WWD Reader Profile: Stephanie Grayson, Communications Professional

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name’s Stephanie Grayson and I’m a corporate communications professional based in New York. The path I’ve traveled to get here has not been typical: I’m a speech trainer turned corporate communications professional turned social media enthusiast. Lately, when I go to conferences, people are often more likely to know me by my Twitter handle (@Critiques4Geeks). My Twitter username came about because I often do speech and media training for C-suite executives and entrepreneurs, many of whom are thought leaders in industries considered “geeky” (I say this with respect, as I consider myself a geek too!)
What’s a typical day like for you?
One of the things I love about corporate communications work is that there isn’t really “a typical day.” The one common thread is that whatever I’m working on has an end goal of helping business folks communicate with their intended audience in a clear, concise and compelling way, whether it’s online or offline communications. On any given day, I might be prepping an executive for his/her upcoming radio interview/public appearance, or I might be instructing a training for a group of entrepreneurs about using Twitter for business communication. It really varies.
What gear and software do you use, and why?
I don’t really have any fancy gear. I’m very “social,” so I do frequently tweet/update/post on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn via both my laptop and my mobile. I can also often be found watching video on YouTube and reading and commenting on blogs.
What’s your favorite web working tip?
My favorite web working tip is: Find your balance. In today’s tech-savvy world, people can (and often do!) reach you anytime, anyplace, anywhere, but this provides a real challenge to work-life balance. Always designate (at least) one period of time per day to “unplug” both literally and figuratively. For me, that time is often dinnertime. Luckily, my family and friends are interesting enough to reliably provide sparkling, electronics-free conversation.
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