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On-Boarding Do’s and Don’t’s

Oh Hiya, Meg here! I think bringing a new client to our company is one of the most exciting times to be a part of the team. Of course, it takes an awful lot of work and planning, but it’s one of the most rewarding parts of a job. Here are a few of my best tips for meeting with a prospective client and how to get them hooked on your business:

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  •         DO Listen: Pay attention to exactly what it is that the client is looking for from your company. Each client will be looking for something unique, which means that you’ll need to have a thorough understanding of what your company has to offer. Listen for the issues, take notes, and provide solutions! I can always count on my trusty notepad and BIC Ballpoint Pen for keeping notes during prospective client meetings.
  •         DON’T Generalize: A quick way to turn a client away from your company is preparing a one-size-fits-all solution. Be sure that you’ve taken the time to fully assess what you can offer the client for their unique needs and tailor your proposal to them as much as possible.
  •         DO Problem Solve: Take time to meet with your team and plan a detailed solution for your client that fits your skill sets. Keep your team, and yourself, in check when it comes to providing solutions and be sure that you can deliver work you’re proud of. I’ve found that our clients appreciate having a solution in-hand, so my team puts together our proposals with our Swingline Manual Binding Machine. It allows us to organize a professional outline and our clients always leave the meeting impressed.
  •         DON’T Promise the Moon: On the other side of creating a thorough solution is over-promising. When bringing on a new client, it’s easy to promise the moon from your team. Be sure that your solutions are realistic in both the end goal and the timeline.
  •         DO Communicate: Do your best to make yourself open to client communication during onboarding. Your future client wants to know that even after they’ve signed on with you, you’ll be open to answering any questions or concerns. Stay in contact and you’ll have a lifelong client!
  •         DON’T Overwhelm: While open communication is wonderful, it can easily overwhelm a client when you offer up a daily email or phone call. Stay open and available, but keep yourself in check when it comes to checking in.

Of course, these tips aren’t a complete guide to onboarding a prospective client! One of the best guides that I’ve found for this process is from Hubspot. It’s full of wonderful tips for staying on track with a client throughout onboarding. Take a look here.

Until next time,

Meg

Working on the Go

Oh Hiya, Meg here! Have you noticed that there are so many more offsite meetings during this time of year? I find myself always needing to be prepared for a meeting over lunch or for an offsite client presentation. In the rush of leaving for a meeting, it’s so easy to forget the essentials. To help, I’ve put together a little list of off-site must-haves to make any meeting or presentation run smoothly.

BE PREPARED

  1.      Pack a Bag- Just like keeping a bag ready for a weekend away, I find that having a bag ready for offsite meetings helps me stay prepared for anything. Be sure that the bag has plenty of space for a laptop, charger cord, and all other meeting essentials. When it comes to preparing for a meeting, I find that it’s better to be over stocked with supplies than to go without.
  2.      Bring Extra Energy- Technology is a wonderful thing when it comes to meetings but there are so many times when a little glitch can throw off the whole system. Make sure you’re prepared with extra power cords and of course, a spare set of batteries. I always keep a pack of Energizer Batteries in my bag for unexpected energy outages. Don’t forget a travel mug of coffee to keep your own energy levels high, as well!
  3.      Powerless Planning- Of course there are times when even a spare set of batteries may not solve a technology hang up. When tech fails, it pays to have a backup plan. I pack a spare set of notepads and pens in my travel bag for meeting note taking. When it comes to tech-free presentations, I rely on my Post-it Self Stick Dry Erase Film. I can’t always count on a venue to supply a dry-erase board, and this film certainly gets the job done without leaving behind a mess when the meeting is done.
  4.      Check It Twice- Before leaving for your off-site meeting, be sure that you’ve double and triple checked the items you’ll need. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your meeting only to find that your notebook is still at your desk!

For a few more helpful tips on organizing the perfect offsite meeting, take a look at what Meeting Tomorrow has to say. Happy planning!

Until next time,

Meg

Unique Ways to Use Common Office Products

Oh Hiya, Meg here, and I’ve been thinking a lot about multitasking. I’m sure that when you think of multi-tasking creativity, your everyday office supplies aren’t the first thought in your head. I’ve found some new, amazing ways to put those supplies to use.

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Binder Clips: They may not look like a multi-purpose tool, but these handy clips are incredible when it comes to organizing cords and wires around your desk. By clipping them to the side of your desk and threading your charger cords, headphones, or internet cables through the handles, you’re able to keep every cord and cable in place.

Scotch Tape: Got a messy keyboard? Clean out stubborn crumbs with Scotch Magic Tape. Sometimes you don’t have keyboard cleaner on hand, but a roll of scotch tape is always nearby. Simply pull off a section of tape and slide it between the rows of keys to remove any unwanted dust or crumbs. So easy!

Post-It Notes: Sticky Notes are the ultimate multi-purpose tool! One of my favorite uses for my Post-it Super Sticky Notes is as a customizable calendar. I’ll always keep an eye on my desk calendar but when I need a little more space, I’ll just use sticky notes as an “expanded view” calendar on my office wall. Not only does it give me a more room to keep notes, I can easily count down the days by removing a note when the day has passed. You can easily customize your sticky-note calendar with different colors to match your style or the season.

Stapler: This tip may be specific to my favorite stapler! I use a Swingline Stapler and I absolutely love how it folds out to allow for temporary staples. My paperclips can get tangled and sometimes I need to keep a stack of papers organized. All I need to do is rotate the anvil of my stapler and voilà, I have an easy way to get temporary staples!

