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Radio silent due to great opportunities and projects that are coming down the pipeline. Most of them aren't available for public eyes... yet. However, my partner at The Devins Network and I worked with the media for this story to come out about 365 Sports. This article with the Financial Post is exceptional. 365 Sports is a business case of putting customers first and working through unbelievable obstacles. And it is inspirational to know that people are this dedicated to their product and consumers.
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Some days I can’t believe the opportunities that I get and today is one of those days. You see, I’ve been collaborating with Ferg Devins of The Devins Network and we are now officially responsible to promote 5KFoamFest in Uxbridge, Ottawa, Wasaga Beach and Winnipeg, which is not too far from my hometown.
If you want an epic adventure but still want to have fun, FoamFest is for you. It is an obstacle course where you can get down and dirty, tumbling in the mud and challenging your body, but it is a fun run. That’s right. The whole point is to have fun. Not just for adults but for absolutely everyone. The best part, at least in my opinion, is the foam. Play hard. Get dirty. Then get clean.
FoamFest is happening all across Canada, not just Uxbridge, Ottawa, Wasaga Beach and Winnipeg. I could tell you more about but why not watch this video and see for yourself. Or maybe check out Urban Slide, another event done by 365 Sports.
The 365 Sports Group is the dynamite force behind FoamFest. Headed by an ex-Sony Music Canada executive and a former professional snowboarder and Olympic coach, this unlikely pair has done some exceptional work. Specifically, they have brought the OCR World Championships to Collingwood for 2016 and 2017. This is big. This is huge. This is major.
Obstacle course racing is a new sport that combines speed, strength and agility. Races like Tough Mudder and Spartan have brought a lot of attention to OCRs. The world championships is basically a regular OCR but faster, harder and more intense. This is where you are going to see what you didn’t think was possible. With over 5,000 athletes from 30 countries, this is going to be an event you won’t want to miss. Do you have what it takes to go to the World Championships? Find out here on how to qualify. And if you just want to run the course, there is the opportunity to try the course as a spectator.
I could go on and on and on because I am just that excited. Instead, I’ll be keeping you updated with more information as it comes out.
For most people, editing academic medical papers is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Only a handful of people are interested in the impact of heparin coating in bypass surgery in children and it turns out that I am one of them. The difficulty of the subject matter is one of the reasons why I enjoy scientific editing. It keeps me challenged to constantly think outside of any of my formal training. Plus, there is also the style element. While style is my strength when I write, editing an academic paper removes the majority of the writing tools I rely on. Am I a stronger writer because of this editing? Absolutely.
Besides improving my skills, it is also rewarding to have your hand in something that makes a difference. The likeliness of complimenting you on your latest scientific edit, if they somehow even find out what you edited, is unlikely at best. But one of my editing professors told me that an editor has to have a fine balance of ego and desire to hide from the lime light. Ego, in the form of confidence, to know that you are improving someone's work while being OK with getting only a small sliver of the credit.
Today I edited a paper that may influence how brain injuries are treated. Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday.
As a freelance writer, a lot of random assignments come my way. Last year I had the pleasure of writing about food for a new online magazine for trendy Moms. These articles are fun while providing information to be healthier. We all have full and chaotic lives so it is hard to prioritize healthy choices. Click the images below to see the visually stunning articles.
Early in my career, I had the luck of landing an awesome job at Harlequin Enterprises. Harlequin is a powerhouse in the romance industry and I've always been impressed with what they do. My job as an Assistant Editor meant I wrote back covers, Dear Reader letters, evaluated submissions and a bunch of other fun things! As a summary of my work, I put together a video portfolio a few years ago to highlight some of my accomplishments.
I am collaborating with The Devins Network, led by Ferg Devins, a straight-shooting PR guru, to provide PR services for 365 Sports Group. More about 365 Sports Group soon but here is a little article that Ferg wrote and I edited.
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? This phrase always comes to mind when my colleagues and I chat about requests to work for free. It seems to happen in all areas of my life, from my PR work, circus work and coaching. In combination with working for free, being undervalued is also a challenge.
To educate the circus community on the economic principles and consequences of working for free, I wrote a fun article for The North American Circus Competition in the fall of 2014. With out a budget, The Consequence of Working for Free in Circus went viral. Currently, the metrics show over 13,000 reads all across the world; ~2,300 Facebook shares; and a reference by PetaPixel, a popular photography blog, in a complementary article. In addition, one of my PR professors used the article for a seminar as PR professionals are frequently overlooked for the work they do. And it didn't stop there! A yoga blog wrote a rebuttal article that said I was wrong. I was flattered as they felt my article warranted a conversation.
Not bad considering I was still completing my PR certificate when this article was released. One giant step towards PR domination!