Marketing Melodie Speaks: Learn LinkedIn with Women in Business San Diego

Women in Business San DiegoI’m honored to be hosting a LinkedIn workshop for the professional group Women in Business San Diego. It was very fitting that Women in Business San Diego found me and reached out to me through LinkedIn. I’ll teach you how your future customers can find you on LinkedIn too! This workshop open to both Women in Business San Diego members and also guests. The event will be located at the gorgeous spa like workspace for women, Hera Hub in Sorrento Mesa  It will be very hands on. As a business professional, I understand how busy you are.  If I just give you a list of things to update later, it may or may not get done. This is why I’ll work with you to ensure you leave with results that will start benefiting you immediately.

Here are the details on how you can join my LinkedIn Workshop:

Date: Monday September 15th, 2014

Time: 6pm- 7:30pm (Check in and networking will begin at 6pm, workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm)

Location: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa 9710 Scranton Road #160 San Diego, CA 92121

Cost: $20

Registration: Click here to register

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Make sure to bring your laptop or tablet so you can access your LinkedIn page because my intention is for you to walk away with an updated profile that will help you optimize your professional brand and reach new customers. As a bonus for attending, you’ll be entered to win a complimentary 1 hour marketing consulting session with me. This will be your chance to get all of your marketing questions answered so I’m really looking forward to offering this.

In preparation for my LinkedIn Workshop, I also am asking for your help.  If you’re a savvy LinkedIn user, please share with me how this site has helped you professionally. Also I am looking for some great profiles to showcase as examples. Let me know if I can use yours in the comments below and thanks in advance for your help.

Padres Hit a Grand Slam with the #SDSocialSummit

This year has been a memorable one for me as a Padres fan. We lost our beloved announcer Jerry Coleman and then Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn. They were both icons in the Padres organizations and I know they would want us to continue to proudly cheer for our home team, which is exactly what I’ve been doing. I’ve attended over a dozen home games and even got to take on batting practice with the Padres earlier in the season. On Sunday, I had another memorable afternoon at the ballpark. The Padres hosted their first Social Summit and I was lucky enough to snag an invite.

Padres SD Social Summit Flyer

They hosted 30+ bloggers, marketing  professionals and other media influencers (all Padres fans of course) to their first ever SD Social Summit. Inning by inning, here’s how my day went:

First Inning- Check in was at 9am. We received an awesome #SDSocialSummit t-shirt (I’ll definitely be sporting this around) and tickets to the game that afternoon.

Padres Social Summit T-Shirt

Second Inning- The Padres provided us with a delicious breakfast at the ballpark! We had a chance to meet other attendees, mingle and as a bonus we had an amazing view of the Coronado Bridge.

Breakfast at the Ballpark

Breakfast at the Ballpark. Photo Credit: @gdarkligher

Third Inning- Wayne Partello, the Padres Chief Marketing Officer introduced himself and gave us a run down of what our day would look like. The audience was filled with questions on all aspects of Padres baseball including the PR disaster about the naming of our Hall of Fame. The new name honors MLB Commissioner Bud Selig who many feel did nothing for the San Diego franchise. Mr. Partello was kind enough to answer our questions and admitted that their reasons for honoring Bud Selig weren’t properly conveyed to fans before the backlash happened.

Fourth Inning- We got a VIP  tour of the field with cool photo ops.

SD Social Summit Padres Field Tour

 

SD Social Summit Padres Field Tour with Friars

Fifth Inning- After touring the field, we took a seat in the dugout to await the arrival of the Padres head coach, Bud Black.  Bud Black gave a press conference right from the dugout.  This was one of my favorite parts of the summit. Mr. Black very gracious and appreciative of all our questions and boy did we have a lot! And tough ones too! I’m not sure he expected so many hard questions from our group but he answered all of them thoroughly and honestly. I personally asked what we were going to do to make sure we’re a strong contender for the NL West title and have a strong chance of October baseball next year. He replied by sharing his strategy to fill the farm system with a depth of talent and also discussed how he will continue to motivate the team to always fight until the very end whether it’s during a single game or to fight for that last wild card spot (we still have a chance this year!).

Meeting Padres Coach Bud Black

 

Press Conference in the Dugout

Sixth Inning- We had the unique opportunity to share our input by participating in a brainstorming session about future fan giveaways and promotions. There were definitely many interesting ideas including a fanny pack giveaway and having a Star Wars night. I personally voiced that I enjoy practical giveaways for items that are timeless and can be used year after year. The Padres agreed that they definitely want people to be using their giveaways long term. They want to avoid giving out tchotchke items  that will be tossed. I’m looking forward to seeing their future promotions and giveaways calender to see if they’ll use our ideas. Being a true fan, I really appreciated having a voice in how their fan programs are run.

