Event Recap: Build Business

 

 

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Sponsor Spotlight: CKearney Consulting

SMPS Fort Worth is thankful for the partnerships we have with our wonderful sponsors. Today, we are proud to spotlight Silver sponsor CKearney Consulting.

Do you suggle with any of these roadblocks?

  • Missing project history and resume information
  • Tracking and maintaining opportunities and hit rate
  • No time to keep company and project data up to date in the system
  • Cumbersome reporting for weekly/quarterly team meetings

These are common struggles every Marketing and Business Development professional faces at some point in time and greatly impact your efficiency and productivity!

CKearney Consulting partners with A/E/C firms to tear down these barricades and pave the way to open roads. We provide insight into Client Relationship Management (CRM) systems and processes sharing advice and guidance for optimization to increate your efficitiveness and ROI.

It’s our desire to provide quality services so our clients can live the working lifestyle they want, free from the stress of overwhelming data or an inefficient system. It’s the WHY behind what we do.

 

What our clients say….

“CKearney staff has assisted us with multiple (CRM) data imports and has helped us quickly troubleshoot problems. Their expertise and understanding of the best practices for managing large amounts of data has been extremely helpful. CKearney is a great resource!”

“It is a true value to know that someone is on top of our CRM data that we can reach out to at any given moment. CKC was able to fulfill our needs so we no longer have to worry about filling a vacant position and where we would have to train someone from the ground up. They are proactive on bringing information to our attention that needs to be addressed if there is an issue with our system or data.”

“CKC is always there and helps implement features that we otherwise wouldn't be aware of.”

 

Services

CKearney Consulting offers CRM services to meet your system and data related needs, whether you need advising, hands-on help or simply need someone to do it all for you!

About Our Founder

Courtney Kearney, CPSM is the founder and owner of CKC and is known for her love of data! She brings her marketing skills and years of experience to a technical world of databases, processes, and numbers. She is a CRM thought leader, writing white papers, leading roundtables, and giving presentations at local and national conferences. Courtney has served in several leadership roles at SMPS Fort Worth including 2017-18 President.

Contact CKearney Consulting Today | ckearneyconsulting.com

 

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Now accepting Emerging Professional and SRC Scholarship Applications

We are excited to announce that Steer Style Bingo 2017 was such a success we were able to fund a second year of our Scholarship Program!

We have two scholarships available:

  • Emerging Professional Scholarship - Designed to help qualified marketers early in their career (less than five years) who cannot join SMPS due to financial hardship or other reasons.
  • Southern Regional Conference (SRC) Scholarship - Designed to help qualified SMPS Fort Worth membersattend SMPS SRC. 

See the attached applications for details. 

Emerging Professional Scholarship  

Southern Regional Conference (SRC) Scholarship  

 

Applications are being accepted through August 31, 2018.

Complete and email your application to the SMPS Fort Worth Secretary at secretary@smpsfortworth.org.

 

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Sponsor Spotlight: HALO Branded Solutions & Chad Cooper

SMPS Fort Worth is so thankful for the partnerships we have with our wonderful sponsors. Today, we are proud to spotlight our in-kind sponsor HALO Branded Solutions and promotional branding guru Chad Cooper.

Few promotional organizations specialize in the A/E/C industry, but Chad’s knowledge and five years of experience with HALO will help your business boom.

The difference between myself and other promotional companies is that my goal is to make your job less stressful. Whether you have events, marketing campaigns, tradeshows, apparel needs, awards & recognition or anything coming up where you plan to have promotional items, let me do the homework for you. You tell me the event or theme and your budget, and I will come up with the ideas. This frees up both your time and the need to go looking online or through catalogs. My commitment and dedication to SMPS is unmatched.

