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4 Telly Awards for MessageMakers Video Work!

MessageMakers announces that it has been awarded four 2011 Bronze Telly awards for its video work on "Help Stop Hunger," "We Are H.O.G.," "2011 Manitou Promotion," and "MessageMakers Building Tour."

"Help Stop Hunger" was a project for FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.

How to Ace a Media Interview

Do you feel confident that, if a reporter showed up at your door this afternoon, you could present a polished, positive story for tomorrow's news?

It's not that hard—if you're prepared. Here are our interviewing tips.

What kind of media interview?

There are three types of media interviews: pre-recorded (radio, podcast, video, television), live (radio, television, webcast), and text only (newspaper, magazine, blog, web outlet). Their needs are slightly different, as detailed below.

Welcoming Matt Penniman, Writer and Web Developer!

MessageMakers is glad to welcome another new face to its staff: Matt Penniman, our new writer & web developer.

Matt has worked with us on a contract basis for some months, including writing scripts for Fortune 500 company executives, association executives, and more to perform at high-profile events ... creating new instructional content for training courses reaching 3,000 participants this year ... developing several websites ... and much more.

Musical Puppet Theatre Tomorrow!

MessageMakers is glad to host "The Puppet Theatre Presents: Chalk It Up! A Chalk Sensation," MICA Gallery's special entertainment provided for Be a Tourist in Your Own Town / Chalk of the Town tomorrow.

Come out to Turner St. here in Old Town Lansing tomorrow at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.

Spring 2011 48/5 2nd Place: Tell Stories

As mentioned in our last post, the East Lansing Film Festival Spring 48/5 Competition was the weekend before Memorial Day, and the two teams containing MessageMakers staff, Big Foot Films and Tell Stories, took first and second place, respectively.

As a refresher, here's how the ELFF explains the 48/5:

For the East Lansing Film Festival 48/5 Film Contest, filmmakers come together to write, shoot, edit, and premiere an original five-minute film in a mere 48 hours.

Spring 2011 48/5 Winner: Big Foot Films

At MessageMakers, we get excited about the success our staffers find in their extracurricular pursuits. A large part of our staff loves video production, so video competitions tend to be a large part of that.

The East Lansing Film Festival Spring 48/5 Competition was this past weekend, and the two teams containing MessageMakers staff, Big Foot Films and Tell Stories, took first and second place, respectively.

Old Town Lansing Receives 2011 GAMSA!

Great news for our neighborhood. We mentioned a number of months ago that Old Town was named a GAMSA semifinalist. The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that Old Town Lansing Main Street and its 1,300 volunteers are the recipients of the 2011 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA).

Recognized as a leader following the Main Street Four-Point Approach®, embracing sound historic preservation ethics and building strategic partnerships, Old Town [Lansing] Main Street was honored today at the Main Street Awards Ceremony during the National Main Streets Conference in Des Moines, Iowa (streaming live starting at 10:30am EST).

MessageMakers is glad to support Old Town's betterment efforts, from festivals to clean-ups, from performances to community meetings.

Welcoming Pat McNerney, Project Manager!

We're glad to welcome Pat McNerney to the MessageMakers team as our newest project manager.

Pat has worked with MessageMakers as a contractor on a number of high-profile event production jobs and shared the fruits of his considerable experience. He's been a talented addition to our team, and we're glad to make that addition permanent.

6 Factors to Improve Meeting Quality

What's the worst meeting experience you can remember having? What made it so bad?

In our experience, there are six factors that combine to make a meeting a good one... or a bad one. Some of these sound like common sense—but you'd be surprised how often these items aren't addressed by meeting and event planners.