Padres Giveaways Brainstorming Session

Seventh Inning- Padres President and CEO Mike Dee joined us and shared his thoughts about our team and also the future of our team. He explained the new hire of General Manager A.J. Preller and how his role will help us build a championship team. Preller is said to not only have an eye for talent but also has the ability to really develop talent. I am excited to see his strengths put to good use in San Diego. With time we’ll be able to tell just how good he is by winning championships and I look forward to it.

Eight Inning- After a quick seventh inning stretch, we reconfigured ourselves into 3 small groups.  We had one on one sessions with Padres executives and staff including Ron Fowler, Ted Leitner, Mike Dee and Josh Stein. This gave us another chance to voice our opinions and get our questions answered. I enjoyed Mr. Leitner’s stories about Tony Gwynn and his enthusiasm for the game.

SD Social Summit Small Group Sessions

SD Social Summit Small Group Sessions. Photo Credit: San Diego Padres

Ninth Inning- We wrapped up the first annual SD Social Summit with another tour as we made our way to a suite stocked with food and winning vibes. We made it just in time for the first pitch and enjoyed a game against our arch rival, Dodgers among good company. Mark Kotsay, a fan favorite and retired Padres Player who is now an announcer of Fox Sports SD stopped by our suite say hello during the game.

SD Social Summit Tour

SD Social Summit Tour. Photo Credit: @PadresMikeDee

Mark Kotsay at SD Social Summit

Mark Kotsay at SD Social Summit. Photo Credit: @Padres360

One thing that really stood out to me is the positive attitude from all the staff at the Padres organization. Every single person I met was nice, professional and shares a desire to see the Padres succeed.  The attitude to fight until the end that Bud Black instills in our players is also shared by the front office staff. Unfortunately we lost that game, but other than the loss, it was truly a day to remember. Attending the SD Social Summit affirmed my faith in the team and I still believe that we are very close to a World Series win!

Marketing Melodie Speaks: Community Health Institute

I’m excited to announce that on Tuesday August 26th, 2014 I’ll be hosting a Social Media session at the  2014 Community Health Institute held right here in American’s Finest City. The healthcare industry is making huge strides to connect on social media. Last May when I presented to a group of veterinarians at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital Symposium, I was thrilled to see so many professionals in the medical industry embrace social media as a positive tool for their business. So when I received the invite to speak at the Community Health Institute, I was happy to accept.

National Association of Community Health Centers

As Erik Qualman of Socialnomics says “We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it?”. His quote is very fitting as many businesses that previously did not seem like a fit for social media (such as businesses related to healthcare)  are realizing that social media will now be a part of your business no matter what. I’m privileged for an opportunity to help people effectively integrate social media into their marketing mix!

Here are the details of the session I’m leading at the 2014 Community Health Institute:

Date: Tuesday August 26th, 2014

Time: 8:30am- 10am

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt

Registration: Click here to register

I will be teaching healthcare professionals how to navigate social media in a field with many rules and regulations are in place. I will go over strategies for using different social networks and I’ll be hosting a Q & A to answer additional questions. If you’re a healthcare professional or are interested in this industry, you are welcome to register and attend. Also if you work in this industry and have any success stories using social media, please share them with me and you might be included in my presentation.

Marketing Melodie Speaking Engagement

I look forward to this upcoming speaking engagement. Speaking and teaching others is one of my favorite things I get to so if you are a business or organization who wants learn how to get real results with your marketing and social media efforts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can learn more information on hiring me to speak here.

Takeaways from the National Eczema Association’s 2014 Patient Conference in Boston

I recently had the privilege of attending the National Eczema Association’s Patient Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. In the past I have shared my challenge as an adult with Eczema. I have also shared my dedication to helping find a cure. Attending this conference in Boston has given me a new positive perspective about a cure coming very soon. There were general sessions related to different medications and treatments, allergies, medical breakthroughs in Eczema and my favorite topic, alternative therapies.

The understanding from everyone at the conference was heartwarming. To be surrounded by so many others who completely understand what it’s like to live the itch life made me feel a support that I had never experienced before.

