Ophelie LeChat - Allowing Space to Create

 

Ophelie Lechat is Head of content for SitePoint. An online website helping working software developers to learn code.  

Originally starting life in the french speaking quarters of Canada, Ophelie's path began in publishing and journalism before crossing over into freelance writing. It was after this juncture point with a journey out to Australia that the local startup landscape was ultimately discovered and pointed Ophelie in the direction of her current role today.  

This is a great episode for anyone looking to follow their own path and figure work out as you go. Make sure you check out: 

Pivotal Moment One: Landing an internship at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC (13:39)

  • Developed a common thread of digging / research on subjects  
  • Enjoyed the tell their story / personal side of everything.   
  • Got access to digital recorders
  • Taking pictures really easily ' citizen journalism' 

Pivotal Moment Two: Crossing over to Freelancing Fulltime (20:29)

  • Discovered the flexibility of the freelance lifestyle and the potential to work from anywhere.  
  • It can get really lonely in digital communities / freelance lifestyle. 
  • Before the rise of co-working spaces in Montreal have really exploded during this time.         

Pivotal Moment Three: Discovering the Entrepreneurial side (28:14)

  • Moved away from journalism through a support network into the local Australian tech startup scene.    
  • Learned through the lens of making content to reveal a story.
  • Experienced a great deal of freedom in the role to evolve content and create a blog. 
  • Discovered the power of great mentors.

Pivotal Moment Four: Moving from Content to Leadership (49:45) 

  • Lessons learned from live radio, meant I always wanted to have a plan B,C,D. 
  • Focus on content that has a really long tail, it will be useful. 
  • Focus on the problems that people are having now and will continue to have in the future.  
  • Moving from the content to-do list and the leadership to-do list.   

 

Ophelie’s Advice: Don't be too attached to one vision of yourself and of your work. Have a lot of room, freedom & space for yourself. Allow yourself to have space from Plan A.  


Ophelie's 10 Minute Activity: Write down for 10 minutes, what works right now / what doesn't. Get things out of your brain.        

Links Mentioned:

People Mentioned:

  • Mark Harbottle 
  • Leni Mayo
  • Dave Slutzkin 

    Ophelie Lechat is Head of content for SitePoint. An online website helping working software developers to learn code.  

    Originally starting life in the french speaking quarters of Canada, Ophelie's path began in publishing and journalism before crossing over into freelance writing. It was after this juncture point with a journey out to Australia that the local startup landscape was ultimately discovered and pointed Ophelie in the direction of her current role today.  

    This is a great episode for anyone looking to follow their own path and figure work out as you go. Make sure you check out: 

  • SitePoint
  • Ophelie Lechat
  • Pivotal Moment One: Landing an internship at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC (13:39)

  • Developed a common thread of digging / research on subjects  
  • Enjoyed the tell their story / personal side of everything.   
  • Got access to digital recorders
  • Taking pictures really easily ' citizen journalism' 
  • Pivotal Moment Two: Crossing over to Freelancing Fulltime (20:29)

  • Discovered the flexibility of the freelance lifestyle and the potential to work from anywhere.  
  • It can get really lonely in digital communities / freelance lifestyle. 
  • Before the rise of co-working spaces in Montreal have really exploded during this time.         
  • Pivotal Moment Three: Discovering the Entrepreneurial side (28:14)

  • Moved away from journalism through a support network into the local Australian tech startup scene.    
  • Learned through the lens of making content to reveal a story.
  • Experienced a great deal of freedom in the role to evolve content and create a blog. 
  • Discovered the power of great mentors.
  • Pivotal Moment Four: Moving from Content to Leadership (49:45) 

  • Lessons learned from live radio, meant I always wanted to have a plan B,C,D. 
  • Focus on content that has a really long tail, it will be useful. 
  • Focus on the problems that people are having now and will continue to have in the future.  
  • Moving from the content to-do list and the leadership to-do list.   
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    Ophelie’s Advice: Don't be too attached to one vision of yourself and of your work. Have a lot of room, freedom & space for yourself. Allow yourself to have space from Plan A.  


    Ophelie's 10 Minute Activity: Write down for 10 minutes, what works right now / what doesn't. Get things out of your brain.        

    Links Mentioned:

  • SitePoint 
  • Flippa
  • Vox 
  • Buzzfeed
  • The New Yorker  
  • People Mentioned:

  • Mark Harbottle 
  • Leni Mayo
  • Dave Slutzkin