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Work experience

Peer to Peer User Groups

Presentations

  • Frequent presenter at Phoenix area user groups on Word, PowerPoint, Social Media, and a wide variety of other topics. (2005 to present)
  • Moderator of session on Citizen Journalism at BlogWorld 2008
  • Highly rated speaker for AzACC tour (Arizona Alliance of Computer Clubs): December 2006 tour on SnagIt, February 2007 on Office 2007, and February 2008 on OneNote. Each tour is 35 to 38 presentations in 21 days around the state of Arizona.
  • Presenter, APCUG Conference 2008, “Stump the PPT expert” and “Moving from online friends to real life friends”
  • Presenter, SWUG 2007 and SWCC 2008
  • Member of organizing team for PodCampAZ 2007 to 2010. Presented twice at 2007 and 2008 PodCampAZs. Sponsor Chair for 2010 PodCampAZ.
  • Webinar presenter, Eli Research, PowerPoint topics. Six webinars presented between August 2007 and April 2008.
  • Presenter at PowerPoint Live 2003, 2004, 2005. Help Center Guru 2005, 2006.
  • Presenter at CenPho Camp 2010

President APCUG (Association of PC User Groups) 2011

As volunteer, run APCUG's day to day operations. Keep board motivated towards offering better solutions for our member organizations. Define organization goals and priorities. Run monthly BOD meetings. Find and work with sponsors, new groups, and leadership of existing member groups. Was VP for two years prior to current term as President. 

Phoenix PC Users Group

President, July 2007 to April 2008. Duties include running group, handling membership problems, running board meetings, presenting as needed, etc.

Vice President, July 2006 to June 2007. Duties include speaking when needed, handling membership, backing up president, organizing speakers, helping to run meetings, and fill in on all other duties as needed.

Aug 1999Present

Consultant

Jacobs Training and Consulting

WRITER

  • Writer, Vitamin CH - The cure for all computer ailments: Blog on a variety of subjects, including PowerPoint, OneNote, Snagit, beta testing, and other topics.
  • Author of the books, Kathy Jacobs on PowerPoint, Excel 2007 - The L Line,.
  • Co-Author of the books, Unleash the Power of OneNote and Excel Charts Made Easy
  • Wrote chapters for Special Edition Using Microsoft(R) Office Word 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 Bible
  • Writer for multiple online sites, including Microsoft's Office Online, All 'Bout Computers, LockerGnome, www.OutdoorCook.com, and many others
  • Web mistress, www.OnPPT.com - Provides answers, information, and resources for PowerPoint and OneNote users of all levels developed from experience presenting training on PowerPoint, OneNote, and other subjects.
  • Technical Editor on a variety of PowerPoint related projects

TRAINER AND CONSULTANT

  • On-line course creator and trainer, Eclectic Academy (Advanced PowerPoint: Animation and Introduction to OneNote)
  • Solver of PowerPoint and OneNote Emergencies
  • Creator and presenter of training classes for various clients on Microsoft Office.
  • Create OneNote templates on contract for Microsoft

PROJECT MANAGER: PROJECT NAVISHOWDefined requirements, selected coding and design team, and managed creation of Project NaviShow. NaviShow was to be a software product which would revolutionize how users create and present with PowerPoint. Building on the ideas put forth by Robert Lane of Aspire Communications. It was planned to allow users to create and manage linked presentations with ease and without hassles.

Feb 2010Jun 2010

Social Media Credit Analyst

The Social Media Party

Created and documented social media measurement process for company. Regular blogger for corporate website. Community Manager for Symbaloo Office Community.

Nov 2008Sep 2009

Community Manager

Bizmore

Responsible for founding, defining, and staffing the Community Team at Bizmore.com. (Bizmore.com is a site of features and community created content for owners and executives of small to medium sized companies.)In role of Community Manager was responsible for the day to day operations of the community team, presentations to management, and generation of site metrics.Before site launched, defined the roles of the team members, documented the moderation process for the site and defined participation goals for the community content.In addition, prior to public launch, position included documenting and leading testing of site platform through multiple code releases. Team was responsible for finding over 400 bugs in a period of six months. (Personally responsible for finding 20% of these bugs.)During first three weeks of public beta, community created content accounted for over 90% of the traffic. Due to efforts of Community Team, site is running at a 12% contribution rate.

