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I am a veteran convention attendee and have attended, spoken at or participated in countless conventions and conferences since my early 20s. Now 40 years later, they still hold great fascination and value for me. This summer alone I have attended 4 conventions, with #5 coming up next week.
On today’s show I’ll share an 11 step strategy on making conventions, conferences and trade shows work for you. You’ll learn how to NOT get overwhelmed, how to manage your expectations and how to use each experience to gain new clients, new projects, new friends or close that promising business deal.
Get out your pen and paper and let’s get to work on maximizing your next convention experience.
Step 1 Game On! Preparation
Step 2 Chill...Pace Yourself To Avoid Burnout
Step 3 Stock Up On Your Supplies...Business Cards, etc.
Step 4 Hit The Bullseye...Meeting The Right People
Step 5 School's In....Attend Those Convention Classes
Step 6 Food Network
Step 7 File For Effect
Step 8 Money Trap Wisdom
Step 9 Fun Factory: Time For ME
Step 10 Say YES To Volunteerism
Step 11 Oh Yes...Phase 2
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By Carole Copeland Thomas
I learned SO much by attending the National Association of Black Journalists National Convention. I've compiled four photo albums, videos, and other convention highlights across three webpages for your enjoyment.
Here's the link:
NECN-TV News Anchor Latoyia Edwards with Carole Copeland Thomas
at this summer's National Association of Black Journalist Convention
in Orlando, Florida
Latoyia Edwards, one of the most enthusiastic and spirited television personalities in the New England region is our opening keynote speaker at the November 7th Multicultural Conference. She kicks off the morning of more than 20 GREAT speakers, panel presenters and diversity advocates who will be a part of our upcoming event.
Did you know that Latoyia is a former Miss Massachusetts???
If not...read on!!!!
With two weeks to go, we hope YOU are planning to attend this exciting conference.
The Multicultural Conference and the Multicultural Symposium Series (MSS) are the brainchild of entrepreneur Carole Copeland Thomas.
DESPITE THE ROLLER COASTER ECONOMY, MSS has been going strong since 2008.
It is the only initiative of its kind started and operated by an African American business owner in the region.
Here's more information on Latoyia Edwards. Hope to see you at our exciting Nov 7th event.
Latoyia Edwards is the weekend Anchor for New England Cable News (NECN) in Boston, Massachusetts.
For 13 years Latoyia has had the privilege of covering breaking news and human interest stories for television and radio outlets in New England and in New York. Latoyia is a regular on Boston's WGBH's Basic Black, a live television program hosted by a panel of the region's sharpest observers, who discuss and debate current news, events, and topics that impact the black community locally and nationally. Latoyia recently served as president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists. During her spare time Latoyia enjoys delivering keynote addresses and motivational speeches to youth groups and school children. Latoyia's story of her rise from the projects to the pulpitis able to connect with young and old alike.
Prior to joining NECN, Latoyia worked as the weekday 5pm News Anchor for WWLP TV Channel 22 in Springfield, MA. Latoyia's experiences with Channel 22 took her as far as Paraguay, as fast as Richard Petty and as high as the Blue Angles.
Before joining Channel 22 Latoyia was crowned Miss Massachusetts, USA 2002. Latoyia accredits the pageant experience for helping project her career.
Before joining the 22 News team Latoyia provided local new updates on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Drive Radio Show for WILD 96.9 in Boston. During that time Latoyia taught Performance for Television at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
Latoyia first anchored television for Media One Cable News Network in Lowell, MA where she covered local news and political stories for Billerica, Tewksbury and Lowell. Prior to that Latoyia got her start in television as a news reporter for WICZ Channel 40 a Fox Affiliate in Binghamton, New York.
She began her career in news during her college internship as a news writer for WBZ-1030 AM radio. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in 1998 Latoyia where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Latoyia was a scholar athlete who not only excelled in the classroom but on the basketball court breaking numerous NCAA Division III rebounding and blocked shots records. Latoyia currently ranks 5th in the nation in blocked shots per game 5.1 and 4th in the nation in rebounds per game 15.2.
While at Boston Latin Academy High School Latoyia knew she wanted to be a news reporter - it was in her blood. Latoyia is the oldest on 9 children who grew up the notorious Columbia Point Housing Project in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. As a member of the Strand Theatres Teen Players Latoyia found her solace in competing in city and school sponsored oratorical, speech competitions and plays.
Latoyia is a proud Boston native who was recently names to Boston Business Journal's 2010 Top 40 Under 40, a recognition of Boston's top 40 young professionals who have established themselves as leaders to be watched in their fields.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE NOVEMBER 7TH CONFERENCE.
Carole Copeland Thomas
C. Thomas & Associates
26 Years In Business 1987 - 2013
Carole with Award Winning Journalist Michelle Johnson
The National Association of Black Journalists National Convention is in full swing, making it the third conference I have attended in the past two weeks! Below is an audio interview with Michelle Johnson, Associate Professor of Multimedia Journalism. Michelle chairs the NABJ Student Online/Website Initiative (www.nabjmonitor.org) and is receiving one of the distinctive awards this evening. New Media is a strong component of the organization.
Listen To The Interview By Clicking Below....
For more information visit www.nabj.org.
The Multicultural Symposium Series Webinar Series features current topics designed to enhance personal development both on and off the job. All you need is a computer and a phone to join each webinar. Open to Members of the Multicultural Symposium Series.
Visit www.mssconnect.com for complete information.'
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.