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Meet Beth Toeniskoetter, Product Strategist

Beth Toeniskoetter, ReadyTalk Product Marketing ManagerBeth is a Product Strategist on the Strategic Partnership team and works with our customers and partners to build integrations through the ReadyTalk API, including salesforce.com, Eloqua, Marketo, ExactTarget and more. 

Prior to joining ReadyTalk in 2011, Beth worked as an account manager for a mobile payments start-up and as a product manager for the prepaid gift card program at First Data. 

Outside of the office, Beth loves to spend time with family and friends, practice her cooking skills, and run.

Connect with Beth on Twitter, @bethtenni.

 

 

ReadyTalk Recruiting Gears up for 2012

After hitting the slopes and consuming our fair share of Bailey’s and Coffee during the holidays, ReadyTalk Recruiting is back and ready for a huge 2012. On the agenda for the year, we have hopes of adding an additional 20 engineers to our technical team, collaborating with our new HR Director on recruiting strategies, attending DJUG and Denver Tech MeetUps, hosting a Hack night and much, much more.

In addition to our incessant search for the top Java Developers, this year we would like to take a moment to give you a more detailed look at the different opportunities we currently have available within our technical team. Our main priority, at the moment, is finding a few great Engineering Managers to join the

madness. We have awesome teams here at ReadyTalk and the big focus for our engineering managers is to continue to grow the success of each of those teams. With a number of new engineers coming on board coaching our teams on how to continue to learn from one another and rely on each other is a big part of management here at ReadyTalk. If this sounds like the right fit for you please check out a more detailed job description.

A new opportunity on the team is an Engineering Product Owner. In this position, you will be the #1 advocate for ReadyTalk Engineering. You will be taking the ideas from our engineers 20 percent time and helping integrate those ideas into product development. You will

be communicating with marketing, sales and project managers in explaining what we would like to develop and why we would like to use our engineering resources on these products. This is an internal facing position…essentially your client is our engineering team. Let us know if you would like to learn more!

Along with our search for an Engineering Manager and a new Engineering Product Owner, we are on the hunt for a couple of people who are part detective, part creative problem solver, and part tech nerd to join our group of Quality Assurance Engineers.  We have integrated our Software Developers and QAs, where you will be working very closely together throughout the entire development process. On average, there is a 4 to 2 ratio of Software Developers to QA. As part of QA, you will be writing and maintaining test documentation in addition to investigating the source of software defects. Check out all of the details.

Lastly, we are focused on building out our Application Infrastructure team this year. Your top priority here will be to make sure our server is up and running at all times. You will be building and configuring the environment for development and QA production along with working with our engineers to determine what the requirements for each environment is. Finally, the Application Infrastructure Engineers have to ensure that all designs can be integrated into the overall system.

This wraps up our plans for 2012. We hope that one of these opportunities has caught your attention and you will be the next addition to our ReadyTalk Family. We wanted to mention that if you are interested in exploring any of these positions further please contact ReadyTalk Recruiting directly at Catherine.harrison@readytalk.com OR katie.green@readytalk.com. We can help to expedite your application process. Happy New Year and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Meet Jason Collins, VP of Engineering and Nerd Shenanigans

Jason CollinsJason Collins is the Vice President of Engineering and Nerd Shenanigans at ReadyTalk. He's been doing this long enough that he remembers the days of punch cards (or at least the days of jokes about old guys and punch cards).

When he's not at work, he spends time with his wife and being a Geek Dad to his 4 sons. He's also a huge fan of comic books, single-malt scotch, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and hanging out in his nerd-cave playing 8-bit video games and tinkering with digital photography.

Connect with Jason on Twitter @ReadyTalkGeeks, @TheOEM or on LinkedIn.

Stage IV: Speakers

istock_000002126461xsmall.jpg The fourth installment of conducting successful web conferences is about working with your speaker. Finding a great speaker and working with them to organize the presentation can be the most challenging aspect of planning a web seminar. After you have confirmed that the speaker will be available for your web seminar, the checklist below will help ensure that you stay on target.

  • Kick off Call: All speakers must attend this initial call which you will use to review the event and determine who will be presenting what if there is more than one speaker. In the kick-off call, make sure you cover:

    • Schedules and Deadlines: This includes presentations, rehearsals, technology training and pre-event call.
    • Promotional items: Pictures, bios, titles and logos.
    • Technology: What technology you will be using and the features that the speakers can use.
    • Presentation guidelines: Tips on keeping the presentation concise and exciting.

  • Technology Training: Your vendor should thoroughly train speakers who are unfamiliar with the technology you plan to use.
  • Presentations: Drafts should be turned in one week before the event, with final slides and supporting materials completed no later than two days before the event. Also, make sure to submit the presentation to technology vendor as well.
  • Rehearsal: Conduct a dry run one week before the live event so you will have time to make the necessary changes.
  • Touch-base Call: This is held two hours before the actual event. This is an important call to get everyone on the same page and make sure everyone is ready and calm.
  • Live Event: Dial in 30 minutes before the event to touch base with the operator. Your speakers and support staff should dial in 15 minutes before the event.
  • Debrief: Ask the operator to put you and the speakers into a sub-conference after the event is over so you can debrief while the event is still fresh in your mind.

Finally, here are some general tips for working with speakers:

  • Get all of their contact information because you never know when you will need to contact them.
  • Get to know the speaker’s assistants.
  • Find out if anyone is techno-phobic so you can pay them special attention.
  • Get to know the group dynamic such as who is in charge and any areas of sensitivity.

Stay tuned for the final installment of Conducting Successful Web Seminars when I talk aboutyour contingency plans.

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