Key Dropping Contest #1

And the Winners Are …#5 & #11,
Congrats Jessi and Mindi!

Jessi, Mindi, send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll do the rest. Congratulations again, -Jeff

I’m very excited: a contest, my first.
Simple, -but complete with a prize! After all, how cool could a contest be without a prize?!?

UPDATE: The book’s authors have generously donated a SECOND book for this contest. Thanks go to all for the active commenting.

Our Premier “Key Dropping Contest”

First, why call this a “Key Dropping” contest?

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Famed lifestylist Chris Guillebeau wrote an article early this year, citing a 14th century poem. The poem illustrates two behaviours: building cages and dropping keys.
“Building cages” means to limit or lessen someone. Meanwhile, “dropping keys” is to empower them.

That’s my goal with this and every contest: to empower you.

All that’s needed is a bit of action on your part.

What’s the Contest? What Do I Do?!?

Answer 3 simple questions...

Very Easy. Write a comment below to answer these questions:

  1. Your name
  2. Your job or career field
  3. If you could do your job anywhere, what’s your ‘dream country’?

After 1 week, midnight EST Wednesday October 13th, I pick a winner. The winner will be chosen at random thanks to So, if there are 5 comments, you have a 20% chance. If 10 comments, a 10% chance. Best of luck to all!

What’s the Giveaway?

This Book - Sent To You!

Here’s where the empowerment starts.

The book is called “Get Ahead by Getting Abroad

This book empowers you to take that last “fantasy” answer you’re going to write and make it a reality.
No, really – I mean it. This book rocks.

The authors, Stacie N. Berdan and C. Perry Yeatman are great examples of the advice and success filling this book. The authors smashed the odds, sidestepped their competition and skyrocketed to great career heights. How? Through international job assignments.

Stacie and Perry share with you the what, when, why, and most importantly, the how for leaping ahead in your career through getting abroad.

The book isn’t just about them, either. The book is peppered with quotes, stories and input from 200+ others Stacie and Perry had interviewed.

While the book’s subtitle is “A Woman’s Guide to Fast Track Career Success,” the authors assure that the book is very useful for men as well. The book covers the same questions for both sexes, such as how to best leverage your role for international assignments, keeping contact with the right people here and “back home,” resources for spouses and families, etc.

Don’t just take my word for it, though. Watch Stacie’s interview on Forbes, or read what the Wall Street Journal or CNN had to say. Check out the videos of NBC’s Weekend Today or ABC News.

Oh, I Need That Book – And So Do You

When I discovered this book, I was so impressed, I immediately wrote the authors, Stacie N. Berdan and C. Perry Yeatman. In fact, here’s how I started my first contact to them:

Hi Stacie, Perry,

My name’s Jeff Parker and I just discovered you (& your blog and book, etc). Awesome stuff.
…[begging for a free book]…
What do you say?

I knew this book was the perfect “key” to drop to you.
So, …stop reading and start writing your answers below in “Leave a Comment”!

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An American who likes to move around. I now live on the eastern Canadian seaboard. My job? A stay-at-home dad for two cute but demanding bosses. My wife? Also cute; not so demanding. My wife and I both love travel. We met in South Korea, travelled across Australia, India, Europe and beyond. We lived in Czech Republic for four years. Many stories to tell and experience to share. If you let me, I will help you travel as we do. Enjoy.

20 thoughts on “Key Dropping Contest #1”

  1. Hi Jeff,
    Congratulations for your blog!! Your writing is very motivational… you do an excelent job!! I’ve just had some little experience abroad and it really worth it!!
    I’ve a graduate degree in Computer Engineering with 6 years of experience on IT, and I’m currently finishing my MBA thesis. So I think it’s a perfect moment to think about moving abroad!!
    My dreamed place is on the Blue Coast of France. Working at Sofia Antipolis, a technology park, while living in Nice, a lovely paradise city nearby.
    Kind Regards,

  2. Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for your encouragement. It’s just as you say – working abroad is really possible, and it can really boost your career. As I’ve said in previous comments, I have grown and improved my resume more in the first month of my new position in Manila than in the last 5 years at my previous job.

