Southeastern University Announces Initiatives for New Football Program

LAKELAND, Fla. – March 8, 2012 – Concluding day one of the National Leadership Forum, Southeastern University announced a major initiative for its athletic program.

With one of the most popular athletes in attendance during this night, Vice President for Advancement Brian Carroll announced to a crowd of about 500 at the University’s Sportsplex that “We are looking at the possibility of bringing college football to Lakeland!”

Big News Announced at the Forum - Vice President of Advancement, Brian Carroll (right), concludes day one of the Forum by announcing Southeastern University’s major initiative for its athletic program. With one of the most popular athletes in attendance during this night, Carroll announced “We are looking at the possibility of bringing college football to Lakeland!”

The National Leadership Forum since 2007 has brought together some of the world’s most gifted leaders. This years’ lineup included Tim Tebow, the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos and former Heisman trophy winner at the University of Florida

Tebow was the main draw for a scholarship dinner during the evening. The dinner, which raised more than $200,000 for student scholarships, provided an ideal setting to announce the possible formation of football.

Southeastern currently offers nine varsity sports that compete in the NAIA, and will have 11 this upcoming fall with men’s tennis and women’s softball being included. The addition of football, which is still only in its information-gathering stage, would be a major step for Fire athletics.

“We are excited about exploring the opportunity to bring college football to Southeastern University,” university President Dr. Kent Ingle said.

Southeastern University has more than 2,500 students. It is a private, liberal arts school accredited to offer 45 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees and 10 programs leading to master’s degrees. For more information, call (863) 667-5020, or e-mail


Talk Story

A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.
― Flannery O’Connor

This Thursday, three SEU students will be sharing their stories at an event entitled “Talk Story.” It will take place at 8 p.m. at the Destino Fire Pit.

This is a time to be transparent. It’s a time to reflect. It’s a time to recognize the power of a story.

Because everyone has a story. What’s yours?

Talk Story Promo from Myles Shank on Vimeo.

Hello, Future Bloggers!

Blogging is a great way to stay connected! However, there are a few simple things to keep in mind in order for your blogging experience to be an effective one:

10. Keep posts short and simple! No one wants to spend their time reading long, redundant posts. Make sure to break up what you write into smaller paragraphs so you don’t scare away your reader.

9. Comment Frequently! Comments help you stay engaged with your blogging community.

8. Add lots of visuals. Readers not only want to read what you’re saying but they want to see it too.

7. Make it personal! Choose designs that represent you and take advantage of the “about me” page. You have plenty of opportunities to let the reader know who you are…seize these opportunities.

6. Get creative! With your posts title, blog page…word your titles in a way that they will appeal to your readers.

5. Be passionate about the things you write about. It is so easy to tell when you’re not sincere about the topic you’re writing on, and readers find sincerity appealing.

4. Create Categories. They help keep your blog post organized and easily accessible.

3. Proofread! It leaves a good impression and shows your level of professionalism.

2. Stay engaged in the blogging word. Alongside keeping up with your own blog, follow others. It exapnds your mind and helps keep the blogging community alive.

1. Have fun! Enjoy blogging. Don’t simply see it as a task but rather an opportunity to expand your knowledge, stretch yourself as a writer and be creative in representing who you truly are.

YouTube Birthday Celebration!

April is filled with many celebrations: April Fools, Earth Day, even my birthday! However, the forgotten holiday of April is YouTube’s anniversary which is April 23!

In celebration of this monumental anniversary, here are some fun  facts about YouTube:

19 In seconds, the length of the first video uploaded to YouTube, of co-founder Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo.

Feb. 14, 2005 The date YouTube registered its domain name.

April 23, 2005 The date the first video was uploaded to YouTube.

1.96 million The number of times the first video has been played, as of midweek.

185.39 million The number of times the most popular video on YouTube, Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” has been played.

252 In seconds, the average length of a YouTube video, according to Sysomos, a Toronto firm that analyzes social media.

24 Hours of video uploaded to YouTube each minute, a milestone reached in March 2009.1 billion Views per day, the almost ridiculously high popularity threshold the site says it reached in October 2009.

3.15 The factor by which YouTube’s number of unique monthly viewers (96.1 million) exceeds that of Yahoo (30.5 million), the second-place U.S. online video site in that category, according to Nielsen.

6.6 The factor by which YouTube’s number of monthly video streams served (4.67 billion) exceeds that of Hulu (707.5 million), the second-place site in that category, according to Nielsen.