SMPS Member Perks

  • End Column Pricing – As long as the minimum quantity is ordered, you will receive the highest quantity pricing with Chad. #SMPS
  • FREE Samples
  • FREE Virtuals

 

Contact Chad to discuss a customized approach to your promotional items needs


chad.cooper@halo.com | 888.996.8002 Ext: 103 or 214.460.4191 (cell)

 

ABOUT HALO BRANDED SOLUTIONS

Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, HALO Branded Solutions is centrally located in order to support a national client base. HALO is a global leader of promotional solutions, combining creativity, innovation and the most sophisticated technology for dynamic results. As a "full-service" promotional products distributor, we offer:

  

With top-quality products, over six decades of branding expertise and efficient operational processes, HALO offers unmatched reliability and unique solutions for every client, on every project. Click to view the Corporate Brochure.

Learn More About HALO's Capabilities

Wherever you are, HALO delivers solutions that achieve results, exceed expectations, and create success. With creative marketing solutions, quality products and a foundation of total client satisfaction, learn how we can put our industry leadership to work for you!

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Event Recap: InDesign Workshop

This spring, SMPS Fort Worth invited Julie Shaffer, CPSM, of Shaffer Creative to lead a two-day InDesign Workshop focusing on tips and tricks for building proposals faster and more efficiently. Held at Teague, Nail and Perkins’ (TNP) Fort Worth office, Julie guided a total of over 40 attendees (the second day was sold out!) through an interactive schooling on the InDesign CC workspace.

Day 1 of the workshop included tools, panels, frames, swatches, layers and styles. Attendees also received a take-home workbook with InDesign elements detailed during the day’s training. Read the full recap and see more pictures on Shaffer Creative's website

Day 2 of the workshop included more advanced proposal tips. Attendees again received a take-home workbook with InDesign elements shown during the training, including paragraph, character and object styles; next styles; nested styles; table and cell styles; scripts; custom dictionaries; table of contents creation; and plenty of shortcuts. Read the full recap and see more pictures on Shaffer Creative's website

Thank you Julie for a wonderful workshop! And thank you to Shaffer Creative for sharing the workshop recap on which this article is based.

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Event Recap: LinkedIn 2.0

Earlier this year, more than 60 attendees met at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth to hear our panelists speak on using LinkedIn for business at our LinkedIn 2.0 seminar. Highlights and tips from the seminar included:

  • Turn inward before you turn outward by getting the stories from your team on current projects, bios, and their expertise.
  • Create templates they can use to make it easier for the internal team to share information on their jobs.
  • Do an internal training on what LinkedIn is and how it can be used so people understand how it can help the company with the right information provided from their experts.
  • Hiring an intern was also suggested.
  • How do you get staff to use the templates? - Robin targeted sales people first on how to use LinkedIn and the stories as a sales tool. Then she trained HR on how to use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool. Once they saw the success, those groups kept using it and that set up her conversation with leadership.
  • Trying to improve communication and educate the client, Vince takes pictures every time he steps onto a job site, post those and brag on the contractor teams and architects. Most of the time those teams will repost what he put on LinkedIn to give him even more exposure on what is happening at the university. Business acumen, brand awareness, and recruitment per Rachel.
  • Culture blog every 3 days, same content going out on all social media platforms. Store managers use these posts to recruit new people to apply for positions. Connect with people who are viewing the post to increase your network. Rachel does 2 photo shoots a year that can show the culture and she uses them during slow blog times. Carrie said its very time-consuming finding content for LinkedIn, so they will search for 3rd party content to post. Find targeting news conveys your companies culture or to support what you sell.
  • Each organization must have guideline on what your allowed to post or not. Never criticize anyone on your site, post lessons learned instead to make it a learning experience and keep it positive. It might be good to even make them official.
  • One way to get people excited about your company from a recruiting standpoint is to post your own interview experience and excitement about the company like Carrie did. Have a great cover photo that draws people to the page and use your people to be authentic to recruits. Rachel even wrote about her maternity leave experience and how the company helped her through it all. Another idea is to do an employee spotlight once a month to again show the real people in the office that love their jobs.
  • If you are open to learning about new opportunities or actively looking for a new position, add #ONO to your title or in your summary. This stands for “Open to New Opportunities”, and allows recruiters to do a search and find your information easier.
  • When connecting with people you haven’t physical met, send a not with the connection request. Do not just send blind connections because those will be denied.
  • Ways to measure success to leadership are the number of followers your site has, number of candidates applying for positions, how many people are viewing your post. A few people track what companies they are stealing good people from and who might be stealing their people.
  • The enterprise employer account is very expensive, $10k per seat to get access to anyone that has a profile but then you access to over 10 million people. One way to help with the cost is to move all search efforts to LinkedIn and delete other search sites. The enterprise personal account gives you more search capabilities and ways to contact more people.