When it comes to multitasking with office supplies, all you need is a little creativity! There are so many wonderful ideas for making everyday items work for you. Take a look at a few more ingenious tips from Tiny Home Tour.

Until next time,

Meg!

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Perfect Christmas Gifts: Cross Pens

Advantage Ballpoint Pen offers a smooth, slim design with iconic Cross detailing and a swivel-action propel/repel feature. Finish includes lustrous chrome appointments. Cap and barrel are made of brass. Specially formulated Cross ink flows flawlessly for a superior writing experience. Ballpoint pen includes one black medium ballpoint refill in pen. Refillable.
  • Ballpoint pen flows flawlessly for a superior writing experience
  • Includes swivel-action, propel/repel features
  • Specially formulated Cross ink; refillable; refill included
  • Black Mosaic, Brass barrel
  • Medium point; Black ink
  • $58.80
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    Classic Century Selectip rollerball pen accommodates a wide variety of uses. Classic slim silhouette, for which the Cross design is world-renowned, has an epoxy finish with 23 karat, gold-plated appointments. Design also offers a sleek profile, click-off cap and patented, twist-action propel/repel feature. Exclusive Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows freely like a fountain pen. Pen includes one black medium refill.
  • Rollerball Pen with satin black, epoxy finish
  • Detailed with 23 karat, gold-plated appointments
  • Black barrel
  • Refillable
  • $58.80
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    Edge Gel Ink Pen delivers ultimate function, versatility and style. Unique slide-open technology lets you open and close the pen single-handed. Slide to open, and then click to close. Capless rollerball pen also features chrome-plated appointments and is encased in stylish, metallic fusion resin. Exclusive, Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows flawlessly for a smooth writing experience. Edge Gel Ink Pen can easily be converted to a ballpoint by using Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill (sold separately). Refillable pen comes in a gift box.
  • Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows flawlessly for smooth writing experience
  • Features unique slide-open technology for single-handed opening and closing
  • Can easily be converted to a ballpoint by using Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill
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    Holiday Traditions

    Do you have some traditions your family celebrate every year or are you looking for fun new ones for your family to start? We’ve gathered a few of our favorites with even more below!

    1.Advent Calendar

    2. Gingerbread Houses

    3. Caroling

    4. Classic Christmas movies

    5.White Elephant gift parties

    Click here for fun food, community and gift traditions!

    Holiday Candy is here!

    Our holiday candy is here and it’s the perfect gift for office employees, customers, coworkers, family, and friends! This season we’re offering a little something for everyone. Delicious treats from Florence’s Exquisite Candies, Farr’s Candy, and Sweets will leave you wanting more all winter long! Click on the images below to
    place your order today!

    Sweet’s Treats

    Cinnamon Santas $3.59 Orange Sticks $2.79 Raspberry Sticks $2.79

    Farr’s Candy

    Cherry Cordials $18.99 Idaho Spud Bars $18.99

    Florence’s Equisite Chocolates

    1/2 lb. box Nut & Caramel $10.79
    1 lb. box Nut & Caramel $18.99
    1/2 lb. box asst. Milk Chocolate $10.79
    1 lb. box asst. Milk Chocolate $18.99

    Holiday Recipes

    Start to plan your Thanksgiving Meal with some of our favorite holiday recipes!

    Shallot-Sage Accordion Potatoes

    To prep ahead, bake through step 2. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before proceeding as directed.

    • Prep Time 30 minutes
    • Total Time 1 3/4 hours
    • Yield Serves 8

    Ingredients

    • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
    • 6 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make deep cuts into each potato, 1/4 inch apart, without completely cutting through. Place shallots in each cut (using about half the shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, cut sides down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Scatter remaining shallots around potatoes.
    2. Tightly cover dish with foil and bake until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    3. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sage and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Top potatoes with sage butter; scoop up loose shallots and divide among potatoes, then bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more.

    Double Cranberry-Apple Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
    • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
    • 1 small lemon, sliced and seeded
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

    Preparation

    1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
    2. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in sweetened dried cranberries. Cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
    3. Note: Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    And now for the turkey….

    Make the bird the way you like it: this step-by-step guide from Food Network Magazine leads to thousands of possibilities!

    1. Pick a turkey

    2. Thaw

    3. Brine

    4. Make a butter

    5. Roast the bird

    Click here for the full article including brining tips, butter recipes and more!

     

    Product Review: Our Favorite Planners!

    2013 calendars and planners are here and i’m going to break down some of my personal favorites.

    One day per page planning notebook- Ideal for jam packed schedules

    The power of two: Planning and Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE

    -Page size: 6″ x 9″; Gray flexible, perfect bound with bungee closure

    -One-page-per-day format with ruled planning space

    -Past, current, and six future months reference per two-page spread

    -HOT spot reminder section

     

    Monthly Planner and Notebook- Perfect for an all-in-one organizational tool

    – 18 months from January to June and include 160 undated, daily journal pages.

    -Two-page-per-month spreads include unruled daily blocks, Sunday-through-Saturday

    One-page-per-day format includes ruled planning space for most of the page,

    – Bookbound, stitched planning notebook

    – Three-year reference calendar, future planning and contact pages.

    – Black, 9.5 x 11

    Two days per page Planning Notebook- My Favorite!

    -The Power of Two: Planning & Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE

    -This notebook also features a hot-spot reminder section on every lined page.

    – Works for any year.

    – Two page per page total of lined planning space

    – Three-year reference calendar, index sheet, future planning pages

    -Black, 5.25 x 8.5

    Best Cider Recipes

    Hot Apple Cider

    Original recipe makes 6 servings

    Directions

    1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
    2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
    3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
    4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

    Click here for full recipe