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The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Paula Kiger on Video

By: Gini Dietrich | January 8, 2016 | 
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Paula KigerBy Gini Dietrich

I am ridiculously excited to show you today’s Spin Sucks Inquisition with Paula Kiger aka Big Green Pen.

Paula is a HUGE Spin Sucks community member…and I tease her a little bit about it in today’s video.

This is the first time we’ve actually spoken to one another. For years, we’ve just traded text communications and snail mail packages. I was incredibly impressed with how easy it was to talk to her, how succinct she was in her answers, and the fun stuff she said that hasn’t been mentioned here before.

We talk NASA, Scientology, Klout, challenges with working virtually, auto DMs, and more.

I know you’re going to enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed interviewing her.

The Paula Kiger Inquisition

Following are the questions I asked her:

  • Tell us who you are and what you do.
  • How long has your father-in-law been living with you?
  • Tell us about the shirt you’re wearing.
  • What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in the past six months?
  • What is one of the biggest trends you’ll be using this year?
  • You also had a great experience in Cape Canaveral. Tell us about that.
  • What is one thing about yourself that would surprise most people?
  • What is the best book you’ve read in the last six months?
  • What is your latest Netflix binge?
  • Where can people find you online?

I won’t spoil the video by transcribing her answers (that and I’m lazy), so watch and see what you think. Her Toastmasters expertise and social media prowess is very evident.

If you can’t get it to play here, click to YouTube and watch it there. Then come back and leave Paula a comment here.

Where You Can Find Paula

You can find Paula on:

Thanks, Paula! You were great!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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RobBiesenbach
7 months 15 days ago

Yay, Paula! I’m not as good about watching video but will make a point of checking this out.
Question about transcription: are there not automated tools that will do this for you? Or are they still unreliable?

Kimberly Crossland
Kimberly Crossland
7 months 15 days ago

So fun seeing you on screen, Paula! I love the surprising fact about yourself (I’m purposely not saying it so I don’t give any spoilers here). It’s not my cup of tea but your reasoning for liking it makes total sense.

jasonkonopinski
7 months 15 days ago

YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MY PIZZAZZ!

whitney_fay
whitney_fay
7 months 15 days ago

Hi, Paula!!! 

I can’t listen yet because my speakers on this computer aren’t working but I will as soon as I get home and will leave a (more) meaningful comment! Just wanted to say hi first!

annelizhannan
7 months 15 days ago

Seeing green with envy at how poised and at ease you are on screen, Paula!

bdorman264
7 months 15 days ago
Interesting indeed; of course us Florida peeps have to stick together and Paula and I are both Florida State Seminoles. I too have some rap on my iPod for when I’m pounding the trails on my mountain bike; no Taylor Swift for me…:). I have to apologize because I have really been MIA. But ever since I won the Power Ball it’s just hard to get me motivated to do anything…it’s just Cheetos and porn….er, uh movies these days.  Paula and I haven’t spoken yet either, but one of these times when I go to Tallahassee to a football game… Read more »
LTreu
LTreu
7 months 15 days ago

So nice to see Paula interviewed on here! We met (virtually) several years ago through the lovely Shonali Burke and work she was doing for a USA for UNHCR refugee campaign. It was clear to me she was a caring, smart individual then, and it remains clear now! 🙂

lmwhite92
lmwhite92
7 months 15 days ago

ginidietrich biggreenpen SpinSucks YES!! I hate auto DMs too!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

lmwhite92 ginidietrich SpinSucks – ky4ep said it best: https://twitter.com/ky4ep/status/685182129630756865

lmwhite92
lmwhite92
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen ginidietrich SpinSucks ky4ep this makes me want to re-read them to share my least favourites!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

lmwhite92 right? I have to dig it up but 1 guy said “your social needs some work” (paraphrasing). Like that would make me want to use him?

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

RobBiesenbach i think my friend @cyktrussell uses a third party to transcribe his podcasts. He still has to do some cleanup but the bulk of the time-consuming work gets done (and affordably). I *love* having transcripts of his podcasts b/c it’s easier to scroll through the content via my inbox sometimes than find myself in a position to listen to the podcast. I’ll ask him.

LTreu
LTreu
7 months 15 days ago

Also, yes… Auto-DMs, Auto-play videos… Auto-most things need to go away. At worst they’re annoying, and at least they’re far from genuine, marking a missed opportunity for a real connection.

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

RobBiesenbach He said he researched audio recognition software but never found anything he is happy with. What he publishes is his scripts (that he then reads). He recommended a service like FIVERR which would probably work also for getting the base text down & just having to do some cleanup.

TaraGeissinger
7 months 15 days ago

PAULA!! 🙂 So fun seeing two of my favorite people chatting it up this morning. Loved it. It’s amazing how many common struggles we all have — from keeping work separate from family life to the dreaded DM. I join Gini in the Taylor Swift #fangirl side of music, however. 😉

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

LTreu THANKS! That Blue Key project (which goes back to @jasmollica for me) was the springboard for so many cool opportunities I have ended up having and so  many great people I’ve gotten to meet. // It is pretty sobering that the refugee issue is so much exponentially worse now than it was then —- but that experience certainly heightened my awareness and keeps me interested in helping.

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

bdorman264 This will be the year for an IRL meeting!

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

annelizhannan Thank you. Gini made it easy. 🙂

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

jasonkonopinski Bwa ha ha that should be my new tagline.