National Eczema Association Conference

I attended the patient support session: How do you cope with Eczema? This session was a group discussion where everyone had a chance to share their story. My favorite part of the session  was when we all shared one positive thing that’s come from our Eczema. It’s easy to focus on the negative but focusing on the bright side makes everything better. Here are some positive things the adults shared:

  • I am more compassionate
  • I have learned how to cope
  • I am more conscious of my healthy in general
  • I am grateful for NEA (National Eczema Association)
  • I am resilient and strong
  • I am a comedian and can add jokes about Eczema to my stand up routine
  • I appreciate my family being there for me
  • I have more self control

Everything on that list is awesome! The conference had a Kid’s Camp where the kids got to learn, make new friends and just have a good time with other kids without having to feel self conscious about their skin. On the last day we had a general session with both the kids and adults. The kids had a chance to share some positive things about Eczema and the conference too. Here’s what they shared:

  • I get to make new friends
  • I get to see my photo featured on the NEA magazine
  • I get to travel to new places
  • I am itching for a cure

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I am amazed at how smart and aware all of the kids are. The list of positive things from both the adults and kids  is a great reminder that even when experiencing something challenging such as Eczema there are many things to be grateful for. I mentioned that I really enjoyed learned about alternative therapies. I avoid pharmaceutical medications as much as I can so I was happy to hear doctors recommending other things to try. Dr. Lio, the founder of   The Chicago Integrative Eczema Center gave many suggestions on alternative therapies. He did let us know that with alternative therapies there haven’t been studies done to prove they work. Here are new things I learned:

  • Oil pulling- This is a tradition in Ayurveda medicine. I have heard about this before but not for Eczema and it wasn’t recommended specifically for Eczema either.  It’s a way to cleanse and pull toxins from your body through your mouth. At first the concept seemed odd but I’ve been doing it consistently for over a week with coconut oil and if anything, my teeth feel cleaner than ever!
  • Acupressure- I can’t tell you how many times people have recommended I try acupuncture for my Eczema. My answer has always been that I don’t want to use needles to puncture my skin since I’m already so sensitive and I just don’t feel comfortable doing anything that will further irritate my skin. People don’t really understand this response and always tell me how “small” the needles are and that I won’t feel it. Well when you have Eczema, you feel everything! Dr. Lio recommended acupressure instead. Without me even saying anything about my concern with acupuncture , he started off by addressing my exact concern! I was so happy to hear someone finally understand why acupuncture is not right for most people with Eczema.  He taught us how to do acupressure on ourselves and recommended we do it for 3 minutes, 3 days a week.
  • Sooth skin with oil before moisturizing- Emu oil was recommended for Eczema. Some people also use olive oil and coconut oil. I have tried olive oil and coconut oil but never emu oil. I will look into emu oil, it does not seem very common.
  • Hypnosis- This one seems odd, but I have actually tried it before! My friend Christian Wasinger is a Hypnotist  in San Diego and made me a recording over a year ago. Listening to the recording is very relaxing and similar to meditating. I had not listened to my recording for a while, but last night I found it and will be listening to it regularly again. I definitely notice myself not scratching when I’m listening to the recordings.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Baths- I rarely take baths but it was recommended to place one cup of apple cider vinegar in your bath water. I am open to trying this the next time I take a bath.
  • Get Vitamin D- I’m lucky to live in San Diego so I have plenty of access to natural Vitamin D from the sunshine. Vitamin D supplements can also be taken.
  • New Products- In addition to learning about new alternative therapies, I received dozens of new products to try. I am going to read the ingredients very carefully before trying any of these, but the sponsors were very generous with their giveaways. The photo below only shows a few products, by the end of the conference I had more than triple the amount of products pictured.

Products from the National Eczema Association Conference

Overall I feel very grateful that I was able to attend the conference.  One of my favorite things is the luncheon with a doctor at each table (I chose Dr. Lio’s table). Getting this one-on-one time with Dr. Lio was extremely valuable. I also enjoyed the opportunity to share our positive thoughts both in our sessions and on camera. Julie Block, the CEO of the National Eczema Association shared that now, more than ever there is more research that’s focused on Eczema. This only means we are closer to finding a real cure. I’m excited to see more developments in Eczema research and look forward to staying positive.

National Eczema Association Signs

RIP Tony Gwynn + Cages and Cocktails with my San Diego Padres

Before I begin this post, I would like to express my deepest condolences for Mr. Padre, Tony Gywnn. Gywnn was a true icon for San Diego and national sports. It’s been a tough year for the Padres especially after already losing the great Jerry Coleman. We truly lost another leader and friend in San Diego sports so I’m happy to see all of the positive tributes to him locally and in the national media.

Tony Gwynn Statue RIP

Thanks to @sdgaucho on Instagram for this photo of Tony Gwynn’s statue.

While we are all mourning the loss of Mr. Padre, baseball season is still in full swing and I know my San Diego Padres will want to do whatever they can to make Tony Gwynn proud! Despite our not so hot record, of course I’m cheering on my Padres. I love any opportunity I get to connect with my favorite baseball team. A few years ago a simple Tweet I posted got me VIP access to a Padres game. This year (May 2014) I was invited by the University Club to practice with the Padres in their batting cages.

