Wednesday, July 25, 2012

reflection brandon

I was happy with the broad topic choices. It gave me a chance to do a PowerPoint on something I enjoy not that do not like business but it was nice to do something completely off the topic I have had to choose so far in my learning experience with OTC. I did not use voice thread and I really regret it but the microphone I thought I had I cannot find. I think it would have been a great stepping stone for public speaking that I have not taken yet. I like doing PowerPoint’s I feel I am good at them and it is fun to add your own flare to things.Brandon Courtois week 13

Sunday, July 22, 2012


For the power point presentation I felt pretty comfortable with everything except the voice thread. That was a new experience for me. But despite my hesitation, it worked out quite well and I found it to be very user friendly. That worked out well for me except I don't like the way I sound on it. What didn't work so well was that you lose any animations that you put into your power point. I would like to see that come across when you use the voice thread. The only thing I would do differently next time is wait until I don't have a cold to narrate my presentation. I will probably use the voice thread in my future career. I think it adds a lot to your presentation when you cannot be there in person. Overall I found this assignment to be interesting. Karla Brewer week 13.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Course Reflection

The information I have learned in this class so far has been very beneficial. I just took ENG 101 in the spring to prepare for this class. The knowledge that I have on things like being positive in a message will stick with me.  I have also gotten on Twitter, which I thought I would never do. I have not used it much after that assignment, but nonetheless, it got me to open my mind. I have learned how important Social Media is for business. Something we did in the class that was not as valuable to me was the discussion boards. Since it seems like forcing conversation, I feel like people just write the minimum word count to get their points. There was not much information that I will take with me in my career from the discussion boards. Even though team blogging is similar, it seemed more meaningful and better thought out than the discussions did. Overall, I have really enjoyed the class. Brandon Courtois Week 11.3

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

electronic media

I have recently learned that social media can be a good thing. I have always had the old school philosophy that face to face communication is best, but in this day and age, social media such as blogging can be a real asset. I think that of all the alternatives we have studied so far, blogging is my favorite. It gives you a chance to put yourself out there to the community and to hear their feedback. I still like the face to face communication, but reluctantly or not, I'm now a part of the social media. Karla Brewer week 11

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Electronic Media

I have learned a lot about social media and electronic media in the past two lessons. I was very close-minded before, and now I see that these tools can be very effective. Blogging and using sites like Twitter are free of charge and reach a broad market. They are just about a requirement for business owners and professionals. While I didn’t think I would ever use these sites, I have learned that they are not too bad for sharing information. I still think it’s unnecessary for people to put their whole lives out there, but I can now see the benefits of these sites. Another tool I have learned about is Although I don’t know if it will benefit me personally, I think it is a good site for storing information. I have to face the fact that the world is changing and if I want to keep up, I have to get with the times. The book states that face-to-face communication is the richest form of communication and I believe it is still one of the best ways to share messages. As a society, I hope we don’t lose sight of the value that personal communication adds to our lives. Brandon Courtois Week 7.4

Friday, June 29, 2012

electronic media

I have been thrust into the world of Twitter, Blogging, and pod casting. I was not sure how I would feel about all this, but it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Thankfully they are user friendly and the benefits are great. I found out that I really like blogging and I found some old friends on Twitter. Now that I found out about blogging, I will use this in my future business. I also like to read the blogs of businesses that I frequent. So all in all, I think electronic media is a good thing, but like everything else, moderation is the key.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blogging for business

At the present, I am a stay at home mom and going to school, but my son and his best friend are starting a business of restoring old cars. I will be their business manager and receptionist. A blog would help to get the word out about what we do as well as to show pictures of the cars before and after they are finished. It would give us an opportunity to share our ideals, goals, and business culture with the community. It would also give customers the chance to get to know us on a more personal basis. This would help them to make an informed decision if they wanted to do business with us. The yellow pages in the phone book do not provide information about the people who run the business. Blogging is a great way for people to contact you and let you know how you are doing. It is also a great way to recognize accomplishments in a public way and to express appreciation in larger circles. There are a lot of people who like to work on their cars and they might enjoy seeing the finished products, even if they are not interested in buying one of them. The work they see could lead to a verbal recommendation to someone who is interested in buying. It is a great social networking tool that I believe will become more popular with time.  Karla Brewer Week 6.2

Corporate Blog Review-Marriot

I have had the pleasure of reading the blogs from Bill Marriot of Marriot Hotels. This man represents integrity and class in the business world. He puts his employees first so in turn they will put the customers first. He has a commitment to diversity, social responsibility and community engagement. That is why the Marriot Hotel chains are extremely popular and profitable.  His blogs are both interesting and inspiring. He talks about the company’s culture, his travels and experiences, and his personal philosophy. He has a good, solid team that he has built and he trusts them completely. The key to the success of Marriot is respect. He respects his employees and the guests, and they respect him. He is honest in a field that is easily corruptible. It is plain to see from the comments that his employees are loyal to the company and to him personally. He sets a great example of what it takes to lead a company successfully. He has been CEO of Marriot for forty years until this March when he became the Executive Chairman of the company and passed the reins down to Arne Sorenson. He is still an active part of Marriot, but as he says, Arne is now driving the bus. Karla Brewer- Week 6.2