It seems that bloggers are a well-traveled bunch. So this news may not be a big deal to you but it's so exciting to me! I have been asked to speak and present a workshop at the Australasian Talent Conference in April. Holy cow and also...whee! Hey, guess who has a new travel blow dryer!

I haven't traveled internationally in a long time. You'd think that I would, working for Microsoft. But my past real international excursions (beyond NAFTA countries) were England in 1999 and China and Thailand in 1997 and they were opportunistic personal trips. Any opportunities I have had to travel since then have come at the wrong time for me. Besides, this is my first *professional* international trip. I'm giddy! And quite flattered.

Kevin Wheeler is an industry leader that I respect and not just because he includes my blog in many of his presentations and refers to me as the most successful recruiting blogger (which is so flattering...I'm always pleasantly surprised when he mentions me). In the recruiting industry, you have some salty dogs; Kevin's one of the few that actually have something interesting to say (and that's all I'm saying about that right now but if you are a staffing leader and you know me and  think I am talking about you, then you are right :)). So when he called me about this conference, I was really excited about figuring out what I had to do to be able to say yes. Did I mention that I am excited?

So I imagine that I am going to really like Australia. Personality-wise, I think it's a good fit for me. I hear the Aussies like to have fun. Well, me too. No Crocodile Dundee jokes, I promise. But if Curtis Stone feels the need to meet me at the airport, I won't object (I kid). I ended up going to the company store to pick up a Halo 3 for a friend (I know). I don't know what the relationship is between Dorling Kindersley and Microsoft (maybe something to do with Microsoft Press?) but we always have loads of travel books at the company store. So I picked up one on Sydney. Oh man...I'm going to Australia! And it's a work trip so I'm not paying for the Business Class flight! Of course the extra hotel days will be on me but who cares?

So in all seriousness, I am going to be presenting. So I do want to mention that I am taking that part very seriously. And if there are any Aussie readers out there that want to keep me from making a fool out of myself by saying something stupid, please unload your cultural wisdom here (that was a poorly phrased sentence, but you know what I mean....don't let me say something stupid....stop me....please). I imagine that Australians are an affable bunch (or have the media gotten it all wrong...let's exclude Mel Gibson from the conversation, shall we?), so I suspect that they will forgive me if I goof, but I'd really rather not. Plus, it's the *Australasian* (a word I cannot pronounce) Talent Conference. So I get to speak to people from Asian countries as well. Would it be rude of me to ask them to imitate my Yankee accent so I know how I sound to people from other countries? I have always wanted to do that. I hear we over enunciate. This is going to be fun.

If anyone ever asks what blogging did for me, my new answer is this: it sent me to Australia!