I arrived to the Lexus Premier Club where I was greeted with appetizers and beverages. After mingling a bit, it was time for me to batter up! I got to bat at the very same spot Mr. Padre even once stood. I must say that my batting average wasn’t too bad! I had such a great time in the cages and even got a behind the scenes tour of the field at Petco Park.

Batting Practice with the Padres

Private Tour of Petco Park

Thanks to the University Club for this special behind the scenes experience. If you haven’t been to the University Club it’s home to one of the best views in San Diego and is the pre-eminent club for social and business connections in San Diego. Crowning the San Diego Symphony Towers, in the heart of beautiful downtown San Diego, it’s a place to build fulfilling, long-lasting relationships. They host effective, high-quality networking events such as the one I just attended and have many and business advantages. Members can also come by to relax or for a  fine-dining experience with breathtaking views of the city. I’ve you haven’t been to the University Club, I highly recommend checking it out. If you’re interested, contact me and I’ll connect you with Michelle Belgar (on the left in the photo). She founded the Young Executive Society at the University Club and will be able to connect you with the right person to help you set up a tour and learn more information about joining.

University Club San Diego

I wish my San Diego Padres the best of luck as they continue to play ball with their hero now resting in peace. I’m so glad I had the unique experience of going behind the scenes with the Padres and I hope to see everyone out at a ball game some time soon.

So Cal Road Trip to Celebrate Terranea’s Birthday and Festival of the Arts- Pageant of the Masters

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being invited to 2 unique events. One being in LA and the other in Orange County so I figured this would be a great time for me to take a quick road trip, enjoy some fun experiences and also catch up with friends who live in my neighboring cities.

On Sunday afternoon I drove up to LA and returned to the gorgeous Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. I stayed there a while back when I did a promotion for Klout at Terrana. This past Sunday I was invited back to celebrate their 5th birthday! The event consisted of a mouth watering farm to table lunch that really was reflective of the type of food Terranea serves, live music on the meadows and breath taking views in every part of the resort. I also had a chance to relax at their ocean view pool.

Terranea Resort 5th Anniversary live music

Music on the Meadows at Terranea’s 5th Anniversary Party

Farm to Table Lunch for Terranea's 5th Anniversary

Farm to Table Lunch for Terranea’s 5th Anniversary

Terranea Resort 5th Anniversary Dessert

Farm to Table Dessert for Terranea’s 5th Anniversary

Poolside View at Terranea Resort

Poolside View at Terranea Resort

Terranea's 5th Anniersary Red Carpet Welcome

Terranea’s 5th Anniersary Red Carpet Welcome

I had a great time and am glad I got to experience this momentous occasion. Before driving down to Orange County the next day, I finally had a chance to practice yoga at Bryan Kest’s Power Yoga Studio in Santa Monica. I set an intention to practice yoga whenever I travel and I have always wanted to check out this studio since I have taken workshops and classes by Bryan Kest. I loved the simple yet very fitting decor and the class was a great addition to my road trip. After class it was time for me to make my way down the coast to Laguna Beach for the Festival of the Arts- Pageant of the Masters Media Preview night. Little did I know what a treat I was in for!

Bryan Kest Power Yoga Studio

Bryan Kest Power Yoga Studio

The Festival of the Arts- Pageant of the Masters is a celebration of live artwork with real people and objects making up the portraits that are showcased on stage. I have never seen anything like it and can truly say it was the most unique and intriguing type of art my eyes have ever seen. I had a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how the art was being created. From the elaborate sets, to makeup artists essentially serving as artists for the final masterpiece, it was truly fascinating. 

Behind the scenes of Pageant of the Arts

Behind the scenes at Pageant of the Masters

Behind the Scenes at Pageant of the Arts

Behind the Scenes at Pageant of the Masters

Finished Masterpiece at Pageant of the Masters.

Finished Masterpiece at Pageant of the Masters. Photo Credit: OC Events

During media night, we had a chance to see 4 live portraits on stage. As you can see from the above photo there are so many intricate details from the props to the clothing.  I personally kept wondering how the people were able to hold still and not blink for almost 5 minutes. If you want to enjoy this unique type of art, the Festival of the Arts- Pageant of the Masters is open in Laguna Beach July 9th – August 30th, 2014. I definitely recommend it. If I get a chance to go back before the festival closes I absolutely will. My mini road trip was a success! Thanks to Ted Nguyen who organized the media night for social media influencers. I met Ted at a Twitter conference 5 years ago but thanks to the power of social media we stayed connect.

If you have recommendations for things to do/see in Orange County and LA let me know. I’m grateful to live in San Diego but would love to try and explore my neighboring cities more.

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