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The Art of Presentation

Public Speaker From TribuneJoin us on Wednesday, November 9th for the AWC Springfield luncheon program:  The Art of Presentation

Maria Henneberry and Patti Penn of Taproot Core Media (Consulting, Digital Media Services and Classes) will direct our Nov. 9 program, The Art of Presentation. This will be an interactive program with audience involvement.

November 9, 2016 
Networking: 11:30 – 12:00
Luncheon & Program: 12:00-1:00
Sangamo Club, 227 E Adams, Springfield

Register

 Please register by Friday, November 4th at midnight.

Registration rates (pay by check or cash at the door or debit/credit online):
Members: $17 at door, $18.93 online
Guests/non-members: $22 at door, $24.20 online
Students: $11 at door, $12.60 online

Notify us of any dietary restrictions upon registration by emailing programs@awcspringfield.org
Luncheon reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be invoiced.

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Program Description:

Maria Henneberry and Patti Penn of Taproot Core Media (Consulting, Digital Media Services and Classes) will direct our Nov. 9 program, The Art of Presentation. This will be an interactive program with audience involvement.

Program contents include:

Planning a Powerful Presentation
– Define your purpose
– Choose your style

Powerful Front of the Room Techniques
– Natural style
– Effective voice techniques
– Making the most of body language

Engage That Audience
– Using humor
– Storytelling
– Effective questioning
– Using tools

Kick In Your Confidence
– Harnessing nerves
– Dealing with difficult audience members
– When things go wrong


Maria Henneberry is an award-winning radio and tv journalist and news anchor. She has garnered two AP Best Reporter awards. Her on-air credentials include appearances on CBS News and QVC. Henneberry was National Chair for the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) and was recently chosen for the Leadership Illinois Class of 2016. She is an AWC National Headliner Award recipient. She is a Woman of Distinction in Arts & Entertainment through the YWCA. She has also been a college instructor, media trainer, and professional speaker throughout her career, and has been involved with countless charities. Henneberry is also certified as an Associate Chef and Instructor/Trainer through the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in Fort Bragg, California.

patti-pennPatti Penn’s professional career spans over 25 years and involves many radio and TV outlets. Her work includes on-air host, news, sales, promotions, event planning, production and sports. She has built a strong reputation as a well-known and respected media personality and hers is a recognizable voice on many media outlets.In addition, Patti is co-owner of a local business and has worked directly with businesses of all sizes to reach customers with creative connections locally and nationally. Regional and National award decorate Patti’s resume: Marconi and Crystal Award for Community Service Team Award through the National Association of Broadcasters, The National Edward R. Murrow Award, for Overall Excellence in Radio through the Radio Television Digital News Association, as well as the City of Bloomington, Illinois’ Citizen’s Beautification Award.

Goal Setting: Balancing Your Wheel of Life to Climb Higher

bigstock-128820053Join us on Wednesday, October 12th for the AWC Springfield luncheon program:  Goal Setting: Balancing Your Wheel of Life to Climb Higher

Success is built on positive habits. Learn how to identify areas you can work on to make your ride to the top a smoother one. This presentation will challenge you on a
personal and professional level to reach your true potential.

 

October 12, 2016 
Networking: 11:30 – 12:00
Luncheon & Program: 12:00-1:00
Sangamo Club, 227 E Adams, Springfield

Register

 Please register by Wednesday, October 5th at midnight.

Registration rates (pay by check or cash at the door or debit/credit online):
Members: $17 at door, $18.93 online
Guests/non-members: $22 at door, $24.20 online
Students: $11 at door, $12.60 online

Notify us of any dietary restrictions upon registration by emailing programs@awcspringfield.org
Luncheon reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be invoiced.

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Program Description:

Success is built on positive habits. Bob Barber will help you identify areas you can work on to make your ride to the top a smoother one. This presentation will challenge you on a personal and professional level to reach your true potential.

bob-barberBob Barber brings over 27 years of business ownership experience to his clients. After becoming a Sandler Training client himself  in 1997, he was so inspired by the philosophy, methods and materials that he opened his own award-winning Sandler Training office in 2000. Bob is an expert in interpreting and utilizing web-based assessment tools, Devine Inventory and Extended DISC. He is committed to helping owners and manager hire, develop and retain top talent.

Breaking Through the Social Clutter

socialmediaclutterJoin us on Wednesday, September 14th for the AWC Springfield luncheon program:  Breaking Through the Social Clutter

Learn the #1 way to connect with your audience, and discover how to use social media wisely to accomplish specific goals.

