Recently, I had an opportunity to speak at The University of Memphis' Personal Branding Conference, You.0 on the importance of using social media to find civic opportunities and personal branding. Click here to view the presentation or view it below.
So I had the pleasure of attending a #WHSocial at The White House this past week and learned a ton about delivering engaging social media content from their Office of Digital Strategy.
From time to time, I write Buzzfeed articles and wrote one on what I learned from them. Check it out: http://www.buzzfeed.com/bigfish/4-things-we-can-learn-about-social-media-from-atte-guq3
I recently took a trip to Nashville, TN and enjoyed walking around the Gaylord Opryland Resort. I ate at a wonderful restaurant named Cascade's where I enjoyed a strawberry basil lemonade. It might be the dead of winter, but who doesn't love a great summer drink year round? Check out this easy recipe.
Simple syrup: Simmer 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and chill before using.
Tip: Add gin or other alcohol for an adult version.
Individuals with higher levels of educational attainment volunteer at higher rates than those with less education. So when you volunteer with the organizations listed below, you're giving back and teaching others the importance of volunteering. Here are just a few local volunteering opportunities in the Mid-South this week.
First time to volunteer?
If you’ve never volunteered through Volunteer Mid-South, register and complete the new volunteer orientation online at www.volunteermidsouth.org.
Click on the Become a Member tab to register. Then, click on the new volunteer orientation link on the home page.
All of the volunteering opportunities listed below can be found on www.volunteermidsouth.org
TEACHERS AND MENTORS:
· tnAchieves needs mentors to serve as college coaches for high school students.
· Virtue Quest Mentoring needs mentors to work with elementary school students.
· KIPP: Memphis Academy Middle School seeks tutors to work with their students.
· Kroc Center wants volunteers to work with youth at their MAM After School Discipleship Program and challenge coaches to lead kids through themed challenges..
· Achievement School District wants literacy tutors to work with children from low performing schools.
· Memphis Public Library and Information Center needs homework coaches to work with children in grades 3-5.
· Tutor for Good seeks tutors to instruct students online.
· Livitup, Inc. seeks help with daily activities for Livitup Day Services.
· The ARC Mid-South needs classroom aides to assist tutor people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the L.E.T.S. Program.
· Shelby Residential & Vocational Services is looking for volunteers to teach math, dance, art, yoga, music and more at their day program.
· Agape Child & Family Services needs volunteers to assist the homework center in the Autumn Ridge Apartments.
· Volunteer for the mentoring program at one of six Girls Incorporated centers.
· Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation needs volunteers for its “Team Up” youth mentoring initiative.
· Memphis Center for Independent Living needs facilitators to guide activities in their Next Chapter Book Club for adolescents and adults with intellectual challenges.
· Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis: become a BIG.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 901-205-1463. http://j.mp/17hwVat