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"I am a demanding administrator and she has gone over and above. I give you an example -- she has increased the number of parents who are involved in Parent Portal (a Dallas Independent School District online resource that allows a parent to follow their child's academic progress). Prior to my arrival, the percentage was very low. Thanks to her involvement, the number is 71 percent."
He ticked off a detailed list of Watts' other key accomplishments. All said, her work is driving academic progress and community involvement. And, he praised her hidden talent -- being great with crafts and decorating the school.
"She is a wonderful individual. I wish I could clone her. If I had three or four of her, it would really make my job easier," Welch said.
As a native Memphian, I have known Paula Casey for a long time. Her amazing work is inspiring.
Pan Awsumb has been a dear friend for many years. She and husband Carl have demonstrated integrity and determination and are making a difference in the lives of many in Memphis, Tennessee, and beyond.
Marilyn Calhoun is one of the first people I met when I originally arrived in Dallas. We had the pleasure of working together on various projects and I continue to be enlightened by her compassion and lifelong love of learning. She is also a breast cancer survivor. In 2011, I videotaped her story of breast cancer awareness.
Dr. Mary F. Crawford was my dentist and I am so thankful I was her patient. She saved my smile. And, she became one of the early clients who hired me for marketing projects in Memphis. Beyond that, when I asked for help with the long distance care of my mother in Memphis, she immediately rearranged her life to support me in Dallas. Not only did she help me locate a new Memphis care facility, but she regularly visited my mother and provided me with telephone updates. Months later, when I called her from the Memphis hospital room where my mother had just died, she came to the hospital, immediately, and provided AMAZING support afterward. Thank you, Mary, for helping me when I needed it most!!!!
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Today, I am excited to announce a new direction--copy editing and writing--because I believe I can help a lot more organizations and ultimately, land a full-time role with a company that seeks a senior level Copy Editor and Writer.
I enjoy the detailed work of locating and correcting errors. I picked up these skills during my award-winning journalism career that spans working for The Associated Press and other media organizations.
If you know anyone that is either seeking a contractor or an employee with my skills, please connect us via www.harvestreapers.com. Thank you!
Have you ever experienced a shortage of personnel to do a newsroom project because your top videographers are working on a special something for another department? Ever had to find a new vendor to fulfill a social media project hours before the client’s deadline?
Then you know what a project-nightmare feels like, and you NEVER, EVER want to go there again.
Media and communication professionals across journalism, social media, marketing communication, and media relations might want to give strong consideration to enrolling in project management courses to strengthen their effectiveness to plan, to work across the organization, to solve problems, and to increase their value at work.
In other words, this will give you the strategic advantage. Whether you are in a traditional work setting or are an independent contractor working remotely in a home-office, project management training will reap rich rewards.
Essential Hard Skills
- You will learn the importance of project management processes such as initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
- You will understand the benefits of work breakdown structures –WBS--(i.e., the assignment board in the newsroom or the client’s email detailing the project).
- You will find out why risk management is important.
Must-Have Soft Skills
- You will obtain information to strengthen your communication skills.
- You will develop solid team-building insights.
- You will study negotiation and motivation tips.
How I Received Project Management Training
In February 2013, I earned the Project+ certification from CompTIA, an information technology trade association. The journey started in May 2012 when my Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas caseworker introduced me to project management training to help me with career options as a result of the economic downturn. In fact, the Workforce Investment Act paid for the training at New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Irving, Texas.
After passing the Project+ exam and completing all of the training that I could get at New Horizons, I can honestly say it was worth it. The training gave me a more strategic, growth-oriented mindset. And, it enhanced my problem-solving abilities across corporate and small business settings. Finally, my communication planning and management skills grew.
Do you think project management is important to learn? Share your thoughts in the comments, please.
In just a few hours, our country will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day when we remember our blessings and reconnect with friends and family.
