Hello hello, and welcome to Interp's April edition!
So the mid-term break is finished. And it was just getting good too. Ah well, you’re back here and reading Interp, which is the important part, right? Oh and by the way, how is it we’ve had two weeks off yet we all somehow still have a few thousand words to do before 11:59 tonight? Damn it. What did you do with your break? I know a few of us are looking for a quick spot of work to undergo for that delicious cash-money, amiright? Well, read on! For in the pages to come we address a nifty little website we’ve stumbled across for acquiring work that actually suits you. An absolute god-send. In this edition Katie shows us – with beautiful visuals – how to sip our beverages with an amount of class comparable to Donald Draper of Mad Men, whilst our other talents take us back to the moment we set foot in loveable B-town (kudos to comedian ___ for the submission!) We’ve got masses of shizzle in store – and be on the lookout for our next Facebook competition! Congratulations to the four proud owners of Rafter’s Bar memberships. I’ll leave you to it, and again keep the emails and Facebook posts coming! We love hearing from you, be it an article submission or a place in our team.
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Meet the Team
Contents Page 6- How to be a leader- Interp Meets Mark Bouis Letitia Wallace Associate Editor
Caitlin Christensen Head of Design, Marketing and Promotions
Steph Allen Head of Advertising
Page 8- CSU Global Page 16- How to deal with Fear Page 18- How to drink properly Page 25- Shared Living: Because I bought toilet paper last time
Tahlia Sarv Journalist
Carly Schad Journalist
Katie Rose Journalist
Amy Boyle Journalist
Isabelle Oâ€™Brien Food
Page 27- Best Business Practice- Just not good enough Page 29- Going to the Darkside with Dave Harrington
Page 31- Taking it back to O week
Page 32-Food Pages
Page 34- Maybe you shouldnâ€™t get so mad at the YouTube Ads
How to be a leader
2. Groups of people are just lots of individuals. Be ready to learn.
Interp meets Mark Bouris. Jake Quade.
Group interviews, interviews with two or more staff members, uni group work – they’re all essentially the same deal. You’ve got skills that they don’t know about, and vice versa. How are you supposed to evoke all of these awesome qualities? Mark says the best way to deal with this is to let them establish their standpoints first – then you get to work assessing how you can work with them (because you already know what you’re capable of). He also gives a few key words of advice: In order for a group to work efficiently, the other members need to grow from you. They need to:
He created Wizard Home Loans, Australia’s second largest non-bank mortgage lender. He’s worked under Kerry Packer, makes daily deals involving more money than any of us will ever see… And if you don’t know who I’m talking about yet, I have two words for you: “You’re fired.” (NB: If you didn’t get the joke, he’s also that guy from The Apprentice)
Be taught. That means going at their speed (yes, each individual). Be recognised. Don’t fill them with your words only – they’ve got talent too. Be equal. That means no big kids in the sandpit. If you’re the group leader, be ready to lose the title the minute someone of less experience starts offering advice.
Interp was lucky enough to attend a keynote event hosted by SpotJobs, featuring Mark Bouris – with guest VIP Stephanie Rice. In his keynote Mark spoke about business management, Human Resources, but most of all about working with people. He professes that no matter what industry you’re in – hell, even if your only foreseeable plans are being a uni student – you’re in the business of people. You deal with them everyday, and once you know how to do this efficiently they’ll love you for it, and you’ll suddenly become a lot more gifted in any area you choose to pursue. “What are his tips for dealing with colleagues, business people and future employers?” I hear you ask. Fear not, dear readers – we wrote stuff down.
Be understood: Know the consensus. Do they like the ideas that have been contributed? Do they like the other group members? Do they like you?
1. Don’t indulge in leadership, indulge in ‘followship’.
When you’re faced with a dilemma, Mr. Bouris notes the three key questions you need to ask yourself: 1. What’s your business? The answer should always be people. 2. Have you ever failed your business? The answer should always be yes. If you’re not prepared to run with your colleagues until there’s nothing left, you need to reassess your commitment. Passion isn’t enough – you need to have fight. 3. How far are you prepared to go? People know you’ll say what they want to hear, so rather than telling employers you’ll go as far as it takes, tell them to arrange a penalty if you don’t. That way they’ll believe you, and you’ll know exactly what’s at stake.
Instead of being one of those wanky people who know they’re a leader, be someone who’s focused on the people around him. It makes sense that people are more drawn to the idea of working with you rather than working for you. How do you actually know if your focus on followship is working? People will start showing these traits: Admiraton Mimicry (the sincerest form of flattery) Resilience Inspiration These are all shows of your character, which is ultimately the aspect of you everybody picks up on. Keep it in check and no matter who they are – employer, lecturer, colleague – they’ll all be more open to you.
