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matt-tulk-tweet Some time ago I wrote about Dan Pink’s great TEDtalk on motivation. It is brilliant and well worth the small investment of time.

But this morning I delivered a keynote address at the Australasian Sourcing Summit in Sydney (check out the live blog). It’s a fascinating, emerging profession – and the presentations across the morning showed the depth of knowledge and experimentation that is being carried out in business large and small.

But one tweet reminded me that when we take money off the table, there are other things that really drive our motivation. And this video animation of Dan’s speech – courtesy of Katie Chatfield – explains what that is.

"Anything to help bring legitimacy to the industry is an honorable task…"

 – Christian Le Loux, 2011

Who's ready to help build this?


Hi guys,

I’ve posted an article on Andrea’s workshop: Tapping into Niche Communities.…

Keen to hear your thoughts!

Some images from day 1 of #SOSU11 .


Delegates arriving, circa 1.30 PM




more introductions




….and that is why you should play sourcing games.


Games people play at conferences.


we are this close to cracking the SOSU code


Sourcing casino. 


how about a thinking game.


gaming winner announced


Workshop session – view from the foyer


@sourcingninja is live blogging


I’m excited.  Then nerd in me is stirring, the geek is about to come out.  Tomorrow I’m off to The Sourcing Summit (#SOSU11).

I’m a sucker for these things, I love being surrounded by great Recruiting minds, a smorgasbord to feast upon for my mind.  I’m looking forward to meeting people who, until now, have only existed in the Twitterverse, Facebook or LinkedIn, people I think I know, but am yet to meet.  My first ever Recruiting conference with the ATC (circa 2008 I think when Trevor Vas was nice enough to “negotiate” with my then boss to allow me to attend) changed my whole outlook on Recruiting, and thus actually changed my career, opening up a whole new world for me to explore.  That was followed up with a few more recent ones, which have opened my mind, my mouth (I struggle to shut up) and introduced me to countless people, who’s brains I seem to pick constantly and inspire me daily.  I can’t wait to see how this one ends up.  (No pressure guys!)

Not so good will be the 6.45am flight, but it’s the price you have to pay.  Plus Phil Tussing has promised me there’s coffee, hopefully I”m not too late and the other delegates haven’t finished it before my arrival, my crying wouldn’t be the best first impression to make.

I followed the Twitter #hashtag today and it seems that there were some great conversations and learning made, let me at it! Good night all, I’ll see you in the morning!

If I’ve posted this twice on this site and it has hit your feeds a couple of times, sorry

“I love the Internet… but does the Internet love me?”

 – Andrea Mitchell, 2011

Workshop 1 was Andrea Mitchell who spoke about tapping into niche communities. 

Andrea started off speaking about how talent communities have changed from IRC to the social networking space. That one went straight over my head, probably because I'm only 22 years old… 

We then started to look at ways we can use the big search engines like Google and Bing to bring up public profiles using the site: search function. E.g. to find public profiles as opposed to directories. 

@PaulJacobs4real then asked a question about Communities. Do they have to be social in nature to be a community? Great question Paul! 

My favorite takeaway was this quote from Andrea 

People put a lot of information online. It's all about tapping into the communities on smaller sites and within the bigger sites. #SOSU11 

Great start to the conference! 


The good thing about flying over from New Zealand the day before is that you can wake up at some ungodly hour in Sydney and actually feel like you’ve had a bit of a lie-in.  So here I am all chipper, bright and breezy and looking forward to the start of the Sourcing Summit later today.  I’ll also be the one look pale, dishevelled and haggard by around 5pm later, as a consequence!

I noticed a Tweet from Philip last night declaring he was in name tag hell.  Is that when you’re at a convention and you keep getting greeted by people who claim to know you well and you can’t for the life of you remember their name?  But no matter how cunningly and surreptitiously you try glancing at their name tag you can never quite make out their name?  Then finally you find yourself in a position where a new person joins the group and the conversation pauses while they wait for you to introduce them to each other, because you’re supposed to know them both?  Come on, you’ve all been there right?

Anyway, I hope Philip managed to claw his way out of his name badge purgatory because I quite liked the idea of having three conversation starters on the tag, of things you’re keen to discuss.  Oh, and just because mine says Football, doesn’t mean I want to hear about Chelsea from you Damon Klotz!

And what to attach it to?  Being a fairly standard recruiter I packed my usual suit and shirt combos for this trip.  You know the dark suit that denotes you as a recruitment consultant the world over?  But looking at some of the job titles of others attending today I’m starting to wonder if I might end up being overdressed.  I mean, people like Talent Strategists, Employer Branders, and Social Media Strategists conjure up images in my mind of rockstar T-shirts, beanie hats, mammoth headphones and phat trainers propelling along teeny little micro-scooters en route to the next tweet-up.

Oh well, time will tell, and I look forward to meeting you all later.  I’ll be the one in a dark suit mumbling to myself about Arsenal.

Jonathan Rice

Getting to the #SOSU11 venue is easy.

1) If you are from out of town ask a local (or Google) “what’s the ugliest building in Sydney?”.  This is what it looks like:


It is also known as ‘Tower Building’.

2) Not far from Tower building is a smaller structure called Building 10. It is mostly populated by technology students. Tomorrow sourcers will take over.


3) #SOSU11 venue is on the top floor (level 7); it is called Aerial Function centre. There are two main entrances on Building 10, choose the one which have lifts. Once you get out of the lifts, turn left and you are highly likely to see friendly faces.


This is how our playground looks like.


If you must use a GPS, here is the address : Level 7, 235 Jones St Ultimo NSW 2007.