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Ways to Take the Boring Out of Your Meetings

Join us on Wednesday, March 8 for the AWC Springfield luncheon program: Ways to Take the Boring Out of Your Meetings.

All meetings share the same objective—to gather people together with a common mission, objective or interest.

Unfortunately, many meetings share a common characteristic of being boring. Yaawwnn. Planners don’t try to make them boring, but habit and busyness and lack of resources preclude them from adding zip and zing to their meetings.

Dana Saal will share ways to bring that zip and zing into your meetings that will make people want to attend and have them looking forward to the next one.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Networking: 11:30 a.m. to Noon
Luncheon & Program: Noon to 1 p.m.
Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams St., Springfield

 Click here to register by Friday, March 3rd 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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Dana L. Saal, CMP, CAE, has been planning meetings for associations for more than 30 years. She recently decided that coaching meeting planners is now more fun than proofing function sheets, counting coffee cups and writing scripts. She consults with associations, speaks and teaches, and writes a blog, Dana’s Meeting Minutes, for the Illinois Society of Association Professionals.

The Art of Pausing: Reclaiming a Sense of Balance in Our Lives

Balance Your Life Stability Work-Life ConceptJoin us on Wednesday, Feb. 8 for the AWC Springfield luncheon program: The Art of Pausing: Reclaiming a Sense of Balance in Our Lives.

Who feels stressed out? We all do! So be sure to join AWC for their timely and essential February program with news reporter, essayist and poet Judith Valente.

Judith shares her unique perspective on work, stress, balance and life in the books she has written, including “The Art of Pausing: Meditations for the Overworked and Overwhelmed.” Also, “Atchison Blue” is a memoir of her time living in a monastery. Both are aimed at helping busy professionals live more contemplative lives. Her new book, “The Art of Living” will be out in 2018.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Networking: 11:30 a.m. to Noon
Luncheon & Program: Noon to 1 p.m.
Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams St., Springfield

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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ValenteJudith Valente is an awarding-winning print and broadcast journalist and much more. She began her work in journalism as a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She later worked for The Wall Street Journal, reporting from the paper’s Chicago and London bureaus. Having spent several years traveling and reporting with PBS-TV, she now lives in Normal, IL and reports for WGLT public radio.

 

 

Now accepting scholarship applications

Applications are  now being accepted for the AWC Springfield Educational Scholarship.

This scholarship is given to a college junior, senior or graduate student from Central Illinois or attending a college or university in Central Illinois who is majoring in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field. The amount of the 2017 scholarship is $500.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to pursue a professional career in communications or a related field and service to the field through extracurricular or job activities.

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln (CFLL) administers the application process, and applications are reviewed by an independent panel of judges.


Learn more & apply:  AWC Springfield Educational Scholarship
Deadline to Apply is March 1, 2017

Real News and Fake News – How did we get here?

False - True crossroad isolated on white backgroundJoin us on Wednesday, January 11th for the AWC Springfield luncheon program: Real News and Fake News – How did we get here?

The program will feature Illinois Times Editor and Publisher Fletcher Farrar. The weekly newspaper has been a staple of the Central Illinois news media landscape for 40 years. Farrar will discuss the changes that have affected news gathering and reporting over the years and potential new threats to
freedom of the press in this era of political upheaval.

January 11, 2017 
Networking: 11:30 – 12:00
Luncheon & Program: 12:00-1:00
Sangamo Club, 227 E Adams, Springfield

 Click here to register by Friday, January 6th 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:

The program will feature Illinois Times Editor and Publisher Fletcher Farrar. The weekly newspaper has been a staple of the Central Illinois news media landscape for 40 years. Farrar will discuss the changes that have affected news gathering and reporting over the years and potential new threats to freedom of the press in this era of political upheaval.

Fletcher Farrar is the editor and publisher of Illinois Times.

 

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!

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.

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