“I am an Australian now living and working in California with my former East Coast husband. Ours is the big love story! Love brought me to the States and love keeps me here!”
That was one of the opening lines in our email. Needless to say, we wanted to know more about this couple.
Jane and Norm run www.janejordan.net and they train, coach and advise on holistic risk management and high-stakes communication.
They met at a Risk Management Conference in New Zealand in June 2000 where Norm (Meier, a guru in business continuity) was the opening guest speaker and Jane the closing guest speaker – her area is more niche – crisis media management. She trains and coaches executives on how to handle the media in a crisis and she was presenting a case study analyzing a major crisis and how the company handled the media (not well).
At the dinner on the evening prior to the opening of the Conference Jane was asked by Executive Producer to introduce Norm the next morning and MC the morning session. After much protesting she agreed and over dinner she used herjournalistic skills to interview Norm. Anyone could read a CV, she wanted the opening session to be different, memorable and for Norm’s unique capabilities to be known! “Well a glass or two of Cointreau later, an outrageous kiss and a successful introduction the next morning, we were on our way to a fabulous working and personal relationship!” They married in 2004 and she moved her base from Sydney and Norm from New Jersey. They set up home and an office in Green Valley (part of the wider city of Fairfield) in Northern California.
Jane Jordan-Meier is a former journalist with more than 25 years’ experience in the media and communication management. She is a licensed and accredited media trainer and coach and has a Masters Degree in Communication Management.
Jane has been at the forefront of media training for 15 years developing unique and powerful methodologies in crisis media management. She is recognized as one of the top media and crisis management trainers and is comfortable consulting and training at CEO level or guiding a novice through the media maze.
Throughout her career Jane has worked at the highest level in strategic planning and communication including the Australian bicentennial celebrations the Sydney Olympic Games. Many of her programs and training have won awards from her peers in the public relations and communication professions.
She co-founded the Media Skills™ Network with former high profile journalist, Susan Templeman developing methodologies for media training and crisis management. The Media Skills™ methodology is now licensed to a network of trainers and used in several countries around the globe.
Jane is a frequent guest speaker on crisis communication and media management at conferences in Australia, New Zealand and North America. She has also run several professional development programs and workshops for the Public Relations Institute of Australia, IABC and PRSA.
Norm has extensive international consulting experience in these fields as well as information security, corporate governance and business ethics. This experience was gained dealing with multi-national clients, international government agencies, major global and Fortune 1000 companies covering a broad scope of industries. Norm also served two terms as mayor bringing significant change to the town’s local infrastructure.
In the field of training, Norm has designed and taught courses in business continuity, crisis management, disaster recovery and computer and network security. He has chaired several international conferences and symposia, and spoken nationally and internationally on business continuity, crisis communication and operational risk management.
Norm leads their team in the business continuity assessments, diagnostic work and preparation with his unique Report Card methodology. He provides a very calm head in the midst of a crisis having dealt with several national disasters. His wisdom (and wit) are highly valued not only in training and coaching but at the post-crisis debriefs.
Norm has a MS in Engineering Management from NJIT.
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