Thursday, January 24, 2008

Operation Press Conference a Success

And I can breathe again. All of the media relations and press kit and magazine writing over the past 3 months led up to today –– The launch of X's new poultry division. I have been the person in charge of the PR, which all became unveiled to the media at a press luncheon today. And I am very, very very excited to say it went over better than I hoped. The media were very receptive, the clients were extremely happy and the press materials were awesome.

I left the house early yesterday and drove with 3 people from the marketing agency I am working with to Atlanta for the 2008 International Poultry Expo. We helped with a few things for the trade show booth and then headed to our hotel in downtown Atlanta. It was definitely different from the plain old Hampton's I usually stay at when traveling. We then met one of our clients from Pfizer and went to dinner at Trader Vics. If you ever have a chance to eat at a Trader Vics it is a MUST. It has to be one of the best meals I have eaten. They cooked my steak in a big basket! Drinks, an awesome dinner and a nightcap –– I could get used to this treatment.

Today we made our way to the Expo early and while the others set up the room I made my way to "smooze" with the media. Then came the big press conference. The food was perfect, the speakers did awesome (with the outline I provided of course) and we have already gotten interviews completed and more scheduled. We also have several requests for some prewritten articles. So between that and some other PR work it looks like I will be playing with chickens and eggs a bit longer. That's okay. I've missed the ag market.

No sooner did I get in the car to head towards Greensboro, NC for the evening I started to sneeze. And sneeze and sneeze. I went through 2 travel packs of Kleenex in the past 6 hours and now I can't get my nose to stop dripping. So I am at a hotel and sick and on the verge of a migraine. I really shouldn't be surprised. Between getting all the work done for this project, some Cat work, the holidays and my trip to Vegas I have been asking for it.

So tomorrow I should take it easy and just relax until I have to meet Kate and Matty at the airport and then make the 90 minute drive back to Fuquay. Maybe hit the bookstore. Maybe hit a few stores and play with some cameras. Maybe grab some lunch and just veg out. Yeah... wishful thinking. After not checking my email for 36 hours I fired up the computer to find 4 (yes FOUR) projects for Cat (including a conference call for tomorrow morning) and an email asking for a new business proposal for a company in California. **thud** This weekend is booked full with Kate and Matty visiting, Matt leaves Monday for a week and I have those frightening 6 shots. I'm not complaining. Really I am not. I'm just for once, well, tired. Not physically because we all know I don't sleep, but mentally I am just exhausted.

Thanks for all the well wishes for this Atlanta project. I know the big man upstairs was listening.


Aimee said...

Glad to hear that your press conference went well!

And sorry that you got sick. :( Just take one thing at a time, and it'll work out - it always seems to for me anyway !:) Take Care!

ErinFiat said...

So glad it went well. I just checked the list at the expo, wondering if it was something DH's company attended/exhibited, but didn't see them.

All that makes me tired and hungry (the steak) all at the same time. ;)

Hope you're feeling better soon.

it's me, Val said...

I am so glad it went so well. I'm really happy for you! (You forgot to mention that ADM was there!, ha!) I'm so happy for you that you got star treatment and had a really great time. You deserved that. and all your new projects . . . it's a Godsend. I know you can do it. It's a sign that where you are in your life with the PR stuff is where you're suppose to be. And the illness . . . another sign that you are. God held it off until you were done, which is such a blessing, eh?! Congrats, A!!! Have fun with your friends and I hope you feel better soon!

Deborah said...

wow - congratulations! and, great news about all the work coming your way. Seems like perfect timing with Sam getting near shool-age.

lil ole' me..... said...

Sounds like your conference was a success! Congrats!!!

Hope your cold is going away.

Oh, and never have eaten at Trader Vic's.... don't think they have 'em around us, but will check! :)