20 Feb Using social media to find a job

A panel discussion hosted by: The Speech Improvement Company, Inc.

An increasing number of anecdotes are surfacing about people landing jobs using social networks, such as twitter (See “How Twitter can help at work by the New York Times http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/how-twitter-can-help-at-work/)

What are the opportunities, threats and strategies job-seekers should be aware of when using social media?

There will be three short presentations from hiring and social media specialists to spur the conversation on. The discussion will be moderated by Wahyd Vannoni, director of new media at The Speech Improvement Company, Inc..

Please join us at our offices in Brookline, MA on Thursday, March 12th, from 10 AM to 12 PM.

Seating is limited.

Please contact: The Speech Improvement Company, Inc.

1614 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
USA

Phone: +1 617-739-3330
Fax: +1 617-232-9430

Social Media Landscape

Social Media Landscape

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com

04 Feb London under the snow!

Monica Murphy is in London working with Bain Capital… right on time for the worst snowfalls in 18 years. She sent us this report.

wow, what an adventure so far! London is very crazy now. This is the most snow they have seen in 18 years! Yesterday was incredible. All of the Busses were out of service. The tube only had 1 line running, the schools were all shut and the roads……

Cold Times, Cold Thames.

Cold Times, Cold Thames.

I found the communication from the television stations very interesting. The whole day is to refered to as a “disturbance” . In fact, the local stations were not able to conduct their regular programme since guests were not able to travel in to the station. The anchor man and woman kept repackaging the same information in different ways, adding their own personal thoughts obviously, they kept interupting each other, the producer must have been trying to keep them conversational.

Le Meridien London

I was able to walk to work at the Bain Capital office in Mayfair. It is just off the main road. I am staying at Le Merridien. This is just 5-6 blocks walk. Along my walk I saw many excited people out making snowmen in Green Park. In fact, I snapped this photo of a snowman in the parking area in front of the Royal Academy, just a few doors from my hotel.

It is the chinese new year. On sunday there was a great parade. There are chinese lanterns hung in the streets, so many people you could hardly

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com

02 Feb Comment garder son poste en temps de vaches maigres?

Les rumeurs d’un prochain plan de restructuration vont bon train;

que faire pour eviter d’en faire partie?

Soyez pro-actifs!

Utilisez cette nouvelle année comme une excuse pour demander à votre patron et collegues, comment vous pourriez améliorer votre performance. Puis, essayez de suivre leur conseils et documentez vos efforts autant que possible.

Faites-vous remarquer!

Même si ce n’est pas dans votre nature, soyez toujours présent. Contactez vos clients, participez aux reunions (eh oui), proposez des projets et si possible, faites en sorte que ces projets vous rendent indispensable. Trouvez les moyens de vous faire apprécier.

Mettez à jour vos compétences!

Regardez autour de vous: quels sont les competences qui vous manquent pour accéder à votre but? Est-ce:

  • une langue?
  • un langage de programmation?
  • un certificat?
  • un stage?

Si votre employeur n’est plus en mesure de vous aider, peut-être y-a-t-il des associations qui peuvent vous aider. Sinon, il vous sera profitable (dans tous les cas de figure) de le financer vous-même.

Gerez et exploitez votre réseau!

rejoinez-moi!

Linkedin.com: rejoinez-moi!

Si vous ne l’avez pas encore fait, reprennez contact avec vos anciens collègues, copains, patrons et même professeurs. Attention ne soyez trop aggrésifs au début, prenez d’abord de leurs nouvelles; ils finiront bien par s’enquérir de votre situation.

Glanez toutes les informations possibles et tachez d’exploiter leurs réseaux. Pour cela, joigmez aussi LinkedIn, le meilleur reseau professionel sur internet.

Puisque nous parlons d’internet, soyez prudent. Si vous postez votre CV sur des sites tels que monster.com, optez pour l’option qui vous offre l’anonimat le plus complet.

Tout ceci, bien-sur doit faire partie de votre strategie de mise en valeur de votre image de marque.

Par Wahyd Vannoni, Directeur des Nouveaux Médias et Consultant.

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com

29 Jan WBUR – Social Media Meet-up

Announcing the next WBUR Meet-up

WBUR November 2008

WBUR November 2008

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WBUR Social Media Meet-Up

Thursday February 5, 2009 at 7:00pm

WBUR

890 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, Massachusetts 02215 Get Directions

Note: Google Map is better. Click here to view location. Entrance to WBUR is on St. Paul Street, right around the corner from Landry’s Bicycles

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Official start time: 7:00 p.m.

Expect: A tour of the station followed by some free-flowing conversation about new media and public radio.

Bring, your insights, cameras and laptops. You are invited to share some of your media/social media projects with the group.

Questions? Tweet @WBUR or email Ken George: wburnewmedia@yahoo.com.

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com

19 Jan The art of speech-writing

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria speaks to a panel of former presidential speech writers about President Obama’s upcoming first speech as President.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2009/01/19/gps.pres.speech.cnn.html

Our team will, as in similar past events, provide objective analysis of President Obama’s first speech.

For past commentaries go to our election speaker’s homepage.

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com

13 Jan Effective Presentations Certificate Program

Effective Presentations Certificate Program

Workshop

Jan 29 – 30, 2009, 9:30 AM

The Effective Presentations Certificate Program is designed for business professionals who need to be comfortable and effective presenters. There will be many opportunities for individualized practice and coaching in this informative and interactive small group workshop.

Register Now

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Katie Ackerley
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09 Dec Kuala Lumpar Journal – Part 6

Today, I made another note about how similar the world really is. I was working with a Muslim manager, a woman, fully covered. And as she began to open up, I realized that I could have been in any corporate organization back in the states. The culture and implementation of communication is different, but the problems and core solutions remain consistent as always.

Also, tonight, I’m being introduced to royalty. You gotta love this job! Oh, and I learned that Bill Clinton will be coming to the hotel and staying 2 floors above me. It’s no secret, the secret service stand out like a sour thumb and have been here all week.

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com

06 Dec Kuala Lumpur Journal – Part 5

Long day at work today, I met with 6 clients individually, doing coaching, training, video taping,

The Mandarin Hotel with the Petronas Towers on the background.

The Mandarin Hotel with the Petronas Towers on the background.

and advising. I’m tired. I had hoped to hit the pool, but it’s raining.

Last night I talked to my kids at home and explained to them about the make a wish box. They each wanted to give up one of their Christmas gifts so I can full fill wishes. We choose 4 kids from the make a wish box.

Basically, I’ll donate money to the Mandarin Hotel, who hosts this event, and the Mandarin Hotel will send a shopper to the mall to full fill the wish. During our busy day to day lives, trying to provide for our own families, and make a living, enjoy life, and such…

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Katie Ackerley
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03 Dec Kuala Lumpur Journal – Part 4

Today after work, I saw a “Make a wish” box in the lobby while waiting to attend a client dinner coaching session. It was a box with a few hundred wishes from local orphans. I picked one up, and read it. It was from a 6 year old girl. The age of my oldest Daughter. She wrote on her make a wish card. “I wish I could have a new t-shirt, and a pair of sock for Christmas” My eyes swelled up. And then my client walked in. I’ll check back tommorow, they will be there all week.

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Katie Ackerley
katie@speechimprovement.com