Let's face it. We all have our favorite Justin Timberlake song we immediately go to in our mind's iTunes playlist which is probably on Yahoo's list of Top Ten Justin Timberlake Songs. photo by JD Meredith
But more than JT's music, his personality really shines. He's a mix of soul, suave, and lots of ladies would even say, sexy.
But this six-time Grammy and four-time Emmy award winner can teach us more than just how to bring sexy back and cry enough for a river.Here are the five PRofessional lessons we can learn from Justin Timberlake:
1. Stay true to your roots.Memphis' 21st century "Elvis", Justin Randall Timberlake, was born in Memphis on January 31, 1981. After years of touring globally with N'Sync and on his own, JT has always kept roots here in Memphis. His wife and him reportedly own a house in Downtown Memphis' Harbor Town neighborhood.
Justin's business ventures pay homage to Memphis as well:
- His 901 tequila brand is named after the Memphis zip code.
- William Rast, his clothing brand's business partner and childhood friend, Juan Ayala, has been quoted saying that the clothing line is inspired by Elvis Presley.
"Elvis is the perfect mixture of Justin and I," Ayala says. "You can go back and see pictures of him in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and a nice button-down shirt, but then again you can see him in a tux and a collared shirt with rhinestones on it and slacks. We like to think 'If he was alive today, what would he be wearing?'"
- Mirimichi Golf Course, the world-class facility located outside of Memphis in Milington, TN was redeveloped as an eco-friendly golf course at a cost of some $16 million by Timberlake.
In October 2011, Timberlake received the Futures Award at the Environmental Media Awards for his green-conscious golf course.
- Named #1 NBA Franchise by ESPN: The Magazine, the Memphis Grizzlies part owner, Justin Timberlake, took minority ownership of the NBA team in late 2012 because he wanted Robert Pera to keep the Grizz in Memphis and because he "puts on for his city."
We are constantly trying to find the "better" job or working up in our profession inside the workplace but fail to remember what mentor, job or youth group helped us along the way.
I promise it won't kill you to write a "thank you" note to a past employer, youth counselor, mentor or role model that really helped you form the professional you are today.Invest in where you came from.
2. Make the media want more. Umm... #FlashbackFriday much?
In 10 years, JT has only released two albums (three if you count the 20/20 experience as two separate entities).
Could you imagine only working two years and having eight years off in your profession? How can he afford to do this?
It's all about diversifying his talent through movies and other forms of business ventures mentioned above.
In early January 2013, Justin sent out a 30-second commercial promising more to come music wise after his hiatus.
Why don't we do this in our job? He's perfecting his craft before releasing it to the public. Maybe what we can learn from him is to stop sending press releases every time an employee sneezes and to send information to the media when it matters.
3. Learn from your mistakes/regrets.
When has Justin Timberlake ever regretted anything?
JT's gone on record saying he regrets wearing cornrows.
Regret isn't always that obvious to outsiders though.
You see, sometimes regret is blinded by trying to hurry up and accomplish your next goal in hopes of nobody noticing.
In 2011, he told Playboy magazine:
“God, I feel I’ve gone to therapy just to erase some of [my regrets]. The cornrows I wore with ‘N Sync. That was pretty bad. Britney and I wore matching denim outfits [to the 2001 American Music Awards]. Yeah, another bad choice. I’d probably pay good money to get some of those pictures off the internet.”
When you're at your job and begin to get frustrated and start drafting an email directed to an employee or boss and typing so fast that you're pretty sure the coworker in the next cubicle can sense you're upset, DO NOT PRESS SEND.
Working in public relations, there will be many times where you will feel upset, want to tweet out your feelings or send an email/text expressing your outrage and anger. Please think before you do it.
This also means to double think when you show someone the text, tweet or email before sending it to the prospective recipient.
Do you think Justin would have wore cornrows or denim-match his outfit with Britney Spears if he would have thought after his stylist suggested it was a good idea? (Let's hope not.)
(haha, I couldn't write about regrets without include this photo too.)
4. Your appearance still matters.
You have to think that at the very least, the thought of dressing more sophisticated came from the denim outfit above. Nevertheless, we can learn from JT's suave looks that appearances do still matter.
A classic suit, with your own funky take, will make you feel more confident in the workplace.
A suit isn't always necessary but you need to at least develop basic hygiene skills and not wear your favorite Sunday comfy clothes to work.
5. Have a sense of humor.
Justin Timberlake knows how to be serious when it comes to the sultry ballads he performs but also knows how to poke fun at himself and have a sense of humor.
Have you seen the #hashtag skit with Jimmy Fallon? It's all about having some humor. Watch it here
More than just being able to poke fun at yourself, having a sense of humor is important in the workplace at appropriate times.
You've got to brand yourself as a professional but also be able to turn on that smile and occasional joke.
Nobody likes a Debbie Downer at work or someone that you can never take serious.
Balance both with a simple smile and laugh when appropriate.
Ho, Ho, Ho-ld up a minute! Gone are the days of sitting on Santa's lap and now it's all about Kohl's Santa app.
