Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Don't Forget the Basics - Breathing

Tomorrow I have the privilege of taking my entire PCMA membership team off-site for an entire day of planning. I say privledge because when was the last time you just detached yourself from your computer/phone and thought about stuff, planned instead of reacted?

If you had a year similar to people I know, you were asked to do more, with less...nose to the grindstone with barely enough time to come up for air. For a lot of us that strategy worked last year to a large extent, but that is no way to consistently operate a business/department. It just doesn't work - it will burn out your team members (and you).

Tomorrow is the time for my team to take a deep cleansing breath of fresh air!

I'm so curious to know what you are doing to plan for the year - knowing we need to keep our focus strong, but also be forward looking/thinking. Please share your thoughts with me so we can learn from each other.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Happiness Project

My new favorite website/blog of the day (thanks to a Tweet by @JeffHurt) - http://www.happiness-project.com/

Gretchen Rubin (@gretchenrubin) has written a book, Happiness Project, which I have not read, but I can tell you that if it's on Kindle, it will be downloaded on my commute home.

Have you read this book/blog? If so, what one great idea have you come up with that brings you more happiness in your day-to-day world?

Here is a sample from today - Ten Reasons Why Using Twitter Will Boost Your Happiness http://ow.ly/17xfn


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Two Cool Tools

Two new tools I just learned about. Have you used them? Did you like one over the other?



Basically, both tools allow you to record your desktop in a video format. Jing appears to be free for up to a 5 min. video. Camtasia has a free trial.

For more ideas on screencasters - check out this blog by Betsy Weber:


I Heart Twitter!

I love Twitter. Here are the reasons I love it, add yours!

1. It helps me stay connected to members
2. I get to meet new and interesting people who "live" in the association space
3. I get to meet new and interesting people who "live" in the social media space
4. I'm learning how to communicate in 140 or less
5. You can find out cool stuff about interesting people
6. You can find new blogs to read
7. You can keep an eye on the trending topics to stay on top of world issues (even if it's just the latest Lady Gaga gossip)

My favorite hashtags:
1. #pcma (of course!)
2. #eventprofs
3. #assnchat
4. #tradeshows
5. #ec10

My newest follow discovery that I love (at least this today/week): @MemberClicks

What are your favorites?