Is Jolene a fit for your organization?
Jolene speaks on the power of curiosity, but is focusing on Asian Inclusivity. Here are questions you might have and answers to go with them.
As a presenter/professional speaker it is her responsibility to keep you engaged. If you fall asleep or do not remember the points of her speaking, then the blame is on her. One of the reasons, no one falls asleep on her is because she has a short attention span too. The presentation has to be interactive to get attention and to be remembered. Her experience as a corporate entertainer and working primarily with engineers has given her special powers to connect with techies.
I speak and consult (I also am a content creator). We discuss the problems and opportunities and then set up how to resolve them. We typically would start with one and one interviews to discover perspectives, then we would customize a series of group programs to communicate and reach the goals.
I am no longer a spring chicken and I have accumulated a few titles: Fun Specialist, Meeting Maximizer, Conference Reporter, Curiosity Catalyst, Team Builder, Moderator, Speaker, Event Planner, Organizer, Content Creator, Youtuber, Corporate Entertainer, and Culture Explorer.
Recently I have tied in my team building, meeting maximizing, interviewing, innovation and culture exploring to serve as the Asian Inclusivity Consultant. The need for companies to be inclusive is imperative as the demographics change. Employees can be inclusive to be kind, but also because it will bring in more business.
Primarily for half day programs, I work with departments with 30-80 people. If I am making a presentation with less customization, then 100-300. When I consult its with individuals to small groups. For focus groups, typically 5-10 people.
I consider myself left-brained. Doesn’t everyone love standard operating procedures, schedules, timers, bench-marks, documentation, and of course being measured? From 6th grade at Kenmore Elementary, we were taught in school how to use day planner, calendar, and to do lists. Yes, I love to be on schedule, on budget and to over deliver. Efficiency and effectiveness is exciting.
However, my curiosity is powerful and I must find out what is behind the next door and the next one and the next one. Over the years, I have realized that when you can let your curiosity lose and explore, that you can innovate much more because you have more in-takes to work with. I have continually coming up with new ways to do old tasks that is more fun and more efficient and cost effective.
I routinely step into the unknown nothing crazy just stepping outside of my normal path and dabbling in the differences discovering new environments, personalities and experiences. I am nudging those boundaries and occasionally pushing and kicking them down.
VERY! I like to the have the destination plan, so we can get there efficiently and specify alternative routes, vehicles and other transportation choices, however, when there is time to deviate I see the value in wandering and exploring.
Let me know us Covid as an example. I am an extreme extrovert, I used to see a friend daily and attended in person 3-7 professional and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion networking weekly. During covid, I stayed home full time and barely zoomed and rarely talked to people. After volunteering full time to get PPE to medical professionals, then I began building things. I was content to fully utilize my right brain to re-build my video studio to be zoom-ready. It began as a tripod forest and a tripping hazard with all of the lighting can cameras, until I got creative and mounted equipment from the ceiling and used salad dressing jars too.
I also went outside an built up a storm in my backyard which only step into once a year. I built 4 shed structures and built my first roof. Through all of this, I interacted with my mom and dad and I was content to roll solo.
When I get too comfortable, I mix it up, like going to Burning Man and taking a 44 Day trip to Cambodia with no plan. Yes, I do pictures and videos of all the adventures.