Be stopped. Unfortunately, sometimes people would be better utilised elsewhere. This is a dicey topic, but it’s realistic. Know when to cut the ropes – but also know how. As a leader – or even as a group member – you can’t be expected to know all the details. That’s why you need to be on good terms with your group; if you can’t know all the details, know all the people who would have the details.
Lastly, remember that every business, every relationship you’ll ever have with professionals, the focus should be the person-to-person interaction. Things won’t always work out, but if you can connect with the person you’re looking at, you can at least know why.
CSU Global “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”
By Tahlia Sarv
You’re in Delhi, India. You’re in the city home to 18 million people. The pungent odor of polluted air and urine is inescapable. The sides of roads are lined with litter. People and animals share their living space on top of this rubbish grass. You drive down these roads squished in a Rickshaw (a 3 wheeled Indian taxi) and have accepted the fact that this is how you will die. You’re not too sure if your death will be from hitting a cow in the middle of road, being run over by a truck, or simply being stranded in woop-woop-ville because the English to Hindi translation went a tad wrong. You’re in Agra, India. You’re at the Taj Mahal. Let me repeat, THE Taj Mahal! As in ‘wonder of the world’ Taj Mahal! Need I say more? You’re in Rishikesh, India. You’re in the yoga capital of the world. The view from your room imitates that of a picture. The Ganges River streams along the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Hindu temples and yoga retreats are nestled between the mountains and river. Your group gets invited to an Indian wedding. You then spend the next 5 hours shopping at the local market for traditional dress. You attend your first Indian wedding. You look Bollywood ready and find yourself dancing to Justin Bieber at a wedding of whose you do not know. You are treated like royalty: inundated with attention, cameras and children tugging on your sari wanting to hold your hand and dance with you. An Indian elder grabs your arms and teaches you how to dance the “Indian way”. You’re then pulled up on stage to get photos with the newly weds (Again, of whom you don’t know!). You have the best day of your entire life and little
9 do you know that this Indian wedding will not be your last. Taj Mahal? Check. Indian wedding? Check. Wild elephant spotting during an open top jeep safari? Check. Bungy jumping (for others in my group)? Check. I think you get the point. It was amazing. Last November, myself and twelve other fortunate, eager, first and second year journalism students head to India as part of a short-term CSU Global program. We spent the incredible month taking part in the ‘Service Learning in the Himalayas’ program run by ISAC (India Study Abroad Centre). Whilst we were housed, fed and looked after by them, ISAC also ran our volunteer program, enabling us to work alongside one of two non-government organisations. We taught english, art and geography, painted classrooms, played a ridiculous amount of games with the adorable children, and did our best to contribute certain knowledge and awareness that would sustain with the organisations and the kids. The sincere relationships my group made not only with one another, but also with the staff and affectionate children- we will never forget.
So what is CSU Global and how can you get involved in something like this? CSU Global is an initiative run through Charles Sturt University, providing students with a range of international opportunities to expand students’ horizons, enhance students’ degrees and complete the CSU experience. CSU Global offers students both short-term Photography by Kate Nielson programs (like mine) and long-term exchanges (like Jenna’s, which you shall soon read about). Based in our Bathurst campus (although can work through other campus’ too), CSU Global works in conjunction with faculties to arrange international experiences suitable for nearly all students and degrees.
11 Long-term exchange
The CSU Global Student Exchange Program allows you to spend up to two sessions studying at one of the MANY partner universities on offer. Studying on exchange not only will immerse you in another culture, but allows you to experience day-to-day life as a student at your host institution while receiving credit for this study back here at CSU.
When did your exchange take place? We all left at the start of August 2013, and came back at different times. I came back on the 13th of January, coming from -15 degrees to about +25!
Not only that, but if you’re a Commonwealth Supported Student you can still defer your subject costs to your HECS debt while on exchange. You could also be eligible for an OS Help Loan to assist with the exchange costs. For more information use contact details at the end. What made you want to do an exchange program?
Short-term programs From delivering dental treatment in Cambodia, to teaching in rural India or Asia, a variety of these short-term programs have been specifically created for CSU students. These programs allow you to explore a range of cultures, build networks and put into practice the skills you are gaining in your degree. These programs usually run between two to six weeks and can provide credit for CSU subjects. Current and proposed programs for 2014 can be found at: www.csu.edu.au/csuglobal/short-termprograms/overview Numerous financial assistance packages are also available to help get you overseas: - CSU Vice-Chancellor Travel Grants - Australian Government Scholarships - And more!!
