Left: Coaching the director
of UNICEF on guitar in Siem
Video calling is the next best
thing to being there. To be gone but
not forgotten, imagine sending personalized videos with fascinating
international scenery behind you
as you tell your clients, potential
clients or family that you were
thinking of them today while
hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro.
the Cheapest Way tO stay
COnneCted By phOne:
1. Start collecting old smartphones. You can use them with
cheap local SIM cards in any country.
2. Buy a $10 local SIM card at the airport for the old
phone, which will let you surf the net, use GPS, make
local calls or call your family online.
COnneCt yOur audienCes tO the WOrld
Your international stories connect audiences to global wisdom. Would your clients prefer another Apple/Southwest
Airlines/Starbucks story or a personal lesson like the one
Colorado’s Christie Ward, CSP, and I learned recently in
“I hire for honest,” our hotel manager said in hesitant
COnneCt With internatiOnal COlleagues
English, assuring us that her housekeepers wouldn’t steal
my laptop. “My staff want guest feel happy, feel safe in
Myanmar.” Reporting it missing that night, I was very careful
not to sound accusatory. She was at our door in minutes
and was upset. While volunteering each day, I left my laptop
charging in the room. “If it disappeared,” I said, “it’s my
“No, no. I hire for honest. I hire for heart,” she said.
“Just now I call my staff at home. They say you leave restau-
rant for bus this morning with laptop in your arms and
many fruit from breakfast buffet.”
Blessed with new lessons about caring customer service,
“hiring for honest” and assuming the best, I found my laptop
on the bus.
The best way to connect with colleagues in another country
is through the GSF group. Someone in the chapter might
even host you, and you can attend local chapter meetings
to connect with fascinating, successful speakers who may
become lifelong friends.
With enough name recognition or a helpful topic, they
might invite you to keynote their conference, as I did in
Australia, New Zealand, England, Dubai, South Africa,
Malaysia and Singapore during my travels.
hOW yOu Can live Overseas
fOr a year
Here are a few other things to help make
it possible to live abroad.
1. Rent out your house. Rental management companies find and manage your renters for a small
fee, and you can travel on the rest.
2. Pay interest only. NSA past president Mark LeBlanc
advised me long ago to make sure the loan on my house
had an interest-only option. This allowed me to pay
interest only on my house and live on the rental income.
3. Live like locals. In many lovely towns, you can get a
modern apartment with Internet for $200 a month and
eat like a foodie on $10 a day. Remember this when
your accountant says you’ll need to save millions before
you can retire.
internatiOnal travel Can deepen yOur COnneCtiOns
Returning for U.S. speaking engagements during my time
away, I spent more days than usual with family, because I
missed them so much . . . and I was homeless!
To honor my mom’s support, I wrote a song that I hope
will encourage you to experience more of this big, beautiful
world we live in.
Life goes so fast, like sand through the glass,
it soon slips away,
You’ve got this moment, the world is wide open,
it’s yours for today,
Don’t give up your dreams,
no matter how hard it seems,
Dream all you can, all you can, while you can.
Do all you can, all you can, while you can.
See all you can, all you can, while you can.
—From “While You Can” by Jana Stanfield
Widely known for her platinum-selling composi-
tions and NSA’s VOE theme songs (“Enjoy the
Ride” and “Open Your Mind”), Jana Stanfield,
CSP, makes her living doing humorous keynote
concerts. While living as “A Broad Abroad,” she
and Scott Friedman, CSP, co-founded Together We Can Change
the World, preventing trafficking through girls’ education.