Tips to Succeed: Prepare for your next interview with questions

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From Litwin’s The ABCs of Strategic Communication Tip No. 129. Be sure to visit larry litwin dot com for more on The ABCs and Litwin’s newest The Public relations Practitioner’s Playbook for (all) Strategic Communicators.

Before going to a job interview, it is important to practice describing yourself. As a starting point,respond out loud to the following questions:

• Tell me about a time you worked as part of a team?

• Why should I select you over other applicants?

• What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

• Tell me more about the project you described on your resume.

• Describe a work or school-related problem and how you solved it.

• What are your short-term goals?

• Why do you want to work in this occupation and for this company? U.S.Department of Labor

For more, check out Litwin’s The ABCs.

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Tickets still available

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The 110th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association awards banquet is set for Jan. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. Ticket information and lots more is at


Philadelphia Pro Athlete: Danny Garcia, undefeated light-welterweight champion.National Pro Athlete: LeSean McCoy, Eagles running back.

Native Son: Bo Ryan, Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach.

Living Legend: Bill Barber, former Flyers forward.

Good Guy Athlete: Jason Avant, Eagles wide receiver.

Team of the Year: Boston Red Sox

Amateur Athlete: Rondell White, West Chester University running back.

Lifetime Achievement: Bernard Hopkins, light-heavyweight champion.

Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian: Jim Murray, former Eagles general manager and founder of the first Ronald McDonald House.

Penn Relays Frank Dolson Award: Emily Lipari, Villanova

Army-Navy Game MVP: Keenan Reynolds, Navy quarterback

Special Commemoration: 1974 Stanley Cup champion Flyers


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Oldest Sports Writers Association in the United States to Hold 110th Annual Awards Banquet January 27

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Oldest Sports Writers Association in the United States to Hold 110th Annual Awards Banquet January 27

For 109 years, The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association has recognized the accomplishments and character of the athletes we cheer for when they’re wearing their uniform, and we benefit from when they contribute to the community.

And this year is no different.

On Monday, January 27, the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association will hold their 110th Annual Awards Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, NJ. The banquet, which is open to the public, opens its doors at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $95.00 per person and can be purchased at

As usual, the dais will host some of the biggest names in sports, some of whom will be receiving awards (see the lists below) and others who have accepted invitations to be honored guests of the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, such as Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr., Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg, Phillies third baseman Cody Asche, La Salle University Men’s Basketball coach Dr. John Giannini, University of Pennsylvania Men’s Basketball coach Jerome Allen and former Philadelphia Union defender Chris Albright. Adding his humor and multiple impersonations to the night’s festivities will be banquet staple local radio personality and comedian Joe Conklin.

2014 Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Traditional Award Winners:

*Philadelphia Pro Athlete – Danny Garcia (Light welterweight boxer: Undefeated light Welterweight Champion )

*Outstanding National Pro Athlete: LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles running back)

*Native Son: Bo Ryan (head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers men’s basketball team)

*Living Legend: Bill Barber (former Philadelphia Flyers forward)

*Athlete Good Guy: Jason Avant (Philadelphia Eagles receiver)

*Team of the Year: Boston Red Sox

*Amateur Athlete: Rondell White (West Chester University running back)

*Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Hopkins (Middleweight Boxer: multi champion/belt holder)                                                           (MORE)

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*Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian: Jim Murray (former Philadelphia Eagles general manager, founder of the Eagles Fly for Leukemia campaign, founder of first Ronald McDonald House)

*Penn Relays Frank Dolson Award: Emily Lipari (Villanova University) 

*Army/Navy Game MVP: Keenan Reynolds (Navy quarterback)

*1973 & 1974 Stanley Cup Commemoration: Bernie Parent & Bob Clarke (former Philadelphia Flyers goalie and former Philadelphia Flyers captain)

2014 Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Special Achievement Award Winners:

*Wayne Hardin (Temple University & Naval Academy football coach, College Football Hall of Fame inductee)