Kohl's is going digital this holiday season with the debut of their "Snapshots With Santa" app that allows kids to pose in front of a green screen and have their parents or friends take photos which they can then personalize by choosing from festive backgrounds, stickers and greetings. When you’re finished, you can spread the holiday cheer by sharing your photo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Shutterfly or via email.I tried it out with my sister and her friend who are both eleven years old. Of course they made silly faces and were laughing the entire time, something they probably wouldn't have done if there was an oversized old man dressed up as Santa wanting to take a picture with them like you traditionally find at the mall.Give it a try and tell me what you think about the app! I recommend you be patient.. It took a few photos for me to pick the best background to accompany the photo. Download the app here.
What the magical station looks like at your local Kohl's store.
What we created with my sister and her friend.
What Kohl's displays you can create with this app.
Just when I thought tweeting couldn't get any sweeter, now it's going to give back, one cup of coffee at a time.
Twitter and Starbucks announced a partnership Monday which allows customers to exchange e-gift certificates by tweeting.
Ironically called “tweet-a-coffee,” Starbucks hopes to use the program to capitalize on spontaneous acts of caffeinated generosity among friends.
All you have to do is tweet “@tweetacoffee to” and write in the handle of the recipient. Initially eGifts will only come in $5 denominations and can be redeemed by printing out the eGift or loading it to a Starbucks digital card.
Monday afternoon, my friend @JohnParie
tweeted me a cup of coffee and yes, I plan on going immediately to redeem it. It's a small act of kindness like this that will change the way we use social media for good. Check out the video below and then go ahead and spare $5 to put a smile on one of your followers or friends face when they receive a tweet that they received a free cup of coffee.
Grizzlies Opening Night Special • 01-Nov-2013 • 7:00PM
- It is that time of year again and the Grizzlies are really excited about their “Tip Off Opening Game” which will be held Friday November 1 at 7pm vs. Detroit Pistons.
In effort to pack out the “Grind House” the Grizzlies are offering a special promotion for those fans looking to join in all the excitement as they kick off of the 2013-14 season.
Please see the link below to purchase discounted tickets. Every fan will also receive a “Free” T-shirt! Please be advised, the promotion ends October 25th so get your tickets today! Click here
and use access code "MEMPHIS" This event is hosted by Memphis Grizzlies, and will benefit the spirit of the Grind House!. This event is range from $15-$75 per ticket. For more information, contact Adrienne Mosby at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-205-1463. http://j.mp/17hwVat
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Social media marketing and networking naturally means sharing content with your community or prospective members of it. Share well and you have a happy community that you can rely on to help you with your business and count on when needed. Share badly, and you end up with no one but yourself.
Here are a few questions you should ask before sharing anything on Twitter:
1. Will anyone in the community find this useful? Will anyone be offended by it? One thing that I'm very cautious about is making sure not to post insensitive or vulgar material on Twitter. You should do the same.
2. Who will enjoy it? Content that you share on social media doesn't have to be relevant to everyone in the community all the time, but should interest some of your following.
3. What about this content will they enjoy? If you want more followers, post content that they will enjoy. Don't be shy though, show some of your personality in your tweets.
4. How likely is the content to start a discussion and stimulate reactions? We've all seen a "great" PR move someone does for their audience to start a discussion or stimulate reactions, i.e., Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV VMA's (yes, I went there).
If that's the content you want shared, well go for it (I wouldn't). In short, share shareable content you'd be proud of your Momma seeing.
5. Is the content produced by you or another source? Realization: you are not Albert Einstein or Abraham Lincoln. Don't try to impersonate and steal someone else's blog posts, tweets, etc. That being said, always attribute if you do share content from others. Shoot, if you know the author's Twitter handle, tag them in it. Everyone likes to know that you shared their hard work.
When you hear the word "Memphis" what comes to mind? Here's my typographic depiction of Memphis.
Feel free to share this image. Just give me credit at either @andrewjpg
or Andrew.JPG Designs & Marketing
Make the most of Twitter's on-time advantage. Here's Howcast's video on how to use Twitter to effect social change.
Volunteer Mid-South needs some outgoing and reliable volunteers for a project on September 7th we are doing in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation and Hands On Network.
Volunteers will be manning a booth at the Convoy of Hope event at the Cook Convention Center. The event serves low income and some homeless people with a variety of services.
We would be encouraging the event participants to sit with us for a few minutes to begin completing an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
that will help them collect information they would need if a disaster occurred and they were forced to evacuate. We saw a lack of this sort of preparedness when we helped with the evacuees form Hurricane Katrina. Here’s a little information on the volunteer positions: Recruiter
: Volunteers will be outside the booth recruiting participants and offering them the opportunity to get a FREE Build a Disaster Kit Bag and to win gift cards if they work with a volunteer to begin completing a Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. Click the link here
to sign up for this volunteer job. Disaster Plan Helpers
: Volunteers will work in the Disaster Plan Completion Area and assist participants in BEGINNING TO COMPLETE an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. A brief volunteer training will be provided. Volunteers do not need deep financial knowledge; they just need to explain the importance of having financial records ready in case of disaster or evacuation. They also need to be able to help participants understand the FREE plan book. Click the link here
to sign up for this volunteer job. Hours of event:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7th
Cook Convention Center 255 N. Main St., Memphis, 38103.
Volunteers will work 3 ½ hour shifts – 9:00 to 12:30 and 12:00 to 3:30.