The Bizz by AnyPromo.com

Business & marketing advice, news and features, design inspiration, and the art of gifting.

Can you talk the talk?

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So you’ve got the chops to walk the walk at your trade show, but can you talk the talk? This article shows you how to make the most of small, but important, interactions while out on the floor!

Who’s Got Spirit? We’ve Got Spirit!

Check out the gang showing team spirit! In the first photo are the sales reps and in the second are the graphic designers. We may be in separate photos but we’re definitely on the same page!

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Learn To Be Happier At Work

Plenty of us have had our share of less than satisfactory days at work. Sometimes, they come in the form of an insensitive comment made by a coworker; not meeting a deadline; or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed. But we don’t have to let those things keep us down - we can actually have a FANTASTIC day, in spite of setbacks. According to CareerBliss.com’s article ‘How To Be More Positive At Work’, there are several things one can do to maintain sanity in their workplace. I’ll list them, first, then give my take on their suggestions. 

1. Write down 3 things you are thankful for each day

2. Take 10 deep breaths under a beautiful tree

3. Listen to your favorite melodies

4. Compliment your colleagues on great work

5. Lend a helping hand

Writing down 3 things you are thankful for each day. This is a great idea because we tend to focus too much on what’s going wrong and forget about what’s actually going right. Taking the time to reflect on what we’re grateful for will help to put things back into perspective. 

Take 10 deep breaths under a beautiful tree. It sounds a bit odd but this could prove very helpful. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy the serenity that relaxing underneath a tree provides (unless they’re allergic to trees). 

Listen to your favorite melodies. Music can be very relaxing. Listening to music that you enjoy can put you into a better mood. For example, I tend to listen to upbeat songs on my way to the office, every morning. One of my favorite songs to listen to before work is ‘Walking On A Dream’ by Empire of the Sun. It’s such a feel-good song that can bring a smile to just about anyone. 

Compliment your colleagues on great work. We all like to feel appreciated and that our contributions help make the business run smoothly. So, if you enjoy commendation, why not do the same for others? 

Lend a helping hand. The old adage goes, “There is greater happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” When you avail yourself to help others, you truly do feel better about yourself; you feel like you have something to offer. And people appreciate those who take the time to assist them. Colleagues helping each other creates a kind office vibe.

To read the rest of the suggestions, visit CareerBliss.com

These Aren’t Your Grandparents’ Business Card Holders

by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez

Some of us lose our sense of individuality when we join the corporate world. We become little machines that fuel up on iced lattes in order to crank out several Excel spreadsheets, and send status updates to our managers via Outlook. To maintain touch with the outside world, we need to shake things up a bit. Exhibit  A:  a unique business card holder. Put one of these babies on your desk and it’s guaranteed to spark an interesting conversation. In addition to garnering tons of “oohs” and “aahs” from visitors, it will help you to remember you have interests outside of the office. 

Below are just a few I thought were pretty neat. 

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For all the die-hard Nintendo NES fans out there (found at The Closet Entrepreneur ).

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I didn’t forget about you fancy people — this is just the touch to personalize your desk. Don’t be surprised if people have their pinky fingers up, while reaching for your card (found on Pinterest). 

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This card holder is definitely unique. It’s also a great idea that it’s specific to the line of work the individual is in (found on Pinterest).

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These card holders are sure to dress your desk up and add a bit of glamour to the otherwise humdrum office space (found on Pinterest).

Awesome laser engraved business cards! Order yours at anypromo.com

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Sony dropped 8 million flower petals on a Costa Rican village to promote their new TV line.

(via npr)

It’s Finally Here: AnyPromo’s Semi-Annual Sale!

 

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Receive 12% off of your purchase of $250 or more, using the code “Semi-Annual12” at checkout now. Act QUICKLY because this sale ends in 48 hours. Visit www.anypromo.com

Get In My Belly — July Is National Ice Cream Month

Photo: Hector Sanchez

by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re smack dab in the middle of National Ice Cream Month. I couldn’t believe it, either; there’s actually a month dedicated to everyone’s guilty pleasure! As I type this, I feel my stomach rumbling and my taste buds growing restless. Since this is an exciting month, I’ll share with you a delicious recipe from MyRecipes.com that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This recipe is for Buttermilk ice cream. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature 
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (Vanilla Extract may be substituted)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Prep:

1. Process all ingredients in a blender 30 seconds or until very smooth. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

2. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.)

3. Serve immediately, or transfer to an airtight container, and freeze up to 1 week.

If you want to be really adventurous, you can place a scoop or two between two big, soft chocolate chip cookies. Happy eatin’!

Ace Your Interview!

by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez

So, you’ve just graduated from college and you have your shiny new degree at your side. Now what? For most recent graduates (including myself), the job search ensues. If you were ahead of the curve, you would have begun that search at the beginning of your final school term. But sometimes, things happen and we’re unable to get that head start. When you finally land an interview, you find yourself like a chicken — without a head — because you know you have to perform, soon. Interviews can be completely nerve-racking but they don’t have to be. AnyPromo has got you covered.

1) As soon as you pull into the company’s parking lot, YOU’RE ON. Even though you haven’t stepped foot into the building, people are watching you. Not in a creepy, stalker way but in a let’s-see-the-whole-package way. They’re observing you to see if you’re someone they would want to represent their company. 

2) STAND when the interviewer walks into the room and be the first to SHAKE his/her hand. Be sure to make EYE CONTACT, too. This shows confidence, as well as respect. 

3) SILENCE your phone. One of the worst things that could happen right when you’re rounding third plate is your phone ringing or vibrating. A phone left on reeks of rude and the interviewer may mentally dismiss you. In addition, you don’t want anything to detract from your “self sell”.  

4) DRESS the part. You would be surprised how many people do not pay close enough attention to their physical appearance on interviews. I, myself, have seen people show up to interviews in the most wrinkled jeans and dingy flip flops. Dress professionally, unless the interviewer discourages it. You don’t have to make it a red carpet affair but dress like someone YOU would hire.

As I stated, earlier, I was in your shoes. But if you make sure you’re prepared, everything will go just fine. And always remember to be yourself!

Everyone Loves Screen Print!

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Any day is a great day for screen printing, wouldn’t you say? We have Paulo at the helm and he’s doing an awesome job!

Another Great Embroidery Job!

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Have Fun in Grad School, Fabian!

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Today is the day we say ‘goodbye’ to our lead graphic designer, Fabian. Fabian has been with AnyPromo for the last two and a half years. You know it wouldn’t have been a proper send off without food. Everyone brought in their favorite dishes and dessert to show their appreciation for Fabian’s work. Now, he is joining the ranks of many by attending graduate school; he will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design. Even though we’re a bit bummed he’s leaving, we’re happy that he’s moving forward with his career goals. 

Below are a few words from some of AnyPromo’s team:

Adam - “Thank you for the opportunity to work here!”

Kevin - “Thanks Fabian. Good luck on your next journey.”

David - “A super cool dude with great potential. His skills are through the roof.”

I believe I speak for everyone when I say he’ll be missed. We wish you all the best, Fabian!

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