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Brisbane Twestival 2009


I'm working with a team of Brisbane Twitter users to bring you our branch of Twestival, the international Twitter Festival raising funds for Charity:Water.

The event is set for February 12th, a day after Pecha Kucha, a day prior to Friday 13th and two days prior to Valentine's Day. We are currently working on confirming the venue and also scoring some winner entertainment. If you're an entertainer, artist or other individual-of-groove, let me know and we might just have a place for you on the night.

My main role on the committee is to seek sponsorship of the event, whether it be funds, services or products. If you are a proud Twitter user,  I would be so humble as to ask for donations to the cause. Please note that Twitter members organising the event are all volunteers; we're not pocketing any of the cash as 100% of funds from Twestival will go to Charity:Water.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Brisbane Twestival 2009 site!

Canadian Christmas Party Shooting

In Vancouver, Canada, a worker just fired from his job attended the company's Christmas party and fired his former boss. With four gunshots and in front of a dozen or so witnesses.

Eric Allen Kirkpatrick, 61, has been charged with first-degree murder after the crime on Friday. Kirkpatrick was sacked the day before the party by Benjamin David Banky, 40, chief executive of health products company TallGrass Distribution Ltd.

"The shock was tremendous but all the other people in the business - and there another dozen other people who were there for a Christmas party - managed to get out safely," Vancouver police constable Tim Fanning said. 

It took two hours for Mr Kirkpatrick to give into police after the shooting, then party guests were taken to police headquarters by bus.

I give my kudos to TallGrass Distribution's management of the crisis and the calm they maintained in the aftermath. It is good that minimal suffering occured to attendees; however, tragic regarding the loss of their workplace leader.

Survey Edited

There was a concern that my recent market research survey was asking for too much personal information, and I have edited it for this reason.  Finding information on location is important on the Internet, because I need to find out if I am reaching my locale in such early stages of setting up the business. I hope I have not upset or annoyed anyone thinking I had alternate motives for this information.

If you have already participated, you do not need to re-complete the survey. And I thank you also!

In other news, I shall be quite busy with my end of semester exams and assignments so I don't expect to be developing Jensen Events a lot until June. Shame, but I am definitely still around to chat and answer any questions you might have.


The Best Event I've Worked On + Setting Boundaries

Q: Hi Nicole, welcome to Askablogr! What's the biggest event you've ever put on? The most satisfying? What kinds of gigs do you say 'no' to? Are you Brisbane-only, or can you take on clients elsewhere?Chris DeVore

A: a) The most satisfying event I've had a major role in organising was for International House College (University of Queensland, Brisbane). The college holds an event known as Soiree (which I cannot find the website of right now!) and it is completely run by the students. My role in 2006 was to organise publicity, where with two other students I put the word out to EVERYONE in Brisbane that Soiree was on.

It was my first experience at sponsorship negotiations (successful at gaining free advertising on Brisbane's CityCat ferries!) leading and motivating large groups of tired flag-clothed and body-painted students early in the winter mornings for promotional activities, communicating with embassies and local media bodies and more! Let's just say I missed out most of the actual event because I was so exhausted.

To this day people still congratulate me on my efforts that year. I mean, I had a bucket of beer thrown over me at a rival college because we'd interrupted the cricket for a few minutes to promote Soiree!

b) I refuse events I feel I am not competent in running, of course, also I'd have to refuse events outside Brisbane. The reason for both of these is that I would not be able to deliver an event anywhere near the quality of one run by someone more local or qualified. The last reason I'd turn down an event is if it was being run for unethical purposes; it would take all the money in the world just to get me to go against my own code of ethics!

I hope this answered your questions. Thanks for the warm welcome to Askablogr!

An Interview

Under advice from marketing genius IttyBiz I've answered a few questions that my readers will be wondering. What’s your game? What do you do? My game is simple; I provide easy, satisfying event management solutions.

Why do you do it? Do you love it, or do you just have one of those creepy knacks? For love of course! I've always loved playing the host; even back in my school days I was constantly organising insane house parties. Learnt a lot since then of course, but the same drive is still here. Combine a desire to serve with the drive to succeed beyond expectation and you have my focus on this business.

Who are your customers? What kind of people would need or want what you offer? I do not organise international spectaculars, or large-scale corporate conference retreats. I specialise in personal events such as your aunt's 40th or a street's garage sale weekend. My clients are people with small budgets and little time for "all the frills." They are Brisbane charities, students, parents, clubs and small businesses with big hearts for who they want to party and work with. This is why they come to me.

What’s your unique selling point? Why should I buy from you instead of the other losers? Practicality and simplicity. I'm not a high-class event company with crazy demands for deposits every four days because there's a seafood shortage. I understand that my clients are not high-rollers with hours of time to spare because I am still a student myself until the end of this year. I am organising events in my lunch hour, as the sun goes down and as I'm about to fall asleep at night. Also, I barter!

What’s next? What’s the big plan? The big plan at this stage is to expand. I have big ideas for this so-far small gig.

That's the story. If you have any questions like these feel free to e-mail me. Or for any other reason too I suppose!