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Design the Next #FreeHugs Postcard!

Design the Next #FreeHugs Postcard!

Are you a creative person? Does your art dazzle, amaze, and inspire? Do you want the opportunity to have your original design travel across the country? We have an exciting opportunity for you! Here’s the run down: Swift Kick loves free hugs. We want to spread that love as far as it can go. We’re asking you to create a postcard that shows our friends what free hugs means to us. Every year, Swift Kick asks its awesome community to submit designs for a chance to be featured as our next Free Hugs Postcard artist. Anyone can enter! Once submissions are closed, one person with out-of-this-world creativity will be selected. Could you be the chosen one? Steps to enter the Free Hugs Postcard Contest: 1. Apply Send your name, university name, email address, and examples of your designs to melissa@swiftkickhq.com by […]

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5 Things You’ll Learn as a Swift Kick Intern

5 Things You’ll Learn as a Swift Kick Intern

Being a Swift Kick intern is so much more than any ol’ internship. You won’t be getting anyone coffee. (But if you did, Sabina and Melissa would love you more.) You will learn five (or more) important lessons here. Confidence in your abilities Swift Kick is a small team. That means that all the work you do  is vital. We NEED you here. While that may seem scary at first, you’ll learn that you can rock star anything. You’ll go from “I don’t know how to do that…” to “Psh, I got this, someway somehow.” Balancing work and fun We have a lot of fun. Seriously, check our quotes board. But we also get ish done. You’ll learn how to make serious progress without forcing your team to be stuffy and boring. It’s a delicate balance that will benefit you for […]

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How to Plan an Under the Sea Retreat

How to Plan an Under the Sea Retreat

To start each quarter, we gather the team, including interns, for a Swift Kick retreat. Sabina and I are the masterminds- it used to be Tom, but he “trusts” us to plan it now. (Yikes.) Take a look our step-by-step creative process to make this theme come to life: Step One – Plan for a completely different theme. Plan a “Guess the Theme” retreat that ends in Billy Joel. Then scrap it, stare at your team member until your heads explode and at the 11th hour, awesomeness ensues. No really, that’s how it happened. For quite some time, Sabina and I had major creative roadblocks. We had two solid ideas – Superheroes and NYC Tourism – both requiring the weather to be on our side as most of it would have been outdoors. Fast forward to the day of retreat, it […]

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Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Meetings: I Was Doing Them All Wrong (You Probably Are Too)

Until I came to work for Swift Kick, I had the meeting thing down. Or so I thought. I had been taught since I was a resident assistant a specific way to run a meeting. Looking back, it’s as if all my supervisors had learned from the same place. It would look something like this… Happy/Crappy Important Dates New Business 1 New Business 2 Some small argument that takes up the whole meeting Run out of time and get nothing done There is great news! It doesn’t have to be this way. From daily check-ins and one on one meetings, to weekly meetings and brainstorming sessions, there is a better way. On March 23rd, at 12pm, we will be hosting a online training, titled Running Effective Meetings. You’ll get details on how to best run daily, weekly and one on one meetings with […]

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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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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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Can I Be Real A Second? [Open Doors, Open Hearts Style]

Can I be real a second, For just a millisecond? -George Washington, Hamilton First, this post is a personal one, stemming from a core value here at Swift Kick, Open Doors, Open Hearts, so I hope you can relate. Second, yes, I am still obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack. Now that we have that settled, I’d like to ask one question. Do you ever feel like you have to be good at EVERYTHING? Over the weekend, I went to closing night of a friend’s show One Funny Mother and she told her story of being a mom. She talked about always feeling like she had to be a good mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc… and I started thinking about my life and all the places I have to be good at everything. Growing up, I felt like I had to be a […]

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How to Host an Alice in Wonderland Themed Retreat

How to Host an Alice in Wonderland Themed Retreat

On Friday, the Swift Kick team got together to plan the first quarter of 2017. It was extra special because we got to meet Dee for the first time! Melissa and I have been planning this retreat for a while now, so we are so happy that our Alice in Wonderland day turned out perfectly. Step 1: Decorate and set up snacks. Step 2: Welcome the team down the rabbit hole. You couldn’t enter the retreat room till you took your juice shot to shrink to fit through the door! Step 3: Build a Mad Hatter hat with objects that represent the team. Each team member brought something to decorate the hat with that best described themselves. Step 4: Paint the roses red for each section of the company overview. (Or it’s off with your head!) Step 5: Get all the […]

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3 Ingredients for a Successful Event

3 Ingredients for a Successful Event

The rest of the Swift Kick team doesn’t know it, but I have spent my day working from home on coloring and crafting and gathering supplies. Shhh, don’t tell! I can’t tell you exactly why I am doing these Kindergarten activities without giving too  much away. But I can tell you that it’s for tomorrow’s company retreat to kick off 2017. Melissa and I plan these quarterly retreats, and we get better at it each time. All this prep work got me thinking about the key ingredients for putting together an engaging successful event, especially when we have a new intern joining our team. Engaging theme What it means: Two retreats ago, Melissa and I had the bright idea that an overarching theme for our one-day extravaganza would help tie the whole thing together. We continued with this idea the last […]

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#50MeetUps – Consciousness Club #11: Determination of Death by Cessation of Brain Function

#50MeetUps – Consciousness Club #11: Determination of Death by Cessation of Brain Function

“Hey team, we’re going to go to 100 Meet Ups! …. Okay, how about 50?” – Tom On our journey through #50MeetUps to discover the key components of successful communities, our second stop was a conversation about death and when it starts. (Stay tuned for Tom’s post on our first Meetup – Taco Tuesday.) One Meetup, The Consciousness Club, was to discuss Determination of Death by Cessation of Brain Function. Side note: While we are not looking specifically at the titles of the Meetups, that’s a pretty awesome, yet technical, title. This particular session met in a reserved back room of a restaurant. The guest speaker was a neurologist from Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in NJ. He shared interesting facts, like how  you can be legally dead in California, but not in New Jersey (?!) Then he opened the floor to questions. The […]

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