Education

19801984

BA

Skills

Online Community Management
Let me connect your community with what they need most - your site/product/team.
PowerPoint
I can make your presentations rock. I specialize in solving your PPT emergencies and then teaching you how I did it. I primarily work with PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 (client and web app), though I have professional experience (training and development) with all PPT versions since 2000.   
Screencasting
Create, edit, and deliver screen recording based videos.

References

Ed Hickey

I have been working in the Community space here at Microsoft since 2000. I have known Kathy throughout most of this time, as she is an MVP for PowerPoint and OneNote, and I was the MVP Lead for OneNote. Kathy has shown a high-volume, sustained and technically proficient presence in the Community during this time. Kathy is also a demonstrated thought leader in this area, she is often the one who will inform me (via her blog or Facebook page) about new technologies and sites to visit. I have found several productive tools to help me manage my Communities this way.Please feel free to contact me if you need further references.

Brent Spore

I worked with Kathy on PodCamp AZ 2007, 2008 & 2009. I can honestly say that the event was a roaring success. We were pleased to see hundreds of success stories from all over the net from the attendees. The event went 10 times better than we ever expected it to go. I only say all this because we would have never had the event at all if it wasn't for Kathy. Not only did she find the venue, coordinate the volunteers, contact sponsors and document everything but she worked hand in hand with said countless volunteers, teaching them how to hook up equipment, run booths and generally help across the board. Needless to say she was beyond vital to the event's success. Her dedication to quality communication and clear direction in everything she does is more than refreshing. I absolutely love her ability to foresee potential roadblocks in a plan and offer creative solutions for working around them in advance as well as in the moment. Her ability to train, inspire and empower people is stellar and has come to be a powerful addition to every project I have had the pleasure of working on with her. On top of her "at the moment" skills, she has profound followthrough staying power as well. Not only has she seen every job to it's completion but followed up on it for weeks and months after making sure that everything was still functioning properly. This really shows her true and honest ability to invest passionately in everything she puts her hands to. Needless to say, I would recommend Kathy for any leadership/partnership/training position without any hesitation. You just can't ask for anything better!”

Betsy Weber

Work Samples

Looking for samples of my work?

  • Check out my blog at Vitaminch.com!
  • Message me and I will create one just for you!

SOCIAL MEDIA AND ONLINE CONNECTIONS

Social Media URLs:
  • Blogs: http://www.VitaminCH.com/blog and http://callkathy.amplify.com/
  • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/callkathy
  • Twitter: http://twitter.com/callkathy
  • Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/callkathy
  • Social Media Business Card: http://card.ly/callkathy
  • Plaxo: Find me under “Kathy Jacobs”
  • Naymz: http://www.naymz.com/search/kathy/jacobs/1593963
Online media accomplishments
  • Screencasts available on my blog and on The Visual Lounge, TechSmith’s blog
  • Expert in Camtasia, SnagIt, Jing, and Audacity
  • Panel Moderator at BlogWorld 2008
  • Member of organizing team for PodCampAZ 2007, 2008. 2009, 2010. Presented “Audio Casting Basics” and “PowerPoint and Screencasting: Getting organized” in 2007. Sponsorship chair 2010.
  • Webinar presenter, Eli Research, PowerPoint topics. 

Microsoft MVP IN OneNote and PowerPoint

  • Member of worldwide volunteer PowerPoint and OneNote communities
  • Presenter at Microsoft MVP Summit events

Summary

Community ManagerOnline and social media guruRegular presenter and speaker (live, web, and recorded)Technical writer, training specialist and manager, specializing in troubleshooting computer problems and explaining solutionsBlogger, microblogger, and author of multiple books

Objective

Are you looking for an experienced, passionate, committed Community Manager or social media consultant? I am here to help!

I am looking for a position that allows me to do what I do best: Connect people with what they need. Tools that make their jobs easier. People that need what they offer. Communities that support them.

I have experience in testing software, writing technical documentation, connecting users with what they need, and ensuring that all users in the community are able to get what they need.

Let me bring my experience to your company and help your community be the best it can be.