Congratulations to the May recipient of the President’s certificate of Merit, Jeanne Bergeron of Community CDC. Jeanne is an ABWA CCC charter member and has been active in the organization since before it began official meetings. She has near perfect attendance, and was one of the first members to step up when the league announce its sponsorship packages.
Jeanne is constantly offering her time and services to help our organization and mission grow.
Spring is in the air, and it’s time for flowers to bloom. I hope that your ABWA experiences thus far are helping you to blossom both professionally and personally. As our board prepares for a new board to lead in July, we’re evaluating our processes and ensuring that you’re getting the most value from your time with us. I’d like to share with you some pointers on “How to Get the Most from Your ABWA Experience.”
I would encourage you to log in to our WIN at www.abwa.org, and take advantage of the training and knowledge this is accessible to you through ABWA National.
Our current board has done an amazing job for our first year building an infrastructure to carry us through a successful future. If you have not had an opportunity to check out our local website, please do at www.abwaneworleans.org
Also, if you’re a paid member, be sure to add your contact information and bio to our directory page. We are excited to soon share some new functions we’ve been planning- keep a look out. As always, we welcome any of your suggestions to develop and support our onward journey.
Rachel Nunez, President Elect
“Failure is stripping away of the inessential.” – J.K. Rowling
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The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) welcomed Erica Olson of Speak Simple as the speaker for their networking luncheon on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 11:00 -1:00 at Ralph Brennan’s Heritage Grill (111 Veterans Blvd) in New Orleans.
Did you know that American’s fear public speaking above all else? According to multiple surveys, people are more afraid of giving a presentation than they are of death! Despite this fear, giving effective presentations is essential to being perceived as an expert in your field. Olson explained that most of this fear is a result of a misunderstanding of what public speaking means. She reminded us that we constantly give presentations – on the phone, through email, and in the conference room – and those mini-presentations are just as important as speaking in front of large groups.
“The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.” – Voltaire
Ms. Olson, who has coached hundreds of clients through successful presentations, reminded us of the importance of “Speaking Simple.” Some of her tips included:
The average attention span of adult humans is 8 seconds – that’s shorter than a goldfish! @speak_simple
— ABWA New Orleans (@ABWA_NewOrleans) May 25, 2015
Erica is a lifetime resident of the New Orleans area and a graduate of the University of New Orleans. She published her first book entitled, Speak Simple – The Art of Simplifying Technical Presentations, in December of 2013. Before founding Speak Simple, Olson crafted her skills working with Audubon Zoo’s Outreach Education programs and gave over a thousand presentations to audiences ranging from toddlers to retirees and everything in between. Erica is an expert when it comes to interpreting complex terminology and technical lingo. She learned the do’s and don’ts of presentations not only by doing, but by coaching youth and adult volunteers as they shared their animal knowledge to zoo visitors and audience members.
Elections – The membership voted on the new ABWA Crescent City Connections Executive Board at the May luncheon. We are very excited to welcome an exciting new group of women into leadership positions for the upcoming year. Click here for information about the new executive board.
Women Can Drive – The first annual ABWA CCC Development and Networking Conference will be held on October 8, 2015 at NOLA Motorsports Park.
President’s Certificate of Merit – Jeanne Bergeron. Click here for details.
Click here for more information about attending an ABWA luncheon.
Congratulations to this month’s recipient of the President’s Certificate of Merit, Wendy Dolan of Get Online NOLA.
Wendy has served as integral part of our board as VP of Marketing. Through her efforts she has brought our organization to the forefront by reaching the masses as we can be found everywhere – Biz Magazine, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and our very own website, just to name some. Thank you Wendy!
Congratulations to this month’s recipient of the President’s Certificate of Merit, AllState agent Leslie Adams. Adams is a charter member of Crescent City Connections, and has been involved in chapter business since the very beginning. Leslie received the award because of her passionate participation on all of CCC’s social media platforms. We thanks Leslie for helping spreading the news about ABWA.