Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
|Jack's first soccer game! Little man scored two goals!|
I wrote a blog post a few weeks back about maintaining that balance between life and work. I am currently at one of those rebalancing points in life. I have noticed about every three years or so, my family goes through somewhat of a transition. Last one, we added Hailey to our family, my husband got a new job and started school full time all in the same week. This one, I am covering for someone who left at work until they can find someone new (essentially doing 2.5 peoples job), Jack started Kindergarden and his first season of soccer and Hailey started at a new daycare.
I kept trying to keep up with everything. And quickly realized I was forgetting about the most important thing in life. My sanity! I was literally making myself sick and have the stress rash to prove it. So, priorities had to be set. First comes my family and getting them through this latest transition. Then comes my full time job - well because it pays the bills for now. Then comes my current clients with Crafty. We have a couple of big projects that are coming to a head here in the next month.
I had grandios plans to write about special events and promotions all month. Currently those are taking a back seat to life, but you can bet I will pick it up again when things get back on routine! So, until October I hope you have a fantastic September during our respite.
Posted by Kristen Baxter at 12:20 PM
Thursday, September 5, 2013
My biggest complaints about meetings I attend, and I attend a lot, is that they are not organized. Being the planner that I am, I want to know why I am there, what we are going to accomplish and then leave with a task list for myself and for others so we can all hold each other accountable. A perfect example for why every meeting should have a killer agenda. I am firm believer in this, even for the smallest of meetings.
So, what should be in your agenda? It should answer for attendees what they need to do to prepare for the meeting and what you hope to accomplish in getting everyone together. Key here - is to prepare and send it out to all attendees well in advance of the scheduled meeting.
Meeting LogisticsI usually put this in a header at the top of the agenda. The name of the meeting, when and where it will take place, and how you will meet, if not in a physical location then list the web address or conference call line. If it is on the phone or online, you may want to add a line there for people to get logged in or call in a few minutes early.
Attendees and Their Roles
Who is going to be there and what are they going to be doing there? Or what is there role? You may even want to include contact information for each, to facilitate follow up that may need to take place post meeting.
Purpose of the Meeting/Desired Outcomes
If the name of the meaning in the heading does not clearly spell it out - get more specific here. Tell them exactly what will come from this meeting, key decisions that will need to be made, etc.
What They Need to Do or Prepare Prior the the Meeting
Some information may need to be brought to or organized for all to share prior to the meeting. If you are not the one responsible for doing so, list who is responsible for what.
List out all of the topics that need to be discussed. Bullet points work great here for others to follow along and take notes.
If there is a follow up meeting, deadlines for specific action items, etc. list them here so people know what will happen after they leave.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
No travel time, so it may cut the total time of your meeting down.
If you forget something, or need anything additional for the meeting you still have easy access.
Can probably utilize more audio visual aides and with your own equipment.
May be difficult to get people to step away from their daily duties and focus on the meeting.
It is easier for others within the company, who are not involved in the meeting, to interupt.
Sometimes leaving the office and getting away for a bit can inspire creativity and team bonding.
Can allow you to double the meeting as an employee appreciation as well!
If you don't have great audio/visual equipment, choose an off-site location that does.
Travel time to the location may add time to the length of the meeting
If you forget something - too bad!
Be careful when choosing a location - external factors such as noise or lots of activity not associated with your group can be distracting.
Monday, September 2, 2013
So to start our meeting today here is my agenda for the month!
Week 1 - MeetingsWe will delve into on-site vs. off-site meetings, how to put together the perfect agenda, adding those special touches and even share with you my top 10 places to go to or order in from for your next meeting.
Week 2 - Client AppreciationI'll share some great ideas for the Fall here in the Northwest to show your thanks to the people that help pay your bills as well as some tips on how to get people to attend and even some ways to reach out to them on a personal level.
Week 3 - Employee AppreciationSome fun ways to celebrate employees without even leaving the office and a couple to get out from behind the desks, and why it is important to allow people to escape for a bit and bond!
Week 4 - Promotional EventsI give you my must have tips for putting together that perfect tradeshow booth, how to get the most out of your sponsorship and even how to bring the business right to your front door.
I am excited for the Fall weather, scarves and chunky sweaters, pumpkin patches and butternut squash, but even more to share with you my passion for event planning all September long!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Join groups and be active in them.
Seems simple right? It is. LinkedIn is a "social networking" site just like all the others we have discussed this month. On LinkedIn, the way to be social and network is to join groups. The more the better as it help improve your exposure on the site.
They are really the best way to get in touch with other users who are there for the same thing, have your same interests or work in the same industry. Start by joining other's groups, to watch and interact with others to see what works and what doesn't work. Then start your own group. Start discussions to build your network and build relationships. I have gotten some great ideas just by following other conversations.
Add value - be a resource to any group you are a part of or start. Showcase your expertise and past experiences or add a different point of view. We all come from different backgrounds and each have a different perspective, which includes ideas for improvements or new ideas.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Social media experts all over the web will tell you that the first step to getting anywhere with LinkedIn is to have a complete profile yourself. There is much more to it that having your name, a great headshot, your job history and some links to where people might be able to see your work. Here are some suggestions to take your profile to the next level.