I never tire of being interviewed by journalists. Of course, being in the media is a great way to get publicity for my books and so, publication permitting, I usually agree to an interview. With my global network, most requests come in by email and interviews take place by phone, email or Skype, but, back in May, to coincide with the launch of the third edition of Career in Your Suitcase, Amanda van Mulligen of The Writing Well came to my home for ours.

Being able to see your interviewee face to face has many bonuses. It can allow you to get more of the personality of your subject, not only from their body language but also from the place in which they live.

Amanda has worked hard to find an outlet for her super article, and today I received the link to her piece on the home page of Women Unlimited. Take a look for yourself. She did an amazing job.

The article is here.

I was delighted to hear from Karen Armstrong this week because she is a woman after my own heart. Passionate about expat women and their careers she is busy building a forum and portal to help people like us to connect and grow and learn together.

Karen says:


If you’re a woman living abroad who has her own business – or want to be one – and would like to be part of an online community of women who share your entrepreneurial spirit, please contact karen@expatwomenentrepreneurs.com

Through Expat Women Entrepreneurs, you’ll be able to connect with women like you who share your desire for self-actualization through entrepreneurship — combining passion, purpose and profit. You’ll also be able to learn from highly successful women entrepreneurs who’ll share their expertise and insight on what it takes to create a thriving business.

Expat Women Entrepreneurs will inspire, educate and empower you so you THRIVE in your BUSINESS and your LIFE!

In need of an inspiration injection? Then check out the American School Fall brochure. Workshops range from learning to massage, do Reiki or become more spiritual, to golf, bellydance, language, cookery, arts and crafts and even day trips of Dutch cities.

Download the brochure, here. You’ll find it just below the PTA Services headline. Oh, and by the way, deadline for registrations is 10th September – so hurry.

YOu will also find details of my workshops there too:

Break into Writing 23rd SEpt
Write from Life 30th Sept
Release the book within 7th Oct
Definite Articles 28th Oct
Career in Your Suitcase 6th Nov
How to get your book published 13 Nov
How to make the perfect pitch 20th Nov
Growing Global Networks 27th Nov
Powertools for Publicity 4th Dec

Ljiljana came to my party last week and has agree to let me post her comment here. I think it has some useful lessons for those of us who fear networking ..

I was about to give up. I was thinking about writing an email saying that I was sorry but I couldn’t make it and then invent some reason. But I had already arranged everything: my mother-in-law had come to look after her grandson and my husband came home on time from his work and then the mother of our son’s friend came on time to fetch her child… so that I had no excuses left and could be on time for Jo’s Celebration in the centre of The Hague after all. I’m not very new in the city but it was my first expatriate party! And if I do not count family members’ birthdays it was my first party in the Netherlands ever. Before this party, I met Jo few times at Connecting Women. My first workshop at Connecting Woman was actually Jo’s lecture about networking, in February this year. What shall I say? I could hardly wait for the next meeting. At the third I decided to become a member and at the fourth I became the proud owner of Jo Parfitt’s book Career in your Suitcase (third edition!).
Still I was a bit nervous about going to the launch of her two lates books. Maybe it was just an accident, but at about that time I was on the page 112 of Career in your Suitcase and there is a part about Fear of Networking. It is strange to have that fear after many years in journalism, but new country, new language, losing a job… changes everything. I was also very curious. The fact that she is a journalist herself helped me be brave enough to go along. And than I said to myself: You are going to that party and everything will be alright and it will be special because it’s about Jo. And it was. I was at a place with a lot of other people who came from somewhere, who are trying to find a home far away from home and who know that nothing is going to be the some once they are back home. It’s SO good to know that your are not alone. And there is a comfort: it is not bad at all as long as people like Jo Parfitt are around. I’ve read somewhere that “the good book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think”. Mind you, her books and speeches made me move!

Ljiljana Lelieveld Gogic

Jeff Porter of Trailing Spouse and Ausmerica interviewed me last week and we recorded our 40 minute chat about Career in Your Suitcase. Listen here to find out more. Jeff is passionate about helping expatriate professional accompanying partners, a bit like me, and so you can imagine we had tons to talk about.