Texas Event a Success for NCG, Inc Team

ncg-inc-ktsSome 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.

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A Fellow Soccer Player Fires Back –Sebastian Baptista on His Favorite and Most Detested Teams

l3q2shlmjgwxtbrcyPut your shin guards on and get ready for some more smack-talking from this Trumbull team. NCG, Inc trainer, Sebastian Baptista, has decided to respond to his colleague and a fellow soccer player, Tom Allen, who recently told us about the teams and players he loves and hates the most.

With the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, we had to kick off (pun intended!) our questioning with the subject of the NFL. Here’s what Sebastian had to say about the team he’d kick out of the league:

“One team in the NFL that I would get rid of has to be the New York Jets. I’ve seen too many TV’s being broken, Christmas decorations destroyed, cars ruined, and sad faces that follow an NYJ loss. I’ve noticed that of all the NFL teams, the Jets fans seem to have a deeper obsession with their team. When they don’t perform, like five of the eleven times last season, every Jets fan loses it for a couple hours and bad things happen to good people or decorations in my case. So at the end of the day, #savethedecoration. Bye Jets!”

You’ll recall that Sebastian’s colleague, Tom, had told us he’d get rid of the Cleveland Browns, a team whom Sebastian can’t help but pity. “I strongly believe that going 1-15 will make even the most loyal of your fans hate you! Poor guys!”, he told us.

The next thing we wanted to know was what Sebastian thought of Tom’s dislike of Lebron. Interestingly, Sebastian stood by his co-worker’s side on this one! He told us:

“In this case, I must agree with Tom. True dedication is shown by when a man stays on a team by the people and the fans. Not by the popularity of the team or the amount of money they will get.

As a player and someone who can piece his game together, someone who can be a team player while also leading from the front and putting points on the board, Lebron is a great player.

As a person, if he really loved his teammates, loved his fans, he would have stayed with the Miami Heat.”

Next, we had to know if they also agreed on their favorite soccer players and teams. Sebastian let loose:

“I must agree that David Beckham is not only a very talented player but also an amazing person in his personality.

3o6ozvv0zsjskzocbuI honestly had to look up Hull City. Tom often gets lost in finding a good team to follow. It’s okay, maybe one day I can have a crucial one on one with him and show him a decent team. Small steps with Tom.”

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“As a soccer player myself, my favorite all-time championship team has to be FC Barcelona. At first, I was a huge Leo Messi fan and loved watching him play. But after watching the game flow throughout the entire team and watching them play the game together, I loved their playing style and how they moved the ball around.

As an athlete, I began to look up to those players and incorporated a lot of their styles and flicks into my personal game. It was watching them play and taking mental notes that make me the unique player that I am today. (Who is better than Tom!)”

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If you bet that Sebastian’s favorite player was the aforementioned member of FC Barcelona, you’d be right!

“My favorite player hands down is Leo Messi! Not only did he lead me into loving Barcelona overall as a team, but his play style mimics how I’ve played as well.

It was never easy for me to understand that being a left-footed player I should have been comfortable playing the outside left. I always enjoyed playing more on the right side and couldn’t develop a groove for how I should be positioned or how to attack properly while going against natural footing. Messi, being a left-footed right winger, played the way I should have been playing and carved out an idea for how my body should be shaped in certain circumstances or how to attack while being the most dangerous on the field.”

His least favorite player is the Swedish forward who plays for Manchester United…

“Regardless of his athletic ability, one player I cannot stand is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is an amazing striker and has performed some of the must see goals of the century, but his personality is just awful. He’s one those people who’s good but knows he’s good and doesn’t humble himself. I swear, if I see another “You don’t find Zlatan, Zlatan finds you.” meme anywhere, I just might lose it!”

We’ll end this blog post on another note of unity. Did you know that Tom and Sebastian are both dying to visit the same venue? (Hey Jolene, hint hint!)

“I would love to go to the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain! Not only is the location just amazing, my favorite team plays there and my biggest dream to be able to see at least one Barcelona game live at some point in my life! So, Keep your fingers crossed for me!”

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We hope you enjoyed the latest edition of our NCG, Inc smack talking! For more from our Trumbull-based firm, like us on Facebook!

NCG, Inc Employees Receive National Recognition

NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT recently had two of their top employees selected to attend a private weekend seminar in California for up and comers in the sales and marketing industry. Emily Ngaopraseutsack and Chris Hurylovich earned this huge recognition through their ability to deliver high-quality results for clients as well as their leadership within the company. Emily shared her experience with us about their recent trip, check it out!

