Monthly Archives: June 2010

Six Things Improv Taught Me About Life and Business (part 2)

Six Things Improv Taught Me About Life and Business (part 2)

Last week I started a three part blog about the things that I learned from my semester of improv class, and how these lessons can be applied to life and business. This week I’ll pick up where I left off with . . . 3. It’s not about YOU, it’s about US As my semester progressed, and as our class’ talent grew, it became evident which performers were better at what games, and who just had that natural gift for performance. However, another, less expected lesson surfaced –that regardless of the capability of some of the improvers, unless all the performers were …

 

#ThinkingFit program wins award

#ThinkingFit program wins award

The Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita announced this week that Start-Thinking is the recipient of the 2010 Working Well Award in the category of Most Innovative. To see the winners of the small business and large business awards click here. We were awarded based on our innovative approach to incorporate physical activity in the work place. Through our ThinkingFit program we work out three times a week with a trainer who motivates us to stay on track and accomplish our fitness goals. We also have a company bike that we use for running errands, going to lunch or attending meetings. …

 

Communication Redefined

Communication Redefined

Clark Harris attempted to do what most would think is absurd, if not impossible. He communicated for one month using only social media networks to help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The project evolved from a 2006 direct mail campaign that he worked on to help raise money for the same cause. His goal was to get 20,000 people to donate $5 to LLS in honor of his mother who, lost her battle with cancer in 2009. Soon after, he became @silentClark and only communicated through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flicker, Linked-In and Google Chat. Email, text messaging, writing, …

 

“I like it!”

“I like it!”

One of many things I was pleasantly surprised about my internship at Start-Thinking was learning about the mid-day workouts two times a week with Robbie Ray. As I learned more about Thinking Fit, I loved everything about it. So Monday and Wednesday, we walk down to Robbie’s studio for an hour of sweating. My favorite part of working out with Robbie is that things are always changing. No one day of workouts are the same as the next and no one body part is targeted the same each day. Generally, I tend to work out better with a group …

 

Taking Risks With New Technology

Taking Risks With New Technology

Have you noticed how many new things are being released at lightning fast speed seemingly every day? All kinds of new technology is being rolled out to the public faster than it ever has before. Our communication speed and efficiency is constantly rising at an exponential rate. As a business, many of the new technologies can be used greatly to your benefit, although with the rise and fall of so many applications and gadgets, there’s clearly a risk involved with this step. Many brands may be reluctant to jump on board with new technology, such as social media or mobile applications. …

 

Six Things Improv Taught Me About Life and Business (part 1)

Six Things Improv Taught Me About Life and Business (part 1)

Improvisation is widely recognized as one of the hardest forms of performance. Whether improv sketch comedy, as popularized by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and WHO’S LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, or musical improvisation, as showcased in jazz, the ability to improvise is a hard skill to learn. I was fortunate enough to take an Improv and Theater Games class at Wichita State University this last semester, and quickly learned that even though I had always found myself to be someone who is quick on his feet and good at making things up on the fly, there was still much to be learned. Improv …

 

Pesto Pizza Recipe

Pesto Pizza Recipe

Our CSA has provided us with a lot of Swiss chard and promises there’s plenty more to come. Because Swiss chard is not something I have a lot of experience cooking with or eating, I’m using the bulk of mine to make something I do have a lot of experience with: pesto. Swiss chard pesto 3 tablespoons minced garlic (more or less to taste) 3 cup chopped Swiss chard leaves (about 6-8 leaves) 3/4 cup dry roasted almonds 1 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese Kosher salt, to taste 1 cup extra virgin olive oil …

 

Molly Lemon

Molly Lemon

Molly Fatkin enjoys the opportunity to utilize her skills of social media, writing and client/media relations in the development and expansion of a brand. Molly is a 2010 graduate of Wichita State University, earning a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Elliott School of Communication. With each position, she has gained skills that have furthered her knowledge and background. She has previous non-profit experience from her work with the Sedgwick County Fair, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and through Alpha Phi Sorority. She is currently studying for her GRE, though she knows she may be rejected if they ever find out about …

 

Diversity is about more than race.

Diversity is about more than race.

Generally, when people think of diversity, they think of it in the form of race. Yes, race is a main component of diversity, but focusing solely on race leaves out several other key differences. As a recent graduate and African American women currently job hunting, I understand that while interviewing with potential future employers they may meet me and think “Hiring her would fill our diversity quota.” While this is true, I am more than just an African American woman. I am organized, task-oriented and have a special place in my brain for random trivia knowledge (if only I …

 

Are You Stuck in the Time Suck?

Are You Stuck in the Time Suck?

If you are reading this from your work computer, I would be willing to bet that you have more than five windows open at any given time. If you’re anything like my boss, you might have twelve. Sure, we all like to think that we can do five things at once, but, as the minutes tick by; our overall productivity seems to tell us otherwise. This is what some would refer to as the time suck. Research has shown that multi-tasking can make a person less productive and in the end, experience more stress. Time management, in my humble opinion, …

 
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