I love to travel, and so when the opportunity was presented to me, I couldn’t resist. We were offered a lot of financial help from the government and university itself, which was a huge incentive to go over. I find that living overseas, away from your family and friends, is always a rewarding experience that will guaranteed change your life for the better. How was it going through CSU Global and what was the process? CSU Global were very supportive in making sure our subjects were sorted out, suitable to us, and generally making sure we were doing alright throughout our exchange. The application was online, and you simply filled it out, with a 500-word statement as to why you wanted to go. A few weeks later, we received an email letting us know that our application had been successful, and we began our organising from there! How did you choose your exchange university?
From India, to Canada! Jenna Preswick is a 4th year primary education student who took part in a 6-month exchange in Ontario, Canada and could not recommend doing a CSU Global long-term exchange program enough!
I was lucky in that the university in Canada I went to was the same one as here – CSU! The Ontario campus! So it was a direct transfer to the same university, making the whole process simpler and easier. It also meant that my marks would be recognised here in Australia, because sometimes getting an HD in an American University means still getting a Pass here.
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13 What did your exchange involve? How did study/leisure/travel balance out? The program in Canada is a post-grad course, so the study was quite intense. However, our lecturers were well aware of this, and supported us the whole time, ensuring none of us would be able to fail. We didn’t get any holidays until the middle of December, but we had a few 3, and even 4-day weekends, which we took full advantage of. We visited Toronto for different events, sometimes there would be events in our local town, or we would simply stay in and catch up on study. After we finished, we all did a bit of travelling, though. There was quite a lot of time for leisure in that sense, with the long weekends. How did you find living on campus in Canada? It was very different to living in Bathurst, as we were all living in an apartment block. Myself and 2 other people shared a 2-bedroom apartment, meaning I shared with a girl who, at the beginning, I really didn’t know very well. Thankfully, she turned out to genuinely be the sweetest and loveliest person I’ve ever shared a room with. My other roommate was a guy who I did not know too well either, but he also turns out to be lovely, and an excellent roommate. The three of us got along famously, and I very much miss living with the two of them. I still keep in touch with them both, and plan on having them as lifelong friends.
Estimated cost of total trip? Between 5 and 8 thousand, depending on how much you like to spend on clothes and food! Not to mention travel during and after study. Highlight? Quebec City! Quebec City is in the north of Canada, and dominantly speaks French. I was there during the Polar Vortex, so it was minus 40, but the snow made the whole town feel and look like a classic Christmas film, with a European vibe to the place. It was stunningly beautiful. There is an old part of town, which is surrounded by a fort, with cobblestone alleyways and classic little shops all over. A half frozen lake, with the sun shining every day, made it gorgeous. Biggest challenge? Walking around Quebec City, in a temperature I had never experienced before, looking like Michelen Man in my many layers, attempting to speak the French I could remember from Year 12 HSC. That was a while ago…. Though, obviously this was all fine by me, as it was also my favourite place in Canada.
14 Who would you recommend exchange to? Anyone who feels they need to escape, or who wants to know what it’s like to live in a different country that isn’t too different from their own. You definitely need a sense of adventure, willingness to try different things and be prepared for the separation from family and friends, realising that you can easily make close friends with the people you live with. Generally anyone who wants to, or already has a bug for, travel.
Jenna in Quebec
Any advice you want to give to someone else thinking of doing exchange? Do a bit of research into the country you want to visit before getting there, don’t be shy to talk with locals, they know the area best after all, and will happily give you advice on where to go and what to do. You need to learn that public transport is a necessity for getting around a country that is not yours, and that it is actually a reliable system. Always, always go on a train across the more remote and arid areas of any and every country (at least once!) It may be a bit expensive, so book well in advance, but the 3-5 hour train rides across the country were some of the best times of my life.
Have we convinced you enough yet? If so, or if you have any more questions on how you can get overseas with CSU Global, feel free to contact them directly atEmail: email@example.com Phone: 02 6338 4068 Web: www.csu.edu.au/csuglobal
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As of these recent holidays, Interp’s beautiful Associate Editor Letitia Wallace will be sadly leaving the magazine after being offered a full time journalist position in Canberra. All of us here at Interp, and on behalf of CSU Bathurst students, we would like to congratulate Letitia on her extremely exciting new role and wish her all the very best for the future. Interp will miss her dearly and would like to thank you her for all the time she has given the magazine, and for her support throughout the magazine’s revamp. Congratulations again Letitia and all the best for the exciting journey ahead.
