VCC Profile – Terri Smallbon (Office Manager)

“I need you to write a bio for the VCC website for your 5 year work anniversary”.  Almost as scary as “You need to speak in front of a room full of people and spiders”.  OK, so not quite that scary, but a daunting task just the same! OK, here goes!!  I am a wife, […]

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“I need you to write a bio for the VCC website for your 5 year work anniversary”.  Almost as scary as “You need to speak in front of a room full of people and spiders”.  OK, so not quite that scary, but a daunting task just the same!

OK, here goes!!  I am a wife, mum (so really just a mum), office manager of one of the fastest growing chambers in Qld, aromatherapist, handfasting cord maker (what’s that?) and anything else that I can get my hands on.  I get bored easy so like to keep myself occupied.

A bit of a gypsy, I’ve lived in most cities of Australia except WA and NT.  Finally settled here in sunny Brisbane with my hubby and teenage daughter.  A lot of you are aware that I’ve lived in Tasmania, but no, I’m not Tasmanian, it’s far worse than that, I’m from Adelaide.

As a teen, I admired receptionists and secretaries in the big fancy offices in Adelaide.  They looked so professional and classy (not at all like me).  You know the type…glasses and ponytail.  It was then I decided I wanted to be a ‘private secretary’.  I’ve spent the last 20 odd years working within an administrative capacity (private secretary is no longer a ‘thing’).  Working with the Valley Chamber has, by far, been the most interesting, fun and diverse of all.  An administrative superstar, typist extraordinaire, Doctor Who and Wonder Woman worshipper, all round geek with a weekly podcast on all things DC TV, and a bit of witchy thrown in.

My motto is WYSIWYG.  Any Gen X’s out there will know what that means!  Alright, I’ll tell you…What you See Is What You Get.

5 Minutes with Terri

Q:  How did you come to work for the Valley Chamber?
A:  We had been living in Brisbane for 6 months and I had a 15 hour a week job that just wasn’t enough hours…I’d exhausted Seek so randomly decided to have a look on gumtree of all places…and the rest as they say, is history.

Q:  What is your greatest achievement whilst working with the VCC?
A:  Managing to get the last October meet and mingle to be Halloween themed…I had been trying for quite some time!!  In all seriousness though, probably being a constant and stable point of contact for our members.  Also, bringing the chamber’s systems into the 21st century.  When I first started we had a text based website, was using eventbrite for our events and had no social media presence.  *shudder*

Q:  What do you love most about your role in the VCC?
A:  The autonomy, the variety, the flexibility, the events, getting to know all of our awesome members.  There’s not really any one thing, I love it all!

Q:  What has been your biggest challenge working for the VCC?
A:  I actually thought that working with 10 board of directors (aka ‘the bosses’) and over 350 members would be the challenge, but that part is surprisingly easy.  Biggest challenge, though….trying to get the members to book tickets before the events sell out!

Q:  How have you seen the VCC change over the last 5 years?
A:  Since I started the chamber has changed massively over the last 5 years!  The membership has tripled, the events are more popular than a Justin Bieber concert and everyone wants to be a part of the New World Chamber that is the VCC.

Q:  What do you do outside of the Valley Chamber?
A:  Well, when I’m not recording podcasts at Nova, I have my own aromatherapy business where I make and sell all of my own aromatherapy products nationally .  I also make Handfasting Cords for couples getting married, both here and overseas, oh and I get dressed up a lot and visit pop culture conventions.  I’m also known to be quite the book worm.

Q:  What’s one thing that would surprise many people to learn about you?
A:  Hmmmm…I can’t think of a single thing.  I am an open book.  I have no secrets, so unless you haven’t been paying attention, there is probably nothing left to surprise.  Maybe I should work on that.  😛

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