 

September 14, 2016 
Networking: 11:30 – 12:00
Luncheon & Program: 12:00-1:00
Sangamo Club, 227 E Adams, Springfield

Register Please register by Wednesday, September 7th at midnight.

Registration rates (pay by check or cash at the door or debit/credit online):
Members: $17 at door, $18.93 online
Guests/non-members: $22 at door, $24.20 online
Students: $11 at door, $12.60 online

Notify us of any dietary restrictions upon registration by emailing programs@awcspringfield.org
Luncheon reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be invoiced.


Program Description:

Thanks to the proliferation of social media, brands are no longer competing against each other, but against every form of messaging bombarding consumers every hour, every day. In addition, consumers (particularly Millennials) know when they are being marketed to, and anything that sounds like a pitch will be ignored. Peer opinions, in fact, are considered two to three times more reliable than brand messaging. In this session you will learn how to deliver your brand’s message through engaging stories that capture the brand’s persona, breaking through the social clutter.

Brian HuonkerBrian Huonker is a Marketing Analyst with State Farm and provides strategic thought and direction to enhance State Farm’s digital properties while building confidence with its consumers. He has extensive experience in print/web design and integrated marketing—with a passion and specialty for creating branded customer experiences that coalesces across websites, social media, direct marketing, and print. He earned a graphic design degree, a master’s in communication, and has award-winning experience as a creative agency art director, print/web/media designer, college instructor, freelance designer, print/web and social strategist, and conference speaker.

Join an AWC Committee Today!

Would you like to build your professional skills? Are you looking to strengthen your professional network? Are you interested in helping the AWC Springfield Chapter grow? Please consider lending your time, energy and talents to an AWC committee. Committees generally meet a few times during the year and correspond regularly via email. If you are interested in serving on a committee to support one of the chapter leaders, please contact our president or a board member.

Currently, the Communications Committee is seeking volunteer graphic designers to assist with various graphics needs throughout the year to support our communication and promotion efforts. Other committees with volunteer needs include Programs and Membership. Reach out today if you’d like to support our team!

Video Is Great … Unless Your Audio Stinks

By Melissa Hahn, Director of Communications, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

We’ve all clicked on a video and then strained to hear the sound. Whether the underlying music is too loud, or the speaker’s words are too low, it can ruin a viewer’s experience. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good audio, and it’s definitely worth the cost.

Here’s what I bought:

  • Audio EquipmentSony Electret Condenser Mic (ECM-44B). This is a Lavalier mic, so it can be clipped to a lapel, scarf, shirt pocket, or whatever clothing isn’t going to rub over the mic. I use omnidirectional. These come with an XLR output, which has three prongs. I’m a big fan of XLR because they’re very sturdy. It’s hard to accidentally unplug it. And no one wants to find out back in post-production that the cable got loose and there’s no audio. You can certainly purchase a lav mic with either a mini-plug or a 1/8” plug. Takes batteries. This once cost $156.
  • Mic Cable: Mine is 10’. I like a longer cable so that you don’t have to be on top of someone during an interview. I recommend a cable that goes to a mini-plug. Mine goes to 1/8”, so then I had to buy a connector. Stores that sell some audio/video equipment only have XLR to 1/8”. You can get a good one for less than $15. Be careful storing these. Prevent bending, or anything pressing against them.
  • 1/8” to mini-plug connector. They’re cheap. And why would you want to avoid a connector? Because the more pieces you have, the audio quality lessens. And there’s a higher chance of a short. Hello, static! They mini-plug will fit into a smart phone, so you have to have this.

If you notice in the photo, the mic has a male end. So your mic cable’s XLR has to be female. I’ve seen a few people grab the wrong cable.

This will give you terrific audio even on your cell phone.

Other options:

  • Lav straight to mini-plug for smartphones. They’re making them now! I’ve seen them priced at $79. If you’re hesitant about price, you could try this one first. But I’ve seen several negative reviews.
  • 50’ cables. These are good when you’re recording someone at a podium or in front of a group, and you can’t be close.
  • Hand-held mic. This is what you often see news reporters with. If you want your questions in the video, you’ll need a hand-held to point at yourself, and then your interviewee.

 

MelissaHahnMelissa Hahn is director of communications for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and president-elect for AWC Springfield. Is there an area you can provide professional tips and tricks in our next newsletter? Email communications@awcspringfield.org. Ideas for future tips/tricks are welcome, too! 

Three Local Women Honored for Excellence in Communication

In May, our chapter awarded our annual academic scholarship and recognized two other individuals with the Chapter Star and Professional Communicator Awards.