How to Deal with The Fear ByByNina NinaOyama Oyama
I moved to Bathurst from Sydney in late February of this year. Bathurst, from a city slicker perspective, seemed like a quaint but friendly little country town. The streets were vaguely empty in the daytime, and at night desolate. To me the freakiest thing about Bathurst was that there were no 7-11 convenience stores. 7-11 is a 24 hour chain store which over the years has spread over Sydney, like the corporate bus ticket-vending pandemic that it is. It has $1 coffees, Krispy Kreme Donuts, slushies and even No Doz. It is an ally of the student and BFF to the hungover. Finding myself in this strange new place without old mate 7-11 made me feel seriously uncomfortable. When I revealed to people I was scared to live in a town without a single 7/11 most people scoffed at my metropolitan ignorance.
“You have no idea…” their tone would imply as they rattled off a list of perceived dangerous nighttime areas such as The Oxford, Machattie Park, Research Station Drive and The Entire Municipality of Bathurst. This list was more often than not accompanied by aggressive verbs such as “beat up” and “multiple stabbings” and “rape”.
For some reason people like to mention that there is an emergency button on Research Station Drive, which is always followed up with “If you press it nobody will show up for about 10 minutes”. It was really
heartening to know that if I ever found myself alone at Research Station Drive at night, there would be a button to alert security of my fresh corpse.
Too scared to leave the house in case I might die, I spent my first night at my new residence, a terrace house in the CBD. After all that terrifying talk, I thought it better to stay in the safety and comfort of my new home. I hadn’t heard much talk of home stabbings, though I suspected they probably happened. However, no one had told me about ghosts! Apparently the town of Bathurst is rampant with haunted houses, if you believe in that stuff. Which makes complete sense when you do the math. Old town + lots of stabbings = tonnes of unsettled spirits.
I didn’t sleep for the first night I was here, or the second, or the third. At night, my house would come alive with creaking noises, which sounded like something invisible was sneaking through the hall. A light in my room went off by itself. If I lay really still at night I thought I could here someone breathing in my room. I had crazy vivid nightmares. I constantly felt watched. I asked my housemates if they knew what went on in our house and they regaled me with similar stories, all of which solicited a big fat ‘NOPE!’ from my brain.
17 Which comes to the reason I have written this article. It is to offer alternative methods for dealing with The Fear that envelops Bathurst at nighttime.
1. Stay inside your house and drink a lot. Get some nasty box wine, neknominate yourself, then go to town on that goon sack. Any supernatural thing you feel or see will be forgotten by tomorrow morning. Why is that light going on and off? It’s probably still on and you’re drifting in and out of consciousness. Make sure you have a bucket handy, as this is the messiest option. 2. Become a black belt in martial arts before leaving the house at night. Yes, it may take years and years of training, but if you want to be truly safe when you leave for a night out, this is your best bet. Make sure to wear all your ninja gear, so you can hide in the Machattie Park shadows and jump out at people who are trying to start a fight! Just be wary that people go into Machattie Park to pee and have sex. That’s personal and you really shouldn’t get involved…unless that’s the kind of stuff you’re into… you weirdo ninja creep.
3. Sleep in your car. Drive to the pub and park outside. That way you have a place to sleep when the bar shuts, or when you get thrown out, whichever comes first. But remember, car sleepers are known to attract murderers, especially in country towns, so be sure to bring your own body bag and fake blood. If it looks like you’ve already been brutally slaughtered, then no one will try and kill you again. The worst thing that can happen is that anyone who happens to pass by your car in the morning will probably be scarred for life.
4. Relinquish yourself to the insanity. Buy a straight jacket. Drop acid. See the ghosts. Believe the ghosts. Talk to them. Become them. Run out into the street naked covered in cookie dough. Do you what you must in order to get into the local Nuthouse. It’s safer there. People there can protect you from the world, but what’s more, they can protect you from yourself, you crazy idiot.
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Recipe to Avoid Disaster
Preparation: * Make sure you’re in a happy place before consumption. There is nothing good about drinking your problems away. NB: They’ll still be there in the morning. Perhaps amplified.
By Kate Neilson
* Find yourself a drinking buddy (Not the Kings Cup version: You drink, I drink) but someone to stick with, or at least keep an eye on you over the night. * Leave your phone with this friend if you’ve already
He tried to go to heaven but he went the other way, he went down By Katie Rose down down
You! Yes you, with the goon bag! Put down the sack, wipe your chin clean and read the following information. Drinking is a huge part of Australian culture. Whether this is a good thing or not, I’m not sure, but I do know that I fall among the large majority of young people that enjoy a causal beverage in the afternoon, followed by a few more that night and maybe a few too many later that night. We all fall victim to the ‘have another drink’ mentality of our university lifestyle and sometimes it’s just too hard to resist. Drink wise Australia is here to help. Pedestrian TV recently release a bunch of Drink Wise Australia’s new videos, promoting the right and wrong way to drink. This campaign has been huge success already, reaching almost 60,000 views ! The ad centers around a suave, film noir style dude, swilling his martini whilst giving advice such as, When someone pressures you to have another drink and wont take no for an answer, don’t under estimate the power of these simple words: The campaign ‘PLEASE FUCK OFF’ cleverly deters young drinkers away from the beer bong guzzling style of drinking that we’re all so familiar with and aims to show us how to be a classy drinker. It’s not as simple as pouring your goon,schmoon or voon into a fancy shaped glass, it’s about the way you drink it and how much of it you have. As the fancy man says, nobody likes a vomit beard. We don’t need to spend all our money on expensive booze and wear a tie like the fancy man, because that’s a little pretentious. But if McDonald’s, of all things, can claim to be, ‘A little bit fancy’, then so can we! Follow this recipe and you’ll soon be the classiest, fanciest drinker on campus. Photo taken from Drink Wise Australia site: Do it Properly.
