I was one of approximately 300 attendees of the third TEDxDesMoines held at the Science Center of Iowa.

Here’s a description of this all-day event:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

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Where do I Network?

I get asked this question a lot. Below are a few of my favorite hot spots:

Women Who Wine DSM – “WWW DSM is a group of interesting and intelligent women in the Des moines and surrounding areas looking to relax, make new friends, recruit volunteers, grow their professional network, and so much more. And of course, enjoy great wine!” This monthly event is held at various locations around the Des Moines Metro Area. $20 includes two glasses of wine and appetizers. Join their Meetup Group to be notified of events.


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Networking Spotlight: Social Media Club of Des Moines

The National Social Media Club (SMC) is a 501c6 non-profit, member owned organization, and the world’s largest community of Social Media Professionals, with a reach of over 300,000 people with local chapters in over 300 cities.

SMC and our local Chapter are organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and for promoting media literacy. Our community is made up of people and organizations who care about social media and come together to discover, connect, share and learn.

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Facebook Fan Page Best Practices

by "Get it Done Girl" on November 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in How To:,small biz,Social Media,Super Tools

  • Have an awesome timeline cover photo and change it out often
  • Use a square version of your logo as your profile photo
  • Complete your profile – completely Take full advantage of the various parts of your Facebook profile that can help get your page noticed, liked when found, and promoted (for free) through “similar” search results.
  • Engage in the conversation – use Facebook as your Fan Page and Like, Comment and Share status updates from other Fan Pages that you like which appear in your news feed.
  • Give each post its own engagement objective: likes, comments or shares
  • In addition to posting status updates and photos, be sure to comment on your posts and reply to those who comment on your posts. Facebook released an update that allows you to reply directly to a comment on your post rather than merely adding another comment.
  • Update your status regularly and consistently – Personal posts, company function posts, vacation/weekend/hobby posts, question posts, shared/linked posts, blog posts, video posts, holiday/seasonal posts, business development posts
  • Post 1-2 times per day
  • Best time of day to post can be gleaned by viewing your page’s Insights to see when the majority of those who Like your page are on Facebook
  • Engagement is higher on Thursday and Fridays
  • Allow 3 hours between posts
  • Questions get more comments
  • Photos get more engagement
  • Posts that are less than 70 characters get up to 25% more engagement
  • Ask customers to leave reviews
  • Schedule your posts for a time that people are actually awake!



Salsa Des Moines

by "Get it Done Girl" on November 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in Des Moines

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a video of one of my Facebook friends dance salsa in a club. My jaw hit the floor. One, she’s amazing. Two, I wanted to be her!

I asked her how I could become her and she said Salsa Des Moines. I immediately went to their website and saw that they had a beginners level class starting soon, so I registered my husband and I!

What’s great is that the classes come in four-week blocks, so you’re not committed to a long period of a time. Perhaps you want to take Beginner 1 and then take a break before you do Beginner II. And the classes are quite affordable. $35 per person per four-week per person.


Jester Park – A Beautiful Escape

by "Get it Done Girl" on November 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Des Moines

My husband and I got married at Jester Park Lodge on November 1, 2008. Can you believe we never made it past the lodge to the park???

It wasn’t until Stammtisch – Des Moines German Club had an outing there the last weekend of October that I actually had the chance to visit just a portion of the park.

We met at Campsite 4 and walked both north and south along Saylorville Lake. If you can remember, it was the last gorgeous Fall weekend of 2014.

When we returned from our hike, we picnicked and enjoyed s’mores around the fire!

Get out and explore what Des Moines and its surroundings have to offer. I’ve lived here for 13 years and there’s much more to discover!


A few weeks ago, I attended a fundraising event organized by Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women called “Women You Know, Women You Want to Meet“. I’d been meaning to attend for the past several years and I’m glad my schedule was open.

What an incredible group of women! These fundraisers are held in a member’s home and this year, we met at Susan Judkins Josten’s home which made for an intimate, cozy feel. There was amazing food, wine and networking. This event has the added benefit of connecting notable women who are making a difference in the community with women who are interested in becoming more engaged.

It was great to see some of my Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute 2013 class members and to reconnect with them as well!

The Friends is the not-for-profit organization that supports and assists with the charitable and educational activities of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women. The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women (ICSW) is a state agency dedicated to advocacy, education, and leadership programming to benefit women and girls. The ICSW is the lead organization in promoting the full participation of women in the economic, political, and social life of the state.

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