The Texas Schools Public Relations Association (TSPRA) hosted its 56th annual “Team TSPRA Conference” in Frisco, Texas. The annual conference offers professional development and collegial networking for education communicators. Hundreds of educators traveled from everywhere across the state of Texas to become inspired and to improve their skills to better serve students and the community.
Due to its nature regarding education communication, the conference yielded state-wide significance and my work role was to operate the podium camera during the event. Easy enough. I’m contracted to provide media service and sometimes I tune in, take note and become inspired by something(s) the speakers may’ve said. This blog highlights those experiences.
Keynote speaker, Jones Loflin, spoke on the importance of “Juggling Elephants” in other words, prioritizing and managing several things at once. Loflin asked the audience, ”What needs to change? Identify one activity you could transfer, automate, or drop in your world that would save you at least 15 minutes per day or 30 minutes per week.” What he said got me to thinking how would I implement that advice? I thought, "If I solicit a day out of the week to write blogs to post frequently then that would probably save me an hour a day!”
“Do creative work first, then reactive work second.” -Johnathan Milligan. Being creative can be a challenge because it’s a sensual process that pulls from our whole being. It takes time, energy and focus to bring ideal concepts into fruition. As I type this blog, I don’t know where the words are coming from but I’m channeling that space in my mind and emotions to document and share experiences and that takes work! It’s easier to react because you just do what comes natural or what you’ve been trained or taught to do. Easy enough.
“Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain constantly at work will diminish your judgement. Go some distance away, because work will be in perspective and lack of harmony is more readily seen.” This quote by Leonardo Da Vinci hit home because I’ve expressed in my previous blog about how some down time or moments of solitude is so important for one to recharge.
En fin, a lot took place at the TSPRA conference including training seminars, presentations, plus awards were handed out. The whole nine. I felt a connection because I was in the midst of educators who work so hard for their students and I know because I’m a recipient of Texas public school education. I even ran into my former schoolmate Sonya Cole-Hamilton and colleague, Jacquinette Murphy whom are now working in the Lancaster Independent School District where I attended middle school. I almost cried when I saw my former South Grand Prairie high school media tech teacher, Jerry Cantu who now works as a Communication Specialist in the Northwest Independent School District. He played such a role in my current profession of communication and media production and he’s still doing for his students today. So am I, thus grateful to run camera at the TSPRA conference. You never know what you’ll see. For more info on the Texas Schools Public Relations Association visit www.tspra.org.
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