    And here’s my contest entry 🙂

    As in the comment header, my name is Mike Stankavich. I’m a database and information security professional. My current title is Database Architect and Report Lead. While I’m quite enjoying my new gig in the Philippines, my wife and I would both very much like to spend some time in Europe. We most interested in Spain, as we both qualify for naturalization with a reduced residency requirement because we are nationals of former Spanish colonies – she has US and Filipino citizenship, and I have US and Mexican citizenship.

  3. Hey all,

    Thanks for the opportunity! so here is my entry …

    1. Massimiliano Bariola
    2. Solutions Architect in the Web Communities/Web Services field
    3. Any place that allows me to go back to Italy in a day for personal reasons, where people are sociable and cheerful and the natural beauties plentiful. So for a permanent relocation, I’d say Europe, probably not UK due to personal taste. Second best, America and UAE.
    For a temp /1 yr relocation, pretty much anywhere!

    1. Sorry, I need to clarify point 3 … it was badly worded. If you can merge the 2 comments into one so that I will not unduly increase my chances?:-)

      3. Any place where people are sociable and cheerful and the natural beauties plentiful, but that allows me to go back to Italy in a day (for personal reasons). So for a permanent relocation, I’d say Europe, probably not UK due to personal taste. Second best, America and UAE. For a temp /1 yr relocation, pretty much anywhere!

  4. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now, in preparation for getting my husband registered with an international teacher placement agency. We have been paying off our student debt since we got married a year and a half ago, and at the same time we’ve been plotting out the path to move overseas by next spring/summer. Teacher recruitment season is only a few months away, and our final debt payment is in December! I can’t believe it’s almost finally happening.

    On to my responses…

    1. Jessi Whitby
    2. Copywriter for a web development company
    3. Anywhere in Europe, for now. Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, St. Petersburg or Moscow, just…anywhere! We would also like to spend some time in Japan at some point. Essentially, I would love to attain a position that allows me to have nomadic adventures, and am hoping to transition into that soon.

  5. Ok I’ll bite 🙂

    1. Andrew Matheson
    2. Global Services Manager, EMEA
    3. Anywhere with sun 🙂 I love the south of France so that is top on my list, but I would like to travel through APAC and experience the business culture there as well.

  6. Hi Jeff

    My name is Frances and I am currently an International Business student studying abroad in France. I will be graduating next year and as of now I will follow a good job opportunity wherever that might take me! I’m learning from the French that Brazil might be a great place for a business.

  7. This sounds like a great book Jeff!
    1. Alison Cornfrod-Matheson
    2. Commercial Photographer, Artist, writer, copy-editor, blogger… woman who wears many hats 🙂
    3. I think it would be impossible for me to pick one country. I want to experience as many of them as I can – if not by living there, then at least travelling through them. Europe has been a great base for that so far, although I’d love to be somewhere with slightly better weather – southern France maybe. I’m also fascinated by India so spending some time there would be great too.

  8. 1. Janice Doucet Thompson
    2. Change Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach
    3. Italy

  9. hey, Jeff here.

    I had to put in an important comment here. (Don’t worry, if my comment gets selected, I’ll obviously pick again).

    Big Update: The book’s authors have generously donated a SECOND book for this contest. You just doubled your chances.

    Thanks go to You for the active commenting! Whoo-Hoo!!!


  10. Hi Jeff!
    Love reading your blog as always!
    Here’s my 1-2-3:
    1 Mindi Charles
    2 Teacher
    3 New Zealand

    Pick me, pick me!

  11. Hiya Jeff,
    Hope you are doing well, am finally sitting down for some computer time. Getting ready to write you back actually, and stumbled across this cool contest through facebook! Here goes nothing.

    1. Chelsea Brown
    2. Owner of a Yoga Center/ Healing Center of some sort that involves fuzeing yogic therapies with that of occupational therapy/ meditation, etc. Seeing where it takes me, it’s in the works 🙂
    3. As of now I am looking to head towards South/ Central America, somewhere along the coast with a nice beach as well. Thinking Chile, Argentina, but I am pretty open at this point.

  12. Last comment – and the Winners Are …#5 & #11,
    – Congrats Jessi and Mindi!

    Jessi, Mindi, send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll do the rest.

    Well, after that, the rest is truly up to you…. you rock!
    Congratulations again, -Jeff

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