*Tim Van Liew (Rutgers-Camden track & field: javelin)

*Denise Dillon (Head Coach, Drexel University Women’s basketball)

* Jay Greenberg (Philadelphia Flyers beat writer, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee)

*Eastern High School Field Hockey (14 straight N.J. State Field Hockey championships and this year won N.J. Tournament of Champions)

 2014 Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Honored Guests:

*Lou Guzzi (PGA Teacher of the Year)

*Carolyn Gray (Philadelphia & Boston Marathon runner)

*Brandon Matthews (Temple University golfer)

*Michael Mills (University of Pennsylvania fencer)

*Alfredo Santana (La Salle University men’s track)

* John Robertson (Villanova University quarterback)

*Mo Hawkins (St. Joseph’s University women’s soccer)

*Ken Tribbet (Drexel University men’s soccer)

*Kristen Blye (Philadelphia University women’s basketball)

*Marcelin Withler (Rowan University running back)

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More Philly Sports Writers awards announced


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Former Temple football coach Wayne Hardin and West Chester All-American

running back Rondell White added to honorees at PSWA’s 2104 dinner


For immediate release

Contact: John Weber 267-408-7500


Add two more distinguished Philly-area sports figures to the growing list of honorees at this year’s Philadelphia Sports Writers Association dinner, January 27th at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, NJ. Those purchasing tickets for the event ($95 at will see former Temple and Navy coach Wayne Hardin, recently inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame, receive a Special Achievement award.  And West Chester running back Rondell White, the leading rusher in Golden Ram history and a member of the first team AP Little All-America squad, will be honored with Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Hardin, after a successful career as Navy coach where he coached Heisman winners Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino, took the Midshipmen to two bowl games and beat Army five straight games, moved on to lead Temple in 1970.  Hardin became the program’s all-time leader in wins with 80 victories between 1970-82.  His 1979 Owls team finished 10-2 in 1979, still a school record for wins in a season, was ranked 17th by both major polls and, as an underdog, beat California in the Garden State Bowl.  Hardin’s teams set a Temple record of 14 straight wins (eight in 1973 and six in 1974). He was honored as the 1974 Kodak District II Coach of the Year. He produced numerous All-Americans and NCAA statistical leaders at Temple. Hardin was inducted into Temple’s Hall of Fame in 1994 and was added to the College Football Hall of Fame in May.

Rondell White of the Division II West Chester Golden Rams has concluded a senior year which saw him become the school’s all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards. White amassed 4,336 rushing yards, 41 rushing TDs and rushed for 100 yards in a game 19 times including seven games over 200 yards.  He totaled more than 4,000 yards rushing, 2,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards in returns to become just the second player ever in NCAA history at any level to do that (the first was Eagles and Villanova great Brian Westbrook).   His 2013 campaign totals: 1,989 rushing yards, 843 receiving yards and 275 return yards, totaling 3,107 all-purpose yards.

Hardin and White join a growing list of sports figures honored at this year’s dinner, including Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant; former Philadelphia Flyers’ player and coach  Bill Barber (Living Legend); Denise Dillon, Drexel University’s women’s basketball coach (Special Achievement); Navy quarterback and MVP of the 2013 Army/Navy game Keenan Reynolds; members of the Philadelphia Flyers ’73-’74 Stanley Cup-winning team; former Eagles General Manager and Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Founder Jim Murray; Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan from Chester, Pa.; and dozens more.  Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and Manager Ryne Sandberg will attend and will be seated on the dais.

As mentioned previously, tickets are available for $95 now through

In addition, the Association has partnered with the Philadelphia branch of Coaches vs. Cancer, who will have a presence at this year’s dinner. Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia is part of the national program created in 1993 by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and leverages the strength, community leadership and popularity of our country’s college basketball coaches to fight cancer. Since its inception, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has raised more than $87 million nationwide to support the Society’s lifesaving cancer research, education, advocacy, and community service efforts.

To learn more about Coaches vs. Cancer, visit


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