A Side of Volunteering at SAME Cafe

Today's post is provided by Yun Oudaha,Quality Assurance Engineer.
ReadyTalk employees at SAME Cafe

One of the benefits that attracted me to ReadyTalk was the opportunity to volunteer in the community during work hours.  ReadyTalk gives each employee up to 20 hours of paid volunteer time per year.  It allows us to offer our time at places that are only open during business hours.  I recently volunteered at SAME Café, which is open for lunch Monday through Saturday.

I met the owners, Libby and Brad Birky, at a friend's BBQ around the time when they had received funding to open a restaurant.  Their idea was that people could pay what they could, and if they had no money, they could help out in the restaurant.  I didn’t see Libby or Brad again until last year when Libby spoke at TEDxMileHigh.  Inspired by her talk, I thought it would be a great place to get a group of people from work to volunteer for the day.  Since then, we have had volunteers helping out at SAME Café on a few occasions, with five volunteers participating each day.

Most of our work is done in the kitchen: prepping the food, cooking, and washing dishes.   We wipe down tables and clean the floors at the end of the day.  They have a standard menu of salad, soup and pizza.  But this year, they were able to renovate their kitchen and hoping to expand their menu selection.

The people we are helping range from college students to the elderly, and from the unemployed to business people.  Usually, Brad or Libby greet people that come in and know many of them by name.  They want to build a community and part of this is getting to know the people who lunch there.  Some who visit need a good, healthy, home cooked meal that they may not be able to get because they don’t have the money.  Others come in and donate money to help out the cafe.
ReadyTalk employees volunteering
It is a great feeling to know we are helping out people who just may be in a rough place in their life right now and need a little assistance until they can get back on their feet.

ReadyTalk employees in the kitchen at SAME Cafe

Introducing the new ReadyTalk Mobile for iPad participants

ReadyTalk is excited to announce the availability of  ReadyTalk Mobile app  for Apple iPad, now available for free download on the App Store.

With the release of ReadyTalk Mobile, your audience can quickly and easily join and fully participate in your webinar, training session or online meeting directly from their Apple iPad, allowing you to engage your audience on the go and allowing meeting participation to be truly remote.

ReadyTalk Mobile for iPad Screenshot

Participants will be able to:

  • Attend an online meeting, webinar or training session on the go – at no cost to the chairperson or the participant.
  • Join meetings quickly by email invitation or entering the chairperson’s access code.
  • View everything the presenter shares, including slides, applications, annotations and video clips.
  • Interact with the presenter via live text chat.
  • Respond to poll questions and view real-time results.
  • Listen to integrated one-way audio* on the iPad or join via phone.
  • Pinch-to-zoom for a closer look at the presented content.
  • Swap between portrait and landscape screen orientation.
  • Multi-task without missing a beat with notification alerts.


To learn more about this exciting release, head to our ReadyTalk Mobile for iPad section.   Want to get started participating in meetings immediately?  Download ReadyTalk Mobile for iPad from the App Store right now.

 

Brandon Hess works at ReadyTalk as a Product Marketing Manager.  Starting his initial career as a web designer, Brandon eventually decided that the web could design itself just fine and that his true interest was in marketing. Following his passion through the agency, startup and newspaper industries, he eventually found his way home inside the wonderful walls of ReadyTalk.  In his free time, he enjoys debating why Lord of the Rings is superior to Harry Potter, collecting all things Batman and answering questions about his height (6'8" by the way).

Friday Afternoons in ReadyTalk’s Engineering Department

I'm writing this post at 4:30 on a  Friday afternoon at ReadyTalk. The engineering team is winding down from a busy week. There are numerous activities going on and I can’t decide which one to join.

In deciding what to do, I carefully take into account where is the easiest place to go without being pegged by a million darts on the. Nerf wars are a very common occurrence late in the day in ReadyTalk Engineering, but on Fridays they seem to take on a life of their own.