After their direct flight from Boston to LA, Chris and Emily waited at the airport for ncg-inc-trumbull-topgun-2another seminar attendee who was coming in from St. Louis around the same time. They all took an Uber together to the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks, CA, where they were staying. That night the only thing open was Del Taco, so they enjoyed late night tacos before finding personal goodie bags in their hotel rooms provided by the host of the seminar.

The following morning’s breakfast was held at Brendan’s Irish Pub and was followed by a bus ride to the seminar. Their day of meetings consisted of hearing successful business leaders speak on varying topics, learning about new technology coming to the sales and marketing industry, as well as learning about the personality evaluation, DISC.

Emily’s favorite speaker was a female CEO because “she is a woman and she can run a business as well as be with her family. I love her intensity and conviction when speaking to people. She likes to keep us engaged and thinking. She doesn’t tell us what to do but she asks us what we think and we answer the questions ourselves,” explained Emily.

That afternoon they were able to have professional headshots taken before attending the “social sip” for cocktails and networking with everyone. Dinner was held at Twisted Oak Tavern and the attendees ended their night back at Brendan’s Irish Pub at the hotel.

ncg-inc-trumbull-topgun-3Saturday was a fun filled day! Once in Hollywood, the NCG, Inc duo along with their peers, took a double-decker tour bus to learn about the history of Hollywood. Some highlights were the famous Chinese theater, Paramount Pictures, Marilyn Monroe’s old and new apartment, Cross Road of the World, and Beverly Hills. The tour bus dropped everyone off at the Saddle Ranch for lunch and drinks in Hollywood where they got to ride the mechanical bull! From Hollywood they traveled to Santa Monica, sightseeing at the Navy Pier, having dinner at Bubba Gump and finishing out the evening at a local hotspot, The Bungalow.

Emily told us that after this trip she is extremely proud of herself for how far she has come in developing as a professional but is even more excited to get back to NCG, Inc to share all of this knowledge with the rest of the team.

“I realized how my mentality affects my life’s choices. I choose to do what I want, no one can take anything away from me. Anything is possible if I just put my mind and hard work into it. The quote I like to live by is ‘What I put into it is what I get out of it.’ This is, in fact, true because if I am hardworking, determined, and highly motived, I will go far in life because I know I will keep my eye on the prize. This truly was a changing experience! Thank You to Jolene Foor of NCG, Inc for sending me to this seminar because she believed in me and achieving my goals.”

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Stick To

l0myfwdnf233c7q0gAt NCG, Inc in Trumbull, CT, like millions of other people, we are looking ahead to 2017! Christmas is over, and with the new year just days away, the countdown has officially begun! We are committed to our clients and our employees more than ever, and we’re ready for a huge a year. As we are setting our goals for the up and coming year, we have decided to share with you some of our best practices for achieving your New Year’s Resolutions for once!

  1. Choose something that really motivates you – The reason most people don’t follow through with their New Year’s Resolutions is because they don’t choose something that they truly care about. We mean absolutely-100%-no-ifs-ands-or-buts. Usually, people choose something that they’d like but are not necessarily committed to. To ensure that you follow through on your resolution this year, choose a goal that you’re obsessed with achieving and ditch anything you’re luke-warm about.
  2. Have a plan – How are you going to do it? Set an action plan that will literally lay out the steps to making it happen. And then follow it like a recipe! This is the biggest step that people miss when setting resolutions. We’re already planning our year at NCG, Inc, are you?
  3. Set checkpoints – Start from the end result and work backward, setting smaller ‘checkpoint goals’ quarterly or even monthly! This will help keep you on track to reaching your resolution at the end of the year.
  4. Have accountability – When you write down your goals and involve other people, the likelihood of achieving said goals, or in this case, “resolutions”, becomes much greater! Tell someone what you are working towards who will keep you in check and help you stay the course throughout the year.
  5. Don’t give up – It’s easy to give up on things when times get tough, and times always get tough when you are trying to change a habit. When they do, remember why you started. Remember your “why” by having little reminders all around you. Be it a vision board, a picture on the background of your computer or cell phone, a sticky note in your bathroom… whatever works best for you! But just keep reminding yourself of why you made your resolution in the first place.

At the end of the day, a New Year Resolution is simply a goal that starts on January 1st with a catchy title. These are best practices that we teach our employee all year long on how to achieve their goals. To learn more about our company and the training that is provided, be sure to connect with our NCG, Inc Facebook page.

How to Slay Like Bey in Business

Here at NCG, Inc (Trumbull, CT) our goal is to develop skills and habits in our employees that will help them be successful in their careers as well as life. With our president being a huge Beyoncé fan, we figured, who better to take some lessons from? Check out some quotes from Queen B that tie directly into some of the business and life lessons that we consider to be most important at NCG, Inc. 3o6gb7cn7bwdxabns8

Attitude is key: Your attitude will determine your outcome in any situation and it’s completely in your control!