This year’s scholarship recipient was Mackenzie Lyons of Sherman. Mackenzie received an Associate in Arts degree from Lincoln Land Community College and is attending Western Illinois University this fall to study broadcasting.

The Chapter Star Award was presented to Dawn Pennington for outstanding involvement and participation in AWC. Dawn served as the chapter’s webmaster from 2014 to 2016 and is now serving as chapter president. While serving as webmaster, she transitioned the chapter website, www.awcspringfield.org, to a content management system and also worked to launch an online payment method for members and non-members to register for monthly programs hosted by the chapter.

“Our chapter has benefited from Dawn’s knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, new technology,” said Kara Kienzler, AWC Springfield’s 2015-16 president. “Her work has helped to improve how we make information and resources available to our members, and streamline our registration process.”

The Professional Communicator Award was presented to Kyla Kruse. This award recognizes any Springfield area communications professional who has made a significant contribution or impact to a nonprofit, for-profit or media. Kyla serves as communications director at the Energy Education Council. She was selected because of the successful guidance she has provided the national non-for-profit organization’s multi-faceted communications program since 2011. In her role, she oversees public outreach efforts on electrical safety, efficiency, and renewable energy and is responsible for two nationwide safety campaigns every year, which received national honors in 2015.

“The caliber and importance of her work speak to her personal commitment and dedication to creating a safer, smarter world,” her nomination said. “Kyla has played an instrumental role in getting the word out to the public about serious issues.”

Congratulations to our honorees!

Strengthen Our Profession’s Future – Today!

The AWC scholarship symbolizes the commitment of our chapter to education and maintaining high professional standards for the communications industry, and it wouldn’t be possible without our members. A scholarship fund allows us to preserve the scholarship for future communicators, ensuring that there can always be an annual AWC scholarship. It’s easy to donate through our endowment fund with the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL). Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship Fund.

  • Visit www.CFLL.org – Choose “Giving/Make a Donation” and “Donate Now” to donate online.
  • Mail your contribution to:
    Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
    205 S. Fifth St., Suite 930
    Springfield, IL 62701
    Be sure to indicate if your contribution is for The Association for Women in Communications, Springfield Chapter, Communications Scholarship Fund.

To learn more about our scholarship program, visit www.awcspringfield.org/wp/educational-scholarship.

Job Alerts!

As a member benefit, the AWC jobs board is constantly being updated with new communications positions in central Illinois. Recently posted positions include the following:

  • Communications Specialist
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Senior Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Media Analyst
  • Special Events Manager
  • Creative Director
  • Graphic Pre-Production Coordinator

Know of a job opening? Are you or your employer looking to fill any communications-related positions? Contact the AWC Jobs Chair to help fill a position and have your position opening listed on the AWC website. Email information to jobschair@awcspringfield.org.

AWC Springfield Member Spotlight: Kelly Thompson

KellyThompsonKelly Thompson serves as executive director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. She has been a board member of AWC Springfield since 2014, serving as co-VP of Membership, VP of Finance and currently as Scholarship Chair.

How long have you been in your current role at RMHCCI? Almost six years.

What role does communication play in your day-to-day and overall strategic responsibilities? Communication is critical in my role every day. Whether it is interacting with donors, families we serve, volunteers, colleagues or board members, I believe clear, open and genuine communication conveys appreciation and respect for your organization and for others.

Why did you join AWC? Having a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication, it is a field that has always felt both challenging and comfortable to me. Joining AWC seemed like a natural way to continue to build upon my education and network in a field that is continually evolving. It’s also an excellent way to meet others with similar interests and develop long-lasting friendships.  

How long have you been an AWC member? I first joined AWC immediately after college (initially at a chapter in Chicago) and began by volunteering on the communications committee. Since then I’ve been a member on and off for about 20 years, with the bulk of that time spent with AWC Springfield!  

How has being a member of AWC benefited you professionally? AWC is an amazing network of colleagues and friends to call upon for assistance or a laugh! I’ve learned so much from others in the group, and the women who belong to our chapter are very welcoming and helpful to one another. 

What is your favorite AWC memory? I was very honored and grateful to be nominated and selected for the Professional Communicator Award in 2015. 

Tell us a little about your nonprofessional life: I’m married to Paul Thompson, and have two children, Sage Gerald and Brooke Amabel, who both attend Springfield High School. My favorite hobbies besides spending time with my family are reading and traveling!

Avoid Headaches – Doodle It!

