I'm equal parts nervous and excited about this news. After several years of attending (and loving) various conferences, I'm getting out of the audience and stepping on stage at the upcoming 140 Character Conference Des Moines.
I'm going to be talking about Social Media in Great Big Companies. (Yeah, it's a subject I know a thing or two about...)
Anyhow, we were asked to do a quick promo video to help spread the word. Here's mine, complete with some help from Sasquatch.
Sasquatch is about 18 pounds of non-plussed kitty. He's also to blame for the lousy iphone footage, as cats aren't known for doing second takes...
Spring = baby animals, and baby animals = that gushy "awwwww" noise from me.
Not being near a farm, I rely on pictures and video for my baby critter fix. Just found out that the John Deere Pavillion will be stepping in to help. They have six eggs that will be hatching this weekend, and they're streaming the video of the entire thing.
One of my projects over the past few weeks has been updating the pictures that decorate the factory.
The old pictures had been up for at least 10 years, and they were a combination of equipment we no longer build, various paintings of whitetail deer, and what a friend refers to as "Carhart Art." You know, the farm scenes with dogs and old tractors and kids in overalls...
Some of them were really cool shots and had great considerable nostalgia factor, but they weren't so much showcasing what the factory does today. Plus, they were so old that they still had the old logo.
For new pictures, we went with something a little different and very, VERY big.
4 feet tall and 6 feet wide kind of big wall clings.
I apologize for the crappy phone pictures, but they were so cool I just had to share.
We hosted a big meeting at Des Moines Works on Friday. My dotted-line boss's boss gave a presentation to HIS boss, who had flown in from Germany for meetings with factories here in the States.
When guests come in, the factory gets cleaned and decorated--- with farm machines.
Enjoy the green-and-yellow goodness.
A 4630 outside the FFA Center at Des Moines Area Community College.
2510H in the foreground, and a 7760 Cotton Harvester behind it. The nice thing about John Deere events is that they're kind of hard to miss, even if you're not really sure where you're going. Just look for the green paint.
Cotton harvester outside of the visitor's entrance to the factory. I just had a little point and shoot canon, but I would have loved to get this picture with more focus on the sign.
Equipment display in front of the factory.
I wanted to get a picture of myself standing beside the 7760 so that you could get a sense of how friggen' big they are. Except, well, when I walked up to get an eye-level picture, I realized all 5'8'' of me (plus heels) could fit underneath with room to spare. So here's a shot from underneath.*
*just the walkway, with the machine safely parked and all parts locked out. Don't worry, safety folks!
You get to work before 7 am and most of your coworkers are already here....and have been for a while.
Not sure if it's Factory Time or Farmer Time, but it's still early!
Update: I was in the office by 6 am to get something printed on cardstock for a big meeting starting at 7, and the office was already busy. In fact, I wasn't even the only one using the printer that early....
It's 7:29 PM on a Tuesday night, and I've been stuck in the bathroom for the better part of an hour.
No, it's not a case of food poisoning. It's just spring time here in the midwest, and that means tornado warnings.
I'm pretty sanguine about storm warnings after five years in Kansas, but I do take cover when the sirens start going off.
Not that I'm roughing it (at least now that I managed to clean!) I'm editing video on my laptop, watching twitter on my ipad, and texing my husband from my phone. For a girl with no radio or television, I feel pretty well-informed.
*I considered calling this post "Blogging from my bathroom" but I didn't want to see what that would to google search with it in a title tag....
Wanted to post a quick update about what I've been doing the past week, and I realized that the answer was "powerpoint. Lots and lots of powerpoint."
There are some big meetings coming up over the next few weeks, and I've been busy compiling and formatting the presentations. Here's the big confession: I'm kind of enjoying it. It's just another way of telling stories. Granted, it's a story about businessy things instead of farm equipment, but it's still a story.
I am wondering, though. If writing a speech for someone else is ghostwriting, what is putting together a presentation? Ghost sliding?