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Tips for Best Performance During a Telephone Interview

February 8, 2013

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

November 1, 2012

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!

October 22, 2012

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!

Are You Ready for the PRevolution?

September 27, 2012

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

There’s a First Time for Everything

October 27, 2011

For the first time (in recent history or that anyone can recall), the PRSA Maryland, National Capital, and Central Chesapeake Chapters have teamed up to put on a regional conference!  After a bit of a rough (and late!) start, we finally got the 2011 PRSA Mid-Atlantic Chesapeake Conference Planning Committee going.  

Representatives from all three chapters have worked tirelessly all year to brainstorm session topics, locate relevant speakers, find sponsorships, develop conference collateral, and then promote the darned thing!  All the while, we have had great fun forming relationships, networking, gaining valuable experience, and bonding in an energetic, collegial environment. 

It has been a really wonderful time working with all three chapters.  We’re looking forward to enjoying the conference next week!

There’s still time to register for this year’s conference.  Go to http://www.prsamd.org/news/events2011/nov11program.htm.  Seating is limited and tickets are going fast, so hurry!  

And we’re going to keep building on this momentum.  If you would like to get in on this synergistic, collaborative effort to plan next year’s conference, please don’t hesitate to e-mail Peggy at phoffman@marinermanagement.com.

Have you registered yet? You won’t want to miss…

June 10, 2010

If you haven’t registered to attend the 33rd Annual PRSA-Maryland Annual Chesapeake Conference, now is the time. This event boasts a dazzling array of speakers who will bestow many gems of wisdom you can use to sharpen your skills as a professional communicator. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

Writing for the web and social media

Marci DeVries, owner of MDV Interactive, and David Harrison, owner of Harrison Communications, will lead an interactive session on writing for new media. Writing for new media is different than writing for traditional media. Learn the secrets to writing compelling content for Twitter, Facebook, blogs, pitches, and more.  Discover how and why messages spread virally on social media platforms and gain an overview of how people are consuming news and information via the web. This information-packed session will give you ready-to-use tips to help raise your message above the information clutter.

Visit Marci DeVries’ website at www.mdvinteractive.com.

Visit David Harrison’s website at www.harrisoncommunications.net.

Register here to see David Harrison & Marci Devries speak

Social media law 101:  A legal perspective for communicators

Bradley S. Shear, ESQ., managing partner and founder of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear, LLC has the perfect combination of expertise to make sure it is smooth sailing when communicating in the digital world. Get clear insight into the basics of what is or isn’t legal when crafting messages for use on social media platforms. In his 50-minute primer, you will learn what communicators need to know to avoid legal issues unique to social media.

To learn more about Bradley Shear’s practice you can fan him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, or visit his firm’s Web site.

Register here to see Bradley S. Shear, ESQ speak

Time management strategies for social media activities

Steve Radick, associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, social media and government 2.0 practice

As social media continues to grow, so do the concerns about time management and measurement of tactics related to this new platform. Booz Allen Hamilton’s own social media strategist, Steve Radick, will focus on the people and processes of social media and how they truly determine the success of strategy. With a push to understand what this new technology enables, Steve will delve into his expertise on running a team of social media experts and how he best meets the needs of clients in an efficient and effective manner. Steve was recently named one of PRNews’ 15 to Watch in 2009. He was also recently named one of the expert bloggers for AIIM’s Enterprise 2.0 Community.

You can learn more about Steve and his approach to PR and social media by visiting his blog at www.steveradick.com.

Register here to see Steve Radick speak

Find out more about our Hardship Package, Smile and Save Professional Photography special and read all about our Morning Keynote, and First Breakout Sessions.

ONLY 8 Days to go until our Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference.  Register today

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And the Finalists for the 2010 PRSA-MD Best in MD Awards Are…

June 7, 2010

We’re so excited to announce the finalists for the 2010 Best in MD Awards! We’ve had some excellent entries this year, and the competition was tough, but here is who’s still in the running:

2010 Best in MD Awards Finalists

A. Bright Idea
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Barb Clapp Advertising and Marketing, LLC
CareFirst Blue Cross BlueShield
Crosby Marketing
Devaney & Associates, Inc.
Himmelrich PR
idfive
IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Maryland Lottery
Mayes Communications Inc. & Strategic Design Studio
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Notre Dame Preparatory School
Sky Design LLC
Weber Shandwick

Of these finalists, two will be the recipients of the most coveted prizes: Best of Show and Best Theme.

