Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, Ohio FFA State Reporter Mackenzie Hoog came to visit the members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. She spent the day in the two Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources classes sharing with them about how to thrive in the FFA organization by having a positive attitude towards challenges in life. Her message was about the quote, “True success is overcoming the fear of failure.”Mackenzie is a senior at Valley View High School and is currently serving as a State FFA Officer. Her duties require her to travel throughout the state conducting chapter visits, presenting speeches on behalf of Ohio’s FFA members, and facilitating conferences and conventions.The FFA members at Miami East greatly appreciate that Mackenzie could take time out of her busy schedule to come and visit with the newest FFA members at Miami East High School.
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Meetings have gotten a bad rap over the years, with people mistakenly assuming every meeting is a productivity drain. In fact, good meetings can be a huge boost, especially if they help you work through issues and come up with new ideas.For meetings to be useful, though, it’s important to find ways to overcome the very things that have traditionally spoiled meetings. Here are five common meeting annoyances, as well as some tips that can help fix them.Too Many NotesCapturing information in meetings has always been complicated, especially once flip charts and whiteboards get involved. Some businesses still rely on this method of data gathering, finding that their frantic scribbles help get their ideas on paper. However, at the end of the meeting, someone is usually tasked with collecting all that information, which too often means trying to decipher handwriting and turn incomplete thoughts into something coherent. Microsoft Pix, along with tools like smart markers and electronic whiteboards like Kaptivo, provide a way to capture those scribblings, improving on the information to create useful content that can be later used. All this done through new advancements in AI.It’s important to find a way to make sure any data gathered during a meeting is collected and shared with those who can use it to get results for your business.Nobody Is Taking NotesAs you’re speaking to a roomful of people, is anyone taking notes? If not, how can you be sure the information discussed will be remembered after everyone leaves the room? Note-taking is an ongoing issue for meeting leaders, especially as technology has gradually made offices paperless. It’s important that meeting organizers fully embrace technology, making it as easy as possible for participants to bring their laptops or tablets into the meeting to take notes. Applications like GoWall move meetings beyond talking heads, equipping attendees with the tools they need to not only take notes, but to share them with others in the audience. As others speak, employees can add their own notes to a group wall, inspiring others in attendance to build on those thoughts.Virtual Attendees Don’t ShareVirtual meetings with AI have given remote team members the ability to attend meetings, whether they’re on the road or they always work from home. Unfortunately, those same remote attendees may not be as engaged as those who are in the room, since doing so means finding a way to chime in. Zoom provides a “raise hand” feature that lets your remote workers signal that they have something to say. Always pay close attention to avoid missing these alerts. You should also make a concerted effort, with every meeting, to give remote workers an equal chance to participate in the meeting. In addition to asking each person to give a brief update, also include some of your remote workers in the agenda each month to make sure they feel included.Several People DominateEveryone has been in a situation where a “meeting hog” takes over the conversation, either lengthening a meeting or cutting into the time that might have been used by others. It’s up to meeting organizers to keep everyone on track, quickly steering the conversation if someone begins to dominate. SmartSheet’s free meeting agenda templates can give you the start you need to create professional-quality agendas. You’ll find with an agenda in place, your meetings are shorter but on topic and your attendees are engaged, since they’ll know what to expect.Participants Aren’t EngagedIs everyone in your meeting paying attention from start to finish? The only way to gauge this is to look around the room and see if anyone has checked out, but even then you may not know. This becomes even more complicated with remote workers, since they could be surfing the internet or watching TV and you’d never know. If they aren’t captured on video at all times, they may even get up and walk way at various intervals. One long-popular trick to ensure people