January 17, 2014

Have you recommended PRSA lately?

It seems the calendar moves more quickly each year and one year melts into the other and before I know it, it is time for fresh New Year’s resolutions. Time is the only thing that remains in constant short supply and as we all know, there isn’t time for everything. Our life, however, must have purpose and if we are to succeed in our jobs, personal lives, and volunteer work – we must have focus and action.

“Action expresses priorities,” says Mahatma Gandhi. It’s true! I’m on a team at work focusing on “building loyalty” and it isn’t enough anymore to ask a person if they “would recommend” xyz. The question now is “have your recommended” xyz. That is engagement and a real commitment to the organization.

So instead of asking you “Would you recommend PRSA to your friends and public relations colleagues,” I think the better question is, “Have you recommended our Southwest Missouri Chapter of PRSA to friends and PR colleagues?” Now is an excellent time to make it a priority to connect with at least one person you know in the industry that is not currently a member of PRSA.

Right now, you can recommend our chapter to your PR friends during the “New Year. New PR Successes” campaign and they can enjoy a waived initiation fee ($65 value) with promo code JAN14. Remember, in addition to monthly meetings, the SWMO chapter is hosting the Midwest District conference June 18-20, and there are more than 50 live and on-demand webinars scheduled for 2014, networking opportunities and more.

Our chapter is also connected socially with FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn. I encourage you to connect with the chapter using these tools.

Thank you for your involvement in PRSA. We have a great year ahead of us and I look forward to seeing you at our first luncheon on Jan. 28.

Blessings,

Tamera Heitz-Peek 

August 21, 2013

Help us support professional development locally

A few of us attended the PRSA Midwest District conference in Omaha this past July. We were all impressed by the networking opportunities, the engaging presenters and the great location. (Trust me - if you haven't been to Omaha - go! It's a great city.)

We're hosting next year's conference and I'm looking forward to exceeding everyone's expectations. But before the large conference next summer we have our annual professional development conference coming up on Sept. 24.  We always strive to put together a conference that provide great learning opportunities. 

Our theme this year is "What's Trending Now?"  We have terrific talent lined up including Online Marketing Giant CEO Brett Curry and Boundless Creative Owner Jen Welton talking about the latest trends in social media.  Missouri State University professor Dr. Randy Dillon, talking about different ways to communicate with different generations. 

As part of this conference we're looking for a few businesses and organizations interested in promoting their services to our group of PR pros; folks  in the position to use their products.


Become a sponsor and help support local professional development.  As a sponsor, we'll make sure we mention you often in email communication, on our website, on social media posts and at the conference.   Contact Professional Development Conference Chair Angela Eden at 417.895.7641 or email her at angela.eden@modot.mo.gov if you would like to learn more. 

-Lori Marble
SWMOPRSA President

May 23, 2013

SWMO PRSA's monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28 at 425 Walnut.
Don't forget to RSVP to rsvp@swmoprsa.org by noon, Friday, May 24.
Here's info on this month's speaker.


Speaker: Brett Curry
Topic: Incorporating video into your social media program

Brett Curry is the CEO of Online Marketing Giant in Springfield, Missouri.  Brett is a featured columnist for the DotComSecrets Journal an online marketing publication and weekly trains a group of over 2,000 Internet marketing consultants.  Brett spends the majority of his time helping small and medium-sized companies design and implement online marketing campaigns that get results. As a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach™ Brett speaks regularly on the topics of marketing and business growth. He recently spoke at the SEO Mastermind in Austin, Texas. 
In 2005, Brett was awarded a spot on the SBJ’s Top 40 Under 40. As the father of 6 children age 11 and under, Brett is used to addressing audiences of all ages and attention spans.

February 17, 2013

Carnival Cruise Lines: The Importance of Internal Communications

Probably the only good communications to come out of the Carnival Triumph mess is all the positive news reports about the amazing crew.  I can only assume there have been positive comments about the crew on social media.  I haven't looked.  In a roundabout way, this points to the importance of internal communications.  Clearly, Carnival Cruise Lines provides crew training second to none.  This communicates to Carnival employees that the company cares about them.  It cares enough to give them the training they need to do an outstanding job.  Carnival should make that message part of its internal communications, if it hasn't already.  If a company takes care of its employees, the employees will take care of it during the worst of times.  A simple thing like training has given Carnival a silver lining in the midst of a PR nightmare.

November 29, 2012

Association for Women in Communications December Meeting






December Meeting
Join us for AWC’s December meeting on Tuesday, December 4. The program will feature a TED Talk by Nancy Duarte on Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations. As always, networking will start at 11:30 and the program will begin at noon. Please RSVP to meetingrsvp@awcspringfieldmo.org, or by replying to this email no later than Friday, November 30.


Program
Nancy Duarte believes that ideas are the most powerful tools people have. Her passion is to help every person learn to communicate their world-changing idea effectively. In this TED Talk presentation you’ll hear Nancy explain what she’s dubbed as the art and science – yes, science – of creating great presentations by exploring great historical prose. After the video, there will be a guided discussion at tables.
Speaker
Nancy Duarte is an expert in presentation design, and has served as CEO of Duarte Design for 21 years. Nancy speaks around the world, seeking to improve the power of public presentations. Her most recent book, Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences, was published in 2010.


