Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Project: What’s Your Network Tell Others About Your Net Worth?

Does what you say, all the little nuances of what you do, add up to scream money?

Are you genuine? If the very people you are interacting with caught you unaware at home or in your office cubicle, would they catch the same person?

Are you altruistic in your behavior? Do you attend events that benefit not-for-profit organizations?

Are you dependable? If you are the speaker, be ready to speak. Be on time, tune into the people and their needs.

Are you prepared and articulate? You don’t have to get your cue cards all in a row, but make sure you feel comfortable, so you’re not on the spot. And a few business cards up your sleeve? Perfect!

Are you creative? Why is networking looked at as unfavorable? Because it’s un-favorable. Volunteer to plan an event and make it diverse.

All these things add up to net worth. They say time is money. All this time you are spending with others is their time as well.

Your genuineness, your altruistic behavior, your dependability, etc., ends up being the net worth of your time. How much is your time worth? Can you put a price tag on it? Or is the integrity of your word and the networking and interactions amongst your colleagues, both old and new alike, and their respect for you as a valuable asset enough?

What does your network tell others about your net worth? How valuable is your time? And how do you value others' time?

The next time you go to a networking event, remember that if time is really money others are paying as well.

-The Green Couch

Friday, March 20, 2015

Project: Pinterest Isn’t Just For DIY Projectors

Ever see that white P and think how Pinterest is so pinteresting? And that since its inception it has strategically developed to be more than a file/photo/data sharing site for DIY projectors?

So how can you use it to market and advance your business? Here are three topical tips on how you can tackle it:

1) Post what YOU’RE doing. In other words, upload pins. You have the power to create trends and determine what constitutes as the content/files that are shared in the 30+ categories. The stuff that everyone is re-pinning - it has to come from somewhere, right?

2) Think in color. Even if you’re a text heavy company and rely heavily on numbers, at least have a strongly inviting header that you can pin to invite others to your site. Make sure you always have some graphic that will visually stimulate others when you pin to your boards. If all else fails, the caption "Pin Now, Read Later" works.

3) Think outside the boardroom. Pinterest organizes not only by categories but gives you an opportunity to organize by giving you “boards.” Here you get to pin things too. Not only can you pin your curated materials, but pin others’ material; this is a great two-fold maneuver. 1) Others can see you are pinning their content. 2) By them seeing you are pinning their stuff, they are likely to follow your tracks and hopefully follow you. This is the beginning of a literally beautiful networking hub.

Follow us on our Pinterest account and get inspired by those we find inspiring, relatable moments, our daily quotes and more!

-The Green Couch

Friday, March 6, 2015

Project: Respect for The After-Hours

By this title, you probably think I am going to talk about keeping work and home separate. That is to say, keeping your work hours between 9 to 5 (or whatever structure you have set up within the realm of your work enterprise). Then barricading your home and dedicating it solely to its own eat, pray, love existence so that never the two shall meet.

However, no. Today I am talking about the importance of setting yourself apart from the norm and immersing yourself in the hub of another existence, another culture to find fuel. Finding motivation and frankly finding the time to get things done without the interruption of people who know you and those you know.

I am talking about caf├ęs, libraries, sometimes even your own home office. I am talking about working remotely: Stepping outside the comfort of your cubicle and away from your desk to solely focus on the project before you. Whether you have a proposal you have to review, a budget you need to write, a PowerPoint presentation to perfect - it needs to be just you and your work.

2 Tips to Turning The “Remote” On!

  • 9-Noon

Ever heard of highway hypnosis? It is when you are driving on one long stretch of seemingly endless road. Like the Energizer Bunny, you keep going and going and going. The danger is your eyes become dangerously accustomed to the yellow and white lines until everything is a blur; blinking does nothing to help. So you become a hazard to yourself and your surroundings because you are slightly numb to the environment, and your reactions are delayed.

Now, translate that to your office. You go and go and go until you are just working repetitively but at the end of the day a little unsure of what you may have done or clocked in - your creativity was delayed. Try working at least 9-noon out of office, Instead of being in the office from 9-5 all day. Give yourself a chance to blink, breath and come back from the highway of the rat race.

  • Turn the Tech Off

Sometimes it means…yes, turn the tech off. Maybe just disconnecting from Wi-Fi, social media, email. Maybe it is time you catch up on reading or writing. But turning the tech off in this technologically progressive world seems like a non-conducive day and way to strategically accomplish your tasks, but there are more distractions with notifications than you notice until you quiet their incessant pinging.

So the next time you are feeling overwhelmed, and a project deadline is looming don’t wait until things are too late. Let your creativity loose. Get out there and turn your Remote On!

-The Green Couch