And just like that, it’s done! The first full calendar year of Elm Communications – over!
As we reach the end of 2019 I wanted to continue with a tradition I started when I was at the Clean Energy Regulator. At the end of every year, I would send my team a wrap-up email with all of the wins of the year and some fun facts. It was a great way to reflect on all that we had achieved that year. It feels a little self-indulgent but I thought I would share with you mine:
- I worked on 26 projects from 18 clients. I learnt about organ donation, waste and small business in Australia, and the economy of the Cook Islands. I delivered internal communications plans and external engagement strategies, I coached and mentored team leaders, I analysed websites and provided advice on internal processes. It was a year of learning new things!
- I ran 13 workshops, some alone and some in collaboration with others (shout out to Samantha Sutherland). This was a huge amount for me as someone who doesn’t love standing up in front of a group of people!
- I wrote 36 articles this year and in July hit a personal milestone of writing one article a week for a year.
- I submitted my first tender application and was successful in getting on the DHS Digital and Creative Panel.
- I got my first overseas job, with Samantha Sutherland, I headed to the Cook Islands to run the Economic Development Conference. It became one of my career highlights.
- I hit 650 connections and 750 followers on LinkedIn.
- I had over 2000 people visit 4,500 pages on my website. My most popular page was the free resources (glad you like them!)
So, that’s it my last article for 2019! Once again I can’t believe I made it through the year. It’s been a huge one full of highs and… well, bigger highs.
What does next year hold for Elm? I am not sure I can top this year, but you never know what is around the corner. I already have some great projects lined up so it will be a busy start to the new decade. I have set myself a goal for 5 new clients (people I don’t know) in the financial year, so I need to get out and about to meet some new people.
Don’t worry though we already have our next overseas booked in (it’s important to have something to look forward too!), we will be hitting the west coast of America in May.
Merry Christmas everyone and a happy new year! See you in 2020.