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Delegating for the Holidays

December 3, 2016

christmas-funny-womanThe holidays are always such a magical time. When I first smell that sharp, festive scent of Scot’s pine in the winter, I know the season is finally here. My family and I celebrate Christmas, and I just love getting into the spirit of the season by listening to Christmas carols and wrapping all the gifts.

My family has a pretty funny history when it comes to gift wrapping. We have gone through several present-wrapping phases. There was a time when we wrapped everything in newspaper, saving money on gift wrap and recycling old paper in the process. A few years later, my sister-in-law made us all reusable gift bags, and we started putting Christmas presents in these bags. However, we always seem to go back to the colorful paper and ribbons, even if wrapping presents with gift wrap takes more time.

I don’t always have time to wrap gifts myself every Christmas. Some years, I hire a teenager to lend me a hand and do the gift wrapping for me. It’s a nice opportunity for a young person to earn some extra money during the holidays. Hiring someone else to take on gift wrapping also helps me from getting overly stressed by everything I need to do during the holidays.

During the holidays, we can be doing a lot of dining and entertaining. Women in particular have a habit of wanting to do everything — I know this from personal experience. There’s this desire to attend all the events, make sure the food is delicious, the house is presentable, the presents look pretty sitting under the tree, and be the best hostess at every event. It is incredibly demanding and can take a lot of the fun out of the holidays, but one strategy can help you finish your to-do list without all the stress.

If you are in charge of planning an event — such as an office party, a family gathering, or even a Christmas caroling outing — start by identifying everything that will need to get done. Pick out the tasks you will most enjoy doing and assign those tasks to yourself.

Next, print out the rest of the tasks on individual slips of paper and put them all into a hat. Pass the hat around to everyone who will be attending and have them draw a task at random. Each person who will be attending the event now has a role in putting on that event. Delegation can be a very important tool when planning, but it’s not something everyone takes advantage of.

This method can be very beneficial in the professional setting. Everyone is chipping in and working together as a team toward a common goal. People can practice teamwork while getting to know their co-workers better.

Whatever tasks this time of year brings, I find that when to-do items are delegated, everything gets done, and you can still enjoy the pleasures of the holiday season.

Happy holidays!

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Nine Nuggets for Networking

November 21, 2016

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Supersize these nuggets, then share them with others. Have fun networking!

  1. When you meet people at a networking event, shake hands, smile and look them in the eye. Greeting people warmly is always welcome.
  2. Have professionally designed and printed business cards available to give on request. Better yet, make a point of asking others for their cards . . . that way, you can follow up and not wait for them to contact you.
  3. Listen well when talking with others. Use your eyes, heart and brain as well as your ears to engage in a full conversation. Never look over the person’s shoulder to pick out someone “more important.”
  4. Take opportunities to praise people for the contributions they make. Letting them take a bow makes you both feel good!
  5. Make a point of regularly connecting with people on your key contact list, even when you aren’t requesting something from them. They will feel nurtured by your outreach.
  6. Follow up your networking conversations within a day or two (that’s why you ask for the other’s card). Graciously follow through on any agreements you make—and do it as soon as practical.
  7. If you’re in a conversation with people who are badmouthing others, do the reverse. Say positive things instead; “goodmouth” them as recommended by Susan Rhohan.
  8. Acknowledge what others do and who they are by sending cards, emails or letters. Frequently congratulate those in your networking circle on their ideas and achievements.
  9. Always ask people how you can help them accomplish their goals. Get specific details and follow through on what you promised. Doing that will build loyalty and trust every time!

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The Other Mothers – Celebrating Special Women this Mother’s Day

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On Mother’s Day, we pay tribute to our own mothers and grandmothers as a way of thanking them for the sacrifices they made for us growing up. But there are other women who have made an impact on your life, or the lives of children, that deserve to be honored on that special day in May.

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Turn off your cell phones and just RELAX!

January 9, 2014 Texting-at-Spa

Going to a spa is on my list of favorite things to do! It doesn’t matter if it’s a destination spa or a day spa where I live–I love it all!

I have been to spas in Asia, Europe, Australia, South America, North America and on the high seas. And spas keep getting better and better — providing more ambiance and exotic services. They rarely disappoint.

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Ecard or Mailed-Out Holiday Greeting – That Is But the Question?

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The holidays are such busy time of year and there is often a sense of obligation when it comes to who to send cards to–and that can add to the stress of the holidays. If you haven’t sent your cards out already, you know what I mean. You’re busy!

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Four Ways to Adapt an Attitude of Gratitude – Every Day!

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“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”

~ Robert Caspar Lintner, early 20th-century writer

This quote get bounced around the Internet at this time of year and serves as a reminder that being grateful isn’t something confined to the holiday season. Whether you celebrated a Canadian Thanksgiving last month, or gearing up for the busy season that launches with the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, you know that this is the time of year when being thankful is a hot topic at the dinner table.

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Are you talking to me?

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5 Places To Avoid Using Your Cell Phone

Everywhere you go, people are chatting on their cell phones. The grocery store, doctor’s offices, and even in the bathroom! Marketing agency, 11Mark, conducted a study last year – polling 1000 mobile-toting Americans about their bathroom and tech habits and the results might surprise you. They certainly surprised me!

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Your 2013 Manners Makeover

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I recently shared a challenge on my blog that I’d like to extend to you: 3 Habits to Start Creating Today.

To set a new standard for interacting with others, please incorporate these three habits and share your findings with me. I love hearing about your results.

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Flex Your Gym Manners This Year

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At this time of year, when so many are trying to lose those extra holiday pounds, health clubs and gyms are busier than ever. With the influx of people in and out of the gym.

So what’s the biggest etiquette pet peeve of a typical gym-goer? Leaving the equipment sweaty.

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10 Cocktail Party Etiquette Tips You Need To Know

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With the holiday season fast approaching, your calendar is probably filling up with invitations to cocktail parties and holiday festivities. The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, spend time with family and mingle with business associates. With the party season about to kick into high gear, I thought this was the perfect time to share a few cocktail party etiquette tips.

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