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Top 5 Posts: June 2012

Top 5 Posts: June 2012

Curious what was hot on our blog last month? Below are the top 5 posts for the month. Enjoy! Student Leadership: Preparing Students for the Real World What Did The Buffalo Say To… [IMAGE] The Best Gift Registry Ever P.S. You Are Awesome Our Core Values: Do As MacGyver

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Stay Just a Little Bit Longer: How to Make “September Members” Into Regulars

Stay Just a Little Bit Longer: How to Make “September Members” Into Regulars

The beginning of the academic year is a time of transition. Anxious freshmen are trying to find their niche in a new environment. Upperclassmen want to try something new, maybe develop an interest they’ve discovered over the past year or two. To a student leader, the beginning of the year is a crucial, crucial point, a window of excitement and opportunity that presents itself at a preordained period every year-kind of like Christmas, just 30 days long. Your fellow students are interested in you and what you do. They want to get to know you, and they want to know what you’re about. So they take a flyer, write down a date for an organizational meeting, and before you know it, you have a packed classroom full of people. You’re excited, they’re excited, but suddenly you’re hit with the realization […]

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5 Schools Remembering September 11th Today

5 Schools Remembering September 11th Today

It’s a day of reflection and a day of great pain for all of us. It is also a day for us to come together as a family, like these campuses did today, to show love and support.   1. Marquette University   Memorial Ceremony on campus at Marquette. Look at all of the students who came out to remember! Check out the comments on the image from ROTC members.           2. Fordham University  Fordham Campus ministry, in partnership with the religious clubs on campus, is hosting an interfaith prayer service this evening so all faiths can come together in love and remembrance.               3. King’s College   2977 flags in the lobby of the school to commemorate the 2977 lives lost, as a place for reflection for students       […]

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Poll! What’s the best way to snag members in September?

Poll! What’s the best way to snag members in September?

It’s the beginning of a new year, and that means you student leaders are all over the place, looking for new students to bring into your awesome organization. With all the options out there to snag a freshman (or transfer, or upperclassman!), where do you find the best community enlarging opportunities? [polldaddy poll="8273247"]Also, head over to the Student Leader Collective starting September 1st for our series #SLbeginnings on making the most of the most exciting month. Don’t forget to comment with an explanation of your poll choice. Happy voting

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Hold Hands, Get Chocolate – No, not from your boyfriend

Hold Hands, Get Chocolate –  No, not from your boyfriend

Milka, an Argentina chocolate company, set up a nifty vending machine with a catch, to promote “tenderness” between strangers. Bear with us… You see, in order to dispense the free chocolate, people need to hold hands, one on one end touching the button on the machine, the other on the other end touching the button on the cow. This caused strangers to make a connection to share in the joy of chocolatey goodness. Nice! This is very Dance Floor Theory because: “Pattern interrupt” to get attention: what is that cow and purple vending machine with chocolate doing there?? Hmmmmm…. The organizers didn’t have to be there for their “pattern interrupt” to work, they created fun by using the environment. The set up caused people to make a positive connection and work together to experience something cool.   What do you think? […]

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Coca Cola is Dance Floor Theory Gold

Coca Cola is Dance Floor Theory Gold

A few months back, the marketing world got excited over Coke’s new campaign: The Coca Cola Friendly Twist. Watch the video, it’s kind of awesome I saw this, and as a marketing fanatic, I shared it on my Facebook wall, tagging our very own Tom because it reminded me so much of what he talks about in his Dance Floor Theory programs. Here’s what he had to say in the comments: 1) Pattern interrupt? Yes2) Positive Confusion? Yes3) Connecting People Together? YesIt’s a DFT winner to me!  Let’s take a closer look at each point. Pattern interrupt: You have to get people’s attention by standing out, by creating a situation that isn’t normal or within our daily pattern. Nobody expects to get a Coke from a machine and have to ask someone else to help them open it. It’s surprising! Positive […]

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Community at Swift Kick HQ – We Share Stories

Community at Swift Kick HQ – We Share Stories

One thing that sticks out while working at Swift Kick is that we are all friends, working together. We aren’t just coworkers. This is the kind of thing you want to create within your on-campus organization: friends, doing cool things together. One of the simplest and most effective ways we foster a community within our own team is at our meetings, and also inbetween tasks. We share stories. The first item on our agenda of the weekly meetings is the “Good News Tangent.” Each of us get to share a cool/funny/awesome story from our past week, outside of work. Not only does this help us get to know each other, but it reminds us that work isn’t the only thing in each of our lives. This is important! Knowing about your team members lives outside of your niche together is powerful […]

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DFT Tip #17: The Never Ending Party

DFT Tip #17: The Never Ending Party

This week we posted this DFT Tip, artwork by Lia Rothschild, on our Facebook page. The idea is, you shouldn’t have to be in the room with a group you lead for them to have positive experiences. Another way to think about this tip is the old adage Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. You could stand at the front of a room and call on the people at your event to chat with you. Everyone might be having fun listening to all the conversations you have with each person. But as soon as you leave, you’ve left those people with nothing, because the focus was them talking to you. But, you can break those same people into groups, give them a ridiculous task […]

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Welcoming Nathalia to the Team – Our Wandering Kick-Butt Intern

Welcoming Nathalia to the Team – Our Wandering Kick-Butt Intern

THE Nathalia is a social sciences and humanities graduate of Corning Community College, moving onto Communications and PR at Brooklyn College. She was first involved with leadership as a student senator and then was the PR director for Student Association for a year. She is one of the amazing interns currently at Swift Kick. She is also a great member of our #SLChat community.  Some epic fun facts about Nathalia: 1. I was born and raised in Brazil! [Her American accent is amazing, though it has led to some interesting mix ups.] 2 .I was never allowed to have a cat or a dog growing up so we had a chicken named George Washington. 3. I started learning English as a second language when I was only 5. 4. When I was 14 I told my parents I wanted to move out and it took me two years to convince them to let me come abroad. Nathalia will be […]

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In Depth with New Intern Jeremy Chen

In Depth with New Intern Jeremy Chen

Here in the office, we are super excited to have Jeremy spend a month with us through an NYU program matching incoming college freshmen to internships. It’s been fun having him join us on the company retreat and every day, as he joins in on the shenanigans in the office. Jeremy was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and currently lives in Newport Beach, California. Of course for this internship, he is living at New York University. He just graduated from Corona del Mar High School. He is excited (and a little nervous) about attending the University of Michigan in the fall. We know he is going to do great, but we are happy to have him here in the meantime. He will be studying engineering in college. Besides school, he likes to play tennis, work out, cook, and watch Netflix. Talk […]

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