For some people, the thought of placing cold calls leaves that throw up aftertaste in their mouths. Visions of sleazy used-car salesmen. Family dinners being interrupted by landlines ringing with offers of mortgage refinancing opportunities. Trips to the mailbox to find junk mail instead of Grandma’s birthday card with the check in it.
You want ME to do that for the chapter?!
Calm down. Take a deep breath. We’re not asking you to do that.
When I was asked to join the Sponsorship Committee in 2014 – long before I had any thought of being its Director – my first thought was, “I’m a terrible liar. I can’t sell things to people.” If that describes you, then you’re perfect for this committee. Sponsorship isn’t about the hard sell; it’s about drinking the Kool-Aid. (more…)
As an active member of our chapter and a significant asset to the communications committee, September’s Member of the Month is someone you should get to know if you don’t already! Serving as the Marketing Manager at Vidaris, Inc., Michelle Maxwell has transitioned her architecture background into her work as an effective A/E/C marketer. Her enthusiasm for design, ability to connect with people, and drive are all critical elements to Michelle’s success within our industry. Let’s read below, as Michelle has shared some of her thoughts and ideas with us.
Let’s see what our members are up to this month!
It’s true. Time does fly when you’re having a good time! It’s hard to believe that just over a year ago I accepted the honor of leading the New York Chapter of SMPS.
It seems like only yesterday when we began planning the year to come and I was equal parts excited and nervous at the prospect of what lies ahead. Adrenaline kicked in soon enough and the nervousness turned into a drive and vigor to get going with the planning of the SMPS year of programs, networking and professional development. Not having had the opportunity to serve as VP/President Elect previously I relied on my intuition, your confidence in me and, most importantly, on the talents of a Board that never failed to step up to the plate. (more…)