Susanna Opper of Shawenon Communications Presents
"Writing for the Web"
Friday, April 11th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
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Members pay $20; Late Member Registrants pay $25
Non-Members pay $25 Late Non-Member Registrants pay $30
In a mere 300 to 500 words you can tell an organization’s story, promote an event, describe a product or process and provide value to your reader at the same time. Writing tight, easy-to-read copy takes practice, and you’ll learn some important principles in this session. Discover how to make your message distinctive and how to use graphics for enhancement. Explore the writing process, finding the right topics and cultivating the discipline of regular online communication. Before you come, gather your thoughts about something you want to promote onlineundefinedin a newsletter, blog or website.
Susanna Opper has over 40 years’ experience in business communications for top Fortune companies and small businesses. Today she specializes in helping businesses, non-profits and solopreneurs with their messaging requirements. A pioneer in online communicating, she published the seminal work Technology for Teams: Enhancing Communication in Networked Organizations in 1992. Her newsletter Web Words reaches nearly 1,500 subscribers monthly and has been published on time for more than seven years.
Mix & Mingle
Thursday, April 17, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
The Standard (Crossgates Mall), Albany
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Members & Guests pay $10
Robert Braathe, Past President of the Consulting Alliance, invites you to mix and mingle with other consultants for an informal night out at The Standard at Crossgates Mall in Albany. We will meet in the area near the bar at The Standard. $10 includes appetizers that will be ordered as guests arrive. Drinks available but not included.
Peter Coombs of FRONTLINE Training & Consulting Presents
"Sales Call Reluctance"
Friday, April 25th, 7:30 am to 9:30 am (Members Only)
Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany
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Members pay $15; Late Member Registrants pay $20
Program Details to follow.
Do you make the best use of your time? For all of us, but especially solo entrepreneurs, this is a continuing question. What tasks should we outsource to allow us to spend time doing what we do best? At the March members meeting, the Consulting Alliance helped our members make that decision by having our own experts in the fields of Marketing and Web Design (Craig Shufelt), Administration (Nancy Reilly), Legal and Contracts (Michael Tommaney), and Bookkeeping (Alan Krieger), answer questions related to outsourcing these tasks. This evening event was well attended and we were well fed by the Italian-American Community Center.
Once a quarter, the Alliance will hold our Members-only meeting in the evening. This schedule adjustment enables those who cannot attend the usual breakfast meetings to experience the community and learning always available at this event.
Clare A. Monteau, Ph.D., President
Welcome New Member
Phil Harnden, Ph.D. was been accepted as a member at the Professional level. The contact information for Phil is:
Phil Harnden, Ph.D.
Saratoga Center for High Performance Organizations. Inc.
21 Deer Run Gansevoort, NY 12831
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil founded his practice in 1999, has his Ph.D. from RPI, and he is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the Lally School of Management in addition to his consulting clients. His consulting specialties are Performance Improvement, Organizational Development/Change, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Planning, Individual Development, Executive coaching 360-Feedback Instruments, Problem Solving and Decision making. Phil is connected through a network of individuals who offer the same or similar services. His work has been primarily through federal and local governments.
HMASTD Workplace Learning & Performance Conference
When: Friday, May 16, 2014 @ Albany Marriott, Wolf Road - 19th Annual Workplace Learning & Performance Conference - a premier event that draws interest from Syracuse to New York City. It will showcase top training, performance and organizational development experts in the Northeast. This year’s keynote is John Robinson, President & CEO, Our Ability, Inc., who is a motivational/inspirational speaker. John will discuss the ability within all of us. He’ll explore leadership in many shapes and sizes and help us to understand that no matter the hurdle, we can achieve. To Register: Contact the HMASTD Chapter Administrator, Nancy Reilly to get the discount code.
Member Presentations & News
Dr. Tom Denham of Careers In Transition LLC spoke to members of the Up In Your Biz Lunch Club on the topic, “Get LinkedIn or Get Left Behind.” At the recent Up The Biz Job Fair, he gave a seminar on, “What You Need to Know About Resumes, Cover Letters and LinkedIn.” Dr. Tom gave a talk at the New York Power Authority’s Visitor Center on “Climbing Devils Tower.” Dr. Tom’s 2014 Charity Climb this year is Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades. So far he has raised $1,700 toward his goal of $5,000 to benefit the Alport Syndrome Foundation. Alport Syndrome is a rare and sometimes fatal kidney disease that impacts his daughter, Rachel. He would really appreciate your donation at AlportSyndrome.org.
Steven M. Egna, CBA, CVA, ABAR, CM&AA, Director of Business Advisory Services at Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPA’s, P.C. will be presenting a webinar for the Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) organization on April 9th, with a focus on business and transition planning strategies. Mr. Egna is a Certified Business Appraiser accredited by the Institute of Business Appraisers and a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor accredited by the Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions; his focus is on business valuation, litigation support, economic damages analysis, and CFO advisory work as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Pauline Bartel of Bartel Communications, Inc. donated public relations services to the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center for the organization's 50th anniversary.
Ellen G. Lahr of EGLahr PR & Media launched a new website for the Berkshire-based Aston Magna Music Festival, the nation's longest running early music festival. Check out the new site at http://astonmagna.org. EGLahr PR & Media also supported Berkshire Health Systems' communication strategy related to the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital, and launched a 50th Anniversary and PR for Cain Hibbard & Myers, one of the region's oldest law firms.
Learn more about the Consulting Alliance at www.consultingalliance.org
Seeking Consulting Alliance Member for Program Chair
Interested in crafting topics for Member Only programs? Contact Clare Monteau.
If you are a new member (or if you’ve been around a while and want to find new ways to benefit) take advantage of our on-line orientation program. Schedule a one hour webinar with Nancy Schultz to find the many ways you can engage and get maximum advantage from your membership.
Claim Your 7 Minutes of FameIf you did not receive an e-mail message about this topic from the Consulting Alliance, log into the CA Members Only area and select Member Forum>Subscribe. I and others will be posting more business related Forum>topics here in the future. As consultants, we all appreciate the opportunity to answer the question, “What do you do?” At most Consulting Alliance breakfasts, one member has the privilege of responding to this question in front of everyone else. Known as our “Member Spotlight,” this opportunity is one of the greatest privileges of membership in the Alliance. If you haven’t ever done a Spotlight, or did one a long time ago, you are eligible to sign up. If your schedule is too volatile to commit to a future date, join the wait list. Cancellations are inevitable. Contact Lynne Bunnell to claim your spot.
Submit Your News for the May NewsletterSUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 20th
SUBMIT VIA EMAIL TO: Nancy Reilly
■ Consulting Assignments, especially collaborations with other Consulting Alliance members
■ Committee Updates - from committee chairs
■ Member News - awards, designations, trainings, professional and personal accomplishments
■ Shared Resources - information, reviews, resources, workshops, or specials offered by members to other members
■ Announcements of books, articles, or other publication credits
■ Member Presentations - news about upcoming presentations and workshops by members