino and worked at the Torino Games as a volunteer for the USOC.
This was incredible to me – I didn’t know you could do that.
Elissa gave me information on how to become a volunteer and helped me navigate the application process. Colleagues from Bing and previous work lives participated as references. And in late April, I was selected to support the 2008 US Olympic Team in Beijing.
I will be using bingenuity.com to record my experience at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Starting “stateside”, I’ll document the preparations and logistics of the trip through the entire Games and return trip. Search for posts labeled “Bing in Beijing” or just check back frequently.
Let the Games begin.