ignored step one! While texting your crush, lecturer or frenemie might feel like a good idea at the time, it certainly wont be the next morning. It will be the first thing that pops into your mind when you wake up, you’ll then do a little vom, gingerly bathe yourself and proceed to avoid that person for the rest of your life. * Withdraw money before you leave and have enough for a cab ride home! It really is awful remembering the image of yourself, flaccidly resting against the ATM machine while you spend twenty-five minutes trying to transfer funds on your phone. Also, the only worse thing than having a hectic hangover, is remembering that you got it from spending $100 on tequila shots. Ouch!
20 What you will need: * 1 highball glass * 1 o.z of self awareness * 4-6 glasses of water for intermittent sipping. * A nip pourer- so you know exactly how much you’re having. Near enough is not good enough. * A few squeezes of lime - Because every good cocktail contains something citrus-esq. * The ability to say no, when you think you’ve had enough. Only you know how much you can handle, don’t let people make these decisions on your behalf. * Fill to the rim with common sense. Blend these ingredients together and have yourself a good night! Keep the fancy man in the back of your head next time you get the final King card or celebrate a birthday (which always leads to the over consumption of both alcohol and cake... she’s a piss pot through and through)
Behind every important man, there is an important woman. Feminism affects men in many different ways and can mean something different to each individual. It’s important to remember that each man has an important woman in his life. CSU’S male Femsoc members share theirs with us.
Your reputation is something to take pride in, don’t let one more drink ruin it for you. Check out our Interp Facebook page to view some of the cool new Drink Wise: Do it properly campaign videos and meet the fancy man himself!
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Femsoc’s Daniel Banfield chooses his mother
Femsoc’s Jeremy Rubel chooses his Mother
Femsoc’s Jake Quade chooses his Girlfriend
Femsoc’s Chris Smith chooses his sister
Femsoc’s Jay Lajtar chooses his Grandmother
It’s already April, and no one has responded to your resumes. Your parents may be hounding you, but they’re a dull cry from the hollow carcass that was once your wallet. It’s not your fault – THEY never got back to YOU. Silly coffee shop, they don’t know what they’re missing. We have good news. You have no idea of what you’ve been missing either.
Shared Living: Because I bought toilet paper last time.
By Jake Quade
According to Easy Roomate 63% of shared housing in Bathurst is occupied by students. Now, personally I’ve never met a single member of the other 37% of people in this house living in shared accommodation, but I wish them all the best. But right now, we’re out of dishwashing liquid. We have been for three days, so if you could pick some up while you’re in town – yeah thanks. Seriously though, living in a shared house can be many things – it can be fun, it can even seem like the movie Step Brothers at times (especially if you’ve got heaps of room for activities). That aside, it can be pretty crazy, annoying – even magical. Think about it, your fridge is always making your food magically disappear. But there are easy ways to deal with being a uni student and living with other people.
The lovechild of Jake Romano and Lewis Williams, Spotjobs was created to bridge the gap between the many potential unemployed to the perfect job. They realised so many people were applying for jobs that may not have been ideal for them, so went ahead and created a job site that marries you to your perfect career. Genius, right? #1 Job Board for Entry-level Jobs Over 400,000 Registered Users Over 1000 Australian Suburbs And it’s All for You. We registered, and found 6 pages of part-time jobs going in Bathurst we had never even heard about. 6 Full Pages. Think about it. That’s more pages than you’ve read for this week’s reading. If you head to the site quick enough, there’s still time to tell yourself you’re still being productive. www.spotjobs.com.au
If you’re moving out to the town, be careful when considering housemates. For some people, moving out is perceived to be the next big step in maturity and managing your own affairs. For others, it’s simply campus life without the rules. This is when you need to be careful – otherwise you could wake up in a scene from the Hangover – minus the cameras, monkeys or money (you know the three stars received $15M each for the third movie? I bet they don’t sharehouse). If you’re living with messy people (or being messy yourself) organise the workload. Yes, you may have to wash dishes that aren’t yours. You also cleaned the bathroom last time. At least it can be guaranteed that you now don’t have to do it until it comes back to your turn. One suggestion for staying on top of a schedule is being connected – having a look through the app store, I found an app that’s the Facebook of housing (Housebook?), called Fairshare. They finally made an app for sharehouses.
