#TEWcrew Book Signing + Meet Up – 4.25.2015
Mar29

#TEWcrew Book Signing + Meet Up – 4.25.2015

SAVE THE DATE! Our next #TEWcrew book signing + meet-up will be Saturday, April 25th at Obsession​ in downtown Arlington Heights around 11am! The owner is amazing!

 

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Making An Impression At a Trade Show – Tips for Small Businesses
Mar27

Making An Impression At a Trade Show – Tips for Small Businesses

Exhibiting at a trade show is an expensive, though lucrative, undertaking for small businesses looking to expand their customer base. In order to makeTEW3x1a385 the most of your investment, keep a consistent plan for before, during, and after the event. A powerful presentation and follow-through will promote interest in your products and build useful connections for your business.

Choose a Venue

Always choose a large show over small, niche venues. You want to be exposed to as vast an audience as possible, and niche trade shows simply do not guarantee that traffic. Once you’ve found the right show, research its history and contact the organizers before registering. Be aware of the space and its features. You’ll want to know if you can hang a sign or have access to electrical outlets when designing your booth.

Establish a Goal

A trade show booth isn’t graded by attendance but purpose, so build it around the needs of your company and direct your booth staff accordingly. Several things can be accomplished by an exhibit: you can gauge responses to a product, build leads, or educate consumers. When the show starts, you won’t have time to juggle agendas, but you can build a presentation around a goal to make every interaction meaningful.

Design a Memorable Booth

The last word you want to describe your presentation is “plain”. Impress your audience with a professional booth that’s colorful without being too flashy. You want to keep your color scheme consistent with your logo and if possible, provide demonstrations of your product and services. Personable booth staff gives a good impression, and handouts give your audience something to remember you by. You should include literature but aren’t limited to it, so be creative. Have everything you want to display at your booth prepared beforehand. If you have a long way to travel, make sure your electronics and equipment is packed in high-quality Zarges aluminum cases to prevent damage from moisture and temperature fluctuations. This will make sure your booth setup and presentation goes smoothly and with minimal technical difficulties. One solid way to attract people is to provide snacks that are packaged with your company’s contact information.

Be Active Before and After the Event

Before the show, advertise your businesses participation in it so that people know to look for you. Ads, billboards, and social media are good ways to get the word out well before the event. During the show, take notes on your interactions so you can follow up on any leads quickly and competently.

With good strategy, a small business can walk away from a trade show looking a lot bigger. Early planning and promotion, a competent and professional presentation and a firm follow-through increase your odds at building strong relationships with colleagues and consumers.

 

 

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Best Team Building Activities for Bringing Co-Workers or Project Teams Together
Mar27

Best Team Building Activities for Bringing Co-Workers or Project Teams Together

Team building activities are necessary in every serious company that cares about success, reputation and well-being of its employees. All managers tewlogosmallerwho know what they’re doing will make a special effort and invest in team building exercises and games. Regardless of the team building activity type (indoor, outdoor, workshop, work lunch, field trip, party, etc.) – their goal is always the same. They help build a strong team of people who trust each other and communicate effectively; they improve team morale and job satisfaction; and they create a healthy working environment and increase employee productivity.

Here is a short list of fun team building ideas that will bring co-workers closer and create a high performance working environment.

1. Icebreaker games for getting to know each other

Crossword names

Team building may be difficult if the team is new and most people don’t know each other very well. Breaking the ice and bringing team members a bit closer is the best way to start working with such a group. Even if the team is not new, the company environment may discourage people from bonding (lack of time, management that doesn’t support communication, etc.). Here’s a great list of icebreaker games and don’t worry – although they are “officially” intended for teenagers, they can be perfect for any age group.

 

2. Activities that enhance people’s competitive spirit

 

Corporate poker night

Working on a common goal is a thing that defines a perfect team. However, a little competitive spirit doesn’t hurt. Competing against each other can be exciting and very informative – it lets us know more about the people in the team. The best team building solutions are those that use entertainment as a means of achieving success. Playing cards and board games is probably the easiest and most fun way to enhance morale, motivation and to teach effective winning strategies.

 

 

 

3. Games that build a feeling of trust and team communication

 

The minefield

When we say “team building activities”, people usually think of those that make co-workers collaborate on a common task and enhance team spirit. This is not far from truth as encouraging mutual trust, cooperation and effective, friendly communication are the very essence of every team building activity. Games such as minefield, poker tower, bike build, back-to-back drawing and survival activity can’t succeed without all people working together on accomplishing a common goal.

 

4. Activities that pose a challenge

 

Scavenger hunts

Activities that make people spend lots of energy and raise their adrenaline levels can be quite useful. They inspire team members to develop persistence and strong will. Some of these activities (such as scavenger hunts) improve team communication and increase competitive spirit at the same time. However, it’s good to be careful when organizing such events. An activity that is exciting for some may be frightening and traumatic for others (such as white water rafting, for example). It’s best to find a relatively safe activity that everyone can relate to.

 

5. Activities that help people unwind

 

Saturday afternoon at the beach

All team building games and activities should be fun, but they have other goals and objectives as well. When I say “activities that help people unwind”, that’s exactly what I mean. Their only purpose should be common enjoyment and relaxation. A company doesn’t have to set aside a big budget for that – it can be a weekend barbecue at someone’s place, a karaoke night, watching a football game, a day at the beach or a short field-trip… the options are countless! Fun team building activities are extremely important because they relieve work-related stress and increase productivity – and we all know that only happy workers are productive workers.

 

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They Talk. We Do. [A TRIBUTE TO ENTREPRENEURS]
Mar27

They Talk. We Do. [A TRIBUTE TO ENTREPRENEURS]

From countless online media websites and magazines to reality television shows, there’s no shortage of talk about being an entrepreneur these days. 0x28While all this talk may be entertaining, it doesn’t get you anywhere.

TEWYOU is where talk goes to work. The talk means nothing without the “do.”

They Talk. We Do is a tribute to and a reminder of our community’s commitment to not just inspiring others, but to take actionable steps to turn our dreams, talents, and abilities into fulfilling, successful businesses, and helping others along the way.  If looking for a supportive community for entrepreneurs that do even more work than they talk, unleash the entrepreneur within you and join us.

Books, Blogs, Events + Inspiration!

#unleashtheBiz

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They Talk. We Do.
Mar27

They Talk. We Do.

From countless online media websites and magazines to reality television shows, there’s no shortage of talk about being an entrepreneur these days. While all this talk may be entertaining, it doesn’t get you anywhere.

TEWYOU is where talk goes to work. The talk means nothing without the “do.”

They Talk. We Do is a tribute to and a reminder of our community’s commitment to not just inspiring others, but to take actionable steps to turn our dreams, talents, and abilities into fulfilling, successful businesses, and helping others along the way.  If looking for a supportive community for entrepreneurs that do even more work than they talk, unleash the entrepreneur within you and join us.

Books, Blogs, Events + Inspiration!

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