A few weeks back, I was able to attend an event where students of Tidewater Community College (TCC) here in Downtown Norfolk were able to ask speakers on a panel about career related issues. Afterwards, one word came up again and again to explain the event: humble.
Growing up I was a kid in love with art. I loved painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, etc. I didn't just do art for fun, although it was, it was completely instinctual from the time I first held a crayon in my hand. As I grew older, I received the same concern as most artists receive from their friends and family "You don't want to be a starving artist, do you?" Well, I never blinked at the idea. Giving up art and finding something more, well, "practical," as they would say, was not an option.
I recently attended a networking event with a generous spread of food and drinks. After I finished my can of diet soda, I sought out one of the hosts of the event and asked if they had a recycling bin. The gentleman smiled, apologized, and said that they didn’t have a recycling bin because the city doesn’t currently collect recycling. I knew that this was a hot topic in the downtown area because I’ve heard a number of people talk about how badly they wanted to see recycling pickup become a reality.
This is a question I hear all the time! Usually it’s coming from business owners, entrepreneurs, big-thinkers, or friends and family. The answer is simple. It depends.
In this day and age of instantaneous, back and forth communication, editing is often overlooked. I mean, how often do you proofread your text messages? Based on the amount of submissions to www.damnyouautocorrect.com, probably never. And maybe the fact that your phone changed “kale salad” to “male salad” doesn’t matter that much in a text message to your friend, but when it comes to professional digital communication, editing is still relevant.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is used by non-profit organizations and businesses to manage the workflow of building relationships with constituients and customers. What exactly does that mean? Well, it can mean different things for non-profits than from businesses. Let me explain with two examples.
Do you underestimate the right-brain thinkers in the workplace? Well, the Conceptual Age is putting a stop to it. It's about time! Don't get me wrong, both left and right-brain thinkers play crucial roles in the workplace. However, it is time to give it up for the once believed underdog on this topic: Right-brain thinkers.
You’ve only got 2 seconds to make a first impression. Sometimes you don’t even realize that your facial expressions are giving away your true emotions. Then again, others seem to have mastered the art of the poker face. I am definitely not one of those people.
Last week I helped a client sort out their content management issues, during the meeting one of the team members asked if they could just clone me and let me do all “this stuff.” While I was flattered, the exasperation on this man’s face was telling. Keeping up with a robust web-presence is a lot like feeding a dragon; you need to keep feeding it or it may turn on you. Maybe not with quite as much fire and gnashing teeth as a “real” dragon, but losing momentum in your marketing efforts is certainly something to be concerned about.
If you’ve ever been to the Artsmith office in downtown Norfolk, you’ve probably ridden up the elevator to get to the 6th floor. The ride doesn’t take long, but it’s long enough for a brief conversation or introduction. That is why they call it an “elevator pitch.” You have only a few moments to convince someone to keep talking to you, even if it’s a follow-up phone call or in person meeting. So, to help you with your elevator pitch, here are some tips to help you use your limited time wisely.