 

Here’s a look at our speakers:

Moderator: Pamela Conine, CPSM

Pam is a former SMPS Fort Worth Chapter President and was co-chair of the 2017 Southern Regional Conference in Dallas. 

 

Vince Yauger, AIA CCA, CCM, LEED AP, PMP UTS Office of Facilities Planning and Construction

Mr. Yauger has 37-years’ experience in design and construction, working as a project manager for both private industry and the government sector. His construction experience covers a broad spectrum of building types, ranging from small residences to multi-million dollar multi-family high-rise, airport terminals, and higher education projects. Vince currently serves as the Senior Resident Construction Manager for the North and East Texas Regions of the University of Texas System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction - managing new construction and major renovation projects at the University of Texas at Dallas campus since 2007.

Vince earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Architecture) from Texas A&M University, with additional graduate studies in Architecture and Management. He holds multiple professional certifications: Project Management Professional (2011), CSI - Certified Construction Contract Administrator (2006), CMAA – Certified Construction Manager (2017), LEED Accredited Professional (2004), and Registered Architect (1999 - Texas).

 

Robin Shermer – Freese and Nichols Director of Marketing

Robin distills and transforms complex issues into communications that make brand promises clear and compelling to clients, recruits, and employees – which helps deliver long-term sales and growth for her company. With 20+ years in the corporate environment and in the A/E/C industry specifically, Robin understands the unique marketing needs of a professional services firm. Working with executives and employees at all levels, she focuses on building relationships to drive positive change.

She leads a 19-person team of communications / PR specialists and business development support professionals aimed at growing sales, reinforcing brand messaging, and promoting Freese and Nichols' great culture. With 700+ employees, Freese and Nichols, Inc. is an engineering and consulting firm serving clients across the southern United States. Freese and Nichols plans, designs and manages major water and infrastructure projects for a variety of federal, regional and local clients. It is the first engineering/architecture firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Learn more at www.freese.com.

 

Carrie Corcoran – BOK Financial Talent Attraction Specialist, Vice President

Carrie is a connector by design which is why she loves employer branding and telling employee stories in an authentic manner. She enjoys helping companies engage, attract and retain talent. She's crazy about the candidate experience and making sure a brand leads with heart. 

While at Hilton, she had the pleasure of managing and executing an enterprise global Glassdoor program, developed many recruitment marketing campaigns and created and delivered "Rock Your Talent Brand" LinkedIn training for recruiters. 

She's also led and developed a career site redesign, pioneered visual job descriptions and revamped the candidate experience for a contact center solutions company, shifting the focus to the candidate experience and less on the process. 

She's a closet recruiter and believes sharing is caring. Her philosophy is Job it Forward. She's always connecting people to opportunities and making introductions. She's had the pleasure of working with and connecting with phenomenal people. She believes you always get the best of others when you give the best of yourself. 

 

Rachel Kennedy – The Container Store Recruiting Manager

Rachel is the Recruiting Manager for The Container Store. She started her career leading talent acquisition at The Beck Group, a commercial architecture and construction firm headquartered in Dallas, where she built a national summer intern and college recruiting program, mentorship program, and led employee engagement & career path development. She loves her role as Recruiting Manager for The Container Store in the retail industry, focusing on strategic social media initiatives and talent acquisition. Rachel attended Austin College (home of the fighting kangaroos) and received her Master’s degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Outside of work, Rachel loves food, photography and spending time with her husband and baby boy.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Nominations | President-Elect and Membership Director