26 The problem they are addressing is a problem that we’ve all experienced – they call it “The tragedy of the commons”. It’s those scenarios where everyone looks after only what they think they should, but leaves the common rooms, kitchens and every other little thing a giant mess. And if you’re off campus, that includes paying rent. Yep, they’ve even got an area for you to keep a tab of rent payments – both yours and roomates’. Personally, this app has worked for my house – with the finances section being a pretty solid reminder for myself. Aside from that, I’ve also enjoyed a clean kitchen that, for once, I didn’t clean! So try it out if you get time (we’ve posted it on our facebook page). -So there you have it, two little tips on how to be a better housemate. If you’re thinking of moving off-campus in the near future, be careful about who you move in with – we all want to stay friends at the end of the day, and some people don’t like being together in close quarters. If you’re tired of cleaning the bathroom, kitchen sink (cue the imagery of a pile of dirty dishes), or common room, organise a timetable for your dorm/house to stick to. Again, Fairshare may be an awesome tool if you’re not living with the most reliable people. All the best with your residential woes – and joys!
Best Business Practice
just not good enough Tina Zafiropoulos
Tina Zafiropoulos – Sydney Public Relations 2014 has seemingly become the age of excess business. There’s not an Instagram page existent that isn’t pushing forward some sort of product. The difference between organic and sponsored bloggers continues to blur. The word “entrepreneur” has suddenly lost its meaning – and so it should, considering an entrepreneur these days is not measured by the success of your business yet by your ability to purchase a domain name, some frail international hosting and the word “entrepreneur” on your LinkedIn account. With all the critics of this new business world comes an overlooked importance: a change in consumer perspective. No longer is your client looking for what they need or even what they want, they are looking for what MORE you can offer them. This growing business competition has made one thing certain; your business practice, no matter how good it is, is just not good enough.
Your website can be top notch. You can stock your team with the highest quality members. You can print as many flyers and hand out as many business cards as you like. Unless you have something more to offer - something more than your excellent customer service – nobody cares. So how do you do it then? At the Spotters Club Business over Breakfast last week Mark Bouris said something extremely important, something that I have really taken with me: “Understand what business you are in”. He’s not in the business of mortgage or financial advice, just like we’re not in the business of public relations and SpotJobs is not just a jobs board. We’re collectively in the business of people. To understand clients, you need to understand people. Your mindset needs to change from how can we make money, to how we can help people. The rest will follow.
Write relevant posts on your blog not sporadic pieces of unwanted content. Run events that will inform attendees to the point where they will WANT not NEED to register. Network with others, offer what you can and never expect anything in return – this is how you will make some of your strongest links in whatever industry you choose to be in. Personalise emails as the art of bulk-sending has expired. Sponge in everything you can from other business owners. LEARN about your industry. And my all-time favourite – STAY RELEVANT. Some of the best advice I have ever received came from a very close friend – “successful people don’t take shortcuts” he said. Understanding your customer means indulging in all of the above and really putting in the hard yards. This is where you essentially see the distinction between a self-titled entrepreneur, and a successful businessman/ woman. Taylor Dow, 17 year old owner of BodyTea and one of my very delightful clients, often points out that while social media is at its peak some online businesses are becoming void. He argues that the more online options customers have, the more difficult it becomes to stand out amongst the crowd.
Don’t let his age fool you – Taylor Dow knows a thing or two about social media - having just hit 78 000 organic followers via Instagram. So my point remains: having the best business practice is simply not enough in 2014. You need to provide your customer with more than what they’d ever need or want. Your ability to give back loyalty and innovation as a business owner as opposed to simply taking it, is what will distinguish you as a real entrepreneur – not the fake LinkedIn kind. I’d love to hear your opinion on Best Business Practice:firstname.lastname@example.org www.sydneypublicrelations.com.au Insta @sydneypublicrelations FB /sydneypublicrelations Twitter @sydneypr_
Going to the DARKSIDE with Dave Harrington; Creative Madness and the Genius of Music. Jake Quade
A jazz-influenced guitarist since before he can remember, his music has transcended genres and influences, sliding between styles several times in a single song. Now forming one half of the internationally recognised DARKSIDE, Dave spoke to Interp over the phone from France, where he was having lunch on location for another phenomenal performance that night. An entity of energy, he opened up to us on everything from where his music comes from, to working alongside legendary Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar. ---
Interp: Before we begin, how’s your lunch going?
