NCG, Inc Represents at Industry Event in Dallas

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NCG, Inc understands that in order to deliver top notch results for our clients, our scope must be much broader than Trumbull, Connecticut. One way this is accomplished is by regularly attending industry events around the country. It is an opportunity for employees and management to learn from other industry professionals, meet with clients, receive recognition from peers, as well as travel and have some fun!

Recently, the NCG, Inc leadership team had the opportunity to be present at an invite-only annual conference in Dallas, Texas. It was an action-packed weekend and it did not disappoint! On Saturday morning, conference attendees met for breakfast to fuel up for the day before joining the General Session hosted by top performers in the industry. The conference attendees were then divided into smaller groups to receive more personalized coaching, given by some of the most respected and knowledgeable business leaders.

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After a full day of soaking up knowledge, it was time for cocktail hour! NCG, Inc and the rest of the conference participants were dressed to impress in formal attire, anxiously awaiting the awards dinner and show! This was the perfect time to catch up with colleagues from around the country that may only get together at these types of events –- somewhat of a reunion. The awards dinner and show were the grand finale. Seeing people recognized for all of their accomplishments over the previous year reminds everyone of what the daily grind truly leads to.

The president of NCG, Inc, Jolene Foor, shared her thoughts on the Dallas event: “These events are a great reminder that no matter your background – you, too, can be successful. There’s no secret recipe… you don’t need a business degree or a ton of experience. All you need is a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. It’s also great to see what that success can lead to. To me, the biggest motivator is having the freedom to spend as much time as I want with my family and the financial ability to do so – vacations, picking my future kids up from school and more.”

To see more highlights from this event and more, follow NCG, Inc on LinkedIn!

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Gabby and Laura en route to Dallas
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NCG, Inc Reviews: 6 Personal Habits That Can Hurt Your Business!

NCG, Inc. Reviews: 6 Personal Habits That Can Hurt Your Business

Is your business or team not producing and growing the way you had hoped? Worry that it might be you? Check out this great article from Inc.com that goes through the 6 personal habits that you might have that could be hurting your business!

 

1. Burning the candle at both ends.

A “fuzzy mind” will take THREE TIMES AS LONG to complete a task than a clear one. Get a good nights sleep and make time for your body to rest and recuperate. Go out with your friends for a night, go to a sporting event or a concert, or even designate a friend to get you out of town the weekend once a month if you won’t do it yourself. No matter what the scenario, make sure that you take time for you. Remember, rest and recuperate!

 

2. Being an office chair potato.

As important as sleep is, so is exercise. Sitting in a chair for 14 hours a day is not good for your health or your waistline. Take time out of your day to run, jog, or spend an hour at the gym. Even better than that, spend a day with your people. They’ll appreciate it and it will give you an opportunity to get on your feet and move around!

 

3. Stressing over personal finances.

If your mind is cluttered with worry about how you’re going to pay your mortgage, start a family, or send your child to college then you won’t be able to be productive for your business or team. Hire a financial advisor or someone that can help you manage your money properly and help you prepare for your future. Most importantly they’ll help you get rid of your worry. If your people see you stressed out about your personal finances, how can they feel confident working with you and the company?

 

4. Not getting along with your family.

If you’re fighting with your significant other and it leaves you feeling mentally drained, then it’s very likely that you’re behaving unreasonably towards your employees. Take steps to repair poor personal relationships. It will make you happier, your team will be happier and help you’ll build better relationships with your team.

 

5. TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING YOURSELF

News flash! The whole world does not need to sit on your shoulders. It will keep revolving without your help. Start delegating tasks to your team members and employees. They’ll be excited to learn something new and you’ll be able to attend to the important projects and tasks that require your attention instead of wasting your time and energy on something that could easily be completed by another member of your team.

 

6. Engaging in irritating behavior.

These things include: showing up late for a meeting or conference, not adhering to the dress code that you require for your employees, failing to make eye contact, using too much business jargon, always going for the hard sell, typing or chewing gum while you’re on the phone, etc. Recognizing your personal habits and how they are affecting your work is a major step towards creating a successful business. Change won’t happen overnight, but focusing on small but consistent improvements over time will work wonders!

 

 

 

NCG, Inc. is a privately owned marketing company. We specialize in client relations and brand building. We offer a Management Training Program that provides a predictable career-path with options to advance into management positions. To learn more about the career opportunities that we have, please visit our website: www.ncgincorporated.com and see our careers page!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: How to get an MBA in Entrepreneurship!

