Julia Gifford manages content marketing for the tech incubator and accelerator, Draugiem Group in Latvia. That’s right! Julia is our first Latvian guest! A self-described “jack of all trades, master of none,” she spends most of her time helping start-ups create content, get publicity, and more. How does Julia manage her own time? Turns out, she helps with an app for that!
Get ready — The Work Talk Show is about to get BIG in Latvia. You know what’s already BIG in Latvia? The social network Draugiem. In fact, it’s still bigger than Facebook in Latvia. However, instead of resting on their laurels, the founders decided to shift the focus of their time and money into the Draugiem Group, a tech incubator and accelerator that has launched start-ups such as Startup Vitamins, DeskTime, and more. Julia Gifford helps these start-ups get the attention they deserve while constantly learning new things about her own routine in the process. Especially when it comes to her work with the app DeskTime, which runs in the background and helps people track their productivity. That’s how Julia learned that she wasn’t getting as much done after lunch. To remedy this, she began taking walks around the office, using this time to communicate and learn from her co-workers. (You’ll also want to listen for the awesome stories about how Julia came to be a resident of Latvia and how small the world is when it comes to hilarious coffee mugs.) What Are the 3 Apps Julia Can’t Live Without? Instagram, 1work (a project she’s managing now), and the white-noise app Noisli. Shout-outs and Shameless Plugs! Nick plugged his upcoming, nationally ranked digital marketing conference, the Social Brand Forum, featuring many past Work Talk Show guests. Get a special rate using promo code worktalk. DJ gave a shout to Frances Bowman from a recent #Bufferchat and Kerry Gorgone. And the Living Your Passion podcast. Julia reminded us all, once again, to check out 1work. Finally, as always, we gave a shout to our tireless Chief Technical Officer Jess Ostroff at Don’t Panic Management. Remember, this week’s episode is brought to you by audible.com — Get a FREE audiobook download and 30 day free trial at audibletrial.com/worktalk. They have over 150,000 titles to choose from for your iPhone, Android, Kindle or mp3 player including books by previous crazy smart guests like Seth Godin, Guy Kawasaki, Daniel Pink, and more. Check it out! Help more listeners discover what you already know – If you liked what you heard (or even if you didn’t), head over to iTunes and give us a quick review to help others find the show. Until next week, we'll see you on the Internet!