Tuesday, January 27, 2009

"McCormick Company, this is Emily..."

Wow!! 11 comments isn't bad for the first day!! :) I had a little help from Amanda, which is fun because that means all of you are reading her blog too!! So thanks for getting me off to a great start!!

I have several topics I'd like to blog about eventually, but I'll start with a fun one - my job! It's literally a new day, every day here at McCormick Company (an 83-year-old advertising agency in Amarillo). I'm always meeting new people, taking on new challenges and as a result, becoming a professional at something I never dreamed possible. Ok, think about the movie "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." In that movie, Matthew McConaughey works for an advertising agency. He does the DeLour pitch, plans a marketing campaign, etc. Well, that's basically what we do at my job (in a much less glamorous, less McConaughey way!!).

One of my projects at work today was to go to Caprock High School to conduct a focus group on whether or not students would attend a "technical academy" in Amarillo. I led a discussion with about 10 high school students. I always enjoy doing these focus groups with students, because it makes me feel like I'm using my inherent "teaching skills" that I know have to be in there somewhere ... afterall my WHOLE family teaches, ya know. :) As a matter of fact, I was doing one of these focus groups last week and one student was laughing and giggling. So, I just asked him if something was funny because I'd like to laugh too if there was. After the session was over, my colleague, Mary, was giving me a hard time about the teacher coming out in me. I guess that's bound to happen growing up in my household!

Anyway, focus groups aren't the only exciting part of my job. I also really enjoy meeting with clients about all of their marketing needs ... TV ads, radio commercials, billboards, online media, PR ... the whole gamut. I can actually say I love what I'm doing. I never dreamed I'd wake up and go to a job that I love EVERY day, but I do!! It makes life so much more enjoyable, including working with people that share the same interests and talents.

Sometimes I wonder how in the world I got to the place I am ... sometimes I feel like I'm in over my head - at a job that I don't deserve ... and more than once I've said to myself, "Just act like you know what they're talking about!" But all things considered, I've learned a lot from watching people who are experts here and have grown to LOVE what I do. And this is just the beginning for me. I hope I'm still blogging 20 years from now about my experiences at McCormick Company. If so, I'm one lucky AE (account executive). If you ever want to know more about what I do, just ask! I'll be glad to share!

Until next time ...
Toodles from Doodles!

62 comments:

  1. BAM! First to comment...love my job...never know what is going to happen...have a good day!

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  3. bam! commented as you...sorry forgot that you were logged in still!! ok, so, i love this post!! you are awesome at what you do and you absolutely belong there--even though john thinks you probably need a booster chair when you go into your big meetings!! :)

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  4. SWEET So glad you joined our little cult....lol

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  5. Sounds like fun!! I stay home with our four kids. Kate and Kristen are BFF's and Katie and my son Kooper have a little "crush" on each other!!:) Anyhow, I love my job, too!! BUT, someday, maybe I'll be living the life of a professional too!! Maybe!

    Great post!

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  6. Love the blog. Welcome to the blog world! :)

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  7. Hey Emily, I'm Kristen Marion's mom. Amanda & Charla Jenkins and an Apple workshop got me started on this!!! I started it in Oct. and couldn't remember password, and finally got back into it today. so do me a favor and answer my post! Kristen is at Anderson Advertising. Is your job as high pressure as hers seems to be. She enjoys hers for the most part, but it is really stressful, I think. But then I'm the MOTHER! Claudia

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  8. Welcome to Blog, USA!!! You are such an awesome person!! I'm very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Stay focused and watch for those red flags!!! Sorry it took me so long to comment....I forgot my dumb password..I have so many! Love you girl!

    M. Wadley

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  9. Hey Doodles! I am very proud of the woman you have become and so happy that you love what you do! That is so important these days! I just wanted to say hi, and that I enjoy your blog! You have so much to look forward to and things are going to start just getting better and better for you! Hope to see you soon! Hang tuff and know that you are loved!! Grannijan

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  10. Hey Emily, I'm Kristen Marion's mom. Amanda & Charla Jenkins and an Apple workshop got me started on this!!! I started it in Oct. and couldn't remember password, and finally got back into it today. so do me a favor and answer my post! Kristen is at Anderson Advertising. Is your job as high pressure as hers seems to be. She enjoys hers for the most part, but it is really stressful, I think. But then I'm the MOTHER! Claudia

    Hey, Emily, I found up from Amanda that I had blocked comments, and she walked me through fixing that. so, if you sent me a comment, please send again, it will be one of my first comments (remember how exciting that felt) and I started my post in Oct. at an apple training at Childress. Claudia

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  11. Hello??? Emily??? We need another blog post sweetie!!

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