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From the Desk of Ben Rome

Ben Rome’s desk is tucked in the corner of his office at the American Industrial Hygiene Association. So you may miss it. But he doesn’t mind. What he values is the lack of foot traffic around it. His desk’s location means less visitors and fewer interruptions. But that doesn’t mean Rome doesn’t have his share of distractions. This marketing manager says he can sometimes lose focus. For those moments, Rome glances over to the lyrics of a Project86 song. The lyrics, handwritten by the band’s lead singer, hangs on his cube wall.

Pulled in Many Directions

We know marketing pros are busy and pulled in multiple directions. So, when we see a workspace that looks “lived in”, we smile and tend to overlook it. A little chaos can go a long way for Rome. It helps him reflect on his creative side. For instance, to the right of his monitors sits ink sketches of the first four pages of a comic book he wrote for AIHA.  His workspace encourages creativity.

Can You See Me Now?

This marketer performs in an Agile work environment and spends most of his time working. Rome describes himself as a “very visual” person. To complete tasks, he uses multiple screens. “I do hate window-switching,” says Rome. “When writing, I like to have my reference material side-by-side, as flipping windows actually breaks my concentration.”

He Scores a Goal

In the corner of Rome’s desk sits a photo of hockey great Mario Lemieux. With apologies to Gretzky fans, Rome argues Lemieux is the best to have played the sport. Lemieux autographed the photo at a party both attended. The photo serves as motivation for Rome. He finds inspiration in Lemieux’s comebacks from cancer and injuries.

Would you like to know more? Follow Rome on Twitter at @bhrome. You can also hear him speak at Content Marketing World. Code SM100 saves you $100 at checkout!

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