Dave: Well I haven’t eaten yet, but we’re in France and we’re going to be eating frog. Interp: …. Nice. So let’s talk about your latest album: You’ve been moving more toward the sounds of Pink Floyd, when your older music was more minimalistic. What’s the deal there?
Dave: Nico and I had been touring for almost a year, and it was just the sound that came out when we were grooving around. Nico played his music [minimal soundscape-esque], and we just found these little grooves and new ideas just out of jamming. It [the music] is the conversations between Nico and myself. I: So for you it’s more about just jamming rather than going for one set style?
D: We come from the conventional backgrounds of piano and rock/jazz, so our music is definitely guided, but often while I’m tuning my guitar Nico will scramble for a mic because that’s when I’m most creative. So there’s no calculation, just following the spirit of the moment. I: Awesome. So when you write songs such as Greek Light, you’re not referring to a historical moment?
D: Actually that song was a bunch of random recordings I had in my studio. I sent them to Nico to have a look and he created something I would never even expect. I: Right, so…
D: But again, that’s just the story of that one song. There’s no set method, and that way of doing things was very apparent both at our Laneway show  and our Sydney sideshow. I: Absolutely. Off the top of my head, didn’t the Sydney festival show sound-check take an unexpected 3 hours?
30 D: If there’s one thing we are, it’s perfectionists. We’re not going to play a second-quality show to our fans. Sometimes it can take 30 minutes, sometimes 3 hours. We’re not willing to skimp on sound quality. I: And so far you guys haven’t skimped on anything – it’s worth the wait. It’s been said that a lot of DARKSIDE’s music is tribal – almost animalistic – and it’s tangible to people in their own way. When you go out on stage, what are you visualising? What are you trying to host in your listeners? D: … Wow. Well the mind adapts to what it hears – it’s like water. For me, my mind just goes blank and all I’m doing is listening. Listening to the ideas Nico’s throwing to me, listening to what I’m throwing to Nico, listening to the vibe of the crowd and then… The trick is zoning in-to the crowd for a moment, really feeling them… Then zoning out and taking them to the ‘destination’. Every night is the edge of the razorblade, sometimes it works, sometimes you fall on your face. We just need to let our minds be water, liquefy with the crowd and then merge back into the direction of the music. I: Incredible. After that, I’m not sure there’s much else to say. Thanks again for the chat, and by all means enjoy your frogs. D: Thank you, have a good one.
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Taking it back to O-week:
First Week Shenanigans It was late in the evening on the 11th of November 2013, where I was suffering what I didn’t know then as salmonella poisoning. I took a glance at my IPod to see how long I had been feeling sick for and noticed I had a notification from CSU. Inside of my strong organ of determination, I held my head high and hoped for the best that I had been accepted into CSU for the course of my dreams (Bachelor of Communication, Journalism). And there it was. The beautiful word that I have been waiting to hear for the past two years- ‘Congratulations’. With that one word, my dream had become a reality. With that, as most teenage girls do, I screamed and cried of joy that I got into university (with a little help from my sister holding me up). The 11th of November not only signified the day I’d been accepted into university, but it was also the day I signed out of high school. Talk about one door closing and another opening. My life is full of metaphors. From that day onwards I began the countdown to university, receiving emails from CSU congratulating me on being accepted as a student and preparation for study. Although I had been counting from 150 days, it was not until the last 2 weeks that my emotions started to hit me. It began when I realised I had to pack all of my favourite band shirts away. I own an unhealthy excess amount of KISS shirts and picking my 3 favourites was hard. Not only that, but I didn’t realise how many necessary objects I needed to take to Bathurst. I ended up with two massive suitcases full of clothes and living supplies that I never thought possible. The next three hours of travel from my hometown of Campbelltown to Bathurst were the most physically uncomfortable and cramped hours of my life. So… skipping the story now a little bit to the good parts. It wasn’t just the packing and being in Bathurst that became a reality; it was the prospect of leaving my family and best friends behind. I have the best support network anyone could ever ask for. My family
and friends have encouraged and supported me on this dream journey to prosper my future. They have no idea how grateful and honoured I am to have them in my life, because without them I would’ve not been able to succeed. After packing everything into my room and sorting out paperwork, it was time to say my goodbyes to the family, then off to meet my new family for 2014- the Green Dorm of Chifley Halls! You’re probably thinking now, where’s nitty-gritty of the O-Week events? Well… HERE IT IS! O-Week was an experience like no other. The nights were all themed: toga, fret fetish, comedy, 90’s night and dag night. The vibe and grooviness of everyone socialising and interacting with each other and not on Facebook was stupendous. With no bias intended, Chifley Halls had the best dorm dance ever which totally put off the other dorms’ dances….just sayin’. Everyone participated and if they didn’t, they received special awards the next day like a princess tiara and bag to carry all day. Hilarious. I have met a social group whom I like to call my little family. We’re a bit dysfunctional and weird, but deep down we love each other. I know that I can always count on them to listen, eat tonnes of food and boogie on the dance floor. My high school teachers told me that I would meet the most incredible people at university, and those wise words are certainly true. Now that O-Week has gone and the real fun of class is going strong, I expect to continue consuming myself with reading, writing and enjoying my youthly appearance with the memories yet to be preserved. Thank you for reading my walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. Until next time, stay groovy. Erika Vass
Bananas are super cheap at the moment and a fantastic superfood snack. Forget the no doz, pop a banana before your exam, the high levels of potassium help with increased brain function and alertness. Fell over in the bushes outside uni bar last night? Rub a bug bit or rash with the inside of a banana peel to relive itching and irritation. They are also rumored to cure a hangover…no wonder the monkeys are always having a great time.
