Tips for Best Performance During a Telephone Interview

Posted February 8, 2013 by njenkins
Categories: PR, PRSA MD, Session, Speaker, Uncategorized

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Nick Peters at PRSA-MD Media Training Event

(from Nick Peters’ Media Training presentation given 1/30/13)

Here are some quick tips from CommCore’s Nick Peters that could help you in your quest to conduct better phone interviews:

(1)    Stand Up

(2)    Get Away From Your Desk

(3)    Get a Headset

Most people are sitting down at their desk when giving a telephone interview.  But standing up and getting from behind your desk is more beneficial because you are more attentive and your brain is more active when you are standing up than when you are sitting down.  Wanting to use a headset will be the natural result of standing up and getting away from your desk.  It will allow clear, crisp transmission so you don’t lose sound quality on the call, and it will keep you hands free while you are formulating responses to those difficult questions coming your way.

Personal Invite to the 2012 PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Conference

Posted November 1, 2012 by njenkins
Categories: Chessie, PR, PRSA MD, Session, Social Media, Speaker, Strategy, Twitter, Uncategorized

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Greetings!

I’d like to personally invite you to this conference on Thursday November 8 at the BWI Four Points Sheraton. You really should come. Why? Because!

(1) You need to keep your skills sharp – Learn the latest in PR/Communication’s best practices from other DC, MD, VA pros!

(2) You love to get the inside scoop on hot industry trends and techniques!

(3) You miss catching up with colleagues you haven’t seen in awhile – Don’t miss our Happy Hour Networking Event afterwards…enjoy cocktails, see what your colleagues have been up to, make new contacts!

NEW for this year, choose from three different tracks: (1) Social Media (2) Business/Leadership (3) PR Essentials. Mix and match. No matter what career level you are in, there is something for everyone at this conference!

And, just FYI, tickets are selling pretty fast this year because we’ve got such a great lineup of speakers and topics. Don’t let someone else take your spot! Space is limited.

Register Now: http://www.prsamd.org/news/events2012/nov12-program.htm

See you there!

Nneka Jenkins
2012 Mid-Atlantic District Chesapeake Conference
Planning Committee Chair

Missed the PRSA International Conference? No Worries—Another Conference Awaits!

Posted October 22, 2012 by njenkins
Categories: Chessie, PR, PRSA MD, Session, Social Media, Speaker, Twitter, Uncategorized

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by Jackie Allder, Chessie Planning Committee

So, did you make it to the PRSA International Conference last week?  I would loved to have attended this year’s event in San Francisco, but my schedule didn’t work out (and I’m not sure my budget could’ve handled the cross-country trip either).  Although PRSA’s International Conference is over, there’s still a chance to hear tips, tricks, and PR’s best practices from pros in the industry this year. 

On November 8, the Maryland Chapter is partnering with several other Mid-Atlantic District chapters (National Capital Chapter, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Central Chesapeake Chapter, and the Blue Ridge Chapter) to host the Mid-Atlantic District Chesapeake Conference (also known as Chessie). 

New for this year’s conference is three tracks to choose from — Strategic Business and Leadership, PR Essentials, and Social Media — and more than a dozen local members are presenting on everything from creating a strategic communications plan to networking effectively.

For example, you can join Barbara Haupt and Elissa Leif of MiniMatters for a discussion about the wild world of web videos, or find out how to manage the client/agency relationship with Robert Udowitz and Steve Drake of RFP Associates.

You’ll  also hear from members Rachel DiCaro Metscher, Erica Pierson, Sabrina Kidwai, Margie Newman, Veronica Brown, Amy Lestition, Rebecca Andersen, APR, Dana Vickers Shelley, and Tiffany Thomas Smith, among many others. 

Additionally, #Chessie12 features keynote speaker Amy S. Mitchell from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. And because this year’s event is sponsored by chapters around the region, it’s a great opportunity to network with PRSA peers you might not see that often, especially during the post-conference happy hour. 

So #Chessie12 has a dozen sessions, an awesome keynote speaker, and a networking happy hour.  It’s local (hosted at the Four Points Sheraton BWI in Baltimore, MD) and costs less than $200 to attend if you’re a PRSA member and you register by November 1.  

Don’t let this one pass you by…visit http://www.prsamd.org/news/events2012/nov12.htm, download the program, and register today!

4 Reasons to Register for the 2012 PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Chesapeake Conference Today!

Posted October 5, 2012 by njenkins
Categories: Area events, Chessie, Crisis, Crisis management, Ethics, Marketing, Media, PR, PRSA, Registration, Session, Social Media, Speaker, Strategy, Traditional, Uncategorized, Writing

Wanna know why you should register now for the PRSA Mid-Atlantic District Chesapeake (#Chessie12) Conference?