stay engaged is to randomly call on people to speak on the topic at hand. Make an effort you include remote participants in that effort. If you’re hosting virtual events like webinars, coordinators like Virtual Venues specialize in helping hosts keep attendees interested.Although many have preconceptions about meetings with AI, they don’t have to be a reality. With the right tools and techniques, you can change the way your staff feels about meetings, whether they’re in the office or working from home. Make sure you measure the results to determine whether your tools are working, including pulling reports and noting whether the items discussed in the meeting were followed up on after the fact. Tags:#Calendar#engagement#meetings Peter Daisyme Related Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …
India’s Deepika Kumari squandered a two-set lead against London Olympics double gold medallist Ki Bo Bae of South Korea, and had to settle for the silver medal in the women’s individual recurve competition at the Archery World Cup Final in Tokyo on Sunday.Deepika won the first two sets, but allowed the Korean to make a remarkable comeback and seal top honours in the season finale in the Japanese capital.The Jharkhand teenager was a whisker away from winning the deciding fifth set but shot a seven in her final attempt, opening the door for her opponent who prevailed 6-4.Dola Banerjee is the only Indian archer to win a gold medal at the World Cup Final, when she triumphed in Dubai in 2007.The showdown with the top two archers in the world rankings took place in rain, but Ki dealt with the elements better when it really counted.Deepika had won the silver medal at the World Cup Final last year as well, going down to China’s Cheng Ming in the final in Istanbul. She was hoping to go one better this time round, but it was not to be.Only the top eight archers in each category make it to the World Cup Final, on the basis of their performance in the Archery World Cups through the year. Deepika was the only Indian competing at the elite seasonending event.Deepika had gone into the London Olympics as the World No.1, but had a disappointing outing and was displaced by Ki as World No.1.advertisementThe Indian capitalised on a sloppy start by Ki and took the first two sets 26-23 and 27-25. But as the Korean improved, Deepika went the other way.She had managed two perfect 10s in the first two sets, but failed to repeat the feat thereafter, with the conditions making it tough for the archers.Ki won the third set with scores of 9-9-10, while Deepika could only shoot 9-8-7. In fact, her final shots in the last three rounds all accounted for seven each.The Korean levelled the gold medal match, winning the fourth set 8-10-8 to 8-8-7.Deepika opened the decider and shot a nine, with Ki replying with an eight. Deepika, thus, had her nose in front.Both archers shot nines in their next attempts, meaning that the Indian still had a one-shot lead going into the last two arrows.Deepika could have sealed the deal with a 10, but handed the initiative to the Korean with a seven. It meant that Ki had to hit a nine to clinch the gold medal, and she did just that.The victory capped a great season for the Korean, who had won gold medals in the individual and team events at the London Olympics. Korean Choi Hyeonju took home the bronze medal with a 6-4 victory over Jennifer Nichols of the United States.Earlier in the day, Deepika won two matches to make it to the title clash.Japan’s Miki Kanie was hardly a match for the Indian, who prevailed 7-1. The semi-final against Nichols was tied 2-2 before Deepika took the next two sets to clinch a berth in the final.Ki had to go through a shoot-off with compatriot Choi to get into the gold medal match.Korea took the men’s recurve gold medal as well when Kim Woojin edged past two-time defending World Cup Final winner Brady Ellison in a shoot-off.France’s Gael Provost defeated Korean Im Dong Hyun 6-2 for the bronze medal.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town winger Elias Kachunga insists there’s positives to come from defeat at Manchester United.Kachunga made his first start since the September defeat at Leicester.”I think we played a good game and had our chances to go 1-0 up and even 1-1. We have to take the positives out of this game and move on,” said the winger.”Everyone has to work on putting the ball in the net and to have a good feeling on the pitch. It could’ve been a different game if we went 1-0 up.“We create the chances, now we just have to finish them.”Kachunga added: “I am happy that I am back and that I played against Manchester United, and I hope I can help the team with my fighting spirit and everything that I have.”
Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. [email protected] ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10 pic.twitter.com/cBaH9hzp4z— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.