This year’s presentation will take place as a luncheon during the 33rd Annual Chesapeake Conference. Will your agency/company receive one of these top prizes? Register for the Chessie conference now to find out. Follow us on twitter at #chessie10.

We’ve assembled some of the best speakers in the industry who can’t wait to impart their knowledge on hot topics such as social media, ROI/measurement, SEO, and more.

Full-day Chessie registrants will also receive a ticket to the awards luncheon, which will include a compelling presentation from the keynote speaker, Lisa A. Shenkle, President of VERB! Communications, that you don’t want to miss. If you don’t have time to attend the conference, remember that you can purchase Best in MD luncheon tickets separately. See you at the 2010 Best in MD Awards!

Ways PRSA Maryland is Helping you Save!

June 7, 2010
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Unemployed, don’t fret – PRSA Maryland Chapter has not forgotten about you

Don’t let unemployment stop you from attending this year’s Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference.  On June 17 at the Towson Sheraton Hotel we are helping communications professionals like you prepare for the new decade of public relations. In response to the challenging economy PRSA-MD is pleased to offer a limited number of conference registrations at a reduced price to PRSA members who are currently unemployed. You will be able to attend a full day of workshops and seminars for only $75.  To secure your spot please send your letter of hardship via e-mail.

Another added perk for those that are unemployed, you will have the chance to network with Career Profiles Staffing Agency – who caters specifically to the professional marketing, creative, and interactive technology niche.

Smile & Save

All Conference attendees will have another one-of-a-kind opportunity in store for them – on top of the exciting programs, of course.  Any kind of savings is always a good thing, and we have a great opportunity for you to smile and save big bucks at this year’s Chesapeake Conference.

  • Is that company group picture outdated?
  • Do you need a new fabulous picture to use for your social profiles?
  • Are you in need of an appropriate business picture to submit with your excellent article for the Baltimore Business Journal or for your upcoming speaking opportunity?

If any of these apply, then you will want to take advantage of this opportunity. The PRSA-Maryland Chapter has partnered with Bob Stockfield Photography, LLC, for the 33rd Annual Chesapeake Conference. This fantastic photographer will use his creative skill set to capture you at your best while taking informal and casual business portraits for groups and individuals. These photography services are being offered at a greatly reduced price during the conference and you can save even more by scheduling your appointment in advance. Just $30 for an individual portrait!  See more here: Smile and save big bucks!

11 Days to go until our Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference – Register here

The Speaker Line up and Program Details are in!

April 26, 2010

June 17th is fast approaching, and before you know it, the 33rd Annual Chesapeake Conference will be here. During the conference you will learn from industry leaders on the essentials needed to sail into the new decade of public relations.

Set your alarm clock and have ready your cup of Joe! You will not want to miss technology entrepreneur Dave Troy when he delivers the morning keynote where he will talk about the inspirational and creative efforts put forth by public/private organizations to could bring Google’s ultra high-speed Internet trial to Baltimore. Dave is one of the principal players working with Baltimore’s Google Czar Tom Loveland. Dave will share with attendees Baltimore’s PR, social media, and buzz strategies, lessons learned, why Baltimore is a good fit for Google Fiber, and when Google will reveal its decision.

After your much enjoyed lunch and the Best in Maryland Awards program, we will kick off the second half of the conference with our local Emmy Award winner Lisa A. Shenkle, president of VERB! Communications and board member for Sail Baltimore. As the afternoon keynote speaker, Lisa will describe how the art and skills of public relations help her navigate political landmines and sensitivities associated with international ships visiting the Port of Baltimore. Discover how she overcomes challenges in scheduling press events, gains permission to get the media on board visiting vessels, and engages all parties for the greater mission of establishing goodwill between our country and others.

Breakout sessions include:
• How Media Fragmentation is making it harder (and easier) than ever to reach your targets
• Putting SEO to work: Writing with search engines in mind
• Red flags of social media: A legal perspective
• Great marketing ROI for a lousy economy
• Writing for the web and social media
• Media ethics
• PR measurement
• APR roundtable discussion
• How not to pitch the media roundtable discussion

See full line up here.

Don’t miss the boat, register today for the Chesapeake Conference and Best In Maryland Awards on June 17 at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson.

Online registration and downloadable forms now available.

Follow our official twitter hashtag, #Chessie10 for updates, and check back at our More Than PR Basics blog for our series of discussions leading us up to the 33rd Annual Chessie Conference.

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