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Women in Standards Members,
2020 is off to a gallop with committee meetings, conferences, and events galore. Committees are hard at work preparing first, second, and even final drafts on standards that take up to 2 years to develop and finalize and Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) are considering new work projects to pursue.
You might be headed out-of-country or calling in to another conference call with the team. Whatever your winning strategy, we have tips to help keep you focused, full, and ready to hit the ground running.

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Warm wishes,
Karin Athanas
Executive Officer
Women in Standards
Tips for Meal Planning while Traveling
You’ve got your bags packed, you remembered your charger and your toothbrush, you’re just headed through security at the airport and you have an hour before your flight boards. What do you do? Do you head to your favorite burger spot before take-off? Have you scoped out the snacks available on your flight? If you’re leaving at 3pm, but don’t get there till 8pm, can you wait until you get there to have dinner?
Meal planning while traveling can mean a lot of juggling and eating at odd hours and that stress and lack of options leads to bad choices. Here are a few tips to help keep you steady:
Bring your own food
Hotel breakfasts can get expensive, packing a selection of nuts, oatmeal, apples, and dried fruit can save your wallet and keep your blood sugar balanced. These make great snacks during long meetings and layovers as well. Just keep in mind, if traveling internationally, you cannot arrive with food in many places so, bring only what you can eat on the flight or else you’ll be throwing away food before passing through customs. [1]
Hit the grocery
When you arrive at your destination consider heading to the nearest grocery store. You can pick up apples, bananas, granola bars, cereal, and other healthy snacks to keep you running all week. Worried about spoilage? Call ahead to confirm that you can get a fridge in your hotel room or only buy food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Some hotels also provide microwaves so, consider asking ahead if this is available. [2]
Double up on veggies
Fried chicken and gravy sound great, but on day 3 of eating fried, you might find yourself sluggish and bloated. Consider focusing on extra vegetables and protein that is grilled, broiled, or baked. This will lower the calories and fat and help balance your blood sugar to prevent those late-night trips to the mini bar for salty snacks. If you just can’t leave without trying the city’s specialty dish, invite a friend ands hare the plate or eat half and bring the rest back to the hotel for a second meal (remember that refrigerator!). [3]
Drink with caution
Safety first, remember to keep track of drinks and only accept drinks from your bar tender. To save on high travel costs in expensive cities, consider buying a bottle of wine at a local store and meeting up with friends in the hotel lobby. Trying to cut back? Ask your bartender for a seltzer with a lime on the rim, no one needs to know it’s non-alcoholic.
Whatever your strategy, less is more. Small meals provide you with more opportunities for variety and will keep your metabolism going through those long committee meetings and social events. You can also share your snacks with those around you and make a few new friends!

Snack Ideas for Your Next Committee Meeting

  • Popcorn or pretzel bar in different flavors
  • Hummus with veggies and crackers
  • Make your own trail mix (great for take away!)
  • Granola bars
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Finger sandwiches
Tips for Active Listening
Active listening means being present in the conversation, making a conscious effort to hear not only the words but, more importantly, the message behind the words. It’s a great skill to have as it helps you to better communicate with your peers, colleagues, and fellow committee members....

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On 5-6 February 2020, Women in Standards Executive Officer Karin Athanas and Board Director Karen Reczek attended the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) meeting in Dulles, Virginia. Read the full article here. 
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This week the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, AAFS, will meet in Anaheim, California for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. And similarly to past conferences, the ASTM E30 committees on forensic science will hold meetings in the same location. Happy standards writing to all those in attendance!

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How to be heard in a Crowd

We’ve all been there, you’re one of many in the room, you’re raising your voice, but getting cut off. That one person in the corner is dismissing you because you’re new and they assume you don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s rough, but it doesn’t have to be. Try these strategies to get yourself heard and listened to at your next meeting:
First, introduce yourself. Either at the beginning of the meeting or during breaks. Make sure everyone knows you and you know everyone. Tell them why you’re there and why you feel you can add value. [1]
Next, speak as an equal. Keep eye contact when speaking, refer to the source material, and show that you’ve been paying attention by referring to comments made by others. Remember that you’re all there for the same reason and everyone has a valuable contribution to make. [2]
Finally, remember to follow-up after meetings. If you’re the first one out the door, you’re missing out on a great opportunity. A major part of committee work is the conversations happening during breaks or after the meeting is done for the day. Stay after and help clean up, ask questions about how things went, voice your thoughts and see if other agree. Invite others to join you for dinner and continue the conversation there.
And remember, standards don’t get written in a day, it takes time, communication, and repetition. Do your homework before meetings, come prepared with thoughtful comments, understand the rules, and help others when you can.
Proper preparation and planning before a meeting can go a long way, check out this easy guide with helpful tips and graphics -
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