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Black History Month Heroes You Might Not Know About

Black History Month Heroes You Might Not Know About

Black History Month is over half way done, and there is so much learn about the influential people that changed the landscape of our country. At Swift Kick, we pride ourselves on bringing people together. We celebrate human kindness and teamwork, but we also know that there are people in the background who do not get recognized as others do. As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, here are some admirable people you might not know about: Shirley Chrisholm Not only was Shirley Chrisholm pivotal in the fight for African-American women to have roles in government, she was the first African-American woman to run for the Democratic party nomination in 1972. Thurgood Marshall His work as a civil rights lawyer helped create the America we know today. He is best known as being the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, serving for 24 […]

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Quotes about Community from our First 5 Presidents

Quotes about Community from our First 5 Presidents

Happy President’s Day! The United States has always striven to be a country of the people, knowing that the people, not the government, makes a country great. I pulled quotes from our first 5 presidents about what it takes to be a great community member. While they were speaking in terms of the citizens of a country, I think the lessons can be interpreted for the people of any community. George Washington “Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.“ It is up to the people in a community and culture to take care of each other. As a leader, you should encourage this sort of love and giving. It is only through the whole community that great care for each other can occur. John Adams “Liberty cannot […]

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An Introvert’s Guide to Being an Active Community Member

An Introvert’s Guide to Being an Active Community Member

I’m an introvert, and I definitely don’t hide it. Anyone around me regularly knows I need time to decompress after a long day in order to feel like a human again. In addition to being so introverted, though, I am also extremely involved on my college campus. I hold two executive board positions in different clubs, and I work two jobs. I’ve been an orientation leader for three years, and I’m the newest Swift Kick intern. How does my introverted heart handle all these outgoing commitments? I’m glad you asked! There are many confident, outspoken introverts in the world despite the colloquial definition of introverts as being shy. The thing that defines us as introverts is simply the source of our energy. Alone time and introspection are key to an introvert’s happiness. We just need some time to ourselves during the day […]

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Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Each month Swift Kick will be highlighting a member in our community who shows extraordinary Leadership within their own community. In the month of February, we decided to conduct a Q&A with Tony Williams. He is a dedicated Community Assistant, the Social Diversity Chair for Association of Campus Events, and the Membership Chair for KU Presidential Ambassadors. Because of his involvement and leadership style, we decided to share his talents with all of you! Meet Tony Gee Williams! Q: What is your best leadership tip that you would like to share with us when working with your community? A: If I could only give one tip out, it would be to pay attention and listen to other people’s input. Just because you have a title does not mean you are the only person entitled to an opinion. I feel like everyone else’s input […]

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Are You Actually a Community? – Team Awesome #50Meetups

Are You Actually a Community? – Team Awesome #50Meetups

The name of the Meetup alone, Team Awesome, got me excited about the potential of meeting some really cool people. With 67 people RSVPed, I was ready to mix and mingle with NYC’s most awesome. The location of the Meetup, Barcade, was just the icing on the cake. When I arrived at Barcade, the place was packed. After making my way to the bar for a drink, and to exchange dollars for game tokens, I began my hunt for Team Awesome. Initially I was looking for some sort of signage or reserved area, but didn’t find anything. So then I began asking individual groups of people if they were a part of Team Awesome. I was unsuccessful as there were apparently several work/friend groups having gatherings at Barcade. Feeling defeated in being able to connect with anyone from Team Awesome, […]

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Networking at The Product Group – #50Meetups

Networking at The Product Group – #50Meetups

I signed in at the door and was told to wait for a security guard to escort me to the elevator. In the elevator, there was a woman there to push the button for us. Was I entering some sort of high security zone? The elevator operator told us to enjoy and we got off on our floor for The Product Group Meetup. Despite my initial impression of not being trusted to find the elevator in this fancy building, I entered into a room full of people settling in rows around the room. There was pizza and soda for everyone, and big screens announcing the meetup’s sponsor, as well as the wifi password. The host of The Product Group was using a microphone to explain what to expect for the evening. Unlike my previous meetup adventures at Taco Night, Pints […]

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5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

5 Ways to Be an Exceptional Community Member from Our Team to Yours!

Curious to hear the perspective of the Swift Kick team on building a great community, I asked them all a question! If you could give the SK community advice about being a better community member what would it be? Here’s what we had to say! Tom’s advice: The more you put in the more you get out. When I joined an entrepreneur’s group, I jumped right into the executive board and asked for ways in which I could help out. I quickly met a ton of people. I became known within the community. I also gained back so much more value than I was putting in. In fact, the more I put in, the more I gained. Melissa’s advice: Take Time to Smell the Roses You work hard. We know it, you know it, and your teammates know it. Every now and […]

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How Many Secret Handshakes Can You Remember? Not as Many as This Teacher!

How Many Secret Handshakes Can You Remember? Not as Many as This Teacher!

Over the past few weeks, you might have seen a story about a teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina who has committed himself to community building in an innovative way. This teacher, Barry White, Jr., has individualized secret handshakes with each of his students. He takes time before each of his classes to welcome his students and take attendance by shaking hands with all of them in their unique and customized ways. Here at Swift Kick, we care a lot about community. Although it’s obvious that Mr. White cares about his students, I’ll break down some of the reasons why this kind of community building is important as well as impactful. The optimal classroom (and team!) depends on community building. Do you remember a time when you’ve survived an entire semester-long class without learning any of your classmates’ names? Has a professor […]

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Yes And…Using Improv for Team Success

Yes And…Using Improv for Team Success

Last week, I went to the zoo… Suzie: Yes, and when I arrived, I could understand all the animals’ languages… Johnny: Yes, and I heard the giraffes talking smack about the turtles… Fred: Yes, and I found out that it was because the turtles played a prank on the giraffes… See where I’m going with this? Nope? Good. Because that is the amazing, special and spontaneous thing about improv. You will never know where it will start and more importantly, you will never know where it will end. At the end of it, you can only hope for a few laughs and a really great story. In the world of improv, the “Yes, And…” technique is the foundation of the practice. It is the validation of the idea your improv team has presented and expansion of the gift they have handed you. Nothing […]

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[Video!] Swift Kick in Disney World (Not really)

[Video!] Swift Kick in Disney World (Not really)

Melissa and I are incredibly excited to share another video where we embarrass ourselves for your entertainment. Okay, actually I am the only one embarrassing myself. Moving on… This time we [pretended] to go to Disney World. We spent way too much time researching fun facts about Disney. Then, we chose our top three to relate to building a culture on campus at or at work where everyone feels welcomed, connected, and engaged. Watch on! Hope you enjoyed that! Are there any other places or things you’d like to see us relate to building community just like we did for Disney World? Let us know below! You might also enjoy these videos… [Video] 23 Minutes and 15 Seconds Could Be Your Undoing Do you hug like a Ninja or a Koala Bear? [VIDEO]  

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