What is your credit union’s message?

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Patti Hazlett As Director of Corporate Communications for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, Patti oversees all aspects of public affairs and communications for the Association and member credit unions. She is … Web: https://mwcua.com Details Do you realize that as a credit union employee, every professional interaction you have can potentially work to the advantage of your credit union? Public relations spans across all interactions and relationships – not just the media. And how you understand that can dramatically influence the perception of your credit union – and help members or potential members in the process.Think about it. When you are attending various functions on behalf of your credit union, how will your message resonate with your audience, whether it’s a presentation or just sitting with a group at a luncheon? When someone asks you how a credit union is different than a bank, do you rely on standard answers, or can you personalize it so the recipient can relate and get a truer picture?Consider these guidelines:How am I saying it?What is my main point?What data or example will back my point?Develop your elevator speech – a quick, to-the-point response that communicates in a way that is memorable and understandable. This can be done following some simple rules.First, determine what the recipient/audience needs from you. What specific examples will resonate with the person or group you are interacting with? Next, pull three points that you want to communicate – identify three components that drive home your message and be sure to include them in your response. Last, make the point memorable – give a real-time example that’s helps what you said stick with the recipient.If you’re trying to express how your credit union serves its members:INSTEAD OF THIS: “We have more than 50 branches and serve 90,000 people in our region who rely on our innovative products to help them achieve their goals.”SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS: “We serve folks like Paul. Paul is a single dad with three children. Around August his budget is stretched to buy school supplies. A back-to-school loan is an example of one of the products that our credit union offers to its 90,000 members in the region who face challenges similar to Paul’s.”INSTEAD OF THIS: “There are 90,000 people who are unbanked in Colorado.”TRY THIS: “There are 90,000 people in our region who don’t have access to banking. That is enough people to fill three Coors Field Stadiums.”With a little thought and preparation, you can utilize nearly every interaction as an opportunity to communicate the difference that your credit union is making in a very tangible way. And that will benefit both members and your credit union.last_img read more

New Mini Hydraulic Excavator from Caterpillar

first_imgCaterpillar has just launched their new Cat 306 CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator, marking the company’s entry in the 6-ton class offering. According to Caterpillar, the 306 CR mini excavator is built to exceed customer expectations with strong performance, enhanced operator experience and simplified maintenance with extended service intervals.The new mini excavator features heavy-duty main structures, a fuel-efficient engine, load-sensing hydraulics, spacious cab and exclusive Cat Stick Steer system. It shares a similar controls layout and common components with the full line of Cat Next Generation mini excavators to simplify training, offer quick adaptation for operation and lower owning/operating costs.With its long stick option, the 306 CR delivers a maximum dig depth of 162 in (4 110 mm) and 15,821-lb (7 175-kg) maximum operating weight when equipped with the sealed and pressurized cab.Built with a swing boom, this Next Generation mini excavator’s compact radius design provides a low, 58-in (1 475-mm) tail swing with counterweight for working close to obstructions.last_img read more

