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AuOutdoor Retailer Displaygust 2-5, 2012 marked the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was my second year attending. I attended as a buyer with my colleague Tom, to meet with existing partners and mingle with new potential partners. It was awesome to visit the booths of my favorite outdoor brands, including Brooks (best running gear!) and Patagonia (best ski jackets!). One of our partners had a booth that included Geocaching gear.

This year we stayed in beautiful Park City rather than downtown Salt Lake City. With my background in ski instructing, I found Park City to be a much better fit as a place to stay rather than SLC. I’ll have to find an excuse to go in the winter, next!

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I’ve always been interested in the subject of business communications, from PR to HR. I initiated a project to investigate the Evolution of Internal Communication in the workplace, and found that there is little information on the topic. Through my research, I formulated a compilation of the data that I found and posted it on a stand-alone blog for others to reference. I include a look at the past, present and future of internal communication, and feature a slide show presentation to accompany the text.

http://internalcommunicationtrends.wordpress.com/

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August 20th marked International Geocaching Day, and the annual Block Party in Fremont, WA – near the Geocaching.com headquarters. Visitors from all over the world came to meet with Groundspeak Lackeys, enjoy the fun events and mingle with other geocaching fanatics. Signal the Frog made an appearance despite the summer heat and company founders took a splashing in the dunk tank. A geocaching course was set-up around the area to encourage visitors to see the area and earn a prized geocoin puzzle.

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In August 2011, I attended Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was my first trip to Utah and it was great to meet with so many big name retailers and meet representatives from National Parks. The first day of the show was held off-site at a lake where visitors could test out kayaks, canoes, and other summer time equipment. Magellan set up a nice geocaching course for people to try – it had a mix of easy and difficult caches.

Seeing all the outdoor gear made me want to return for the Winter Market to try out the winter ski equipment!

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Seth Godin Live in Seattle” –  On June 24th, I was fortunate enough to join the half day seminar hosted by Seth Godin at Seattle’s ACT Theatre. It was his first Seattle tour and the house was packed. Entertaining and ever-informative, Godin addressed marketing, business, and education. His take on the education system was particularly interesting to me. He advocates a revised system in which students are taught to think critically and challenge norms, rather than to conform to standards of “success” and standardized test that result in unnatural and uninteresting conformity. You can enjoy his insights on a regular basis through his insightful blog.

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This past ski season marked my 5th year of ski instructing with the well-known Fiorini Ski School. The school has been in business for generations. Many of its students grow-up to become adults who teach for the school, and who later send their own children on the same path: from student to instructor. The Fiorini Ski School began operating in the 1940s, with Bing Crosby as one of its famous clients. 

Over the past 5 years, I’ve noticed that the art of ski instructing shares many parallels with the world of business. Although, I must admit, I have been ski instructing for the fun of it, and not seeing it as “work.” Following are many of the business skills that mirror those of teaching ski lessons to children: (more…)

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