Powerpoint- You’ve come a long way baby!

We’re down to the wire getting ready for my upcoming presentation. My presentation coach suggested that I embed the videos into my presentation. Oh dear. It’s been a while since I put video into a presentation. Back in the day it took serious work to get a video into the presentation. AND…how in the world could I get the video downloaded from You Tube. I’ve never done this before. Pressure is on…leaving in 24 hours.

First step- google “how to down load you tube video”. Lots of options and great advice. I easily downloaded a tool that would enable me to download the video. Next step- embed into powerpoint. Imagine my delight to realize that there is now a video button in Powerpoint that quickly and easily allows a video to be placed into the presentation. Presto. Done. Videos now live in powerpoint. No clicking back and forth! I think I am ready to hop on the plane (just as soon as everything fits into my suitcase!).

my new URL: www.alicegreyharrison.com

I took a friend’s advise and created a website over the weekend. I feel so vain! But the bottom line is that as a marketing and pr professional, I understand the value of branding- thus branding myself is as important as any task to help me progress in my career.

Loving my site- check it out if you get a chance! www.alicegreyharrison.com

Patience is a virtue

Patience is a virtue…or so they say. I wouldn’t really know as I have very little patience! Today I took a Performance Indicator Test (PI). This is an interesting personality test- there are only two questions. One- select all of the attributes you would use to describe yourself. Two- Select all of the attributes others would use to describe you.

I was incredibly blown away at how accurate this test described me. Obviously based on the title of this blog post, I discovered that my patience score was very low. I want it now. I want it fast. I want it immediately. That’s why tonight when I got home and was a little hungry, I couldn’t wait 30 minutes for dinner…I stuffed my face with popcorn…and was not hungry for the delish dinner that was prepared. oops!

On the flip side, having a low patience score means that I am driven, results focused and action oriented. Yin and Yang! There can always be a positive…even for a negative. (oh and did I mention that the test showed I was incredibly optimistic!)

Little Black Dress

Styles come. And styles go. But there is one iconic style that will never be replaced. The little black dress. The black dress can be worn with ballet flats and fun jewelry for a casual lunch, with mile high heels for a sexy evening look, with pearls and a jacket for a job interview, with a simple cardigan for a casual day at the office and with flip flops for a summer outdoor concert.

What would we do without a simple little black dress?  And let me add…it’s all about the fit. If you can find a well made, perfectly fitted little black dress then you grab it…regardless of the price. Which is what I did when I found this perfect Michael Kors black cotten dress with patent leather details at Labels. Lucky for me… the fit was perfect and the price was right. I wore my new dress to work today with simple pearl earrings, a cream cardigan and black patent heels.  I can hardly believe someone let this dress go…clearly they must have outgrown it. I will wear it until it wears out! I mean really…how can you grow tired of a simple black dress with clean lines and sopshisticated detail?

I am thinking about wearing it everyday for a week and making a new look each day as my something new becuase I promise I have never worn the same dress five days in a row!!!! But this something new will need to wait for my MIL to return home for the photographs. There is NO WAY C will participate in this activity!

Do you have any ideas of what I can do with the dress to give it a new look each day?

Are you connected?

Do you remember your first cell phone? When I turned 16 I was given my Dad’s old bag phone. It was huge and I could only use it for emergencies. Which sometimes consisted of calling my boyfriend while driving home from school. Emergency is relative when you are 16. And I can remember upgrading to a HUGE handheld…then my first flip…then my first cute little red nokia….on to a blackberry…the one with the wheel on the side. Ah progress. Or is it progress?

Is it progress to be married to your job via a cell phone? Is it progress to be constantly in communication?  Is it progress to ALWAYS be checking your in-box? To check it just before bed and first thing in the morning. I guess “progress” is as relative as “emergency”.

I entered the working world in 1998. Email was used…but a fax machine was used more. Cell phone were still cell phones and not lifelines. I wasn’t required to have a cell phone for my job and quite frankly when I walked out of the office, my day was done…finished….complete…until I arrived back at the office the next day. No emails, no texts, no internet at home. WOW. I can’t even imagine, just a short 12 years later, not being completely connected 24-7.

There are days that I love the connection and of course days when I would like to throw my pink crackberry out of the window. I’m preparing for my upcoming trip to Singapore and of course need to stay connected. My current crackberry won’t work internationally so today I got a new one. Not a fancy iPhone…not a hip Droid….a boring, but reliable crackberry. I think I’ll call him Tom.

The Future of Objectivity

If you are reading this blog, chances are you engage in social media. The way that we interact with others, the way we get our news and the way we communicate with others has changed. The future of communications is here. As a public relations professional, it is extremely exciting to be part of the historical movement. Take note of how this has changed the media. Citizen journalist and the blurred lines between professional and personal opinion has impacted the way our news is reported. Twenty years ago, Fox news would not be able to report so subjectively. And justa  few years ago, I would not have learned of Michael Jackson’s death via facebook. Maybe word of mouth….but not from a citizen journalist.

Today I moderated a panel of journalist for our public relations chapter (www.scprsa.org). The panel consisted of a magazine editor, a tv anchor and a radio talk show host. The one thing I walked away with was that the future is today. Objectivity for the most part is dead and the lines are not blurred…they no longer exist. According to these three professionals, personal identity and views are now married to the public persona.  We’ll never go back to the way we were. The news and the way we consume the news is changed forever.

Like Clockwork

We never seem to have enough hours in a day. And who doesn’t have a bottomless in-box? No matter how hard we try to beat the rat race…the rat always seems to win…if we let him! Over the weekend, I noticed that my watch was getting condensation inside. This, my beloved, 30th birthday present to myself…a ruged swiss army watch adorned with diamonds, was beginning to show its age. So this morning I took it off. At first, I admit, I felt a little naked.

I am addicted to time. My days are scheduled…like clock work. I am always the first on conference calls and never a minute late for a meeting- actually…you can count on me being five minutes early-ALWAYS. I bet I look at my watch a million times a day…even thought there is a clock on my computer, my office phone and my cell phone. I seem to be surrounded by time.

I have always dreamed of being the carefree girl who never knows what time it is…who eats when she is hungry and not when the clock says “eat”…who goes to sleep when she is tired….not when the clock says “night night time”. Today, my first day in the working world without a watch was an adjustment to say the least. I stared blankly at my naked wrist a few dozen times before lunch!

And my yoga class was really interesting. I usually carefully place my watch at the top of my  mat so that I can glance at the time while in my downward dogs. I know that fifteen minutes into class my body is warm and I begin to sweat. 30 minutes in, I am feeling my groove, 45 minutes -I can slow down…cool down is coming. But today was difference. Wow…I felt the rhythms of the class. I listened to my body and let my inner self tell me what to do…rather than the restricting face of a clock. 

What a liberating experience. I think I can adjust to this…and perhaps beat the rat!  I plan to tuck my little watch into my jewelry box for a while and enjoy the rhythms of life.