Mornings aren’t easy for everyone. However, how we spend our first waking hours dictates how the rest of the day will play out. Getting into a morning routine is a great way to ensure a smooth morning and productive and happy day every day!
No matter who you are, what your job title is or how successful you are, you are bound to face rejection in the workplace periodically. No matter how many times it has happened, it’s just never all that easy to handle getting turned down at work.
As difficult as it may be at times, rejection is par for the course. It is also a great opportunity to learn, grow and bounce back as a stronger employee and professional. Rejection is normal. It’s not something to be tip-toed around or ashamed of. In fact, it is necessary for growth and improvement.
Instead of reacting negatively to not-so-good feedback at work, next time, try taking these steps:
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For some people, public speaking is no big deal. For others, having to speak at a public forum can be their worst nightmare. There are people who just jot down some notes and can wing a speech like it’s nothing, and there are those who sweat it out for weeks, planning and re-planning until they have it perfected.
Then, there are the people in between who give speeches so frequently, that they seem like naturals, but are really quite shy in any other setting. In fact, many people who can give perfectly polished, charming and funny speeches are introverts and are totally different when you encounter them in any other forum! So, what’s their secret? How do they project that smooth confidence in front of a large crowd when they’d much rather be hiding in the corner? How do they engage their audience while conveying such powerful messages?
In the world of business, most of us will inevitably be faced with the opportunity to speak publicly at one point or another. For some of us, these opportunities are exciting and thrilling! For others, while being asked to speak is an honor, it may ignite a feeling of serious fear and dread. No matter which type of person you are, following these tips will help you to deliver a captivating and inspiring speech!
Remember, you were chosen to speak for a reason. You have already proven yourself worthy. Just keep these tips in mind for your next speech and never let ‘em see you sweat!
When we think of list-making, we tend to think of work, obligatory tasks and time restraints. It’s difficult to think of list-making as a means of relaxation, stress relief or even fun. Why would anyone ever want to sit around and write a list if they didn’t have to?!
Writing is a means of escape for many people. Whether it be journaling, writing stories or list-making, writing has always been a great release and one of the best ways to increase self-awareness.
Next time you’re feeling down, stressed or unmotivated, write it out! Here are some ideas to get you started.
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Some of the Management team here at NCG, Inc (Trumbull, CT) recently got back from a huge industry event in Austin, TX. This was the annual kick-off meeting for the year and over 500 sales and marketing professionals from around the United States and Canada were in attendance. It’s always a great event but this year it was better than ever! When they got back to Trumbull, CT they shared the main themes from the weekend and here they are!
GOALS – The previous year are recapped, industry trends are discussed, most excitingly, the plans for the upcoming year are announced. Large corporations attend this annual event to explain their targets as well as meet with some of their key representatives.
DEVELOPMENT – The event is all about professional development — both celebrating it and facilitating it. Attendees meet with successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders to help increase their overall leadership and business knowledge. NCG, Inc believes in the ongoing development of their people and such is true for the management staff as well!
RECOGNITION – Awards, bonuses and more! Some of the top performers in the industry left Austin a little richer than when they arrived, in a big blown up check form! Clients shell out extra incentives to those going above and beyond their goals. There were also new bonus criteria laid out for 2017 by several companies that everyone was pumped about!
GIVING BACK – What’s better than being surrounded by hundreds of like-minded, driven people who also love the ability to help others in need? Nothing! This year there was a 50/50 raffle to raise money for Operation Smile. In previous years, the winner ended up donating the money back to charity so this year they changed the rules. There would be no “cash” prize. Instead, the winner would get an all-expense paid trip and the location was based on how much money was raised. Well, after over $13,000, which is enough money to provide over 50 surgeries for children with cleft lips and palettes, that winner is headed to London!
It was an exciting weekend in Austin and our management team came back to Trumbull, CT fired up and ready to dominate 2017! Be sure to check us out on Facebook to see the best photos from the event.
NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT is a firm that prides themselves on providing opportunities for their employees to grow personally and professionally in a team-based environment. We decided to see how one of their new employees felt about his experience thus far to see if the stories matched up. Spoiler alert: they did.
Gregory Benson, from Southport, CT has been with NCG, Inc for under a month, which, as he told us, ‘is hard to believe because I already feel a part of the team.’ He joined the team with a Bachelors from Sacred Heart University and is currently a few classes away from achieving his MBA.
“There was a multitude of reasons that I accepted the job at NCG, Inc,” explained Gregory. “I first met with Jolene through the interview process and realized that she is intelligent, ambitious and professional, all while being personable and funny. I am a believer that we buy into people more than ideas and it didn’t take me long to realize she was someone I wanted to be led by.”
Here were a few of the other reasons Gregory decided to pursue a career with the Trumbull firm:
The opportunity to control his own fate – “I came from a large corporation where it felt like my long-term goals were jeopardized by internal politics. The chance to feel as though my hard work would directly correlate to results was refreshing, especially when a timeline of my success was clearly laid out by the company. It was also made clear to me that personal development was just as important as anything else that the job entails, which was key for me,” explained Gregory.