2018-19 SMPS FORT WORTH CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The SMPS Fort Worth Chapter Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following positions on the 2018-19 Board of Directors:

  • President-Elect
  • Membership Director

DOWNLOAD NOMINATION FORM

NOMINATION ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for a position on the Board of Directors, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a member of SMPS.
  • Have the endorsement of your firm (see nomination form).
  • Have the ability to treat the board position as a high priority career extension.
  • Be willing to make a commitment to serve on the board of directors, understanding that this can, at times, be a commitment of several hours per month.
  • Actively participate in chapter events and planning activities.
  • Be committed to the advancement of SMPS, both as a local chapter and a national organization.
  • Be a team player that contributes personally and professionally, treating all chapter members and other board members with respect.

Nominations may be made by individuals (self-nominations are the most common method).

Please submit a completed nomination form by June 10, 2018, to president-elect@smpsfortworth.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have questions about the nominations process or about service on the SMPS Fort Worth Chapter Board of Directors, contact President-Elect:

Lynn Ducas | 318.771.2818 | president-elect@smpsfortworth.org

 

DESCRIPTION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSITIONS

President-Elect

  • Must have served on the SMPS Fort Worth Board of Directors for one year.
  • Attends all board meetings.
  • Attends all programs and events (to the extent possible).
  • Recruit and train replacement.
  • Champion for welcoming new Chapter members and registering new members for their first complimentary program/event.
  • Develops Nomination Committee and manages the process for assembling and electing the Board of Directors for the next fiscal year.
  • Attends Southern Regional Conference in the spring – paid for by the chapter.
  • Attends Headquarters’ annual President’s Leadership Symposium (PLS) in the spring – paid for by the chapter.
  • Supports the President, as needed in overseeing and mentoring committee activities.
  • Fills in for President when unable to attend a function.
  • Acts as liaison to Society Headquarters.
  • Serves a three-year term: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021.
    • President-Elect automatically advances next year to the position of President, then remains on the Board for a third year as Immediate Past President.

Programs Director

  • Attends all board meetings and majority of chapter events.
  • Drafts a budget and conceptual plan of programming initiatives for the upcoming year.
  • Holds committee meetings.
  • Recruit and train replacement.
  • Plans chapter programs (panels, lectures, etc.) in accordance with National guidelines.
  • Holds regular committee meetings and directs committee in the planning of all chapter programs.
  • Makes all necessary arrangements to host programs.
  • Provides CEU forms at each event.
  • Oversees and/ or coordinates volunteers for set-up and clean-up for each event.
  • Purchase speaker gifts and send thank you notes to speaker(s).
  • Reports required program information to SMPS National.
  • Prepares and submits annual Program Report (Due Sept. 30).

Education Director

  • Attends all board meetings and majority of chapter events.
  • Drafts a budget and conceptual plan of programming initiatives for the upcoming year.
  • Holds committee meetings.
  • Recruit and train replacement.
  • Plans chapter education events (workshops, roundtables, etc.) in accordance with National guidelines.
  • Holds regular committee meetings and directs committee in the planning of all chapter education.
  • Makes all necessary arrangements to host education events.
  • Provides CEU forms at each event.
  • Oversees and/ or coordinates volunteers for set-up and clean-up for each event.
  • Purchase speaker gifts and send thank you notes to speaker(s).
  • Reports required program information to SMPS National.
  • Prepares and submits annual Education Report (Due Sept. 30).

Membership Director

  • Attends all board meetings and majority of chapter events.
  • Drafts a budget and conceptual plan of programming initiatives for the upcoming year.
  • Holds committee meetings.
  • Recruit and train replacement.
  • Creates and maintains membership recruitment and retention plan.
  • Tracks monthly membership expirations and follow-ups.
  • Tracks member prospects.
  • Holds committee meetings.
  • Organizes quarterly new member orientation events
  • Manages registration and welcoming committee at each event, or finds replacement
  • Assigns board members to make contact with current members in order to invite member to programs & events, and establish contact for sponsorship requests
  • Oversees new member on-boarding

Sponsorship Director

  • Attends all board meetings and majority of chapter events.
  • Drafts a budget and conceptual plan of sponsorship initiatives for the upcoming year.
  • Holds committee meetings.
  • Recruit and train replacement.
  • Develops and maintains sponsorship plan.
  • Coordinates sponsor recruitment and recognition.
  • Develops sponsorship-related materials: price list, letters, etc.
  • Maintains ongoing sponsor database, including history.
  • Writes thank you notes to sponsor(s).

