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.
Ever get invited to a business dinner and feel a little out of your league when you looked at the menu? Or maybe the sight of several forks and spoons was more daunting than the shoptalk at the end of the night? Seems in these modern times with life being so busy maybe your own parents never really taught you the basics? The good news is there’s nothing wrong with needing a little refresher course on business etiquette. Here are some of our top tips for looking like you’ve got it all figured out, even when maybe you don’t.
If that menu at the fancy French restaurant is all Greek to you, here are a few words you should know that might help you order.
This simply means the dish has been cooked, garnished, or stuffed with truffles (subterranean mushrooms) in some way.
A preparation of finely chopped raw meat. There are many variations on the tartare, including steak, chicken, salmon, and eel. The most common is tuna tartare.
This is just a fancy way to say we are taking all the ingredients in a normal dish, and putting them together in a different way.
This is a popular Spanish seafood dish that is made with raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with aji or chili peppers. It can then be seasoned with chopped onions and salt.
Mignardises or Petits Fours
Often times tasting menus simply end with “Mignardises” or “Petits Fours,” which are tiny, bite-sized desserts. They usually include tiny cookies or chocolates.
We all know Valentine’s Day can either be a wonderful thing, or just downright terrible. For those of you who aren’t being smothered with cheesy gifts and affection this Valentine’s Day, you’re not alone.
Here are a few tips on how to turn what could potentially be a lousy holiday into a fabulous one.
Call up your single friends.
Having people in your life whose relationship status is equivalent to yours is very important, especially on days like this. So pick up the phone and invite all of your friends who are willing to join in on the anti-celebration with you. They probably need it just as much as you do.
Indulge in snacks.
On this particular occasion, it’s okay to skip the gourmet cheeses and go straight for the sweet stuff. Ask each of your friends to bring a half-pint of their favorite flavor ice cream, and you could offer to provide the toppings. And if you all want to feel extra sweet, put out a jar full of Dove chocolates where each wrapper contains an encouraging message inside. Chocolate and words of affirmation? Hell yeah!
Wine & cocktails, of course.
What better to pair up dark chocolate with but a delicious, smooth red wine? Try Moda Talamonti, a 2012 Italian red suggested by the famous Zach Eidson, owner of a shop local to us called Oakley Wines. If not all of your guests are into reds, try Pannonica, a 2013 Austrian white with a scent of apricots, limes and roses. Both wines are provided for under $20 and can be found in most wine shops near you.
However, if you’re looking to get creative with your evening, check out the Living Room’s very own cocktail under the “Favorites” category.
Music that fits.
This is by far one of the best opportunities to break out the dusty karaoke machine that’s been sitting in the back of basement and really let loose. Yes ladies, this means you can rock out to Taylor Swift’s latest album in front of your friends guilt-free. Whether you’re a 90’s or an 80’s child, be as cliché as possible and sing along to all the oldies you can get your hands on. I’m talking from Michael Jackson to Bon Jovi to the Backstreet Boys. Don’t be shy!
Games, Games, Games.
It’s extra important to laugh today. Here are a few of our favorite games that are bound to take your mind of anything else but trying not to fall out of your chair.
Feel free to add your favorite alcoholic beverage to the mix; we sure did!
Cards Against Humanity
Apples to Apples
The Game of Things
Pick a movie that proves why being single has its perks.
If you’re looking for a movie with a beginning full of bittersweet romance and an ending with a lesson on being alone is a positive thing, try some of these old and new films that’ll make you feel confident riding solo.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
Blue Valentine (2010)
500 Days of Summer (2009)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
High Fidelity (2000)
Annie Hall (1977)
Treat yourself for being so awesome.
Buying things for yourself may cause little more harm to your wallet, but who knows your style better than you? Sure, receiving gifts from a significant other is always a nice (free) gesture, but it’s not always something we actually want… So go ahead to your favorite store and purchase the most amazing thing that catches your eye. You earned it.
Don’t let one day out of the year get you down. Instead, take it as a reflection of how wonderful you are, with or without a significant other. Take pride in all the amazing things you do and pat yourself on the back for it.
So sit back, eat a cookie (or five), and enjoy this new, self-satisfying holiday we call Valentine’s Day.
Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
(Makes 4 Cocktails)
The (Mixed Citrus) Whisky Sour
Pink Grapefruit, Ginger, and Lemongrass Sake Cocktail
Thyme Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail
Blood Orange Margarita…Pitcher!
Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
Combine simple syrup, cranberry juice, and gin. Pour over ice and top with ginger beer. Serve garnished with rosemary, orange wedge and sugared cranberries, if desired.