We love flowers. They can elevate any gathering and make your space more beautiful and interesting by adding color and texture. If all else fails, flowers! They give any space that ‘I tried without trying’ look. However, if your budget is limited or you don’t feel comfortable putting together your own arrangement, here are some quick and easy tips.
Why infused water? I’ll give you three reasons.
Reason number one. It tastes better.
We all love water (right?), so why not add a natural flavor along with it? Especially if clients are in the building, it’s nice to find something that meets in the middle. Between water and soda, this is perfect for those who aren’t looking for one or another extreme.
Living Room had the pleasure of working with our friend Zak, mixologist extraordinaire who created a drink just for you. We believe this delicious concoction fully embodies Living Room’s brand and as an added bonus, happens to be one of the most delicious drinks in all the land. And although we may be extremely biased (or perhaps it’s all the cocktails) we’ll let you decide.
We live in a world that tends to point at a person’s weaknesses first. Point blank.
While this piece of information can be pretty cruel, it is comforting to know there are people out there fighting to change such a harsh reality.
American author, researcher and speaker Tom Rath has created Strengthsfinder 2.0 for exactly that purpose.
Strengthsfinder 2.0 is a book and online assessment created for people to discover the top 5 talents they already possess within themselves, and teaches them how to apply their strengths not only to what they do professionally, but also to their every day life in the real world.
The Living Room uses Strengthsfinder 2.0 for the very same reasons.
Instead of showing up to our weekly meetings to discuss what we did wrong or what we should be doing better, we praise what we’ve done the best in and how we can continue to apply our talents toward an upcoming task.
It makes a difference.
We know one another’s strengths. We discussed them, thoroughly, and we keep them in mind as we work together each day. Not only does this help us work better as a team, it makes us empathically closer as individuals.
Strengthsfinder 2.0 was created to provide readers with the opportunity to do what they do best every single day.
So instead of sulking over what you can’t do, get out there and kick ass at what you can do.
No human being is the same. Strengthsfinder 2.0 wants to show the world why that is such a beautiful thing.
Many of us have been in this situation, the day before you attend your first networking event ever. The uncertainty of the environment as well as your own anxiety quickly develops to falsely convince yourself of imminent failure. The simple fact is that no one is an expert in his or her first networking event. Expertise in this field requires experience, which will ultimately eliminate those senses of anxiety and uncertainty. Although it is impossible to be an expert initially, it is however, very possible to be prepared. So what does it take to be correctly prepared for such an event? Here are some simple ways to correctly prepare yourself for success in your first networking event:
Be aware of the attire recommended or required for the event.
There is nothing worse than showing up to a social gathering looking like a complete fool because you are either under or overdressed. To avoid this embarrassing situation, review the invitation, visit the event website, or contact the hosts to be sure that you will arrive to the event in a professional manner.
Make sure you have your business cards handy.
Through your preparations for the event, do not lose sight of the fact that you are not just trying to meet people, you are trying to keep in touch with these people outside the event. For the sake of future connections, make sure that you have plenty of business cards to provide the people you meet an easy way to connect with you.
Memorize how you are going to present yourself.
Develop a way that you can smoothly describe yourself or the company that you are endorsing so that people know you mean business. Prepare yourself how to answer certain questions that might be asked, as well as how you can break the ice to start up a conversation. You do no want to overwhelm the people with information that will lose their focus, so keep it simple and professional.
Relax! You’re going to do great!
Yes it is going to be awkward at first, but remember that you are not alone. It’s normal for most people to initially feel a bit uncomfortable at the event. It is important to also remember that these people all share at least one goal with you, the goal that they are looking for someone to talk with. So do not be afraid to approach someone for a conversation, because odds are that you are doing that person a favor by eliminating the awkwardness of standing alone.
Congratulations, you are now fully prepared to attend your first networking event! Now get out there and enjoy yourself.