Freshman takes quick route to starting job

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald photoSome football players wait years for their chance to come in and make a difference. For some, the process is gradual, but for others, like Badgers freshman wide receiver Kyle Jefferson, it can be both abrupt and surprising. “For me, I have to look at it like I’m the next man in,” the 6’5″ Ohio native said. Being “the next man in” in his situation, however, is a little different than a normal drill or substitution.When senior wide out Paul Hubbard, one of the last year’s most important gameday performers, went down in the second half of the UNLV game Saturday, Jefferson was tapped to come in and fill the hole left by the starter.Hubbard tied for the team lead last season in touchdown receptions (5) and finished second in catches (38) and yards per catch (16.5). His exceptional play in the Capital One Bowl versus Arkansas was one of the biggest reasons the Badgers came home from Orlando with a win.Sensing the difficulty of the situation the freshman has been placed in, Hubbard has made sure that Jefferson knows that he and the rest of the offense are behind him.”[Hubbard] told me that I need to just stay focused, take things one at a time, breathe some deep breaths, and when you get your opportunity in the game, just run fast, and if you can make a play, make the play,” Jefferson said.Hubbard’s reassurances were echoed in the huddle as well. “When [Jefferson] came in, everybody looked at him and said, ‘Alright, we’re going to help you out; you can do this,'” senior receiver Luke Swan said. “Kyle has worked really hard so far this year. He’s got good ball skills and can run real well, so I think he has a really good possibility to come in and have a lot of success for us.”As if he didn’t have enough support behind him here at Wisconsin, Jefferson has also been in contact with former Ohio State Buckeye standout Ted Ginn Jr. since he arrived on campus. Jefferson and Ginn, now a member of the Miami Dolphins, played together at Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. “(Ginn) was like a big brother to me,” Jefferson said. “Playing with him and seeing where he is now and knowing that I came from where he did has helped me out a lot as a player.”Although Jefferson hasn’t talked to Ginn since his ascension to the top of the Badger depth chart, the receiver plans on calling him soon, if only just for “ten minutes of advice” from the longtime friend, who has often told him that the most important thing a player can do is to “go out and perform to your best ability, no matter what.”Lucky for UW coach DelVaughn Alexander and the Badgers, Jefferson has been blessed with plenty of physical abilities that will allow him to do just that. “Kyle got here even before I did this summer doing workouts. When he came back for the start of camp, he was very focused and confident about the things that he could bring to the table as a receiver,” Alexander said.With his tremendous height and sprinter speed, Jefferson needs only game experience to transform himself into the downfield threat he has the potential to be. In terms of his arrival to the top of the wide receiver pecking order, it couldn’t have come at a better time on the schedule. With major conference foes such as Ohio State and Michigan looming in the last three weeks of the season, the offense will not only have time to work with and further develop the wide receiver, but also wait for the return of Hubbard, who has been pegged to miss anywhere from six to eight weeks of the season.Giving Jefferson his chance to develop certainly is the silver lining in the whole Hubbard situation in the eyes of Alexander. “For right now, Kyle needs to approach Citadel on this weekend like it is a Michigan or an Ohio State. … We want his best game to come Saturday,” Alexander said.”But if his best game doesn’t come on then, whether it be because of less production or too many mistakes, we want to have the same person that he always is — the person that, week in and week out, is going to grow more as a player every day he goes out on the field.”If all goes well on Saturday, who knows? Maybe Ten Ginn Jr. will be the one calling Jefferson for ten minutes of advice next week.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgBat boy, 9, diesafter hit inhead by swingat baseball gameWICHITA, Kansas (AP):A nine-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a lower-tier National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle says that the general manager of the Liberal Bee Jays team, Mike Carlile, confirmed late on Sunday the death of Kaiser Carlile.The boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the National Baseball Congress says the child was wearing a helmet, which is mandatory. Home-plate umpire Mark Goldfeder, who is a longtime paramedic, treated the boy until an ambulance arrived. The team played a game on Sunday, winning 8-0. The National Baseball Congress is made up of amateur and semi-professional teams.Husbands dominates Woodbine weekendTORONTO, Canada (CMC):Veteran Barbadian rider, Patrick Husbands, snatched victory with 8-5 favourite Florida One in Sunday’s CAN$162,100 Grade Three Seagram Cup, to win his fourth added-money race of the Woodbine season and complete a hugely successful weekend at the prestigious Toronto oval.In a competitive contest over a mile and sixteenth on polytrack, Husbands managed to stave off the fast-finishing Pender Harbour on the inside, to claim victory by half-length in a time of one minute, 43.33 seconds.The victory was part of a double on the nine-race card for Husbands, who also scored in race four with 4-1 chance Hot Hot Heat, when he made all the running with the four-year-old colt to beat the three-year-olds and upward by half-length over a mile and sixteenth.Husbands also stole the feature race on Saturday’s 10-race card, producing a brilliant ride aboard 9-1 bet Bear’s Pride to get the better of the three-year-olds and upward fillies and mares, in the $126,600 Victoriana Stakes.Etienne returned as DFA presidentROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):Glen Etienne has been given an overwhelming mandate to serve as president of the Dominica Football Association, after convincingly beating out his rivals to gain re-election here Saturday. He secured 36 votes to easily win the election, which took place during a marathon six-hour annualgeneral meeting and against the backdrop of raging controversy over the leadership of the organisation.Challenger Ibrahim Brohim finished with just 12 votes, Ronaldo Isidore got seven, while former president Dexter Francis secured just a single vote.The DFA has been embroiled in controversy in recent time, with Francis challenging Etienne’s initial appointment in court and managing to have a previously scheduled AGM postponed. However, football’s world governing body, FIFA, had warned the DFA to settle the matter internally or face sanctions.FIFA official Howard McIntosh and FIFA legalofficer Marco Leal oversaw the elections.Missing Special Olympics athleteturns upLOS ANGELES (AP):An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe Monday, 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in a San Francisco Bay Area city. Andi Gusmari, 44, came to the Hayward Police Department on his own early Monday and used a lobby phone to contact a dispatcher, said acting lieutenant Guy Jakub.Gusmari, who had his documents with him, was safe and comfortable, but police were not able to communicate very well with him because of his speech disability, Jakub said. Gusmari, a bowling competitor, disappeared from the University of Southern California sometime Saturday night. How he travelled from Los Angeles to Hayward, east of San Francisco, remained a mystery.”We all want to know,” Jakub said. “We’re glad he’s safe.”last_img read more

COUNCIL MUST TRY TO CREATE LOCAL JOBS WITH CONTRACTS – COUNCILLOR

first_imgDONEGAL County Council should ignore European legislation and include local job creation in its terms and conditions for contracts, a councillor has urged.The body voted today to write to the Government to urge a change in the law when it comes to including at least 10% of local goods and services for winning contracts.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher said the Government had already included clauses for water meter legislation to include 25% local input into their installation. She has called for a social inclusion clause in all future council tenders. COUNCIL MUST TRY TO CREATE LOCAL JOBS WITH CONTRACTS – COUNCILLOR was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more