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Murphy's Law of Presenting With Technology

By Gilda Bonanno

Murphy’s Law states that whatever can go wrong, will.  And when you’re giving a presentation using any kind of technology, from a projector to a phone, Murphy’s Law definitely applies.  I’ve seen or experienced all of these examples, and while some can be prevented or prepared for, they are all nerve-wracking when they occur!

1.    If you are hosting a conference call on your cell phone, the call will drop at the most crucial moment of the discussion.

2.    The battery on your lavaliere microphone will die out slowly, causing your voice to break in and out - before finally quitting completely at the high point of your presentation (and just as the A/V tech has left the room).

3.    The battery on your PowerPoint remote control will suddenly go haywire, causing your presentation to jump forward and back like it’s possessed.

4.    The wireless network in your meeting room will kick you off during a live presentation, moments after you’ve been ensured that the network is stable and told your audience that there will be no problem accessing it live during your presentation.

5.    In the middle of your slide presentation, your laptop will begin downloading automatic updates and then shut down and restart slowly to fully install those updates. 

6.    The webinar software you’re using will stop working for no reason at all, but only once everyone has joined the webinar and only if your most important client or partner is participating.

7.    If you are using a wired headset to connect to a conference call, the wire will inexplicably stop working (perhaps due to yanking it one too many times, when you forgot you were tethered) and it will take you 6 minutes to realize that people can’t hear you.

8.    The mute button will malfunction on the speaker phone that you’re using for your conference call, which you’ll only realize after you’ve made a negative comment about someone on the call.

9.    The microphone will emit eardrum-piercing feedback in the first few seconds of your presentation, even after you’re done a sound check.

10.   The bulb on the slide projector will blow out during your slide presentation - and there will be no replacement bulb within a 4 mile radius.

 

© Gilda Bonanno

Gilda Bonanno helps you transform your communication, presentation and leadership skills so you can have more confidence, influence and success. She has worked with leading organizations, including GE, Travelers, Praxair, Assa Abloy, Wells Fargo and Yale University, on four continents from Chicago to Shanghai and Rio to Rome.

Since 2006, Gilda has delivered thousands of in-person programs, her YouTube channel has received over 1 million views and her digital newsletter has reached subscribers in over 45 countries since 2008.

Gilda has a proven track record of partnering for results with people in a variety of industries and at all organizational levels, from C-level executives to sales teams to frontline managers.  She collaborates with them to help them lead more effectively, communicate more clearly and create and deliver more powerful and engaging presentations so they get results.

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Mechanics of Marketing: SMPS CT Hosts Digital Marketing Workshop

By: Anna Cruz

Has your firm gone digital? Sure, you have a website and are active on social media. But are those expertly crafted email blasts and creative content giving your marketing efforts the boost you expected? Join SMPS CT on Wednesday, April 25th at the Courtyard by Marriott, Cromwell, CT to learn how a strategic and integrated approach and savvy execution can lead to digital marketing success.

Created specifically for A/E/C marketers, this three-hour workshop will help attendees create results-driven digital marketing programs for their firms. You’ll walk away with practical, actionable information, as you discover how to bring clarity to the chaos of the ever-changing world of digital marketing. Workshop attendees will learn digital marketing trends and stats

Tim Asimos,Vice President & Director of Digital Innovation at Circle S Studio, will lead the workshop. Tim is a recognized authority and catalyst for change in A/E/C marketing, providing keen insights on modern marketing principles and an uncommon perspective gleaned from more than 15 years of experience both inside and outside the industry. He leads the marketing agency's development of innovative strategies in website development, content marketing, lead generation, account-based marketing and marketing technology. Register here by April 20th to take your digital marketing to the next level.

 

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) was created in 1973 by a small group of professional services firm leaders who recognized the need to sharpen skills, pool resources, and work together to create business opportunities. Today, SMPS, nationally, represents a dynamic network of 7,000+ marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the United States and Canada. The Society and its 60 chapters benefit from the support of 3,250 design and building firms, encompassing 80% of the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.

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LAUGH IT UP! SMPS CT Hosts Comedy Night

By: Anna Cruz

You don’t have to be a fuzz ball to laugh it up with the Sea Tea Improv Touring Company. Join SMPS CT on Wednesday, April 18th at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater, 15 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT, for an evening of frivolity guaranteed to chase those tax filing blues to a galaxy far, far away.

Laugh yourself silly as Sea Tea Improv comedians create hysterical comedy scenes on the spot based on your suggestions. There’ll be fun physical and mental challenges, guessing games, improvised songs, audience volunteers, and more. If you ever wanted to be on Whose Line Is It Anyway or Wild ‘n’ Out, then this is the event for you! Register here by Friday, April 13th for a wild and crazy night out.

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) was created in 1973 by a small group of professional services firm leaders who recognized the need to sharpen skills, pool resources, and work together to create business opportunities. Today, SMPS, nationally, represents a dynamic network of 7,000+ marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, planning, interior design, construction, and specialty consulting firms located throughout the United States and Canada. The Society and its 60 chapters benefit from the support of 3,250 design and building firms, encompassing 80% of the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors.

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Marketing and Human Resources: Breaking Through Traditional Roles

Allison Puzycki, Director of Marketing at CES
SMPS CT Job Bank Chair

A carefully crafted job posting that puts a company’s purpose at the forefront can have a profound effect on attracting the right candidates for your team. When we think of where job postings come from, human resources is typically the first department to come to mind. Until recently, I thought the same. SMPS issued a report highlighting The Pinnacle Experience conference and that’s when I read about Nicole La’s presentation entitled Unconventional Marketing Leadership. The report describes how Nicole moved from a marketing position at TEECOM to a hybrid marketing / human resource role, which TEECOM defines as an Experience Director. This role was created to address the company’s core business initiatives: improving the employee experience, the talent experience (recruitment) and the client experience.  As Nicole puts it, “Recruiting is marketing for people”. When these two disparate functions, Marketing and HR, join forces much more is possible. Culture serves the purpose – simple things like a job description explain why a team gets up every day to work together and it makes you want to rise with them. Nicole’s article on Maintaining Culture and Engagement in a High-Growth Company is an insightful example of effective, unconventional leadership.

So, what else is possible when we break through traditional roles? Accounting and Marketing? I’ll leave that one to someone else!

Check out Nicole La's full post on Maintaining Culture and Engagement at a High-Growth Company

A short blurb is included below:


 

Maintaining Culture and Engagement at a High-Growth Company

By: Nicole La, TEECOM

In October, TEECOM was named to the 2017 San Francisco Business Times’ “Fast100,” the annual list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area. In an environment full of high-powered Silicon Valley venture-funded startups, we took particular pride in making the list.

As those Silicon Valley startups know, however, growing fast comes with challenges. One in particular that TEECOM has focused on successfully is how to maintain culture and engagement during periods of high growth. In the process, we’ve discovered a lot of tools and techniques that may help other high-growth firms. Here are some of the things we’ve learned about how to maintain culture and engagement....read more here

About TEECOM

TEECOM offers strategic consulting, technology project management, and engineering services for building IT infrastructure, wired and wireless networks, immersive environments, acoustics, audiovisual, safety and security systems. Our services prepare clients for emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, and conversational interfaces. We work with public institutions, tech giants, the Fortune 500, architects, developers, and contractors. 

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