Communications Director

  • Attends all board meetings and majority of chapter events.
  • Drafts a budget and conceptual plan of communications initiatives for the upcoming year.
  • Holds committee meetings.
  • Recruit and train replacement.
  • Manages and enforces chapter’s strategic communications plan, to include the Society’s and the Chapter’s brand visual identity standards
  • Oversees and the chapter’s communication platforms - Chapter Website and Social Media.
  • With the aid of the committee, coordinates the following:
    • Meetings/events e-blasts
    • Chapter’s calendar of events
    • Weekly blog
    • Call for Sponsors e-blasts
    • Website maintenance and updates
    • Social Media Posts
    • Graphics needs (with in-kind graphics sponsor)
    • Press releases
    • Print

Treasurer

  • Attends all board meetings and majority of chapter events.
  • Recruits and trains replacement.
  • Receive, hold and safeguard all funds for the chapter.
  • Maintain registration records for events and collect all fees for events.
  • Maintain a complete set of accounting records that include all funds received and disbursements made along with any outstanding accounts receivable and unpaid obligations.
  • Maintain the chapter’s financial records in such form and detail as to permit preparation of financial management reports for the Board and others and preparation of tax returns or information returns as required by law.
  • Arrange for an annual audit of the chapter’s books and records by an independent accounting firm or a chapter audit committee.
  • As primary account holder, reconcile the bank statement with books monthly, and update bank signatory records with each change in the chapter’s officers.
  • Assume responsibility for the accurate and timely filing of federal and state tax returns, and work with the chapter’s accountant or the SMPS Headquarters’ Office if necessary to prepare the necessary reports, IRS Forms and Tax Return (Due Jan 15th).
  • Submits required annual chapter financial report to the Society Headquarters each year. (Due Sept. 30)
  • Prepare chapter budget for coming year in the method prescribed by the chapter board or the finance/budget committee.
  • Provide for the secure investment of surplus or reserve funds in bank CDs or other appropriate investment accounts, as directed by the board.
  • Ensures the chapter sponsored events are coordinated and expenses reimbursed.
  • Serves a two-year term on even years: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020.

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Event Recap: Sponsor Appreciation

SMPS Fort Worth spent Valentine’s Day Eve with our treasured chapter sponsors at our first-ever “We Love Our Sponsors” sponsor appreciation event. We treated attendees to a night of networking and fun at Acre Distilling, where we tasted the distillery’s handcrafted spirits and savory treats.

Thank you to our chapter sponsors:

Platinum Level – The Rios GroupGorrondona and Associates

Gold Level – Baird, Hampton and BrownFreese and Nichols

Silver Level – Dunaway; JQ Engineering; Braun Intertec; CKearney Consulting; Shaffer CreativeIntertek-PSI

In-Kind – PIC Printing; Craftwork CoffeeChad Cooper with Halo Branded Solutions

We are so thankful to those of you who have been with us for many years and those of you who are brand new with us! It’s been a great journey so far and we’re excited to see what the rest of the year holds.

 

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Steer Style Bingo

Thursday, October 19

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and music by Texas Country music artist Jason Ashley while playing a life size game of Bingo with Rojo, Norman and Rusty (three Texas longhorns) at the Cowtown Coliseum. Read more about how Steer Style Bingo works here.

Prizes

Bingo winners and raffle winners were able to choose from a number of goodies, thanks to our generous prize donors.