So, I think to myself…The closest option would be the 2nd Floor Great Room where there is an intense session of Rock Band going on. With a number of our engineers coming from a musical backgrounds, it is always a pretty impressive showing. Rock Band is also great practice for the Battle of Bands that is supposed to take place between our Sales  and Engineering.

My second option would be to stop off in Team Room A to get a first row seat for a secondary jam session that's taking place. Several of our engineers have grown up perfecting the art of strumming the guitar…all they need now is a lead singer to join the group! Let me know if you are a viable candidate.

My 3rd (and safest option), would be to stay right here at my desk and join in the Open Arena game that takes place every Friday. The only problem with this option is that I have no idea how to even start playing that game. All I know about it is there a lot of people and a lot of guns involved.

My 4th and final option would be to join a couple engineers on an afternoon jog. The only problem with this is that my idea of a jog is a light run/walk around the park and most of the engineers idea of a jog is  similar to a full sprint around several blocks.

Looking over my options I think I am going to grab a beer off the fresh keg that was just delivered from Wynkoop and get ready for my try out as the lead singer in Team Room A.

If you interested in trying out for the lead singer spot or any of our open engineering positions http://www.readytalk.com/about/careers-readytalk please e-mail me directly at Catherine.harrison@readytalk.com.

ReadyTalk Visits Channel Partner Expo with Recruiting as its Goal

Once again, ReadyTalk will be attending the Channel Partner Expo  in Vegas as we continue to sign up resellers. Stop by booth 226 to see what’s new with ReadyTalk and when you come by be sure and tell us your favorite thing about the show

If you are a telecomm reseller, take a look at what ReadyTalk has to offer in audio and web conferencing for both collaboration and events. Users like the ability to conduct customer meetings and sales demos on the fly or larger events like lead generation webinars that drive business. Ask a ReadyTalk customer and they will tell you that our customer support is second to none. We take care of customers with their success in mind.

Our reseller program helps businesses sell ReadyTalk audio and web conferencing, recording and archiving and event based services. When you partner with ReadyTalk, you can grow your reseller business with new and existing clients. Your sales team can offer clients a single solution, simplifying the sales process. And, ReadyTalk provides sales and marketing support, including attending sales calls to help you make the sale.

And finally – we make an impact on the bottom line with a revenue stream designed to reward your business for the long run. There are plenty of conferencing services you can represent.  Let’s talk about why ReadyTalk is a good fit for your business.

Headed to Vegas for the Expo?  It looks like the weather will be beautiful!

Gaffe of the Month: Embarrassing Search Content

 

Accidents happen. At ReadyTalk we’re committed to helping our customers prevent accidents and mistakes. Each month, ReadyTalk’s Account Managers share a recent accident and tips for how to avoid it in the future.

 

Because Marty was a novice ReadyTalk user, he was a bit nervous about hosting the large audience, which had pre-registered for his upcoming webinar.  He had decided to use ReadyTalk’s Event Services so he could have an experienced ReadyTalk Event Manager on his call to reassure him as well as address any technical issues or questions as they arose.

As part of his training webinar, Marty planned to use application sharing to walk his participants through his company’s online software.  Prior to his live event, in order to ensure he was prepared to switch over to the appropriate webpage after starting his live web conference, he navigated to his company’s homepage on the already open internet browsing window.  Earlier in the day, Marty had used Google to search for something rather personal – something most folks would likely rather not broadcast to a group of colleagues, customers and prospects.

When the live webinar started and Marty switched into application sharing mode, the Google toolbar at the top of his browsing window was displaying awkward search he typed in the search field earlier in the day.  The ReadyTalk Event Manager quickly noticed this, and was able to send a private Chat to the chairperson to advise him to delete what he’d typed in the search field.

Marty could have avoided this error and embarrassment either by opening a new browsing window for his ReadyTalk webinar, or simply clearing out any Google searches from the toolbar prior to starting his web conference.

Are there accidents or tips you would like our account managers to address? Share your questions below and we’ll provide some insight. You can also check out the best practices section of the website for more ideas.