By: Beth Evarts
As we approach the holidays, it is a time of celebration and spending time with family, friends and co-workers. It is a time of remembrance.
Once we stop, think and realize just what is important to each of us in life, we can plan for success. The question is, how do we plan to get there and have we planned for the unexpected. Continue reading Being Prepared for Holidays and Disasters
by: Ricki Sexton
Here at Partners, we are fortunate enough to have a full week off during the holidays each year. I started working at Partners last December 1st, and while I was told that December was our “busy season”, I had no idea what our busy season really entailed. As a result, while trying to wrap my brain around my new job duties, 18 different clients, and 3 and a half new team members I had not previously worked with, I thought surely I had bitten off more than I could chew! I had many plans in place that would keep us organized and on task, but the best laid plans often go astray while you have run to the kitchen for just one more caffeine fix.
Here are a few tips and plans that I have in place to ensure that we have a less “bumpy” ride this December, in the midst of one of our busiest client’s renewal periods, topped with the office being closed for an entire week. Continue reading 3 Tips to Make Your Office Holiday Closure Hassle-Free
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
By: Shelly Sobol
Going to a “networking” event can oftentimes feel like you’re going to a sales convention. Determining what someone can do for you, and pitching what you can do for them. But how do you (or your association/business) make an event more subtle on sales and more about genuine connection? The folks at Hyatt Hotels showed me how when they recently hosted an event in Tallahassee before the Florida Society of Association Executives’ Education Day. Continue reading Getting Your Name Out There
By: Caroline Thomas
Have you heard this saying before? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe. It remains one of the most well-known wedding traditions, stemming from an English rhyme. Many brides round up items for each of these categories for good luck on the biggest day of their life. If you can believe it, in an office staffed with approximately thirty people, four of us are getting married within two months of each other this coming spring.. I am learning so much throughout the process that I want to share how you can utilize these concepts at your next association event, whether you consider yourself to be superstitious or not! Continue reading Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue…and Something for You:
By: Meghan Brasher
Some days can be more stressful than others in the office. Your shoulders seem a little tense and your coffee seems a little less potent. As you sit down at your desk your day begins: make more coffee, check your email and all the sudden… all of the tasks that you pushed off until today come flooding back to you. You wonder, “how am I going to get this all done today”? Although many of us have become accustomed to functioning with the low levels of serotonin that stress soaks up, how productive are we really if we aren’t correctly managing our stress? Here are some tips for making your work week more productive and stress free. Continue reading Shoulders Back and Breathe
By: Ricki Sexton
A word that I have never used quite so frequently in my entire life as I have in the last eight months as an employee is procedures. I’ve had “procedures” done at doctor’s offices. I’ve had “procedures” done in the dentist office. When I first started my career at Partners, I would define things as “instructions”. Now, I too, have fallen into the “procedures” wording, because let’s face it – Procedures is a much clearer word! Continue reading Procedures! Organization! Success! Oh My!