Eric B.

Nexidia’s New Award Spawns Some Awards of Our Own

That's one Foxxy winner.Speech Heads, it certainly has been a big year for Nexidia, and the year is but a slim five weeks old. They’ve been announcing partnerships with Microsoft and MSNBC and just patting themselves on the back silly, punch drunk and swooning with their outrageous fortune. I’m sure if you were to take a little trip down to balmy Atlanta—Hot-lanta as the natives say—and happened to make your way into their offices, you’d find them dizzily giggling down their cubicle halls, slapping high fives, and dousing their laurelled executives with coolers of Gatorade, as fine streams of expensive bubbly ricochet a thousand champagne corks from off the cheap lighting fixtures.

Well, let drums beat on!

Yesterday, Nexidia announced that it would be hosting an award program for itself and its customers who best use its products: The Center of Excellence Program. Honored in the first such illustrious program are Earthlink, Bluecross and Blue Shield of Tennessee (Are you from Nashville, because you’re the only ten I see?), and InterContinental Hotels Group, all bestowed high praise and lauds for their demonstration of “strong leadership in advancing the use of speech analytics in their respective enterprises.”

Nexidia’s internal award show got us thinking here at the Speech Tech offices. We have so much fun doing the Speech Industry Awards, maybe we ought to have our own award show to showcase our talents around here. Here’s a little taste of what one might look like:

  • Best On-Site Implementation (of fashion): Adam B.

Very few of you would be aware of this, but my brother, Adam B., dresses so sharply around the office that many of us weep openly. Just the other day he was wearing a beautifully cut Brooks Brothers’ Fitzgerald Birds-Eye 1818 brown suit when he got a little bit of non-dairy creamer on the cuff of one of his pant legs. He ripped the suit from his body, balled it right up, and chucked it into the bin as if it were leftovers from the fridge gone bad. From a fine leather attaché case, he pulled a second suit, a tailored Dolce and Gabbana black wool number and put it on.

“How I loathe a spare,” he muttered under his breath as he slid on the jacket.

  • Best Outbound IVR: Leonard K.

Our managing editor has the best phone manners I’ve ever heard in my life. The man is a charm offensive all the time, every time—which is part of the reason he gets such great scoops out of his interviewees. I hear his phone skills are so honed, that he once misdialed his bank’s phone number, accidentally got a KFC, and somehow managed to get someone to name eight of the eleven secret herbs and spices in under three utterances. Damn shazaam!

  • Best Text-to-Speech: Adam B.

My brother is really racking up the wins here, but this one was a no brainer. Adam has such a good reading voice, that he’s actually the voice talent featured on the rail systems in Milan; Columbus, OH; Osaka; and Hamburg. He’s also voiced several cartoons characters, but he asks me not to mention these as he doesn’t want to “ruin the magic for the kids.”

If there’s any award categories you’d like to see, Speech Heads, let us know!

3 Responses

  1. Bill Richardsonfeldstien
    Bill Richardsonfeldstien February 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm |

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  2. Bill Richardsonfeldstien Jr.
    Bill Richardsonfeldstien Jr. February 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm |

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  3. Bill Richardsonfeldstien III.
    Bill Richardsonfeldstien III. February 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm |

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