Ever tried to schedule a meeting or take a vote from a group using email? It can be a confusing mess of email threads that needs untangling to review, especially when participants in the conversation bring up other subjects in their replies. Fortunately, you can avoid those headaches and streamline your communication with Doodle.

Doodle Home Screen
Doodle Home Screen

Here’s how it works:

1)  Sign up for an account at doodle.com using your Google or Facebook account or email address.

A basic individual account is free, and professional and business plans are ridiculously affordable – Just $39 for a professional license and $69 for a business license.

2)  Under the section “Create new poll” choose to either schedule an event or make a choice.

Doodle Create New Poll
Doodle Create New Poll

3) To schedule an event, enter the event details.

Doodle Event Details
Doodle Event Details

    4)  Enter the available times you want to offer participants.

Doodle Time Slots

5)  Send your poll to participants directly from Doodle or through an email link.

Share Your Poll

6) Watch the results come in!  Doodle will track responses and put a star next to the time slot that has the most votes.

Doodle Poll Results
Doodle Poll Results
Doodle Make a Choice
Doodle Make a Choice

You can also use Doodle to take a vote. Instead of inserting date and time options, insert a list of choices. The process is the same.  Use the Make a Choice option to insert a list of choices and send to your participants.

Doodle choice 3
Doodle Your Options

Doodle poll automates your meeting planning and voting processes to free you up for doing your other important work. I use it often to schedule AWC Board meetings and take quick voting polls. Give it a try and see if it works for you!

–  Dawn Pennington, Marketing Specialist, Illinois REALTORS®

 

We Want to Hear from You

Whether you are a current or past member, or just thinking about getting involved with AWC, we want to hear from you!

SurveyAs we begin a new program year, we would like to learn more about how AWC Springfield can provide the most value to our members and what we can do to continue to grow our membership.

We’ve developed a survey that takes just a few minutes to complete and will provide invaluable information as we get to work. Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully answer these survey questions. Your feedback will inform our planning for the year and help shape the future of our AWC chapter.

Take the survey

Chapter Awards & Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2016 Professional Communicator,  Chapter Star and Scholarship recipients! Springfield AWC President Kara Kienzler awarded Kyla Kruse the Professional Communicator Award  and Dawn Pennington the Chapter Star Award at the Scholarship and Awards program May 18, 2016 at Indigo in Springfield. Mackenzie Lyons, of Sherman, Illinois was the recipient of the 2016 AWC Springfield Chapter Scholarship. Mackenzie will attend Western Illinois University this fall.

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Top Photo: AWC Chapter President Kara Kienzler and Professional Communicator Award Recipient, Kyla Kruse.

Bottom Photo:  AWC Chapter President Kara Kienzler and Chapter Star Award Recipient,  Dawn Pennington.

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The AWC Springfield Chapter offers two chapter awards to recognize outstanding individuals within AWC Springfield and the greater Springfield area community:  the Professional Communicator Award and the Chapter Star Award.

Nominations are open until May 1, 2017 for the next AWC Springfield Chapter Awards.  

 

 

The Professional Image: May program

Join us Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Indigo for our Chapter Awards and Scholarship Reception and a great presentation on what your professional image says about you and how you can make it better. For communicators, image and reputation are critical because our names are our brand. Look at how many news stories describe the rise, and sometimes the fall, of community leaders. Those stories dissect that leader’s steps to greatness or downfall. Don’t miss this discussion of what you can do immediately to improve your image!

PoteauMaggie Poteau, news anchor at WICS-TV, Springfield, studies the professional image and will walk us through the details.

About the Speaker:  Maggie Poteau anchors the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts for ABC Newschannel 20. She joined the station in November 2013. Maggie began her television career as a general assignment reporter in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. Before moving to Springfield, Illinois, she worked at ABC 3340 in Birmingham, Alabama and at WATE 6 News and FOX 43 in Tennesee. Her passion for storytelling has allowed her to cover stories of people from all different walks of life, from people we like to people we do not like. Some of the prominent stories she has covered include the criminal trial of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy (the first executive tried under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), the disappearance of Natalie Holloway, and the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Alabama in 2011. To date, career-wise, she is most proud of her invitation from The White House to serve as moderator for “The Urban Economic Forum,” Birmingham 2012.

Born on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, she is proud of her Haitian and Cuban heritage. Maggie grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Mass Communications. She is also a proud alumna of the UCONN Women’s Soccer program and still loves to play whenever possible. Maggie would tell you her proudest accomplishment is her adult daughter Brittanny, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and her master’s degree from Arizona State University. Brittanny now works in higher education in the greater Boston area.