Jeff and I at the senior awards ceremony when I graduated high school
Jeff thanking me for my 2 years of service as Student Representative on the Franklin School Committee
Andddddd CUT! That’s a wrap, folks! Round 2 of the Best Job In The World contest is officially over. Yesterday I submitted my final official report to Tourism Australia of all my efforts and everything I accomplished in round 2. I tried to make it crisp and to the point. Here is a piece of what I sent in with my report. Click below to see the video I made summarizing my efforts for this round of the contest!
There was a lot that I couldn’t fit into the video or wasn’t meaningful enough to report to Australia. I wish Australia could’ve seen my phone ringing off the hook the whole 2 weeks of different people and places calling me back and making moves for this round. I transformed from a “regular student at Marist College” to the CEO of my own PR agency handling my number one client “Send BMAC Down Under”. For an advertising major, I certainly learned a lot about public relations these past 2 weeks. I had dabbled with PR before, but I would say I’m efficient in it now.
I had so many things running through my head before I pressed the “send” button, as I’m sure all the other Chief Funster candidates did. I had so many thoughts and yet none at all at the same time. My mind was blank. I was just staring at the screen. There was nothing else for me to include. I knew I covered everything. My heart was pounding like a drum and I could feel the energy rush through my finger tips as my pointer finger hovered over the “send” button and then *click*… it was gone. My entire report sent into cyber space and in the hands of the contest judges. It’s up to them now. My future is in their hands.
I’ll tell you what friends, I’ve never wanted something so bad in my life. I gave a speech in Toastmasters last week about success and I wrote it based on my feelings and procedure of the contest. It went a little something like this…
When you want to be successful as much as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful. First you have to want something. Really want something. When you think of this “thing”, you feel the burn in your body. The fire ignites in your stomach and spreads out to the ends of your body. You fall asleep thinking about this “thing” and wake up with the same thoughts on your mind. It’s similar to the way you feel when you’re in love.
Next step: do whatever it takes to get this “thing”. Don’t let ANYONE stop you. It takes 8 “no”s in sales before you get 1 “yes”. Let me just tell you what that sounds like… No. No. No. No. No. No! No! NO! yes. People are always waiting for you to fail. No one wants to see someone else succeed. It’s a dog eat dog world out there. People only want what is good for his or herself. My advice to you? Be relentless. That’s a powerful word right there. Do it. Be relentless.
But don’t do anything that doesn’t seem natural. Do you. Be you. No one else could possibly be you, so do you.
The ultimate key to success, you ask? Do what you love. It’s what you want to do. Everything else will fall into place from there. It’s true what they say, when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. So do what you love. I really love social media. What I love even more than social media is having fun! Half the fun of social media is showing and talking about how much fun you had living life to its fullest.
Having the opportunity to be Chief Funster would be an absolute dream come true. It makes too much sense in my life right now. I am graduating college in just over 2 weeks. I would have most of the summer off then start being the Chief Funster in August (which is my birthday month! HOLLA!). Yes, that’s right, I graduate in 17 days. I wouldn’t be sacrificing my last moments and memories EVER in college if I didn’t think every second and ounce of the time and energy I’ve put into this job wasn’t worth it. Everything happens for a reason, right?
And with that, my friends, I leave you with this– the definition of a Chief Funster according to UrbanDictionary.com
Chief Funster Search Committee
Sydney, New South Wales
You have all been hearing about my daughter Brittany MacLeod (BMAC to her friends) from her co-workers, mentors, professors, Dean of the Marist School of Management and one of our State Representatives but as her mother I wanted to give you a different perspective of my impressive daughter. I know right about now you are all thinking every mother thinks their child is impressive but I want to give you specifics where she has shined and caught the attention of the world around her.
My husband, Malcolm and I knew Brittany was special when she walked at 8 months old and was conversational at 18 months old but one of the things that has continued to set Brittany apart from others is her singing. When Brittany was little, I would take her out with me shopping and Brittany would entertain herself in her stroller by singing to herself. People would stop me and ask me if I realized how beautifully she sang and at such a young age. After a while instead of just thinking it was a “mother’s pride” that thought she was special, I brought her to a vocal coach to see if there was something different about her. I came to find out she had perfect pitch at age five.
At ten years old we were visiting a historic home in Newport, Rhode Island where they were hosting a Renaissance Faire and they finished a planned event early and asked if anyone had any special talent. Brittany said she could sing and they thought they were humoring a child when they invited her to go ahead and entertain everyone. She was so much better than they ever expected that a couple of hundred people were blown away by her unexpectedly professional voice. People even came up to Malcolm and I afterwards asking permission to take their photograph with our daughter. Pretty impressive!
