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Naomi Simson

The question I am asked a lot is “what do you do now that you are not the CEO of RedBalloon?” Whilst life is busy, it is not chaotic – it is purposeful. In fact one of the things I do to create my week is to consider “What is the big game I am playing? – and I block out time to that project or calling. Habit creates productivity even in the face of ‘I have 1000 things to get done’.

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Signing Live What You Love

Monday I dedicated to meetings, one on ones (with Shark Tank companies, Redii & RedBalloon)… having all these meetings on one day keeps me productive. This includes briefing calls for events or speaking engagements through the week. I started the day with my briefing call for the Special Olympics event on Wednesday; a catch up with a very old friend; walk ‘n’ talk with CEO RedBalloon, Nick Baker and signed 250 books for the upcoming Allianz Australia event plus business meetings for Redii. Setting aside this time means that I am able to focus and be productive…. Actually I thrive on being busy.

Tuesday had me up in Brisbane for the Local Government Procurement Conference – I shared the entrepreneurial journey but also I talked about the importance of mastery, and practice – that building something great takes time, focus and commitment.

Wednesday Once a month I set aside a day of others, whether it is people looking for advice, me learning from others, or connecting with people. I also squeezed in a lunch meeting with my publisher from Harlequin to discuss all things ‘Ready to Soar’ launch.

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With Julie McDonald OAM – MC at the Special Olympics fund raiser

Thursday, in Brisbane I spoke at a breakfast event for the Special Olympics – raising money to ensure that kids around Australia with an intellectual disability have the funds for sports equipment, coaches and travel to competition. I chose to share stories of ‘the power of human connection’… okay so I told of lot of fun stories from Shark Tank, speaking events and other ‘interesting circumstances I have found myself in’.

Friday was set aside to record the podcasts for iTunes with my publisher, Harlequin’s social media team #ReadytoSoar – (Apparently I will see some rush copies just after Easter).

I’d classify it as a week where I moved the game forward….

This Week:

Monday – All things Redii at the Marcus Evans HR Summit with Cathie Reid, EPIC Group  – Gold Coast
Tuesday RedBalloon Board Meeting; Digicit Dinner– Sydney
Wednesday – Speaking at the Business and Economics Women’s Alumni Lunch, University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Entpreneur Organization event in Sydney
Thursday – Redii Board Meeting – then depart for the Easter break with family including Dexter
Friday – As little as possible (except maybe a hot cross bun or two).Is the world trying to tell me something?

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  • Reflecting on this weeks planning session... people of different backgrounds, different ages, nationalities all united by a shared senses of #purpose to do something meaningful and valuable for others. #leadership #quote
  • Each year I look at what it is I want to achieve. And how I want to contribute. I also build new messages and insights for my keynotes. One topic I’m considering is Influence... how to impact others. This will incorporate personal leadership, but it is far more shifting viewpoints and aligning people.  This is what I’m working on at the moment.  What are you planning for 2018?
  • Looking good team! #BRG #kickoff
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  • Loveit @redballoon and this is what we do for our day job!


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