What I Wish People Knew About Me

Going through my reader last week, I came across this post from Brass Tack thinking by Amber Naslund titled "What I Wish More People Knew About Me". I thought it was wonderful to see a little bit more into someone that I respect and I found out some things we have in common... and some things we don't. (Creamy peanut butter FTW)

Like many others who read Amber's blog, I've decided to compile my own list of things that I wish people knew about me. Maybe the next time you see a tweet or a Facebook update from me, you'll be inclined to send me a hello or engage in some healthy debate. (I say again, healthy). Without further ado here are some things I wish you knew about me.

I know small town life. I graduated from one of those areas that no one has ever heard of. In fact, the closest "big" city is also a place that a lot of people might not have heard of. I have a lot of wonderful memories of driving around on dirt roads as my Friday night activity and going to a high school where you knew everyone. It created an environment that I wanted to be a part of and made me one of those people who loved high school.

Music can do anything to my mood. If I'm feeling happy, mad, sad, and angry, it doesn't really matter what emotion I feel - there's a song out there to keep me there or pull me out of it.

Here's a really fun and random one: I am obsessed with Maroon 5. Not in the giggly fan girl "they are so hot" kind of way, but in the way that their music has spoken to me in such a way that it has the power to bring me to tears and I will always be one of their biggest fans.

My parents knew each other two weeks before getting married. (31 years in August) It's important because it really shaped my opinion of love and relationships. I've always believed there is a "spark" - that sometimes, be it in relationships, love, or work -- I have always believed that there's something to the way you feel about something right away.

I'm far too self-critical. One failure or mistake is sometimes all it takes to make me feel defeated. It can take me a day or two to get over that. It's a flaw, I admit it, but once upon a time, it was much worse. I can at least go back and reevaluate something now where before, I would have just abandoned it all together.

I met my best friend on the Internet. No, seriously - we met on a writer’s forum and we just clicked. Ten years ago, I never would have expected that the girl from Philadelphia would be living practically next door to me, but she and her husband are now my next door neighbors. Just goes to show you that the relationships you chose to cultivate on line can end up changing your life.

I have very strong opinions and cultivated those in college into a successful stint on my college debate team. I tend to keep them quiet though, because I do get very passionate and thus, outside of the IPDA judging system, I admit to getting very defensive. I take issue with some of the things I've been called, so most of the time, I just keep my mouth shut.

Five years ago this August, one of my bridesmaids died suddenly and tragically. I won't go into details, but two months after my wedding, she was no longer with us. I think I mention that because a lot of times her death drives my passion and focus. I think there are a lot of times that I work so hard on something because she can't. She was there for me in my last year of college and helped me stay sane enough to graduate, so I feel like I owe it to her to go far in life.

I'm still pretty young and I have a lot of things to learn, about business and myself. It's like every day there's something new, but it's exciting. Even though I've been in the work force for a while now, I feel like I'm just getting started. I'm happy to have you all following me along my journey.

So -- what do you wish I knew about you?

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AccuConference | Conference Call Checklist

Conference Call Checklist

So you want to have a conference call?  You can always start a conference call in minutes, however we suggest a bit more preparation for a conference between you and your co-workers. When inviting clients or customers to your conferences, there are a few extra things you will want to do. 

First: Decide What Your Call is About

Write out what the meeting is going to be about and create an agenda, making sure to estimate how long each point will take.  It's always good to give yourself 5-10 minutes of margin.  Don't forget to budget time for questions.

Second: Decide Who

Once you've worked out when you want to have the call, decide who is going to be there.  This is a good time to ask yourself if you'll be having a guest speaker or if you need an operator assistance.   

Third: Send Your Invitations

Now that you have all of the above worked out, it's time to send out your invitations.  Your email invitations should include:

  • What the meeting is about
  • Their call-in number and participant code
  • When the meeting is and for how long
  • An abbreviated version of the agenda

Your participants are taken care of, so where will you be?  The beauty of audio conferencing is that you can host a conference call from pretty much anywhere.  So your only guidelines should be to conduct your conference call from a quiet place where you won't be interrupted.  And—for absolute best quality—use a landline.  One final suggestion: use a headset.  It's much more comfortable than cradling the phone in your neck.

Use this helpful conference call checklist before you plan your next meeting:

PREPARE YOUR CONFERENCE

__Choose the date and time.
__Determine if you need operator assistance.
__Will there be a guest speaker?
__Do you need a registration page?
__Do you want the conference call recorded?
__Will there be a visual element requiring web conferencing?

CREATE AN AGENDA

You need to write an agenda to send to speaker and participants so the know what to expect. 

__Does it have a realistic timeline?
__Is there a need to have breaks?
__Will there be Q&A? How long will your Q&A session be?
__Do you need a different version for participants?

TECHNICAL CHECKLIST

__Do you know how to mute your telephone?
__Is the sound quality on your conference good?
__Did you do a practice run to make sure that you know how to join the conference and the webinar?
__Do you have a backup method of connecting in case there is a problem with your connection?
 


Looking for ways to improve your speaking abilities? Here are four more resources:

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