Each month, IABC/Tulsa features one of its members in the “Meet A Member” section of the newsletter. In this issue, we learn more about Charlotte Guest, manager of Marketing and PR for OSU Medical Center.
IABC/Tulsa: It must be interesting working at a hospital. Tell us why you do what you do.
Charlotte: I love helping people. We, at OSUMC, help people get well and stay well. My job enables me to see that happen each day. I enjoy managing the communication that lets others know the wonderful things our medical center does for our patients, their families and our community.
IABC/Tulsa: How long have you been a member of IABC?
Charlotte: I was a member for about 10 years, many years ago – and I just re-joined. It’s great to be back as a new member.
IABC/Tulsa: What is the best meeting/seminar/conference you have ever attended?
Charlotte: I remember attending a national conference years ago in Houston. The speakers were from all over the country and were so inspiring.
IABC/Tulsa: How has IABC played a part in your professional development?
Charlotte: The Tulsa chapter has the most wonderful members – respected communicators I enjoy seeing each month. I like to learn from others. Being able to bounce ideas off members is rewarding and helpful. Also, this past year, the speakers were outstanding. I learned something helpful at each meeting.
IABC/Tulsa: When you’re not working at the hospital, what do you like to do?
Charlotte: Mostly, I love time at home with my family. My awesome husband of 21 years and I enjoy attending our three children’s many sports events. My family is my greatest joy. I’m also part of a non-profit women’s ministry, Captivating Oklahoma (check out our facebook page) and love sharing with other women about that. I also enjoy oil painting and playing tennis.
IABC/Tulsa: Sounds like you’re a busy woman. Where’s your favorite spot for some R&R?
Charlotte: Definitely the beach. I’m pretty partial to Mexico. Our family also loves Big Cedar Lodge.
IABC/Tulsa: The future of the field of communications…
Charlotte: …is only as good as its communicators. Although technology will constantly change and evolve, it still takes a person to initiate a message.
IABC/Tulsa: What advice would you give to communications professionals who are just entering the workforce?
Charlotte: Love what you do. Don’t settle for “just a job.” Learn from others and find a mentor. Network often. Keep up with technology yet remember that a hand-written thank you note still goes a long way. Also…separate work from family and down time. Start each day knowing that, (whether at home or at work) how you communicate makes a big difference.