Friday Favorites

Fall weather is back thank goodness…it felt like summer showed up to a party it wasn’t Blog graphicinvited to earlier this week.  I do not want to turn on my a/c in October! I also don’t want Fall to quickly slip into winter…we need fall to hang around for awhile.

I hope you had a fun and productive week…I certainly did. Last week was my son’s fall break and I enjoyed every single minute of him being home…including the 9 loads of laundry.  Tonight I will get to see him play basketball in a scrimmage…I’m so excited.

Here’s what I found this week:

9 ways to schedule a meeting…if you must meet.

☞ Need an attitude adjustment…3 daily affirmations to help.

Why you should interview yourself.

Unplugged tourism…I’d love to try this.

Fall television does not dissapoint…here are a few of my favs:

Notorious it’s full of drama and good looking people.

Divorce  While I’ll pretty much watch anything with SJP…so far this is gritty and good.

American Housewife Pretty funny, a little too self-deprecating at times…but love the lead actress.

Insecure Hilarious, real and I love Issa Rae so much.

Atlanta Definitely on my list to binge watch this weekend.

I also watch: Black List, Modern Family, Blackish, Madame Secretary and Big Bang.

What are your new fall tv obsessions?


Friday Fab Four 12.4.15

Happy first Friday of December! Just two more Fridays until Christmas…holy moly.  Did this TTG Fab 4 Decholiday season sneak up on us or what? I hope you had a great week…I certainly did.  The sun was shining all week and it was so wonderful.  Here are the four best articles I read this week, hope you enjoy!

  1. 8 Fascinating Studies Every Entrepreneur Should Know~Kissmetrics {thought this was good for anyone}
  2. 10 Science-Backed Tips for Rocking Your Next Public Speaking Opp~Carly Stec {Excellent tips!}
  3. Two Things to do After Every Meeting~Paul Axtell {if you must meet…do it well}
  4. The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss~First Round {a must read for managers}

Friday Fab Four 7.31.15

Friday Fab FourToday is the last day of July…say what?! As much as I try, I cannot slow down this summer.  It’s frustrating.  Luckily, I read several great articles this week to take my mind off of tempus fugit! Have a great weekend!

1. 3 Traits of Great Bosses (and How to Pick One)~Michelle Lam {If you have a boss, I hope they fall in one of these three categories!}

2. How 12 Companies Make Meetings Memorable, Effective and Short~Stephanie Vozza {really good ideas for better meetings}

3. Rethinking Exercise as a Source of Immediate Rewards~Jane E. Brody {yes!}

4. How Brand-New Words are Spreading Across America~Nikhil Sonnad {this is really interesting…or on fleek}

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The Un-Meeting



Are you tired of sitting in long, boring meetings? So am I! What can we do about this? Day after day, meeting after meeting I sit and wonder… what would make this meeting better, more productive?  So here are a few of my ideas!

The Standing Meeting: Ok, hang with me here a second…if we stood up during our meetings I almost guarantee the folks speaking at the meeting would talk faster and more efficiently because they want to go sit down.  I believe standing meetings would make the meeting more social and more interactive.  If you can see each others body language better, you would get a better idea of what people really think in meetings.  (People can hide non-verbal clues under a boardroom table.)  Now, the stand up meeting isn’t for every meeting, only those 20 minutes or less meetings.  This type of meeting is great for Monday morning staff meetings or project update meetings. I particularly like this type of meeting because it reminds me of a huddle…so many great things are accomplished in a good huddle. Go Team!

3 Tips for Effective Stand Up Meetings

The Walking Meeting: Truly my new favorite type of meeting. It is just how it sounds…you walk and meet.  I’ve started meeting individually with my staff for 15 minutes a week and we walk around downtown.  Not only are we getting out of the office and in to the sunshine but we are also getting exercise.  What is equally great, I’ve discovered my staff talks more in depth on these walking meetings.  They seem to like the uninterrupted time with me and I like the change of scenery.  Next time someone pops in your office and wants to meet, ask them to walk with you…I think you will really like it.

Join POTUS and Zuckerberg, they like walking meetings! 

Meet Anywhere but the Office Meeting: Much like the walking meeting just get out of the boardroom! If your staff meets in the same room week after week, change it up and go somewhere new.  People dread meetings and if you throw them a curve ball by having the weekly meeting across the street or in the lobby, this will make your staff take notice and pay attention.  Meetings do not have to be around a table to be effective.  They could be around several tables or couches and coffee tables.  No matter the configuration, get your staff out of their meeting rut. Hit the local coffee shop and buy a round!

You Have to Start Meeting Like This

If you have more ideas for better meetings, please share.  I am always on the lookout for good meeting ideas.