Brittany continued to sing and set herself apart by becoming the “go to” person in our town to sing our National Anthem at sporting events. One event in particular to be mentioned was the re-dedication of our local Ice Rink, to honor the memory a fallen Medal of Valor recipient and veteran from our town. That was in addition to performing in all kinds of music performances and venues. Brittany still performs while at college gaining attention with her beautiful voice still performing our National Anthem and performing in showcases of talented students.
I was astounded by Brittany one day when she came home from High School at age 14 and she told me she wanted to play Ice Hockey. Well, you’re now asking yourself why is this impressive? Well, you see, Brittany had never watched an Ice Hockey game before. Sure, in principal she knew what it was, what New Englander didn’t, but she had never been interested before. So she set out to play Ice Hockey and had to learn the game very quickly to be able to make the team and compete. Brittany not only made the team, she played Ice Hockey all 4 years of High School. To mine and Malcolm’s amazement, our daughter who is bright, sings and was a cheerleader for 4 years had another talent to add to her list, Ice Hockey player!
But Brittany didn’t stop there. Brittany became the voice of the student body for her High School by representing the student’s point of view at our School Committee meetings for two years as you learned from State Representative Jeffrey Roy. This was the beginning of Brittany’s foray into public speaking and this is important when you consider when Brittany went to college she joined an international organization called Toastmasters International, an organization with over 280,000 members. Brittany is on target to earn her Distinguished Toast Master (DTM) in three years. Once she gets her award, she will also become the youngest DTM ever in the world. It normally takes a Toastmasters anywhere between 5-8 years to earn this honor but when Brittany sets her mind to something there is usually no stopping her.
So now that I have told you all that, I can tell you that the reason I picked these unconnected factoids about Brittany is to tell you that she often surprises us but never disappoints. She is energetic, talented, driven, intelligent, thinks on her feet, and you would be lucky to have her representing Tourism Australia because she will give you 100% of her effort 100% of the time in communicating to the world how awesome Australia is and that everyone will want to “go down under”. That is the type of young woman she is.
I am so very proud of my daughter and all that she has accomplished! She can, and always has captured the attention of all the people who encounter her and Australia will never forget her, I promise you that!
Hey everyone! Thank you all so much for your love and support for Send BMAC Down Under so far. The second round of the Best Job In The World Contest is almost over! Tomorrow I report back to Tourism Australia with everything I have done in the past 2 weeks to show off my creativity, passion and commitment to becoming the Chief Funster by generating advocacy and media interest about why I am the best person in the world for this position. I find out May 14th if I make it to the next round of the contest. Fingers crossed.
A large part of who I am is because of how I was raised and how I grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts. Now that I’m only less than 3 short weeks away from graduating college and entering the “real world” it’s time I take all of those life lessons and values with me to tackle my next challenge and make my mark on the world. I wouldn’t have made it this far if I didn’t have my friends and family back home cheering me on to become Chief Funster. Check out my Franklin peeps showing their support to Send me, BMAC, Down Under!
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that I write a letter of strong recommendation for Brittany MacLeod. I had the pleasure of having Brittany as one of my students and have known her for more than five years. She is among the most creative and energetic individuals I have ever witnessed. In addition to having Brittany as one of my students, I have maintained an ongoing mentoring relationship with her throughout her time at Marist College. From the first time I met her, Brittany impressed me with her extraordinary courage and strong personality. Additionally, during conversations with me or other students, she is frequently smiling and loves to laugh.
As an officer in the Marist Toastmasters Club, Brittany has excelled in many areas but most importantly in leadership, membership, and club development. As the club’s current president, Brittany has recruited members to fill all of the officer roles, a first for the Marist Club. She also instituted weekly officer meetings to plan and organize the club’s activities. To foster better communications among faculty and students, she created weekly broadcast emails, a Facebook page, and a Twitter page. To broaden the club’s community relations, Brittany promoted two important causes: Heart1, which helps victims of abusive relationships; and freerice.com, which is focused on ending world hunger. She has also reached out to develop ties with other Toastmasters clubs in the area such as the IBM Club and the Hudson Valley Orators Advanced Toastmasters Club.
