From Superhero to Superstar

By: Kim Barclay

Paper?  What is paper? How did we survive before computers, the internet and email?

Life can be frustrating.  For one, my car has been in the shop for way too long.  Second, my bad karma has followed me to my office where our office as conducting server maintenance.  This means that access to the internet and email can be sporadic..  Our IT director came around to everyone this morning and asked our whole office to log off our computers, and then told us it might take up to 45 minutes until we could log back on to the network.  Holy Interrupted Internet, Batman!  How am I supposed to work without a computer and the internet?

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3 Tips: How to Balance it All

By: Jillian Heddaeus, CMP

The First Question…
“How do you have time for everything?” I get this question all the time.  The simple answer is, “I get up really early, 4:30 a.m.”  Yes, I choose to get up that early.  Most of my days consist of 2 jobs and 2 workouts.  I work fulltime at Partners and part-time as a Gymnastics Coach at the Trousdell Gymnastics Center). Why two workouts?  Well… triathlon is a 3 discipline sport, if I did 3 workouts a day it would cut into my free time.

The Second Question: “What free time?”
Yes, I do have free time. I choose to workout as much as I do and I choose to coach in the evenings — because I enjoy it.  I know what I choose to do with my “free time” differs from most; but I believe my day isn’t much different than many of my co-workers with children, pets, a desire to start an exercise routine, etc. Continue reading “3 Tips: How to Balance it All”

Being Part of an Organization; Benefits You…

By: Malarie Barineau

When joining an organization it’s important to ask yourself how will this benefit me personally, professionally and how can I maximize value.

I recently joined the Junior League of Tallahassee (JLT) and I can already say I’m looking forward to what this next year has in store for me and it hasn’t even begun yet! The organization has more than 500 members, promotes community projects to help children and families such as opportunities to succeed in school through health, self-esteem and basic needs. The membership is comprised of executives, homemakers, teachers, entrepreneurs and more, all women dedicated to making the Tallahassee community better.   Continue reading “Being Part of an Organization; Benefits You…”

Love, Exhibitor Style: Starring Meeting Planners & Vendors

By Christina Welty, MA

I’ve worked with exhibitors for over a decade and there’s no doubt that they are the lifeblood of most associations.  Without the support of the associate/industry members through exhibits and sponsorships, most associations could not continue having Annual Conventions each year.

So why is it that some meeting planners seem to focus little energy enhancing the experiences of the exhibitors?  Most likely, this lack of energy is probably not deliberate.  Hosting and managing an Annual Convention is a LOT of work and depending on the amount of staff, you may not have time to focus on everything.  In this blog, I’ll share some strategies I’ve practiced and some tactics I’ve seen exhibitors use that have been successful.  Some take quite a bit of time and money, but others do not and can make a BIG difference. Continue reading “Love, Exhibitor Style: Starring Meeting Planners & Vendors”

Bring your Dog to Work Day!

By: Deborah Mandel

1. Dani at the desk

My dog, Dani, on a field trip to the office

 Have you ever worked for a company where day-in and day-out it was just the same boring routine? Do you go in at the same time, login to your computer, go through emails, and start to trudge through your everyday job responsibilities? You may be thinking, “Yeah, that’s my job. That’s how I get paid!”, but that’s also how you burnout! Continue reading “Bring your Dog to Work Day!”

6 Things I Learned After Graduation (And Into the Real World)

By Amanda Careygrad pic 2

(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)”