Next up, speaking engagements. NAWBO Boston with Paula Ebben and Candy O’Terry.

January 23, 2009

I’ve been a journalist for 20 years and have dabbled in some fields (TV for eight months) while remaining focused on others (print reporting for two decades). As times change and organizations restructure their physical plant and their mental approach to the business of news delivery, professionals must do the same.

In my case I’ve taken on new challenges.

For the first time in my career I’ve entered the radio field. With two pieces on WBUR – Boston’s NPR radio station – I’ve added to my portfolio. I expect to continue the radio portion of my career with regular segments and hope someday to gain some prominence there.

On the collaborative or community end, I’ve also jumped back into the public speaking and presentations field. After having been a guest speaker at Northeastern and having run a session on freelance writing for honor-role high schoolers, I recently appeared in front of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

This session – see photo….

….this session was aimed at giving business professionals a better handle on how to interview, what to expect from the media and to warn them of potential pitfalls. It was an amazing session.

My co-presenters/speakers were Paula Ebben of WBZ Television in Boston and Candy O’Terry of Magic 106.7 Radio. They were brilliant.

In a one-hour session, we covered everything from how to develop a relationship with reporters, how to prepare yourself for an on-air interview, what mistakes PR people make when contacting the press, and a handful of other topics that gave valuable insight into how the media works.

If you can’t tell, I was honored to be on the same panel with these two broadcast superstars.

Thanks again to NAWBO for inviting me. And look for me on the speaking circuit talking about media, new media, blogging, reporting, and many other topics.

Further, if you’d like to have me speak to your group, please leave a comment on this blog post.

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