I can’t believe that I didn’t show these to all of you sooner. Take a look at them!!
I almost feel like I’m starting to get this Branding thing down. We’ll see how this goes. What do you think of the final outcome?
The question of the day: How tall do you think you are in your head?
Head on over to Freckled Italian today to see a lovely feature on me, Betsy from Betsy Transatlantically, and Stefanie from A Day in the Life of Stefanie (who is now also featured on my buttons on the right). Meagan asked us how tall we think we are in our heads. What a strange question, right?
You should probably go check out what my answer was…
Secondly, Lucy from A Small Insight did an awesome feature on me and Sarah from Style on the Couch this week in honor of her 100th post (congratulations and thank you!!). It’s amazing how well she’s come to know me from only reading my blog and comments on her blog. Goodness I love this blogging world.
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Posted in icebreakers, parties, parties for large groups, tagged ice breaker, ice breakers, icebreaker, icebreakers, meeting new people, networking, never have i ever, parties, parties for large groups, pg13 on January 16, 2012 |
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Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you’re having an incredible MLK weekend, and I hope that a lot of you have today off to a) relax and b) catch up on the inevitable hugely long to do lists that we all seem to have and keep adding to. In the meantime (while you’re procrastinating doing your to do list), please enjoy my Never Have I Ever post :)
As I’ve mentioned before, I used to be an RA in college. As I’ve mentioned before, I threw myself a pretty awesome (if I do say so myself) 21st birthday party. What do these two things have in common? Probably lots of things – but for the purpose of this post, the answer is playing Never Have I Ever. My all-time favorite drinking game and in my top 10 games of all-time. Now the question is if you are a) going to play this game around people that you are supposed to be supervising, or b) playing this game in front of your friend’s parents that you don’t know very well – how do you keep it exciting enough so that people want to participate, but mild enough that you would feel okay telling your grandmother (almost) everything that you admit to. Here are some sample questions that we came up with for the affairs:
- …Gotten a piercing that you can’t see in the summer
- …Sequenced DNA
- …Shoved someone into a wall
- …Eaten a bug on purpose
- …Gone to Catholic school
- …Gotten your braces hooked on someone else’s
- …Named your car
- …Been to Vegas
- …Beat Super Mario 64
- …Made out with someone in a bathroom
- …Met someone really sketchy at a club
- …Done karaoke
- …Not had a middle name
- …Snuck into a rated R movie under age
- …Flown an airplane
- …Wished your life were a musical
- …Used all 7 letters in Scrabble
- …Been kicked out of a movie theater
- …Lied about your birthday to get free dessert
- …Skipped school without being sick
- …Kissed someone on the first date
- …Given someone a fake phone number
- …Ran away from home
- …Kissed someone you didn’t like
- …Attempted to chug a gallon of milk
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Posted in icebreakers, tagged ABC, ABC introductions, alphabet, chit chat, Eleanor Roosevelt, inspiration, introductions, meeting new people, networking, parties, parties for large groups on December 9, 2011 |
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A few weeks ago at my training in Texas I learned a “new” method of starting conversation with people you don’t know from Katen Consulting. It’s the Eleanor Roosevelt Alphabet Topics method. Essentially, when you meet somebody new, go through every letter of the alphabet and think of a question to ask pertaining to that letter. Here’s an excerpt from Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice that explains it better.
Franklin laughed. “You make it sound terrible,” he said. “I thought girls liked to go to dances and parties.”
“Well, I don’t.” Eleanor looked very serious. “Anyway, I never know what to say to people at parties and dances.”
Laughing, she added, “My Aunt Maude told me what to do when I couldn’t think of anything to say. She said I should take the alphabet and start right through it. ‘A-apple. Do you like apples, Mr. Smith? B-bears. Are you afraid of bears, Mr. Jones? C-cats. What do you think of cats, Mrs. Jellyfish?’”
Franklin laughed too. “I think you will do alright. By the time you get to Z-zebras, the party will probably be over.”
Weil, Ann. Eleanor Roosevelt: Fighter for Social Justice. New York: Aladdin, 1989. Print. 160-161.
Now, it doesn’t need to be taken quite as literally. For example A can be art, B can be baseball, C can be college, D can be Dunkin Donuts, E can be… alright, well I’m clearly running out of good examples, but I really do like this idea. Let the brainstorming begin!
PS. How often do you get to take advantage of MLA formating? Awesome.
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Posted in hosting events, hosting tips, networking, tagged avoiding awkward situations, dining, dining etiquette, etiquette, guest, hosting events, meeting new people, networking, parties for large groups on November 21, 2011 |
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In addition to hearing a little bit more about what to wear in a corporate setting at my training, I also took (another) dining etiquette class. I had the privilege of getting to hear a little bit more about dining etiquette from Laura Katen, Deborah Goldstein and Jeannette Dunn from Katen Consulting. (Check it out: http://www.katenconsulting.com/) Most of the discussion focused around corporate dining; however all of these skills are transferable to dates and meals with friends and family. Here were some of the major takeaways from the affair:
How to be classy while dressed to impress.
(alright, this was not a takeaway from the affair, this just my awesome senior design team)
If you are the GUEST:
- Wait until the host arrives before sitting at the table
- Be aware of how fast people are eating and set your pace accordingly
If you are the HOST:
- Drop hints about what types of food your guests should be ordering so that they don’t have the awkward “how much money should I be spending” debate while choosing their meal
- Unless you know your audience well, avoid potential “awkward situations” such as a tapas or family style meal
If you are either the HOST or a GUEST:
- When you get up to leave the table during the meal, your napkin should be placed on your chair.
- When you get up to leave at the end of a meal, your napkin should be placed on the table.
- Research the restaurant beforehand to make sure that you understand the menu.
- The proper time to pick up your napkin is when everybody has seated themselves at the table.
- Don’t hold a wine glass by the bulby-part, hold it by the stem or bottom. (Clearly this was not written like this the first time.)
Finally, if you ever see somebody that you know and want to go say hi to them – instead of getting into an awkward situation where they other person may not remember you - mention where you know them from so that things are less awkward. For example, “Hey, Lisa, how have you been since training in New York?”
These are some great tips, good luck remembering them all… it was great to meet the lovely ladies of Katen Consulting, thank you for everything! Remember, practice makes perfect, and Bon Appetit!
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