Meeting Information

Cost of the luncheon is $15 for members and first time guests, $18 for returning guests and $14 for AWC student members and full-time degree-seeking students. If you have special dietary requests please specify in your RSVP.
Please note that no-shows and late cancellations (cancellations received later than noon the day prior to meeting) will be billed lunch charges.

Meeting Location
425 Downtown; located at 425 W. Walnut, Springfield 65806.  View Map.
Parking is available across the street in the lot marked 425 Downtown, as well as in the garage on Campbell Avenue.
 

 

November 16, 2012

Congratulations to PRSA An Evening of Stars Award Recipents




The Southwest Missouri Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) held its second annual dinner and awards banquet, An Evening of Stars, Nov. 15 at Wellington South, 5021 S. National Ave. Three individuals and three organizations were recognized for their contributions to the public relations profession or service to the chapter.

Jessica Clements, new media specialist at Missouri State University, received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a professional with less than three years experience who shows dedication to the ethical and professional practice of public relations and engagement in the Southwest Missouri PRSA Chapter. 



Claire Faucett, owner of engage5w, received the Legacy Award. This award recognizes a Southwest Missouri PRSA Chapter member’s contributions to the chapter through service on the Board of Directors or a committee.  



The Intrepid Award was given to Don Hendricks, director of University communications at Missouri State University. The Intrepid Award recognizes a senior practitioner with at least 10 years of experience who shows dedication to the ethical and professional practice of public relations and engagement in the Southwest Missouri PRSA Chapter. 


Missouri State University received two organizational awards: the Events and Observances and the Marketing/Public Relations Campaign awards. The Events and Observances award showcases events or programs that fulfilled at least one of the organization’s public relations goals. This may include commemorations, observances, openings, celebrations or other special activities.

The Marketing/Public Relations Campaign is given for outstanding campaigns – including programs, communications or publications – that seek to fulfill the organization’s marketing or public relations goals.



Better Business Bureau serving Southwest Missouri received the Community Relations award, recognizing the organization’s programs that aim to improve relations with or seek to win the support/cooperation of, people or organizations in communities in which the sponsoring organization has an interest, need or opportunity.


Congratulations to all the award winners!

September 26, 2012

AWC's October Meeting


October Meeting
Join us for AWC’s October meeting on Tuesday, October 2. The program will feature Joel Doepker, College Director of Communications and Marketing, Ozarks Technical Community College. Joel will be speaking on The Role Effective Videos Play in Communications. As always, networking will start at 11:30 and the program will begin at noon. Please RSVP to meetingrsvp@awcspringfieldmo.org, or by replying to this email no later than Friday, September 28.



The Role Effective Videos Play in Communications
Joel Doepker, College Director of Communications and Marketing, OTC
In a fragmented world where messages are heard across several communication channels, more corporations and organizations are looking to further enhance their message by adding videos to their communication strategies. Joel Doepker from OTC will show how the College uses videos to communicate its message and discuss the effectiveness of video across different communication platforms. Joel will also explain how video production can be simple and cost effective.

Joel Doepker has served as the College Director of Communications and Marketing for the Ozarks Technical Community College system since August 2006. He is responsible for developing and implementing the College’s marketing and advertising strategies and campaigns. He also oversees the public, community and media relations for the College as well as the social media initiatives.

His career started as a television news videographer/editor at television stations in Michigan, Ohio and Georgia. He received 5 Michigan Emmys for videography and video editing and was named Michigan’s videographer of the year in 1998. He spent 6 years as on-air news reporter at WJRT-TV in Flint/Saginaw, Michigan and KTUL in Tulsa, Oklahoma before coming to OTC.

He is an active member of PRSA, MCCA and NCMPR and has volunteered at the United Way of the Ozarks, Champion Athletes of the Ozarks and Southwest Missouri chapter of Autism Speaks.

He has given presentations on topics such as media relations, community events and video production at the League of Innovation conference, NCMPR regional and national conferences and the annual conference of the Missouri Community College Association
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Meeting Information

The cost for the luncheon is $15 for members and first time guests, $18 for returning guests and $14 for AWC student members and full-time degree-seeking students. If you have special dietary requests please specify in your RSVP.


Meeting Location
Our meeting location is 425 Downtown and is located at 425 W. Walnut, Springfield 65806.  View Map. Parking is available across the street in the lot marked 425 Downtown, as well as in the garage on Campbell Avenue.

September 14, 2012

And there I was...

We'd like to interject some personal stories into this year's Evening of Stars event. Submit short stories or quips about your life in PR to nickidonnelson@missouristate.edu before Halloween.

Share those "And there I was...." moments: Stories about showing up to an event without an important piece of equipment...stories about your moment on camera...stories that showcase a learning moment....stories where you look back and laugh.

Thanks!

September 5, 2012

Register for An Evening of Stars

The submission deadline has passed for our annual holiday banquet, An Evening of Stars, but you won't want to miss this great opportunity to join your colleagues in celebrating the best PR work of southwest Missouri. Register now at http://swmoprsa.org/an-evening-of-stars. Reservations are only $25 per person.