Bingo Winner Basket 1 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 2 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel

Bingo Winner Basket 3 - One-night Stay at the Fort Worth Sheraton Hotel

Each basket also included:

  • 4 tickets to the Modern Museum
  • A bottle of TX Whiskey
  • A 6-pack of Martin House Brewing Company beer
  • The Reata Restaurant Cookbook
  • A $50 Tim Love Restaurant gift card and a Yeti tumbler donated by CKearney Consulting
  • An air plant arrangement donated by SMPS Fort Worth
  • A photography session donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
  • A Sub Z cooler donated by Steve Shultz 

Side Bet 1 Winner Prize  - “What’s for Lunch” Gift Card Pack with cards to Taco Heads, Starbucks and Chick-fil-A donated by SMPS Fort Worth

Side Bet 2 Winner Prize  - Steer watercolor artpiece from artist Jan Riggins

Side Bet 3 Winner Prize - Pendant Necklace donated by Kubes Jewelers

Door Prizes
Gift Certificate donated by Capital Grille
Stella & Dot Necklace donated by Destiny Silva
Mary Kay Basket donated by Billie Gillespie, Mary Kay Director
Fort Worth-Themed Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Wine Basket donated by Rachel Phillips
Car Care Basket donated by Demand Car Care
Photoshoot donated by local photographer Stacy Bogan
Phone Fans from HALO branded solutions

Scholarship Winners

SMPS presented Katie Lippe with the Southern Regional Conference Scholarship and Stephanie Byrd with the Emerging Professional Scholarship. Both of these scholarships were funded with profits from the 2016 Steer Style Bingo event.

Thank you to Committee Director Shonnah Driver

SMPS Fort Worth presented a gift of appreciation to Shonnah Driver, Steer Style Bingo Committee Director, for her hard work and effort coordinating the event for a second year in a row (while pregnant this year!). 

Financials

The event’s profits exceeded $9,000. Seventy percent will be distributed to The Fort Worth Herd while the remaining monies will be used to fund the SMPS Fort Worth scholarship program to advance the membership and outreach of the society.  

BIG THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS

  • Presenting Sponsor – Stantec
  • Food Sponsor – Gorrondona & Associates, Inc.
  • Food Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – The Rios Group
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – Key Construction
  • Steer Pen Sponsor – JQ Infrastructure
  • Steer Photo Sponsor – Southland Holdings
  • Entertainment Sponsor – Dunaway and Associates
  • Table Sponsor – CKearney Consulting
  • Table Sponsor – Guidepost Solutions
  • Table Sponsor – Woodlake Outdoor
  • Table Sponsor – CP&Y
  • Table Sponsor – Kubes Jewlers and Shaffer Creative
  • Table Sponsor – Baird, Hampton & Brown, Inc.
  • Banner Sponsor – Marksman Security Corporation
  • Banner Sponsor – First Texas Insurance Services, L.C.
  • Banner Sponsor – Intertek-PSI
  • Banner Sponsor – TRW Family of Companies

WHAT IS THE FORT WORTH HERD?

Enduring Symbols ~ Entertaining Millions ~ Educating Generations

 

Watch this short one minute video to see the Old West come to life before your eyes during the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. www.fortworthherd.com

 

Photos Courtesy of Daquirie Thanphirom

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Program Recap

WRITING WORKSHOP

January 20, 2016

Janell Broyles, Senior Marketing Coordinator for Freese and Nichols, presented techniques to make our writing sharper and more effective. She also shared some basic grammar rules, industry styles/standards and much more. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Don't overemphasize your words with CAPS, colors, bolditalic and underlines. little goes a long way.

Many people don't know that it's best, unless one hasn't any choice, to avoid too many contractions. When in doubt, spell it out.

Our industry LOVES acronyms so always remember A.E.Y.A.T.F.T.Y.U.T.. It is important for the reader to know what you are referring to with acronyms. For example, I'm sure you are wondering what A.E.Y.A.T.F.T.Y.U.T. means and what you should always remember when using acronyms! 