$1.65 billion In dollars worth of stock, the amount Google paid to acquire YouTube in November 2006.

51 The number of languages into which Google’s automatic speech recognition technology can translate YouTube videos and create captions.

5 The maximum number of stars available in YouTube’s old on-site ratings system, replaced in the March redesign by a simpler “likes/dislikes” model.

1 Out of 100, the number of YouTube comments that actually have something interesting to say (this author’s estimate).

2 The number of “highest rated” comments YouTube lists immediately under videos, its recent attempt to fight its bad-comment problem.

68 Estimate of the number of parodies of the Hitler in the bunker scene from the film “Downfall” posted on YouTube and other sites, according to the Guardian.

April 2, 2010 The date news broke that YouTube was removing the “Downfall” parodies because of copyright concerns.

2.14 million The number of subscribers to NigaHiga’s channel of Asian-themed comedy videos, the most subscribed to on YouTube.

$30,000 The amount the video “David After Dentist,” of an incoherent little kid in the back seat of a car, has earned for its uploader through an ad revenue sharing program, according to YouTube.

60 The number of matches of the Indian Premier League cricket season YouTube will have streamed after it shows the final match live April 25, its biggest foray into free sports streaming.

31 The percent of YouTube videos embedded by bloggers that are music videos, according to a study by Sysomos.

14,600 The number of videos that comes up when you search for “kittens” on YouTube.

3,820 The number that comes up when you search for “trampoline accidents.”

Happy Birthday YouTube! you have contributed much to the social networking world.


After graduating from college, one of our main goals as students is to have a job. But who is going to tell future employers that we are the best fit for the job? Our parents, professors, pastors and so on cannot be there to prove to employers you are the right pick for them. First impressions are important and that is why your resume is too. Here are a few helpful hints for those who could use some needed resume advice:

  • Organization: I belive a neat and concise resume is imperative. It shows a number of things: your professionalism, willingness for perfection, your organizational skills, and just simply how much you actually care about your appearance.
  • Keep it up to date: It is important to periodically refresh your resume. Make sure all the dates are correct otherwise employers may not view you as reliable employee. When you have more experience to add to your resume, bump off things that are just fillers and not necessarily necessary for a resume such as high school information (unless it is highly impressive for the position you are applying for.)
  • Short and Sweet: Don’t try to bulk up the resume with useless information about yourself. Employers do not need to know about the dog walking job you had in 6th grade. Keep in mind that you have a short time to impress employers with your resume. Give them something worth reading in a short time.

Of course, I am not the resume expert. But here are few helpful links that I consider expert advice:

-Need more helpful advice? Resumes that Resonate has helpful hints for the perfect resume.

-Need Connections? Create a Linkedin profile!

-Need experience? Fastweb can match you with the perfect internships that will give you more experience prior to entering the field and they just look great on resumes!

How to Write an Introduction

Need to know how to write an introduction for a guest speaker? Or perhaps, you’re the guest speaker and you need to write an introduction for yourself. What are the best techniques to go about this?

For myself, I am an awful public speaker. Simple as that. However, like most people, at some point of my life I will most likely have to give an introduction.

The best ways for me to mentally prepare over a speech is to consider three things:

Who is my audience?

This is an important question to ask when you’re about to write out any type of speech. The demographics of your audience should be a main priority because they dictate the language you use and the content you expound on in your speech.  An introduction will of course contain some of the same common personal information: name, age, job title etc. However, you also need to consider which facts about yourself are necessary for the audience to know. What will grab their attention? These are questions that cannot be answered without having a firm grasp on who your audience is.


This is the only way for me to stay calm over a speech. Do not wing it! Winging a/an speech/introduction shows a lack of preparation. For me personally, preparation also helps to ease my nerves. It helps you to sound less scripted and more natural. Which brings me to my next point…

Be natural.

There is no faster way to turn someone off to your speaking than by sounding scripted, monotonous and boring. Prepare what you are planning to speak on but remember who you are in the process. Engage with the audience and they’ll be sure to keep their attention on you.

Here are also a few tips from Jennifer Maugn on writing an introduction:

Tips And Techniques

  • Mention the speaker’s name in the intro several times because he is the main focus.
  • Write the introduction so you grab the audience’s attention and prepare them for the speaker.
  • Be clear about why the speaker was chosen and how his knowledge applies to the event.
  • Use active voice when writing an introduction-it brings energy and confidence to the words.
  • Remember that the introduction is like an appetizer and should never upstage the main course. An introduction to a speaker is designed to hold the audience’s attention until the speaker begins.
  • Include some kind of visual handoff as part of the introduction. Many introducers welcome the speaker with a handshake or embrace, or they pass over a handheld microphone after their words.