Paleo Banana Pancakes You will need a REALLY good non-stick fry pan for these bad boys and no amount of oil in the world will help you if you pan isn’t non-stick. Makes 3 small pancakes for one.
2 sugar bananas or 1 full sized banana 1 egg pinch of cinnamon (optional) a little oil for frying Blend the bananas and egg (and cinnamon if using) in a food processor. Nina does this with a fork but I think you get a better consistency with a processor as it is more like batter. Heat a little oil in a non stick frying pan on medium heat. Spoon a third of the mixture onto the pan and wait until bubbles appear. Carefully turn over and cook on the other side. These are best served straight away.
Banana Bread This recipe comes from the magazine Cooks Illustrated and is my favorite recipe for banana bread. Yes it has a number of ingredients but its works time and time again. 1 3/4 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3-4 large very ripe bananas, mashed ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly 2 large eggs 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp granulated sugar 1. Pre-heat oven to 180 fan forced. Spray 8.5 X 4.5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. 2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in large bowl. 3. Whisk together butter, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and bananas. 4. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined, it doesn’t matter if there are a few lumps. 5. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and extra sliced bananas if desired. 6. Bake until toothpick in center of loaf comes out clean, 35-50 minutes. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan and continue to cool on wire rack.
Banana Milo smoothie Ingredients: 1 ripe banana 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 1 table spoon milo 250 ml milk pinch cinnamon or nutmeg Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor
Maybe you shouldn’t get so mad at the YouTube ads By Amy Boyle
The anger that stirs in me when I can’t skip an ad on YouTube is immense and also probably pretty stupid. It is only 15 to 30 seconds after all and yet the annoyance of having my time be so rudely stolen from me is enough to prompt a roll of the eyes or a mumble under my breath cursing these ‘fucking ads’. It’s a common grievance amongst many of my peers who find these ads to be ‘irritating’, ‘stupid’ and just generally ‘so fucking lame’ and this I believe demonstrates a growing trend of impatience and a lack of mindfulness. Does access to information at our fingertips 24/7, mean being told to slow down, wait or be patient is hard? This constant use of phones, tablets and laptops means we’re always rushing, working and constantly looking for the next entertaining video, picture or gif- but breaks are needed. We need those moments to pause, to take a second and live in the moment. Perhaps that is why we need those ads. In a technological age where information is so easily access- the ability to find ‘that hot guy from that thing who did the voice in that movie’ takes almost no effort or time, and with a simple Google search on your Iphone/HTC/Samsung phone, the answer is yours. No longer must we sit in agony to find the lyrics to our favourite song or perhaps need to know the capital city of Iceland (which is Reykjavik if you were wondering). What you can do is use that time to become aware of your surroundings. Look around the library, your room, look out onto the street and try to just take it all in. We need to increase our mindfulness. We need stop, to turn around, to take in all that’s around us and appreciate. We need to log off, sign off, unplug and turn off all of the screens and notifications that haunt us daily. The lights that shine in our faces as we’re about to sleep, and the sounds of electronics that wakes us up- it’s not good. Just stop, take a breath, take it all in and pause. We’re all impatient sometimes, we all get irritated and annoyed at one thing or another but maybe it’s time we took some control. Next time you feel stressed, panicked, overwhelmed or just bored. Take that moment to be mindful. It will calm you heart rate, even out your breathing and can generally place you in a very relaxed state of mind. Try not to be annoyed by the cue you’re waiting or the 30-second YouTube ad. See it as an opportunity.
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Published on Jun 4, 2014
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