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

Kimberly Crossland I really can’t explain it either (except for the reasons I stated in the video).

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

TaraGeissinger It was so much fun to finally talk with Gini. It’s freaky how much you learn about yourself when you have to answer things on the spot without crafting written answers.

Word Ninja
7 months 15 days ago

Great to hear your voice, Paula. I’ve thought the exact same thing about being careful with your time when you’re working remotely. I mean here I am on Spin Sucks instead of getting my work done. 😉 Wonderful discussion!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

RobBiesenbach THANKS! Looking forward to hearing/seeing you at noon! 🙂 SpinSucks

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

Word Ninja HA! Hopefully there’s a teeny tiny dispensation for spending time at Spin Sucks. It’s professional development after all, right?!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

TheGr8Chalupa thx for the RT! Happy Friday! 🙂

RobBiesenbach
RobBiesenbach
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen SpinSucks You scared me a moment, then I realized you’re on ET. 11 am for me!

LTreu
LTreu
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen LTreu Absolutely… It was a great project, but at the time it was sort of like “Oh, this is a cool cause.” Now refugee issues are SO important on the global scale! Our church has several programs in place to help refugees right now, and I’m looking to get involved there, too. I’m glad for many reasons we both were introduced to the issue when we were!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

RobBiesenbach ACK! Sorry! But glad we cleared that up! #FreakOutDrillComplete

TheGr8Chalupa
TheGr8Chalupa
7 months 15 days ago

You’re welcome, biggreenpen! #TGIF to you too!

martinwaxman
7 months 15 days ago
Great seeing you in virtual-person, biggreenpen and hearing you talk. You’re as funny and charming as you are online!  I’m with you on auto DMs and how annoying they are. I follow someone, get one of those and immediately unfollow. Honestly, I don’t know why people would think that’s a good thing. I’m happy the shirt lasted longer than my Klout bump :).  Thanks so much for the shout out and you know, it’s my birthday coming up next month, so I may need another boost one of these days soon…Here’s the story behind the shirts – I had four or five of… Read more »
biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

martinwaxman and wearing the VERY SHIRT you gifted me! I should get #SartorialKLOUT for that 😉

martinwaxman
martinwaxman
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen Absolutely – or at least be a fashion influencer :). Great interview – I enjoyed seeing you in person

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

martinwaxman Thanks! 🙂

amybailey
7 months 15 days ago

I started a new job and there was an auto DM on the Twitter account and I had no idea how to turn it off. It took me two weeks to get it stopped – whew. SO annoying. Fun call. Gini, you always look like you are having so much fun. Love it.

ginidietrich
7 months 15 days ago

amybailey It IS fun!

susancellura
susancellura
7 months 15 days ago

Yay, Paula!!! biggreenpen Love you so very much and how passionate you are about life!!

dbvickery
7 months 15 days ago

Paula – first time, every time…and ALWAYS positive.

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

dbvickery Thanks AND OH MY GOODNESS I need to read your latest blog post. I am trying to learn how to drive a stick shift because my son just got a manual transmission car and let’s just say it’s not going smoothly!

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

susancellura Thank you! xo

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

ginidietrich for sure – for both parties! 🙂

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

martinwaxman this shirt is a true collector’s item. And despite its undoubtedly HIGH value on eBay it will never be parted from me! I think the minimalist design is part of its charm!

Corina Manea
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen Word Ninja Professional development while having fun. 😉

dbvickery
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen dbvickery It’s a shame that it will NOT teach you how to drive a stick shift…just uses it as an example to equip with fundamentals before equipping with new tools and technology.

Yeah, first exposure to manual transmission is RARELY smooth!

Corina Manea
7 months 15 days ago

Yay, Paula! Great to see you on the screen and on the hot seat. 
OMG, how time flies. It seems like yesterday I was discovering Spin Sucks crazies and we connected and it’s been three years!
Auto DMs are a big pain for anyone using Twitter. To martinwaxman’s point, they tell a lot about the person/brand sending them, and unfortunately is not good.
Enjoy your day, Paula!

Digital_DRK
7 months 15 days ago

Rap music, really? I would not have pegged you for that. Great seeing you and hearing you here!  I liked your Cape Canaveral pics that you dropped on FaceBook and Instagram. 
Have an awesome week Paula!

lmwhite92
lmwhite92
7 months 15 days ago

biggreenpen just found one “if I haven’t followed you yet, I will once I get a moment” which is just a humblebrag about being so busy!

biggreenpen
biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

lmwhite92 oh my!

BillSmith3
BillSmith3
7 months 15 days ago

Paula, I never pegged you as a rap fan. Being a former New Yorker, you like the Beastie Boys? 

Have a fabulous weekend

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

BillSmith3 Ha ha that’s why it’s my “what people wouldn’t predict about you” thing! I’m neutral on the Beastie Boys. 🙂

biggreenpen
7 months 15 days ago

Digital_DRK Yeah – gotta keep people guessing, no? When choosing running play lists, my general mantra is “I lead a pretty squeaky clean life so I like my music really dirty.” 🙂 🙂 🙂 // And the #NASASocial experience was really an unparalleled opportunity. Here’s another cool entry from one of my fellow travelers: https://medium.com/@gordo/the-week-nasa-invited-50-strangers-to-witness-a-rocket-launch-17f8fd8d2ffb#.4ne8rksh2

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