So just remember to recognize your audience, prepare and be natural. Writing an introduction and presenting it will be done with ease for even the most frightened public speaker like me!

New PR Practitioners

When you start out in a new career as PR practitioner, it may be difficult to decide where your new career should begin at. PR department or PR firm? In order to weigh out the options, we must do just that: evaluate the pros and cons of both options.

Advantages for PR firm

  • objectivity : the firm can analyze the a clients needs or problems from a new perspective and other fresh insights
  • a variety of skills and expertise : the firm has specialists, whether in speech-writing, trade magazine placement, or helping with investor relations.
  • extensive resources : the firm has abundant media contacts and works regularly with numerous suppliers or products and services. It has research materials, including data info banks, and expertise in similar fields
  • international jobs
  • offices throughout country
  • special problem solving skills
  • credibility: a successful public relations firm has a solid reputation for professional, ethical work. If represented by such a firm, a client is likely to get more attention among leaders in mass media, government and the financial community.

Disadvantages for PR firm

  • superficial grasp of a clients unique problems :
  • lack of full-time commitment
  • need for prolonged briefing period
  • resentment for internal staff
  • need for strong direction by top management
  • need for full information and confidence
  • costs are expensive

Advantages for PR department

  • Same “client” all the time. Advantage: Get to know organization really well.
  • Less intense daily pressure; more emphasis on accomplishing longer-term results.
  • Less turnover.
  • More resources usually available.
  • Salaries are higher.
  • Benefits
  • More opportunities available.

Disadvantages for PR Department

  • Jobs more difficult to find without experience; duties more narrowly focused.
  • Sometimes little variety at entry-level.
  • Growth sometimes limited unless you are willing to switch employers.
  • Can be slower paced.
  • Heavy involvement with executive staff; see impact almost instantly.

In my opinion, I would say to start out in a PR firm. It is true that you would be making less money for all the hard work you’re putting in. But you will be honing in on your PR skills while continuing to make that resume glow.

{Reblogged from March 2010}


So…what exactly are infographics?

Before researching on this subject, I had little knowledge on what a infographic was. Actually the only idea I had on what a infographic was and is was based on context clues from the given word: info + graphics = a graphic with information.

Looks like my intuition was accurate. An infographic is simply that! It is a visually appealing way to connect viewers with information in a creative and unique way.

In the article “What Are Infographics and Why Are They Important?” author, Daniel, expresses how infographics “express complex messages to viewers in a way that enhances their comprehension.”

Infographics appeal to viewers because they create a visually engaging experience while allowing the bulk of the information you are trying to communicate to be condensed to the main points that are attempting to be displayed.

Infographics communicate complex data quickly and clearly

Infographics are used for the following reasons:

  • To communicate a message,
  • To present a lot of data or information in a way that is compact and easy to comprehend,
  • To analyze data in order to discover cause-and-effect relationships,
  • To periodically monitor the route of certain parameters.

Infographics are composed of three important elements:

Visual Elements

  • Color coding
  • Graphics
  • Reference icons

Content Elements

  • Time frames
  • Statistics
  • References

Knowledge Elements

  • Facts
So what are some practical tips to keep that balance of concise and creative? Here are a few simple tips to do just that:

Simplicity Is the Best Policy

Infographics should be simple, clean, concise and clear. Make sure the information being conveyed is well organized. Visual simplicity ensures that the graphic will be easy for readers to comprehend.

Nothing Takes Effect Without a Cause

Emphasize cause and effect relationships in your presentation. Several infographics depicting the causes of the recent recession in the US are still fresh in my mind for their effectiveness and precision. Even a layperson in Asia would understand the role of the subprime lending industry in the chain of events. Infographics spread awareness of these factors and enable people to voice their concerns.

Draw Your Boundaries

Be clear: limit the scope of your information, and draw your lines accordingly. The attention span of the average user is not increasing. Define your question carefully, and be sure to answer it using the best method available. The visualization you create will be much more effective and imaginative that way.

Sticking to one question makes it easier to communicate to the public. If I wanted to discuss the recent recession, I could begin by asking, “What were its root causes?”