This great holiday also lends itself to another celebration for small businesses to share with their clients, customers and vendors. Without their support and business, Thanksgiving would have a lot less “Thanks” in it.
In that spirit, I wrote this prayer for my clients to express my deep appreciation for the opportunity to work on their behalf, to help solve their media relations and other communications’ problems. Beyond that, I care for their overall well-being.
"A Thanksgiving Prayer for My Clients"
I appreciate you!!!!
I pray that your Thanksgiving is filled with fun, relaxation, and love, from family and friends. And, that you continue to enjoy good health, peace, prosperity, and great success in all of your endeavors. Also, I desire that your vendors’ and suppliers’ families and friends receive an ocean full of peace, prosperity, success, and, good health.
Thank you for turning to Harvest Reapers Communications to assist with your communications’ needs, and for believing in my boutique agency when you could have easily gone in a different direction. You are a busy professional running your own corporation, agency, consultancy, or nonprofit, and your life is flooded with decisions, data and dilemmas. I am grateful that you turned to me, in the midst of all of that, when you needed a proven, experienced, highly-skilled consultant.
Happy Thanksgiving 2016!
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Queen of Faux Finishing-Painting Workshops to Attempt New Guinness World
Record Oct. 1
How: By having more than 250 people simultaneously participate in Brooklyn’s faux finishing workshop and either paint their own chair or paint one provided by Brooklyn
Where: Celina's Town Square, 142 N. Ohio St, Celina, Texas 75009, http://mapq.st/2cPmRL6
When: Oct. 1-- Check-in at 9 a.m.; event is from 10 a.m. – noon
Registration deadline: Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.
Register here: bit.ly/gwrecord
YouTube: https://youtu.be/eqPomB3tyxE |
For more information: http://bit.ly/2cFqcx3
(Celina, Texas—Sept. 15, 2016)—Brooklyn Calloway is unwavering in the quest to set a new Guinness World Record for the “largest furniture restoration lesson (single venue).” Together with the Celina Main Street Advisory Board, she is hosting an Oct. 1 event called the “World’s Largest Furniture Refinishing Workshop” and dreams of landing in the Guinness history books. Right now, the current record for the “largest furniture restoration lesson (single venue)” is 250 people.
“I’m going to teach people on Guinness Day to take their old tired chairs and turn them into something cute, fabulous, fun and fresh,” said Calloway, the owner of Brookielynn's Bungalow, located in the Whimsy Finds retail center in Celina.
A drone is set to take the hoped-for record-breaking Guinness World Records’ photograph of workshop participants smiling into the sky, holding up their Junk Gypsy™ Chalk + Clay-painted chairs.
“I want to have such an amazing, epic picture that I am right there next to the creepy lady with the long fingernails,” Calloway said, laughing. The former Frisco Independent School District teacher-turned-furniture-restorer filed her Guinness World Records’ application in April and gained much-needed backing the following month.
“We are excited to partner with Brooklyn for this Guinness World Records’ event on the Square,” said Bridgette Bise, who directs Celina’s Main Street Program, which is providing police and fire services as well as other in-kind support. “We hope to be able to add different fun events like this as we grow as a community. It’s exciting to have businesses on our Square think outside the box.”
Celina is about 49 miles north of Dallas.
About the Record Listing:
The “largest furniture restoration lesson (single venue)” Guinness World Record is not currently available online. Guinness representatives say they have “more than 40,000 records in their database and try to feature as many as possible online.” If Brooklyn’s Record attempt is successful, it could eventually be available online.
I wrote "5 Tips To Improve Customer Satisfaction"; the blog article was posted on RocksDigital.com in the Business Development section Aug. 30, 2016. My thanks to Rocks Digital editor Laurie Shook and Lissa!
By the way, the Rocks Digital Conference is held in Addison, Texas, and features cutting-edge digital marketing speakers.
Have you ever turned down a project that wasn't "in your lane"? How do you ensure customer satisfaction? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section.