Fans had been waiting all season for Terrelle Pryor to become the dual threat many saw him as coming out of high school and that he showed glimpses of last year. Saturday night against Indiana, their wishes were fulfilled, as Pryor picked apart the Indiana defense with both his legs and his arm.He finished the game with four touchdowns, three through the air and one on the ground. For Pryor, it was the type of performance that he and the rest of the passing game had been trying to put together all season.“We’re always on a mission,” he said. “Sometimes it might not show out there, but I mean not every offense in the country is perfect.”Pryor was near perfect when it came to spreading the ball Saturday. He completed passes to eight different receivers, including two of his three touchdowns to freshmen Duron Carter and Zach Boren.“It’s a great feeling,” Boren said. “Terrelle gave me a great ball that I could just catch and go right into the end zone.”“It was a great experience for my first road game,” Carter said. “I was the second read, and Terrelle trusted me with the ball, and I jumped up and caught it.”But Carter was actually more excited about a devastating block he put on an IU defender.“Football is a contact sport,” he said. “If you don’t like contact you shouldn’t be playing.”When it was all said and done, Pryor finished with a career-high 27 attempts as the coaching staff continued to put the offense in his hands.“He was glued in,” coach Jim Tressel said.Defense doesn’t miss a beat without ColemanIt’s not easy to replace a team captain, three-year starter, and All-Big Ten performer and not have a drop off.But with Anderson Russell filling the shoes of suspended safety Kurt Coleman, the Buckeyes did exactly that.OSU held the Hoosiers to 14 points, with seven of those coming in the last 10 seconds of the game against the second and third string. Coming into the game, the Hoosiers were averaging 28 points per game.“We didn’t give up any home runs. We seemed to tackle well. With Kurt not there and Jermale [Hines] limping around there for a minute, we were awfully young,” Tressel said. “But they kept everything in front of them … and I thought they were solid.”Russell started the first two games of the season before being replaced in the lineup by Hines. He showed no signs of rust as he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble during Saturday’s game.“He’s a guy that has never changed who he is just because we changed the rotation,” Tressel said. “He works like crazy, studies film all the time. He’s a smart young man on the field and off the field.”Increased workload for ‘Zoom’ doesn’t slow down running gameAlthough it was known that the defense would be without Coleman coming into Saturday’s game, the status of junior running back Daniel “Boom” Herron was uncertain.“Boom in a real pinch could have played tonight, but I’m not sure he’d have been 100 percent,” Tressel said.Luckily for OSU, a less-than-100-percent Herron would not be needed, as Brandon Saine efficiently stepped into the starting running back role. His 113 yards were a large part of OSU’s 219-18 yard advantage on the ground.“I’ve been excited since Thursday when I found out I was going to be starting and that I’d be a captain,” Saine said. “I had a lot of fun out there, and I’m glad we were able to come out with a win. I’m definitely really grateful for the opportunity I had today.”Although Saine, a track star in high school, is known more for his speed, he has quickly established himself as a power back as well.“Brandon Saine is 220 pounds, and he’s moving those pounds fast,” Tressel said. “We always say, ‘Whoever wins the battles in the trenches is going to win the game.’”Buckeyes hit by fluIn addition to a suspension and injuries, OSU is now having to deal with the issue of the flu. Junior offensive tackle Andrew Miller was prohibited from traveling with the team after exhibiting flu-like symptoms. He wasn’t the only Buckeye that was affected.“We had three or four guys miss practice during the week,” Tressel said.Tressel named sophomore starting center Mike Brewster and sophomore defensive lineman Solomon Thomas among those who missed multiple practices with flu symptoms. He couldn’t recall which other players were affected by the flu but acknowledged there were more.OSU isn’t the first team to have to deal with the flu this year. Georgia starting quarterback Joe Cox was unable to travel with the rest of the team prior to the Bulldogs’ season opener, and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was plagued by flu-like symptoms in the Gators’ game against Kentucky.
