Building Community Worldwide at the CMX Spark Conference

I’ll admit it’s very difficult to get me to wake up before sunrise, but last Tuesday I set my alarm for the awful time of 4:30 am to attend the CMX Spark Conference based out of Europe. Through groggy eyes and messy hair, I logged into the conference and was immediately welcomed by a thread […]

Is Your Team Too Scared To Give You Feedback?

I don’t often claim that reality TV gives me leadership lessons, but that’s exactly what happened last week while my family was watching an episode of Good Bones. Good Bones is a show about Karen and Mina – a mother/daughter duo – who flip homes throughout their neighborhood in Indianapolis. While Karen and Mina have […]

Experience Based Values Creation

Our climbing instructor took out a small hammer and tapped it against the rock. She leaned in with her ear to hear the noise the hammer made against it. “Nope, we can’t climb here.” She then repeated the process in three more spots until she finally turned back to the group and declared an excellent […]

Have You Heard The Exciting New News? SAMI IS BACK!

For those who may not know, Sami Litchert worked here at Swift Kick in 2016 as one of our interns. After an internship with us, she moved on to Grad School at Kutztown University. While studying Student Affairs in Higher Education and Administration, Sami held a Graduate Hall Director position at Cedar Crest College. After […]

How to Reclaim the 15% of Energy You Lose on Camera as a Moderator

Swift Kick Virtual Program

You know how they say people look 15 lbs (7 kg) heavier on camera? Well the same is true for your energy on camera, but in the opposite way. You will be perceived as having 15% less energy when on camera than when in person. This is due to the physical distance and the two […]

6 Easy Ways to Spice Up Your Zoom Calls

Raise your hand if you’ve used Zoom in the last 24 hours. Keep your hand raised if you’ve talked to family, friends, and coworkers all on Zoom in the last week! Yep, that’s what I thought. If you’re facing “Zoom Burnout,” you’re not alone. But for those Zoom calls that we must make, or that […]

Get in the Habit of Giving Praise With Your Team

It was easy to see the smiles exponentially light up around the room as the co-workers gave each other praise for various things. Even the thickest skinned member of the team couldn’t help but smile when a co-worker thanked him for supporting her with an RFP coming due. The team of hard-nosed marketers turned into […]

Giving Feedback That Works

My supervisor and I were walking across campus after a meeting discussing an issue I was managing in the office.  He didn’t agree with the manner in which I was handling the situation.  He stopped walking and turned to me right in the middle of the campus quad. In a loud voice, he began to […]

Our Tried and True Schedule for a Quarterly Strategy Retreat

Handing out pennies in Union Square, seeing a show on Broadway, riding an aquatic themed carousel, playing board games, eating bugs, and visiting a cat cafe. At some point in time, Team Swift Kick has done all of these strange things during a quarterly strategy retreat. But strategy retreats are more than just surprise activities; […]