To build the club’s membership, Brittany created very attractive posters to display on bulletin boards throughout the Marist campus and flyers to hand out to students. At the beginning of the semester, she mobilized the club’s officers to make short presentations at the beginning of classes. In all, Brittany and her officers made dozens of presentations to students to make them aware of the Marist Toastmasters Club. Brittany also secured funds to purchase prizes, which she then raffled to those who attended the meetings. This activity generated much enthusiasm among students who attended the meetings as guests. Brittany also secured funding from the Dean of the School of Management so that the club could host membership building activities. Brittany’s membership building activities have resulted in tripling club membership since she became an officer in the club.
Another of Brittany’s accomplishments was being selected to be one of the youngest Area Governors in the Toastmasters organization. In the Area Governor role, Brittany was responsible to visit and liaise with five Toastmasters Clubs in the Hudson Valley. Brittany did an outstanding job and was continually recognized for her outstanding work.
On a more personal level, Brittany sets challenging goals for herself. Although she has been in Toastmasters for only three years, she has achieved the Advanced Communicator Silver Award and Advanced Leader Bronze Award. She has also set her sights on being the first Distinguished Toastmaster at Marist College and is very close to achieving it. The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest award in the Toastmasters International education program.
In closing I would like to state that it is without reservation that I strongly recommend Brittany MacLeod for consideration for the Chief Funster position. In addition to being an outstanding leader, she is a young woman of outstanding character. Brittany is truly a person with much potential for greater leadership and success. I believe she will do an outstanding job in this important role within your organization.
Assistant Professor of Management
WAHOO! I got shortlisted as one of the top 25 contestants to move on to the next round of the Best Job In The World contest, but the contest isn’t over yet! There is still a lot of time left and much to do. I am already halfway through the second round. I have one week left to complete the “referee challenge”.
After I found out I got shortlisted in the top 25, I received an email from Tourism Australia detailing the rest of the contest. Here’s what they told me for the next challenge:
The past few days have been a whirlwind. As soon as I read all the details for the next round, it was go time! There was minimal time to celebrate and it was time to get down to business. You have to be one hundred percent in it to win it. “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” Well ladies and gentlemen, I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have time to suffocate, which means that every breath I took from the moment I received that email has been dedicated to this round. I have been getting over a bad sinus infection and it’s allergy season, plus I am in the last 3 weeks of my senior year of college, but nothing has stopped me from telling the tale of Send BMAC Down Under to anyone who will listen and getting what I need to have people support me and endorse me. Most of the grunt work has been done this past week, so there will be more news flowing in this week, but here’s a taste of what I’ve done so far…
The Send BMAC Down Under street team set out to the Walkway Over The Hudson yesterday to spread the word about me making it to top 25 and what the next round consists of. I printed out notecards that had all the information about my social media campaign on them and how people could help spread the word about Send BMAC Down Under. It was a beautiful day and I didn’t want to just walk up to people and disturb their enjoyable afternoon walk, so I bought 2 helium tanks and balloons as a way to grab people’s attention and have them come over to us. My friends Sarah and Eric came along with me to help me blow up the balloons, talk about the contest and tell my story. We were a real hit! In only 1 hour, I passed out over 100 notecards to people and we went through 2 helium tanks worth of balloons! We stood at the beginning of the walkway and wrote “Send BMAC Down Under” on the balloons so that people would wonder where the balloons were coming from and want to know why the balloons said what they did. We had a bunch of people ask why we were there and everyone was really supportive of the contest and wished me luck! People were pleasantly surprised when they found out the balloons were free! They thought we were fundraising, but nope! The sole purpose of the street team in action was to take advantage of the beautiful sunny day and spread the good news about the best job in the world contest and getting me to the next round. Check out some of our most enthusiastic Send BMAC Down Under supporters:
It was such a fun day! By the time we left the walkway, we were wicked tired and got lemonades at the stand on the way home. The Send BMAC Down Under will be back in action again this week! Be sure to keep an eye out on twitter for when we’ll be out again and where you can find us/meet me and hear the tale of Send BMAC Down Under! In the meantime, my “press secretary” (my beautiful mother, Tracy MacLeod), “campaign manager” (one of my best friends, Mark Gamarra) and I will be calling, emailing, tweeting (and anything else we can think of) news, radio & TV stations to pick up my story to be featured in the news. The more coverage I get of the contest and my story, the better my chances are of getting to the next round! Do you know of anyone who could report and broadcast the tale of Send BMAC Down Under? Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I’m doing everything I can to spread the word but the more buzz that is created around me and my story, the better. Holla at ya girl if you think you can help! Message me on my campaign Facebook www.Facebook.com/Send.BMAC.Down.Under