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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.

2011 PRSA MD Best In Maryland a resounding success!

June 24, 2011

This year’s Best In Maryland reception was held at the 1840s Ballroom, a beautiful venue with outstanding service. Guest entered through a gated courtyard where staff directed them upstairs to the 1840s Carroll Salon. The evening started off with a chance to networking and dig into some delicious food and drink catered by Hunt Valley Catering.

The Best in Maryland awards portion was opened with a few words from Katie Mercado, our vice president and Best In Maryland co-chair, who welcomed everyone reminding us that this is the 50th anniversary of Best In Maryland. She gave us a quick recap of what Best In Maryland means to our chapter, and thanked the board of directors and the BIM committee for their hard work in planning this year’s reception. She also acknowledged Dave Imre of IMRE for his continuing support of PRSA Maryland, and our go-to photographer Bob Stockfield of Stockfield Photography. (Check out our photos of who came at Gallery of faces and who won at Gallery of awards photos.)

The awards were presented by Reagan Warfield of the Mix 106.5 Morning Show, who did a great job announcing the winners while delighting the crowd with his charm, and Katie Mercado, who handed out the awards to each winner (Katie got her picture taken quite a bit that night!). During the ceremony, Reagan pointed out that this year we added new categories and streamlined others making the competition tougher—and more interesting—than ever. Several of our categories had a large number of entries with Story Placement leading in number received. For a detailed list of all winners, go to 2011 Best In Maryland Award Winners!.

We then turned to the New Professional of the Year award. Eleni Polites from Weber Shandwick took this honor, a complete surprise for Eleni who had no idea she was even nominated. It was fun watching her realize she was the recipient as Reagan read her bio. And it was even better when she discovered we had been hiding her family in the corner where they waited eagerly for her chance to shine.

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented by Gene Bracken (the 2010 recipient) to Jacqueline Lampell of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.  Jacqui was nominated by her co-workers for her professionalism and dedication to excellence within her field. Her nomination was lauded by other seasoned professionals, especially Gene who was honored to present her with the award.

The final two awards of the evening were announced last. The Best Representation of Theme is presented to the entry that best exemplifies the current theme, and this year’s went to Baltimore Gas and Electric’s  for BGE Smart Energy Savers Program Marketing.

The Best In Show is presented to the most outstanding entry in the Program category. This year, the honor went to Catholic Relief Services for their The Haiti Earthquake: Catholic Relief Services Responds to a Major Disaster. The crowd erupted into cheers when the announcement was made. John Rivera accepted the award on behalf of his staff, lauding their continuing dedication to the CRS mission.

After the awards presentation, the evening continued with an array of yummy desserts and the chance to continue the celebration.

Finally, we’d be negligent if we didn’t thank our judges—the Rochester Chapter of PRSA—who said they were impressed by quality of the entries. We thank them sincerely for their hard work.

Winners: Additional awards may be ordered by clicking here. All orders must be received by COB Wednesday July 6, 2011.

Time is almost up…

June 16, 2010

Last day to register for the 33rd Annual PRSA-MD Chesapeake Conference. Plan to be a part of the chapter’s largest networking and educational event of the year. Check out the exciting speakers and sessions. Hope to see you tomorrow morning.

An Afternoon of Roundtables

June 15, 2010

The PRSA Maryland Chesapeake Conference is just a few days away but here’s an insider look at what to expect with the afternoon seasons!

APR ROUNDTABLE
Demystify the APR process and ask this savvy group of APRs the burning questions you’ve been dying to ask, but didn’t know who to turn to.

MEDIA PITCHING BEST PRACTICES AND WORST
EXAMPLES ROUNDTABLE
Converse with members of the media about what makes pitches sizzle and what doesn’t. Hear some of the worst pitches ever made, and why they were so bad. Media and writers include: Liz Farmer, reporter, The Daily Record; Larry Carney, executive producer, Online Content, WMAR TV; Dan Collins, APR, freelance writer and senior director of Media Relations, Mercy Medical Center.

If you still need to register, don’t fret! Just check out http://www.prsamd.org/news/events2010/jun10online.htm to sign up online.

Ten Days to go

June 8, 2010
Google Bus on the streets of Baltimore
Image by Joel Mark Witt via Flickr

Ten days from now we will be hearing from our Morning Keynote speaker Dave Troy.   Make sure to arrive early as you don’t want to miss this technology entrepreneur and one of the principal players working to bring Google’s planned fiber optic network to Baltimore.  Dave will map out his PR plan for luring Google to Baltimore as well as share his messaging, social media, and buzz strategies that made his message soar.  He’ll reveal how the plan is progressing, lessons he learned, why Baltimore is a good fit, and when the city will know Google’s decision.  Don’t miss this provocative presentation.

Dave Troy is one of the principal players working to bring Google’s planned fiber optic network to Baltimore. He is a leader and veteran of the Baltimore technology community, serving on numerous boards, including the Greater Baltimore Technology Council and the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council.

Dave is an entrepreneur, software developer, and community builder in Baltimore.  He is the founder of TEDxMidatlantic, a regional conference celebrating the power of ideas to transform society.  The first TEDxMidAtlantic event was held in Baltimore in November 2009 and featured over 20 speakers and 600 attendees.  He is also the founder of Baltimore Angels (an angel investment group) and Beehive Baltimore (a co-working community and workplace).

You can see Dave Troy’s Blog , and you can follow Dave Troy on Twitter

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

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