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December 17, 2018

Five Questions with Karen Wickre: Communications Pro

Karen Wickre has worked as a communications pro in technology businesses for 30 years, including long stints at Google and at Twitter and as a Reality Checker at KVOX Media. A veteran editor, curator, content strategist, and connector of people and ideas, she has served as a resource for tech industry insiders seeking career advice.

But you won’t find her working the room at late-night mixers and big name conferences. Instead, she works her magic by making connections via her laptop.

Karen shares some of the secrets to her success in her new book, Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count. You’ll hear more about how she has mastered the art of networking as an introvert when author Julie Kim interviews her at the upcoming 2019 In/Visible Talks conference.

We asked Karen to tell us a bit about her creative life. Here are her answers.

What is your relationship to the creative process?

“Increasingly comfortable, though intermittent.”

How or where to you find inspiration?

“Visiting museums and on urban walks.”

What was one of your biggest creative challenges?

“Writing the book I just completed.”

When did you first realize you needed to be in a creative field?

“I started writing poetry, and letters to the editor, at eight. Before that I longed for a smock, beret, and easel.”

What drives you to create?

“A deep-seated impulse that rises up.”

BONUS ROUND: What was your first job?

“Typist!”