Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

School season is right around the corner and HOLDCOM invites you to refresh your child’s mind with the following back to school safety tips:

  • Avoid unnecessary pain from a backpack and select one with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. Narrow straps dig into shoulders, causing pain and restricting circulation. And to prevent injury when using a backpack, pack light and always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one-shoulder strains muscles.
  • Be certain your child is registered and know when the first day of school is and at what time it will start.
  • Know what time lunch is, if your child needs a snack, and if he or she will buy lunch at school. If you’re going to pack their lunch, make sure it is healthy.
  • Fill out all the health or emergency contact forms, now,before school starts.
  • Make sure the school nurse knows about any conditions or illnesses your child has.
  • Make arrangements if your child needs to take medication at school – especially on the first day.

Be sure to also review the basic bus safety rules with your children:

  • Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
  • Always remain seated.
  • Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.
  • Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.

Have a happy, safe school year with your children!

August 2006 – Client of The Month – MLS

HOLDCOM is proud to feature Major League Soccer as our client of the month for August. Since 2000, HOLDCOM has provided a unique on-hold audio service at Major League Soccer’s New York Office by featuring highlights from recent games. This is a way of promoting games, and providing callers with up-to-date information about player milestones, and learning about future MLS events. The following are some highlights of recent MLS events…

The final great moment of a somewhat frustrating 2006 FIFA World Cup for the U.S. Men’s National Team was DaMarcus Beasley’s left footed pass to Clint Dempsey who pounded the ball into the lower left corner of the goal past the Ghanian goalkeeper.

MajorLeagueSoccerWith 15 players in the World Cup coming from Major League Soccer (MLS), it should be no surprise that World Cup fever has spilled over into MLS now that the players have returned.

Avery John and Cornell Glen, who represented the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago play for the New England Revolution and the L.A. Galaxy, respectively. Douglas Sequiera, who plays for Real Salt Lake, represented Costa Rica and the ageless wonder, Claudio Suarez, a defender on the Mexican National Team plays his club soccer for Chivas USA. These four players are prime examples of the diversity and skill level of MLS players.

Landon Donovan, who returned to MLS after two stints with Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga, found success in the form of two MLS Cup titles. Along with a growing league and a stronger youth program to support the national team, MLS has shown the ability to showcase great American and international talent.

Other MLS players who enhanced their reputations during the World Cup include Clint Dempsey, Jimmy Conrad and Eddie Johnson. These elite athletes play week in and week out in MLS, showing the world that the U.S. is producing world-class players.

The World Cup is not only a showcase of 32 of the top teams in the world, but also some of the best individual talent in the world. On the game’s greatest stage, Major League Soccer has shown the ability to be a strong player in the world of soccer. In fact, many of the top players in the world have expressed hope to one day play in MLS.

As MLS begins its second decade in existence, the sport in this country is at an all-time high. It is an exciting time to be a soccer fan in America.

Be sure to check out your local MLS team. With 12 teams across the United States and a new team coming to Toronto, Canada in 2007, you’re closer to the action than ever before. Congratulations again to Major League Soccer.

Eco Feature: Green Tips for Summer

Think Green (recycling)

Summer may be flying by and thoughts are turning towards Back To School, but there’s still plenty of warm weather and sunshine ahead.  Combat the heat and all that comes with it, by following some of our helpful Green Tips for Summer.

One of the biggest reminders of summer is the pesky bite of a mosquito.  Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors and warmer bodies and can bite through tight-fitting fabrics. So be sure to wear light colors and loose fits.

You can fight off insect invaders without harsh chemicals.  Bug sprays containing chemicals can be bad for your health and the environment. Opt instead for a natural repellent like lemon eucalyptus or try hanging a dryer sheet in your pocket or tuck in your shoes.

Did you know electric fans use 90 percent less energy than central air conditioning, and Energy Star-rated ceiling fans are 50 percent more efficient than conventional fan/light units.