Wait no longer! When using acronyms remember to A.E.Y.A.T.F.T.Y.U.T. (Always Explain Your Acronyms The First Time You Use Them).

Alright is considered nonstandard English so do not use it. It's not all right to use alright!

Try not to:

• overuse

• bullet

• points

because

• it cabecome

• distracting

IT'S VS. ITS

LIE VS. LAY

SIT VS. SET

CHOOSE CLARITY

AVOID UNCERTAINTY

TIPS FROM FINGERTIPS TYPING SERVICES, LTD.

AFFECT VS. EFFECT

ACCEPT VS. EXCEPT

E.G. VS I.E.

 

ELICIT VS. ILLICIT

HANGED VS. HUNG

FOREWORD VS. FORWARD

COMPLIMENT VS. COMPLEMENT

RAVE REVIEWS

With 5 star reviews from the 25+ attendees, Janell's Writing Workshop was a big success. Thank you to Janell and to our Silver Sponsor, Frees and Nichols for sharing their resources with the chapter. 

Here is just some of the feedback we received on the surveys:

"GREAT program - very useful information. I got the most from the grammar section and tips for better writing."

"What did I enjoy most? Handouts! Worksheets! This helps me reference material for the future and show my team."

"The 'polish' worksheet was most helpful, combing all the information we learned."

"The session on professionalism was what I most enjoyed."

"Loved the activities, very hands on!"

"The social media part stood out the most for me."

"I most enjoyed the interactive sessions and handouts."

"The examples of rights and wrongs was the highlight for me"

"I learned a lot of things I didn't know."

"This was an open discussion that I enjoyed, a nice collaborative opportunity."

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Grammar and Style

AP Stylebook: http://www.apstylebook.com/editors/

Subscription required to access content. Does have Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Center for Writing Studies Grammar Handbook: http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/

Scholarly but good for trying to find higher-­level grammar answers. Facebook and Twitter accounts

Grammar Girl: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

A great quick resource. Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest accounts.

Content

Business Writing Blog: http://www.businesswritingblog.com/

Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Lynda.com: http://www.lynda.com/

Has a wide variety of marketing and business tutorials around writing, graphics and communications. Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Other

Technical Editors' Eyrie: http://www.jeanweber.com/

A decent resource though not updated regularly.

How to Write a Style Guide: http://www.jeanweber.com/printer/styleguide.htm

 

HANDOUTS

Check out the wonderful handouts that Janell shared with us to help improve our writing skills.

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Sponsor Spotlight: CKearney Consulting

CKearney Consulting offers CRM (client relationship management) services to meet your CRM system and data related needs, whether you need advising, hands-on help or simply need someone to do it all for you!

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Now accepting Emerging Professional and SRC Scholarship Applications

Deadline to submit is August 31.

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Sponsor Spotlight: HALO Branded Solutions & Chad Cooper

No need to go looking online or through catalogs for promotional items. Chad Cooper with HALO Branded Solutions does the homework for you.

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Event Recap: InDesign Workshop

Find out what we learned from Julie Shaffer, CPSM, at her two-day InDesign workshop.

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Event Recap: LinkedIn 2.0

Read the highlights on what our panel of A/E/C experts had to say about using LinkedIn for business pages.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Nominations | President-Elect and Membership Director

The SMPS Fort Worth Chapter Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to fill multiple positions on the 2018-19 Board of Directors.

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Event Recap: Sponsor Appreciation

SMPS Fort Worth spent Valentine’s Day Eve with our treasured chapter sponsors at our first-ever “We Love Our Sponsors” sponsor appreciation event.

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Event Recap: Steer Style Bingo 2017

Thursday, October 19, professionals and community leaders from across the area attended SMPS Fort Worth’s second Steer Style Bingo event, benefiting the Fort Worth Herd and the SMPS Fort Worth Scholarship Program.

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Program Recap

January 20th SMPS Fort Worth welcomed Janell Broyles, Senior Marketing Coordinator for Freese and Nichols, as she presented techniques to make our writing sharper and more effective as well as basic grammar rules, industry styles/standards and much more.

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