4. Clear Your Schedule!

By registering early, you can block the day out on your calendar, eliminating the possibility that one of your colleagues will schedule an important meeting with you that day.

3. Get a Jumpstart on Your Networking!

Research the presenters and keynote speaker in advance so you know who you want to meet at the conference.  Gotta capitalize on that investment!

2. Formulate Your Plan of Attack!

Read over the agenda and figure out which sessions you’d like to attend.  You can choose to participate in all the sessions in one of the three tracks (PR Essentials, Social Media, and Strategic Business/Leadership) or mix and match from the 12 seminars.  Make sure to mark your calendar to arrive early at the conference for the networking breakfast and stay for the happy hour as well!

1. Save Some $$$ (and guarantee your spot)!

That’s right — the No. 1 reason to sign up today is to take advantage of the early bird discount and save, save, save!  Also, don’t let anyone take your spot because space is limited!

Are You Ready for the PRevolution?

Posted September 27, 2012 by Carol Blattau
Categories: Area events, Chessie, Professional development, PRSA, PRSA MD

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Just 6 weeks until the 2012 Mid-Atlantic District Chesapeake Conference!

Wow…what a mouthful to say. But that’s what’s in store for you this year. A FULL day of education created especially to help you Strategize, Digitize and Energize!

So what will the day look like? You’ll start off with a networking breakfast to get you geared up.  Then you’ll head right into the day, choosing from a variety of topics based on what you told us you wanted to see: more business and leadership skills, more PR tools, and more social media trends. What’s more, we’ve organized the sessions into three tracks—Strategic Business and Leadership, PR Essentials, Social Media—to help you create the best experience. You can stay on one track throughout the day, or alternate between tracks. It’s all up to you!

So what else is happening? Well, this year’s luncheon keynote speaker is Amy S. Mitchell, Deputy Director for the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Mitchell will share an insightful look at news in our digital lives. Be sure to check out Center’s 2012 State of the Media Report before the conference.

So who will be there? Last year’s conference was sponsored by three chaptersMaryland, National Capital, and Central Chesapeakebringing together PR pros from a wider area than ever before. We’re all still participating, and this year we’re excited to welcome two more chapters to the fold: Blue Ridge and Central Pennsylvania. This means there will be PR pros coming from Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania!

So don’t delay! The conference is scheduled for Thursday November 8, 2012 at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI. Click here for more information, including a peek at the full agenda, and begin planning your day!

Are you ready?

A special thanks to our sponsors to date:

Premier Sponsor: Vocus

Premier Patron: Erickson Living

Patron: a. Bright idea

Event Photographer:  Stockfield Photography

Habitat for Humanity Seeking to Fill Marketing VISTA Position

Posted June 19, 2012 by Laura LaChapelle
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Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake is currently seeking to fill an AmeriCorps VISTA position in the Marketing Department. If you are interested, AmeriCorpsMarketingDevelopmentVISTA.

PRSA-MD’s Meet the Media Event

Posted June 6, 2012 by njenkins
Categories: PR, PRSA MD, Session, Social Media, Speaker, Twitter, Uncategorized

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PRSA-MD June 2012 Event - Meet the Media

PRSA-MD June 2012 Event – Meet the Media

PRSA-MD’s Meet the Media Event was a success thanks to our moderator Bill Atkinson from Weber Shandwick, and panelists (shown from left to right: David London (What Weekly - @WhatWeekly), Katherine Gorman (WYPR - @kgorman), Danny Jacobs (The Daily Record -  @TDRDanny), Laura Smitherman (The Baltimore Sun - @lsmitherman), and Chris Daley (Maroon PR - @ChrisDaley43). 

There was lively discussion all around as panelists shared their insights on how to best leverage traditional media in the Social Media Age.  For the most part, all said they use social media to engage readers, encourage sharing, and drive traffic.  Some of the takeaways on how to formulate and build relationships with journalists are:

(1) Personalize Communications: Instead of just pitching via e-mail blasts, phone them (or leave a quick voicemail) to draw their attention to a story idea; make sure your story idea is the best possible fit with the beat/subject areas they are covering.  Don’t use the generic words “PRESS RELEASE” in the subject line — it’ll get ignored instantly!

(2) Treat journalists like real people.  If you’ve met or worked together before, remind them in the message so they’ll have a point of reference for who you are.  This goes a long way — especially if you’ve previously helped them out in a pinch. 

(3) Take it to the next level!  PR pros that get the best results have deep relationships with the journalists they assist.  There are many ways to raise your profile.  One suggestion made was to take reporters out to lunch.  Keep in touch by sending them a “how are you” message every once in awhile (e.g. holiday card).

The biggest lesson here is to focus on personalized, “high touch” communication and phase out or minimize the mass communication approach.  The more, the better!


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