How to Join In the Twitter Conversation with #awcchat

If you have been considering joining in at an #awcchat, but are unsure how to do it or what to expect, you can visit the transcripts of previous chats at http://chirpstory.com/id/AWCchat. Then, at 11:30 a,m. on Thursday July 17, go to #awcchat on Twitter and dive into the conversation. I always learn something new!

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#awcchat July 17, 2014 – Hashtags

On #awcchat July 17, 2014 we’re going to talk about the power of hashtags & using them on Instagram, Twitter, etc. On Twitter from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT. Anyone can join in!

If you missed it, here’s the link for the transcript: http://chirpstory.com/li/219824

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Anatomy of a Successful Blog on #awcchat Thursday June 12

#awcchat on Twitter this week!  We’ll be talking about publishing a successful blog.  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT  Thursday, June 12, 2014.  Join us!

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AWC National Website Revamped

The AWC National website has been totally redone with a fresh new look and a quote from  yours truly on the front page!  Take a look at http://www.womcom.org/wp/  and see how much easier it is to navigate, too!

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Speed Mentoring Discussion on #awcchat

Topic for this week’s AWC Twitter Chat (#awcchat) is speed mentoring in a busy world.  I don’t know for sure what that is, but I am going to find out.  Join in Thursday, 5/8, 1130am CST.

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IAEE seeks part-time, independent administrator

In its 27th year of promoting the art and science of the efficient use of energy, and with members across the state and beyond, the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency has become the preferred organization for energy professionals. As the future of energy changes and evolves, IAEE continues to provide resources and information on the critical issues of energy efficiency.

IAEE is currently seeking a talented Administrator to spearhead the efforts of this volunteer organization. This enthusiastic self-starter will coordinate and administer strategies and tactics to reach organizational goals. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Board Meetings

 Coordinate meeting locations, dates, times, and meals

 Create agenda and prepare/distribute meeting materials

 Make meeting minutes and distribute

 Remind board members to complete individual actions

Membership & Sponsors

 Respond to email inquiries regarding IAEE and energy efficiency

 Respond to correspondence on a regular basis

 Maintain membership database and email group maintenance

 Determine newsletter content

 Compose, edit, and layout articles/photos for quarterly newsletter

 Distribute quarterly newsletter via email

 Assist board members in recruiting corporate sponsors and new members

Website

 Maintain fresh & current website content and ensure links are active

 Post calendar information on iowaenergy.org

 Promote the use of the website to membership

Committees

 Assist committees including annual Energy Summit Conference committee

with organization, planning and execution of tactics

Conference

 Assist in conference planning and operation

 Registration & financial

Finances

 Pay all accounts payable invoices

 Coordinate the annual dues renewal process

 Complete monthly reconciliation reports on all bank accounts

 Complete monthly budget analysis

 Correspond with Treasurer on a regular basis regarding account activity

 File yearly tax forms (990 EZ and all 1099 related forms)

Tours

 Determine tour locations

 Gather tour information, develop fliers and distribute to membership via email.

 Coordinate tours, gather RSVPs and respond to inquiries

Webinars

 Research topics, develop promotional materials and facilitate the delivery of

webinars or educational seminars

Records Archival

 Review paper files for relevance, destroy or store as needed

 Create & maintain electronic storage system for all historical documents

Position

Requirements

Qualified contractors will have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Business, Marketing, Communications, Environmental Studies or a related field or of study or demonstrated education plus experience to meet the job description. 4+ years experience in business administration or related field, proficiency in all Microsoft Office products, Constant Contact, Adobe Connect or GoToMeeting and a graphics software package.

This position requires excellent organizational skills, and the ability and desire to take initiative and provide solutions. The successful contractor must have excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills, and the desire to contribute as part of a team.Experience with PhotoShop, InDesign, and/or Adobe Illustrator, a plus. Knowledge of energy efficiency information resources, activity and market in Iowa also a plus.

Resources: The successful contractor will supply their own work location, computer, internet access, printer, and camera. Supplies and mileage are reimbursable expenses.

Interested candidates apply by sending a cover letter and resume to

juliag@twgi.com. This is a part-time contract position for independent contractors.

Applications accepted through April 30, 2014.

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-time, up to 55 hours per month, contract position

Position Administrator

Location Iowa (flexible with state)

About the Organization

IAEE is in its 27th year of promoting the art and science of the efficient use of energy. It is led by a Board of Directors and hosts an Energy Summit annually in the fall.

iowaenergy.org

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Join during Spring Membership Drive for $50 discount

During our Spring Membership Drive, April 1 – May 31, 2014, AWC is waiving the National Application Fee for any person who joins as a new member. This is a $50 savings!

To join, go to http://womcom.org.

Questions? Contact Kathy Holdefer.

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March 20, 2014 AWCchat is about What’s New in Audio Communications

The this week’s AWCchat is Thursday, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. CST on Twitter.  If you’d like to learn more about Twitter, this is a good place to jump in and try it out.  You address your tweets to @awcchat and include the #awcchat so that all of the messages can be seen together.

Tweetdeck

Sample TweetDeck columns monitoring #AWCchat and #awcdsm

I like to use TweetDeck which will show you a #awcchat column of the messages so you can follow the conversation.  There are many other options to manage your tweets.  If you have a favorite, let us know!

You’ll meet like-minded communicators from all over the world and get to know those who participate on a regular basis if you do likewise.

I have found that regular participation – and I don’t mean lurking – has increased my tweeting skill.  You have 140 characters and not a lot of time, so you learn to phrase your comments and questions within those parameters.

Before last October’s AWC National Convention, I had only tweeted a couple of times.  I learned about tweeting a live event there and met some of the people who participate in the chats.  When I got home, I set up our #awcdsm account and gradually started tweeting our meeting announcements which led to live tweeting our luncheons with photos.  Connecting tweets with our speakers has increased our exposure.

I invite you to participate in #awcchat.  I plan to be there!

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Clarion Awards – Ten Tips for a Win

clarion award logo

Deadline April 28, 2014

AWC National held a conference call on tips for entering the Clarion Awards on Tuesday, March 11. I joined in as a past judge and was gratified to learn that 9 times Clarion judge Pat Meads had the same advice to give as I would.

Here are ten tips to help you craft a winning entry:

 

  1. Complete the entry form correctly! Many otherwise worthy submissions lose big points because they did not bother to read through and complete the entry form.
  2. The quality of your synopsis makes all the difference! Many entries lose points here.
  3. Explain why you did things as well as the way you did them.
  4. Since entries are now electronic, be sure you include close-up photographs. It’s hard to see everything.
  5. Don’t use acronyms. Don’t make the judges look things up.
  6. Put your best foot forward.  If you are part of a team, make sure your best writer crafts the entry.  If you use an intern to do the job, make sure your best writer reviews and edits before submission.
  7. Tailor your entry to your category.  This is sometimes murky territory, so make a solid case.   If you enter in more than one category, do separate entries tailored to each category. One size doesn’t fit all!
  8. Be sure to label EVERYTHING! Our judges look at many entries. It can get confusing. Make sure you get credit for every part of your submission.
  9. Have a 3rd party review your entry before you submit.
  10. You can’t win if you don’t enter!
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Twitter Fiction Festival

If you are a Twitter user, you might want to tune in to #TwitterFiction and follow the second Twitter Fiction Festival. Told in short bursts, episodic short stories dubbed “twitterature” will be highlighted. A group of 27 authors will share stories online at twitterfictionfestival.com. The festival opens Wednesday, March 12 and runs through March 16.

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