Check out this greart article from The Washington Post about spotting fake Facebook pages
A few days ago, a friend shared an article from The Washington Post about spotting fake Facebook pages during breaking news. It is a fascinating read.
When I shared it on LinkedIn, it generated 279 views. So, I am sharing it again in this space: How to spot a fake Facebook page during a breaking news situation.
Have you experienced fake Facebook pages? How do you deal with fake friend requests?
Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin, a noted Rev. Martin L. King Jr. scholar, said "in this age of global terrorism and in this age when so many are obsessed with guns, I think Dr. King is most relevant."
"... We need to read him and to try and understand what he was trying to tell us about violence and about our obsession with the instruments of violence," said Baldwin during a Jan. 9, 2016, telephone interview with me. You can listen to the complete interview below.
"Dr. King knew when he was alive that this was a nation obsessed with guns [and] obsessed with weapons. And he tried to tell us that if we don't deal with the stockpiling of weapons on a global scale, [and if] we don't deal with the obsession of guns in this society, we're going to destroy ourselves," said Baldwin, emeritus professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He retired in 2013 after teaching almost 30 years at Vanderbilt.
Additionally, Baldwin believes the King birthday has "taken on a ritualistic significance. We've lost the sense of who the person was."
Baldwin, who has authored numerous books on King including There is a Balm in Gilead: The Cultural Roots of Martin Luther King, Jr., and The Voice of Conscience: The Church in the Mind of Martin Luther King, Jr., has a forthcoming book to be published in May by Fortress Press: Behind the Public Veil: The Humanness of Martin Luther King, Jr.
I interviewed Baldwin for my award-winning radio documentary Dr. Martin L. King Jr.: The Man, The Movement, The Momentum, produced for Memphis station WGKX-KIX 106 FM, where I was the news director. His insights about King contributed to a second place award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Thanks to the efforts of then-General Manager John Bibbs, the 32-minute documentary was simulcast on several radio stations in Memphis, which was unprecedented at the time.
According to his bio, during his retirement celebration in November 2013, "Baldwin received several awards from Vanderbilt for his years of scholarship on African American Religion and Martin Luther King, Jr." He has also been honored by academic institutions, churches, community and cultural centers, and local, regional, and national politicians, for his preaching, teaching, and scholarship.
My interview of Dr. Lewis V. Baldwin recorded Jan. 9, 2016.
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Norma Adams-Wade broke the story that Dallas' two distinctive parades honoring civil rights leader Rev. Martin L. King Jr., were facing massive changes.
Her original reporting led to a request for more Morning News staffers to cover the controversy, which eventually resulted in Dallas having one MLK parade Jan. 18, 2016, instead of two.
She has been making journalistic history for decades and has no plans to stop any time soon.
Adams-Wade first made history in 1974 when R.E. "Buster" Haas literally came to her front door to hire her as the first black full-time staff writer to report about all of Dallas. She made history again Dec. 12, 1975, as one of the 44 founders of the National Association of Black Journalists to convene in Washington, D.C., to launch the organization. She was among the 12 cofounders who attended a 40th NABJ anniversary celebration in December 2015.
The columnist and former senior staff writer retired from the Morning News in 2002. In 1988, she started writing a column devoted to events in Dallas' black community, which she writes weekly.
Adams-Wade is quick to mention a name not heard much these days: Julia Scott Reed, whom the Morning News hired to cover the black community in 1967, making Reed the first black staffer at the newspaper.
You should also know that December was a busy month for Adams-Wade because the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists honored her and several others at its holiday mixer. And that event is where I learned about all that she did to further the profession. We discussed my interest in writing about her trailblazing career and you can listen to excerpts of the Jan. 11, 2016, telephone interview to the left.
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Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.
She previously worked for a variety of news media organizations as an editor and journalist, including The Associated Press in Mississippi and Texas. She was news director at WLOK-AM and WGKX KIX-106 FM in Memphis. Learn more
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