The energy he felt during his interviews – Gregory told us that was enough to convince him that he would fit in at NCG, Inc. “I have always been the one running around and yelling with passion whether the sun was rising or setting. While sitting in the lobby I would always hear people shouting with passion as they pumped themselves up in the morning (as I’m sure our neighbors love so early in the morning.)”
It was a chance to be around like-minded people – “I’m dedicated to building a successful career irrespective of the sacrifices it will take and I knew at NCG, Inc I wouldn’t be alone in that quest. I have found it challenging to find people that want to work really hard,” added Gregory.
“Iron sharpens iron, and I knew that being around motivated, hard-working people would only make me better.”
Gregory also discussed how the marketing techniques used at NCG, Inc are not flashy but are extremely effective. “They teach straightforward, disciplined marketing approaches that anyone can learn if they are willing to study and make the sacrifices necessary to succeed. That being said, I’ve learned these systems to the point that they are nearly thoughtless reflexes, which I consider an accomplishment,” added Gregory. He also highlighted the structured and detail campaign and client product knowledge he has gained in such a short amount of time, proving the training methods are working well!
As we wrapped up our time getting to know Gregory, he told us his goals moving forward. They started with continuing to grow personally and he is confident that he is in the best place to do so. This is what he said in regards to advancing within the company; “I am excited for my promotion to a leadership role. I want to be someone that can set an example on the team for future members to follow. Down the road, I am excited to develop my own team. The same way that my managers are dedicated to helping us grow, I want to serve my team, which will be extremely rewarding to me.”
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We’ve been in Trumbull, CT getting to know the President of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor and it has been quite a journey! In our first of this two-part blog series, we got to know her background, why she left the medicine field to start a career in sales and marketing as well as her beliefs on hiring. (You can check it out here if you haven’t seen it yet.) Well, now we wanted to learn a little bit more about her company culture as well as the direction that she plans on taking the company in the coming years. Check it out!
Q: Following up from Part 1 of your interview, you explained that you do not require Business, Marketing or Sales experience for your employees and that you were willing to train 100%. Why is that?
Foor: We have an amazing training program that everyone goes through when they are hired. I also went through the same training program and it got me to where I am today. The system we have in place, as well as the consistency in our training, makes our employees much stronger and in turn, NCG, Inc stronger than many companies in the area. We start training someone from their first day on the job to help mold them into future business leaders and Managers.
Q: What you do you feel makes NCG, Inc different from other companies?
Foor: I believe that, in addition to the training program, our company culture is what separates us from other companies. We work as a team and are really more like a family; a very close and tight-knit one at that! Everyone’s opinion matters to me and I love hearing all of the ideas my team has about how we can make today better than yesterday. We also have a ton of fun at work. We do things like Pajama Day Fridays, play office Jeopardy, and have daily challenges to hit our goals. We also do a lot to help the community and give back as much as possible.
Q: What are your personal goals this year?
Foor: To buy a house! I’ve been looking for a while now and I’ve been saying for five years that I’m going to do it so I think it’s time.
Q: How exciting, congrats!! What about your goals for your company this year?
Foor: Thank you! We will open two new offices this year and continue to hit our five new offices within two years (a goal that was previously set). I want to focus on developing a great core group of leaders and provide them with as much knowledge and success as I possibly can. I also want to empower my team to be able to run this company the way they want to so that they can get as much development and experience as possible.
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NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT has started off 2017 impressing clients left and right. Their sole purpose is to increase market share for some of the most recognizable brands throughout the United States. Not only have they been achieving this feat, but this privately-owned marketing and sales firm is also rapidly growing!
President Jolene Foor took the time to sit down with us and discuss her background, what she looks for in her employees, goals for the company and much more in a two-part blog series. So, let’s get to know the woman closing deals in heels behind the scenes, shall we?
Prior to beginning her career in business nearly a decade ago, Foor was a Veterinary Technician and a Nurse! Like all careers, this too came with likes and dislikes for her. “I loved medicine and learning about how the human body operates but I disliked the clinical part. Learning about it all was great but I decided that what I truly loved was being able to help people, so I decided to do so in a business setting,” explained Foor. Luckily for Foor, she was not required to have experience in the sales and marketing industry when she began. This is something that now holds true for her company as well. Foor provides the same intensive coaching and training that she was given, hoping to provide those coming from different industries with the same opportunity.
Since Foor has stayed true to not requiring industry when it comes to hiring new employees, we were curious as to what she does look for when hiring a new member to join NCG, Inc. Foor explained that, to her, it was more important for her people to have certain personal characteristics rather than a specific degree or work experience. She went on to highlight a few:
“I am looking for someone who is high energy, self-motivated, hardworking, has high integrity and a killer attitude! I will put 100% effort into developing the right person with these characteristics because they will motivate me to do so!” explained Foor.
As NCG, Inc continues to exceed client targets and grow, Foor continues to keep her eyes open for potential contributors who possess the above qualities. If you are looking for a new career opportunity around the Trumbull, CT area, be sure to check out their CareerBuilder profile for all the latest job openings. Don’t forget to keep a look out for Part 2 of our interview with Foor to hear more about the future and direction that this firm has!