Try using a window fan or attic fan to draw in cooler outside air in the evenings when the sun goes down.  During the day, close your windows and use dark shades to block out heat and keep in the cool air.

Sunglasses that provide 99-100% of UVA and UVB protection greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. Be sure to check the label when buying sunglasses to make sure they have proper UV protection.

Sun with shades

Did you know the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Stay clear of the midday sun as much as possible. If you’re spending the day at the beach, bring along a beach umbrella during those hours when the sun’s rays are most intense.

Compact the sun and dress appropriately. Wear light, long-sleeved shirts and ankle-length pants if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. A wide brimmed hat will provide protection for your face, neck, ears and eyes.

Millions of gallons of water are used in gardens and lawns each year. Here are some ways to cut back on the amount of water you use in the garden and lawn:

  • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass retains water better
  • Collect and use rainwater for watering your garden
  • Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubs or trees
  • Install a drip irrigation system around your trees and shrubs to water more efficiently
  • Water in the early morning, when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation
  • Check your sprinkler system regularly and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street

If you have any other summertime tips to share, please comment and share your thoughts or email us at newsletter@holdcom.com

Seasonalize Your Script

With the summer heat on full blast, it may be hard to believe that autumn is around the corner. Before the season is in full swing, take a moment to review your current Message On Hold – simply ask your Script Consultant for a copy of the current version. Do your hours change for the season? Are the years of business up-to-date? Do you mention outdated products or services or untimely promotions? Give the content of your script the fresh new sound it deserves by revising your verbiage and changing the voice and music. Message On Hold reflects your business… how do you want to sound?

Holdcom Vision Picnic: 2006

Thunder, lightening, and driving rain did not deter the staff of Holdcom from a fun and tasty afternoon at the first Holdcom Vision Picnic, held at Glen Rock Park on Friday, July 21st. Although the rain derailed a planned wiffle ball game between HOLDCOM team members, an afternoon of music, leisure, fun, and food proved a welcome substitute. The event attended by the entire HOLDCOM team served as the occasion to launch the newly revised corporate vision which expands the scope of HOLDCOM’s services and offerings to include all aspects of audio marketing services.

Our Vision:

To grow a company that improves communication through the power of audio while providing a fulfilling livelihood for people sharing in that goal.

To establish Message-On-Hold and professional Voice Production as essential to marketing and communications.

To be the recognized leader in the Audio Marketing industry.

With the ever-increasing demand for professional voice production services across all business communication platforms, HOLDCOM has met the challenge by providing a complete suite of audio production services. A new online megastore, soon to be unveiled will continue this trend towards offering businesses across the nation and around the world, efficient, professional voice production services.

Voiceover Spotlight: Peta

This month HOLDCOM’s featured voiceover artist, Peta, carries Australia into the melting pot of foreign talent. Serendipity discovered Peta’s voice when a local radio station, attempting to book a voiceover artist through her casting agency, liked her voice so much they gave her the job. In 1995, while pursuing her career in acting, Bedford and Pearce Management scouted her for her voice, which then led to full acting representation. Peta followed the stargazer’s route as she moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to pursue her career, where she was signed by ICM voices to market her voice through the Internet. She discovered HOLDCOM online and answered their call for talent where her 13 years of experience contributes greatly.

However, Peta is not only known for her gifted voice. She is an ex- Motorcross champion of Australia, the manager of a Voiceover Demo Production Company at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, and an avid filmmaker. She wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the short film “Ugly Duckling” which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001. Peta’s voice was also the characters “Shazza”, “Chockers”, and “Madam Mopoke” in the animation computer game “Try the Tasmanian Tiger – Bush Rescue”.

The many facets of her career contribute to herself as a voiceover artist; she says “As an actor, I love creating and discovering new and interesting characters with my voice. I really enjoy getting to work with many different kinds of people from all over the world. Having a home studio also allows me the freedom to work for myself which is a bonus.”