In tug-of-war type of game in which momentum and emotions flooded the floor, the No. 15 Ohio State women’s volleyball team defeated Northwestern, 3-1, on Wednesday night at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes now own a 19-8 overall record and are 10-5 in the Big Ten. Since their loss against then-No. 10 Minnesota on Sunday, coach Geoff Carlston said he has been focusing mainly on how his team would respond after a disappointing loss. Carlston was particularly happy in the way his team fought back after losing the second set against the Wildcats. “I think we played some really good volleyball at times tonight, and you know … volleyball is volleyball that way,” Carlston said. “I really liked how we played in game three in particular, able to grind it out, win that one and respond after game two.” Just like they did against the Gophers, the Buckeyes got off to a quick start. In set one, the Buckeyes looked like they may have been able to put the game on cruise control with a commanding 25-17 win in the first set. Northwestern, though, seemed to have other plans in set two and orchestrated a comeback where OSU saw their 16-9 lead turn into a 27-25 loss. For senior outside hitter Mari Hole, the third game was an important match that tested them both mentally and physically. “Game three was just that, to try to come back from what happened in game two, and we did a good job of just staying focused, staying with the game,” Hole said. “Like they had the momentum coming into game three, so we knew they were going to be coming strong out of the locker room, and we just had to match that energy.” Hole was proud of the way her team handled adversity, especially in a game where momentum didn’t seem to be on their side. “I think we did a good job of just continuing, working on our stuff, and in game four we got the momentum back and we just kept going,” Hole said. And at the end of the day, all that mattered to Carlston was that his team was the last one standing. “I’m happy. It’s good to get out of here with a win,” Carlston said. “Get some rest and start getting ready for Illinois.” As the season starts to wind down, Carlston acknowledged that this is the part of the year where they need to be sharp, stay fresh for upcoming games and for his younger players to adapt. “I think everyone is tired,” Carlston said. “The Big Ten is grueling and so every team in our conference … this is where the freshmen, they’re already done with their state tournaments typically by now, and so they’re (younger players) in uncharted ground right now. We got five matches left, and they have been training hard for three months. We need to be fresh, as fresh as you can possibly be for Saturday’s match.” Sophomore middle blocker Anna Faul said that it’s important to take care of their bodies in a strenuous season of the Big Ten. “It’s definitely different than being completely fresh, but we just try to focus on taking care of our bodies and getting enough sleep so that it doesn’t affect us too much,” Faul said. With the game against Northwestern in the books, Carlston is already expecting a tough fight from rival Illinois on Saturday. “They’re another really good team that’s been ranked,” Carlston said. “Everyone is jockeying for their position for the NCAA Tournament, so I expect them to play well.” Faul said every Big Ten game is important, but playing against Illinois will be an exciting game to her and to her team. “Illinois will be an exciting team to play against,” Faul said. “It was an exciting match at their place, and I think we can get a good crowd at our home too.” In order to defeat the Fighting Illini, Carlston pointed out a couple of key things that his team will need to do against a tough opponent. “So we’re going to have to be healthy, be fresh and come out ready to fight from the get go,” Carlston said. “You just got to be ready to play.” Faul said they just need to make sure that they don’t forget their basics, and continue to play their style. “I think just staying focused the next two days, keep up our basics, keep up our basic digging, passing and hitting everything in the same groove we have been doing all season,” Faul said. The Buckeyes play Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John Arena.
The future club of Fernando Torres is set to be revealed within the next two weeks, says his fatherTorres has now left Atletico Madrid after winning his first major piece of silverware with his boyhood club in this season’s Europa League.Since his departure, the former Liverpool and Chelsea forward has been linked with moves to Japan, China and America, as he enters the twilight phase of his career.His father, Jose Torres, is uncertain where exactly his son will now go, but is confident that he will be content with his new club.“I am sure it won’t be in Europe, it will be a long way away. He still doesn’t know, but he will say soon, in the next two weeks for sure,” he told Sport.Atletico president Enrique Cerezo remained evasive over questions regarding Torres’ future destination and instead reflected on the striker’s importance to the club.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I’ve been lucky enough that, during his stay here I was vice president and then president, and we have had a fantastic relationship,” said Cerezo.He continued: “At the end of the day, there’s no Atletico supporter who isn’t a Fernando Torres fans as well.”Previously, the J-League had accidentally published an article on their website that confirmed Torres had joined Sagan Tosu.The Japanese football league later issued a statement apologising for the error and claimed that the information was false.