“When I’m not feeling my best, I ask myself, ‘what are you going to do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation for a better me.” – Beyonce Knowles

Set goals: We teach our employees how to set effective goals to help them reach their full potential. At NCG, Inc goals are large part of our culture.

“I felt like it was time to set up my future. So I set a goal.” – Beyonce Knowles

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: Just like Beyonce, we embrace mistakes! As long as our team learns from them they are not considered failure. It’s inevitable when you are pushing yourself to new limits and that is the only way that they will continue to grow.

“I embrace mistakes, they make you who you are.” – Beyonce Knowles

Never get complacent: We challenge our team to continue to raise the bar, beat their personal best and remember that there is always someone else out there doing it better.

“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.” – Beyonce Knowles

Be confident in yourself: Confidence is key. If you don’t have confidence in yourself, nobody else will! In a performance-based industry, you are simply betting on yourself, just like Bey says.

“I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” – Beyonce Knowles

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NCG, Inc Trainer Tom Allen on His Favorite (and Most Detested!) Teams

img_5810-pngHealthy competition is the name of the game at NCG, Inc. We’d be lying if we told you that we didn’t enjoy some smack talking or throwing down a good challenge here in Trumbull, CT. With many members of our team hailing from athletic backgrounds, it’s only natural for us! In fact, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Competition has been a big key to success in 2016.

We pulled aside one of our trainers, Tom Allen, a former Division 1 soccer player, to hear about his favorite and least teams.

Commence smack-talking…

hull_city-svgWho is your all-time favorite championship team in any sport?

Hull City in the English premier league. This was the city where I was born and raised in England. Football (soccer) is a huge part of the English culture. When I first started following Hull they were a small club who grew rapidly. I enjoyed supporting them when they were a small club because the fan base felt family-oriented; however, the growth was also nice as I was able to see my team win championships.

What’s one NFL team you would get rid of right now?

I would remove the Cleveland Browns. Their performance has been terrible this year and last year, and I believe it would be time to start a team in London.

What’s one player you cannot stand in any sport?

I cannot stand any athlete who leaves a club for money purposes or cares more about themselves rather than the success of the team. In that case, I would say I cannot stand most NBA players, especially Lebron.

Do you have a favorite player?

David Beckham, he is a hero to all English people. He was a role model on and off the field and carried England to multiple World Cups.

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What’s your favorite sports memory of all time?

When David Beckham scored a last-minute free kick against Greece to make the game 2-2 and made England qualify for the World Cup.

What is one sports venue you want to visit before you die?

I want to visit the Camp Nou in Barcelona

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Commence response to smack-talking…!!! Do you love Lebron? Tell us!

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Employee of NCG, Inc Reviews the Company Culture

At NCG, Inc the company culture is just as important to us as the results that we bring to our clients. Because, in our opinion, they go hand in hand. If employees are comfortable in their workplace, enjoy what they are doing and who they are doing it with, odds are their performance will reflect that. Now, there are a lot of companies who preach a positive culture, but we decided to take it one step further. Don’t just take it from us… get the opinion of an employee who currently works with us!

ncg-inc-culture-teamChristopher Hurylovich has been working at NCG, Inc for 5 ½ months and describes the atmosphere within the office unlike any other! He went on to talk extremely highly of the people that he works with.

“The people I work with are just as fantastic. Everyone is so supportive and always ready to lend a hand. It’s pretty tight knit and we all get along well and balance each other’s personalities. They are motivated by the opportunity to advance within the company, just as much as I am.”

With a no seniority policy for internal promotions, it’s easy to think that the office would be filled with a lot of cutthroat competition, but as you cancg-inc-culture-christophern see, it’s exactly the opposite!

So the team at NCG, Inc seems to be pretty great in Christopher’s opinion (and ours) but what about the boss lady?

“My manager is all around amazing. Not only does she lead from the front but she values the opportunity that she offers to everyone. She makes sure it’s a professional and fun environment at the same time. The best part about working with her has got to be her knowledge. It’s amazing how much she knows and is willing to pass on.”

Since every senior level Manager has to start entry level and work their way up there is a higher level of respect gained by the team. Additionally, the Managers are able to relate to every employee and help them with any obstacles because they have already gone through any challenge their team may face!

So far, Christopher’s favorite company event was a night where our entire office went to karaoke at Sweet Basil. There were quite a few new employees at the time so it was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each – and what better way than belting your favorite song out of key? “Everyone gets along so well that no matter where we go or what we do, it’s always a good time,” added Christopher.

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