2016: The New Normal

By: Kristi Spargo

Change is big. Change is hard. Change is necessary. There are some people that seek change and in fact thrive on the invigorating adrenaline rush that a new direction provides. There are many more people that are fearful of disruptions to their everyday routine and dread being faced with the ubiquitous fork in the road. Yet in order to truly maximize both your personal and professional life it’s critical to learn how to embrace and incorporate change; as it will happen whether you want it to or not. As 2016 gets underway, take the opportunity to prepare for whatever changes might be ahead. Continue reading “2016: The New Normal”

The Holidays are Upon Us

By: Lauren Millard

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are here and as much as we love the food, festivities, and spending time with the ones we love, let’s just be honest for a second and say, the holidays are stressful.  As if you weren’t busy enough going about your normal day to day tasks, let’s go ahead and add sending out holiday cards, buying presents, traveling, and going to 8 different holiday parties  to your running to do list that is already a mile long.  On top of all of that, just consider the amount of work that is piling up while you’re out of town eating your fill of turkey and apple pie.  How in the world are you supposed to enjoy this amazing time of the year that you spend with family and friends?  Here are some tips you can use this holiday season to try and find that balance between your work life and your personal life.  Continue reading “The Holidays are Upon Us”

Glass Slippers and Branding

By: Shelly Sobol

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away….

While the actual stories have changed from the time we were children, the idea of storytelling hasn’t. We tell stories to make sense of the changing world around us and to remind the listener of shared values (or values you want to instill upon them). You can use these same storytelling skills when determining a branding plan for your professional image. My goal today, is to share how to brand your organization by storytelling, and telling those stories through images (versus text/infographics/video or other mediums).  Continue reading “Glass Slippers and Branding”

Vacation Every Weekend

By: Sigrid Hazelwood

It’s easy to get burnt out when you’re working full time, so I always try toMe Georgia 1 find a balance that keeps me happy and healthy. I really believe that it’s important to spend some time in the outdoors to clear your mind and exercise. It allows you to explore, relax, and learn more about yourself and the place that you call home so that you come to work every day feeling a little better than the day before! Continue reading “Vacation Every Weekend”

Keep Calm and Organize On

By: Caroline Thomas

Recently, I had two weekends in town back to back (in between planning a wedding).FullSizeRender I tore through my home like a tornado, tackling all the things I’ve been avoiding.  It felt so good to minimalize, clean, and organize. I even broke down and cleaned out my personal email because I recently had someone notice the absurd amount of emails in my email icon on my phone home screen. I can’t remember the last time I did that!

 I was feeling pretty accomplished and proud of myself… Until I came into work the following Monday to a jumbled email inbox, papers strewn across my desk, and notes reminding me of “to-dos” from the previous week. That’s when I realized I needed to bring the productiveness of my home spring cleaning to work with me! From that experience, I came up with three quick tips to kick off your office spring cleaning. Continue reading “Keep Calm and Organize On”

Time for Spring Cleaning!

By: Amanda Carey

An organized, clean workspace can make a difference on how you perform at work throughout the day.  It’s that time of year again to open your windows, let the fresh air in, and de-clutter your space, whether that’s at home or at work.  There is research to support that when your environment is clean and organized you are more likely to perform better and generally be in a better mood because of it! Continue reading “Time for Spring Cleaning!”

Fundraising; Friendship/Fun and Fear

By Bennett Napier, CAE

One of our association management company’s clients, is a 501 c3 organization, the Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology.

The group’s mission is to (http://www.dentallabfoundation.org/) advance the profession of dental laboratory technology by developing educational curriculum and programs that will be relevant and accessible to dental technicians and other members of the dental team. Continue reading “Fundraising; Friendship/Fun and Fear”

I DON’T CARE TOO MUCH FOR MONEY…MONEY CAN’T BUY ME LOVE

By: Maureen Turner

I believe that most people think, “If only I had more money, I would be happy!” That isn’t always the case. A few very talented (and wealthy) people that seemed to “have had it all” come to mind. Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston are a few which will always stand out in society as examples.

There are some things that money just can’t buy! I have made a list of the top 10 Things Money can’t buy (But Sales People Should Possess): Continue reading “I DON’T CARE TOO MUCH FOR MONEY…MONEY CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”

What’s Your Game Face?

By: Kristi Spargo

I believe that the ability to maintain neutrality on your face regardless of whatever emotion is being felt is an under-recognized valuable skill in the professional world.  There are some people that are oblivious to others and will carry on a conversation without an upwards glance. Yet there are many more people that read your body language more than you imagine. Body language speaks volumes. You may think that the ever-so-slight shift of your eyeballs in a circular motion went unnoticed, but I can promise you that somewhere along the way, someone noticed it and they haven’t forgotten. Continue reading “What’s Your Game Face?”