Think in Color

Color is the most effective tool by which authors guide and influence their readers. Color can give readers varied impressions, both conceptual and emotional. It plays an important role in infographics.

Choosing colors that enhance your information is an important aspect of graphic design. Color makes the information you provide more legible and determines the visual hierarchy of information. Choosing the right colors is important. Contrast is king: the background should blend well with the illustrations.

Layout Is Not Just About Typography

Infographics don’t have to look like a piece from a newspaper or magazine. Tap your creativity: try different combinations of typography, illustrations, images, charts, diagrams and icons. Adopt an exciting trend in the creation of your design. Use a maximum of two or three fonts in the designs you create. The effectiveness of the infographic will depend entirely on your creativity as a designer. Add a logo if the infographic is connected to a company or institution.

Make It Appeal the Eye

Ensure that you have a clear idea of the final size of the graphic as you are working. Articles online that require you to click on a text link to view the relevant graphics are annoying. Design your graphics to be viewed along with articles. Perhaps viewers will need to click the image to see a high-resolution version, but they should be able to first view the image along with the article to better understand its relevance.

Be Verifiable

Many infographics lead readers to the wrong conclusion due to a lack of verifiable information and detailed data resources. Make infographics trustworthy by allowing readers to dig deeper into the data if they so desire. Always cite your data sources with relevant links. Some articles allow readers to access source data through links to a spreadsheet that they can view on their own.

So…there are many ways to engage an audience with your message: photos, videos, podcasts etc. How about switching it up next time and allow your viewer to encounter a new informational experience by letting them follow up on an infographic addressing the content you are trying to communicate?


Everyone’s an Expert at Something

Founded in 2008 by serial entrepreneur Peter Shankman, Help A Reporter Out (HARO) is one of the fastest-growing social media services in North America.

Every day, HARO brings nearly 30,000 reporters and bloggers, over 100,000 news sources and thousands of small businesses together to tell their stories, promote their brands and sell their products and services.

The main premise of HARO is to connect and provide resource to use for reporters, sources and subscriptions, and sponsors.

HARO is entirely free to sources and reporters, and unlike a majority of social media services, is independently owned and funded and has been profitable since day one. In addition, HARO serves as a vital social networking resource for sources, reporters and advertisers who use this service.

So if you have writer’s block and simply need that extra push, HARO is here to save the day. Take some time and explore HARO for yourself. It will for sure benefit you and your writing.

If you don’t believe me, check out a few sponser testimonials from HARO:

Peter Shankman has changed journalism. Back in the day, when I was looking for “just plain folks” to talk to for a story, I would too often find myself stuck in the circle of acquaintances-of-neighbors-of-colleagues-of-friends. Peter has created a wide-net, and HARO is often the first place I start when trying to find sources who I don’t already know.
Lisa Belkin
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“I just wanted to thank you guys at HARO for helping me with my story on Baby Boomers. I didn’t expect such prompt and voluminous replies while posting my request. And was pleasantly surprised when so many people wrote back offering to share their thoughts with me. The site seems to be a god-send for reporters working on tight deadlines.”

Mihir Dalal
“Just wanted to say thanks for the HARO service. I recently queried Profnet about a story I’m doing on resume fraud pertaining to diploma mills and got a few off-target responses. Then I tried HARO with a similarly worded query, and received some very strong, quotable sources, right on-point.”
Lorna Collier
“Thank you so much for your service. Help a Reporter Out produced 15 responses to my request for experts who could talk about children reading to therapy dogs. I used two of them in my article and I will definitely turn to Help a Reporter Out when I need sources for future articles.”
John Piekarski

Need Help Kickstarting Your Music Career?

Are you a poor musician, needing help to make that big breakthrough? Well Kickstarter is here to make your dreams come true!

So, you may be asking yourself: what exactly is Kickstarter? Well Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects! I’ve had a number of friends use Kickstarter to help fund their EP’s and take the first step in their musical careers. It’s creative, fun, and allows you to be directly involved with the funding process.

My friend Michael McArthur a few months ago made a Kickstarter account to raise money for his first debut EP! He had until November 23rd to raise $5,000 to record, mix, master, design and press this album.

Sidenote: Kickstarter is all or nothing. Meaning if Michael were not to raise the $5,000, the album would get none of the funding.

Good news: he did it!

Here is a video on his Kickstarter account explaining more about his album and how Kickstarter is helping make this dream a reality:

To support Michael, click here to donate to his album.

(Re-blogged and Edited from November 2011)