By Amanda Carey
(A couple of close friends and me after graduation)
The best 4 (or 5) years of your life quickly come to an end when you hear that timeless graduation hymn and receive that (fake) diploma that will shortly be replaced by the real one, also doubling as your golden ticket to the real world. College is over. “Real life” is beginning. The phrase you have been hearing and warned about since grade school. Although the transition filled me with excitement and fear, I have learned valuable lessons shortly after taking a leap into this next chapter in life, and here are just 6 of them. Continue reading 6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)
By: Lisa Kamper
Cruising means different things to different people. Some people like to take a cruise to disconnect from the world, while others prefer to cruise and meet a whole new group of people who like the same things that they like. This year will be my 6th time on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas. I remember the first time sailing on this ship back in October 2011. I remember researching everything I possibly could about this massive ship and what it had to offer. I spent hours on sites like Cruise Critic (www.cruisecritic.com) chatting with other people that had been on the ship several times. These people are the ones that I classified as the experts both on this particular ship and cruising in general. I also chatted with the people like me that were new to this ship. Continue reading Let’s Go Cruising…. #Freedomoftheseas #RoyalCaribbean
By: Eric Thorn
Most organizations have periodic staff meetings to share information and keep everyone’s efforts coordinated. It is very easy for these meetings to become routine and fall into a pattern or rut over time. If things become too routine, lapses of attention and yes, even the dreaded B word, Boredom, can occur. Continue reading KEEP IT FRESH: The Key to Great Staff Meetings
By: Jill Jackson, CMP
Has having a constant companion, partner in crime and friend for 42 years taught me about teamwork or is it a learned skill? Since I am an identical and mirror twin, I believe I was born with the teamwork gene. My sister and I somehow worked together to live even though we were a month premature and not expected to make it. We made it through wearing the same outfits and being called “Twin” or “JillJoy” for most of our childhood, since no one could tell us apart. We also somehow managed to both acquire some of our parent’s abilities – sports abilities from our dad and clerical, event planning and medical knowledge all from my mom. She was an office manager for an orthopedic surgeon for many years and did catering on the side. Somehow my sister turned out to be the x-ray technologist (medical knowledge) and I turned out to be the conventions and events planner (clerical and events planning). Continue reading HAS BEING A TWIN TAUGHT ME TEAMWORK?
By: Danielle Jessup
Stressed? Who isn’t? How can someone even ask that question? Truth be told, I’m stressed just thinking about having to write this blog. I’m still stressed wondering if people are going to like it. (NOTE: If you like it, please don’t forget to share it) The goal to stress management is finding something that works for you. I used to dance my entire life. Woke up, went to school and then danced for 4-6 hours every day. Life was good. No stress that I can recall. Continue reading Stress Busters, Dance of Joy, Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!
By: William Lessley
A small state trade association celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. Many associations, upon reaching such a milestone, will blow out their anniversary year and then retreat the following year. Often, they are recovering from the amount of money they spent celebrating. This is a mistake! You spent an entire year building momentum for your association and then just stop? Did the association cease to exist after this magical milestone was passed? Then, why would you go backwards? Continue reading Update Your Style #FixItFriday
By: John Ricco, CAE
Like many people, I like being active and doing what I can to stay fit; biking, kayaking, lifting weights, or running — O.K., I’m lying about enjoying running. In addition to the physical benefits, I find these activities help clear my mind and improve my ability to focus. The other day while on a run (not really), I began to think about the parallels that my fitness activities taught me about professional life and vice versa. The same mental framework we use to power through runs and bike rides can help us be more effective and productive at work — here are some that come to mind. Continue reading 5 Management and Life Lessons From the Gym