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5 Lessons About Time Management – #50MeetUps

5 Lessons About Time Management – #50MeetUps

The journey to #50MeetUps continues on a stop to a workshop about time management by Barbara, a Certified Professional Coach. It is always interesting to see to the different approaches people take to common topics, such as this one. The techniques offered were things I have heard before, but the discussions in between the techniques were more interesting for me. Besides the gentleman who snored through most of the meeting (Oops!), here are my big takeaways: 1. BE-ing vs DO-ing: It is one thing to BE busy, but it is way more valuable to DO things that lead to your personal and professional growth. 2. Self management: Time management is the phrase that has been coined, but what we’re really analyzing is self-management. Do you always say yes to things, inevitably leading to not having enough time? Things that make you go “hmmm…” […]

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7 Successful Women Who Started on Campus

7 Successful Women Who Started on Campus

So often, when we talk about successful people, we forget to wonder what they were doing before anyone was paying attention to them. But as we all know, what you do in college greatly affects your development as a leader and individual. So for Women’s History Month, I wanted to dig into what was going on with these successful women while they were on campus, being about as famous as you and I are right now.       Melinda Gates Notable for: Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation College: Duke University On – campus involvement:  She was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Beta Rho Chapter. Hillary Clinton Notable for: Politician, running for President in 2016 College: Wellesley College On – campus involvement:  She was president of College Government and, surprisingly, president of College Republicans (before re-aligning with the Democratic […]

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5 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist When You Need Motivation

5 Songs For Your Leadership Playlist When You Need Motivation

Song can be very powerful. When listening to lyrics, I found 5 specific songs that I would love to highlight with you today. While you are reading through the lyrics, take a moment to understand what the artist is saying. It’s pretty cool to see how leadership can be taught through music. So if you don’t have a leadership playlist already, well make one! Then, add the following tracks. P!NK: Try Have you ever felt like you tried and didn’t succeed? Same. I have had that feeling several times. BUT, when listening to this song and hearing Pink to tell me to try, try, try, tryyyyyy – I do. I don’t give up. I get up and try again. It doesn’t matter what the situation is. This song is inspiring me over and over to get up and try! Pharrell: […]

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Vision Board Magic: Accomplish Your Goals with Visualization

Vision Board Magic: Accomplish Your Goals with Visualization

Dream it into existence. Visualize success. Picture a future where you have accomplished your biggest goals. All of these pieces of advice have something in common: images. A vision board takes these images and compiles them into a smorgasbord of dreams. Have you noticed that many companies, including Swift Kick, have visions for their futures? It’s no coincidence! Envisioning where you want you and your team to progress by a certain time actually works. It’s another goal-setting technique. Like SMART goals, visualization can work wonders on making your dreams into realities. Sitting behind a desk and daydreaming about what successes you want in your life is not enough, though. Thoughts are fleeting, and simply thinking about doing something doesn’t actually accomplish anything. One way to take visualization beyond the confines of your own head is by creating a vision board. What is a vision board? It’s […]

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3 Ways to Foster Learning and Comfort in Your Group #50Meetups

3 Ways to Foster Learning and Comfort in Your Group #50Meetups

Sometimes, when I visit a meetup for our #50Meetups project, I feel a little like a spy. To get a real feel for how the group functions, I have to act as a participant, not a researcher. No, I do not knit, or do origami. But I DO care about why your group members keep coming back. But when Melissa suggested I go to the Meetup for Selling Communication Skills for Entrepreneurs, I had to remember to gather intel while I was focusing on learning so much. Why? Because marketing for small businesses is my actual career. I had two sets of notes going: one observing how the Meetup group ran and what made it successful, the other for furiously taking down ideas for being a better marketer for Swift Kick. Selling Communication Skills for Entrepreneurs is run by a sales expert and small business coach named […]

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Leadership Quotes to Celebrate Black History Month

Leadership Quotes to Celebrate Black History Month

Every February, America celebrates Black History Month. Acknowledging and celebrating the multitudinous contributions African Americans have contributed to society is important for all kinds of communities. Black leaders have made significant impacts on American culture, legislature, and more. Although it is important to recognize these impacts year round, Black History Month gives us a great opportunity to focus specifically on the many different African American voices and role models that have come out of history. Celebrate Black History Month with These Leadership Quotes Use the quotes below to celebrate Black History Month while inspiring your team! From doing the necessary work to going above and beyond, the leaders below have have messages that should be heard by students, teams, and co-workers. Audre Lorde Audre Lorde, an author and a civil rights activist, urges her readers to be strong in the […]

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Board Games with Strangers #50Meetups

Board Games with Strangers #50Meetups

The smooth sounds of old jazz flow through the airwaves as I sit here on a Wednesday evening, writing in my notebook. I am alone, very early for the meetup. I can hear girls giggling as they jokingly yell at each other to take their turn faster. I also overhear a man explaining the rules to a game. “Let’s say you take this card and…” The NYC Board Games and Card Games Meetup group meets on Wednesdays at the Uncommons, also known as Manhattans only board game cafe. I’d been there before, but never without a group of my friends. It was a little strange to show up and wait to find someone to play a game with me, but that’s what I get for being early. Eventually, a barista let me know where the table was reserved for our meetup. As […]

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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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