Entrepreneur is defined as: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

So, how do you teach someone to take risks or work that hard? Well, the simple answer is, you can’t. So, if you want an “MBA” in Entrepreneurship, you won’t be able to get that in a classroom. You earn that so called degree, in real life.

Here are 5 Tips to earn that MBA!

1. Start a business
It doesn’t matter what kind of business it is, what i sells, and who the customer is. Give it a name, build a simple website (or have someone do it for you), get a logo. Do as many of those things yourself so you can spend as little money as possible and learn how to do them just by figuring it out.

2. Sell a product or device.
Once you have your business, website, and logo, put a product up for sale! Stand behind that product and tell everyone that it’s the best thing to hit the market since sliced bread! The more excited you are about the product, the better chance you’ll have of succeeding. Put some effort into marketing. This goes beyond a Facebook or Twitter account. Get creative and figure out a venue to put the product you are selling in front of the most people.

3. Hire someone for a month and then fire them.
Hiring people is difficult, but firing people is harder. There’s almost nothing harder for an entrepreneur to have to do than to let someone go. It will keep you up at night, leave a pit in your stomach, and cause you stress. But, you’ll learn from it and make tremendous growth as a person and a business owner. This one act will give you a semesters worth of knowledge in a fraction of the time.

4. Put your money where your mouth is.
Invest a good chunk of your money into your business. Starting out, you’ll probably lose most of this money and not really see a return on investment. The purpose of this is life experience! Someone telling you how to write a business plan or balance your company budget won’t help you understand how to make the right financial call for your business. It definitely won’t tell you how to deal with it and how to handle that feeling you have when it doesn’t pay off. Put in money and learn from the experience.

5. Pivot.
Completely change the direction of your company. If you were selling a product, now sell a subscription or service. It’s not going to be easy, but a company sometimes needs to evolve and change direction to stay afloat. Give yourself experience so that you know how to do that early on.

If you want to live a life that’s outside of the box from what is considered “normal.” Entrepreneurship is the way to go.

Northeast Consulting Group is a privately owned marketing company that specializes in public relations and brand building for our clients. Our job, is to help these companies continue to grow and expand throughout their selected target markets. To learn more about career opportunities within Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: http://www.ncg-corp.com

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: The Secrets to Success!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. knows that the biggest question that people have is how to find success. So, we reviewed this article from Forbes about the secrets to finding it! Most of the gals that people set in life are centered around finding success in their personal lives as well as their business lives. These two things tend to depend upon each other.   Personal success supports and reinforces professional success. Professional success reinforces personal success. Together, they reinforce life’s most important pursuit – happiness. So how do we find it?

 

1. The Law of Attraction

The secret to success is positive thoughts. Your thoughts are a magnet that brings things your way and helps you to identify and externalize your inner strengths and capabilities. Put good things in your mind and they will happen!

 

2. The Element

Find out what you excel in. That’s where you have to position yourself. You need to find your own “element,” your passion. The right occupation that matches your inner strengths and capabilities will help you bring out the best in yourself.

 

3. Learn how to fail

You have to be willing to try, fail, try again, fail again, and still get back up. Understand that luck will play a part in your success, being in the right place at the right time can make a world of difference. “There is plenty of luck to go around; you just need to keep your head raised until it’s your turn,” says Scott Adams. “If you drill down to any success story, you always discover that luck was a huge part of it. You cannot control luck, but you can move from a game with bad odds to one with better odds. You can make it easier for luck to find you. The most useful thing you can do is stay in the game. If your current get-rich project fails, take what you learned and try something else. Keep repeating until something lucky happens.”

 

4. Law of Large Numbers

This states that you give yourself enough times to take advantage of success. Give yourself enough opportunity with equal chance for each possible outcome to occur. Your turn to succeed won’t work unless you can execute and stay away from harmful behavior that destroys your progress.

 

5. Get your priorities right

Use your resources wisely, stay focused, and develop the right relationships. Don’t be greedy and don’t be complacent. 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: The Top 10 Interview Tips!

Are you a recent graduate about to start interviewing for your first real job? Have you been in the workforce for a while now and looking to do something different? Well, interviewing is part of this process. As simple as it seems, there are certain things that will help you make a better impression with the company you are interviewing with. Positive impressions are more likely to get you the job. So, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. decided to take a look at this artice3 from Nancy R. Mitchell about having proper interviewing etiquette.

 When you are going into a company for an interview, your attitude and behavior towards others is just as important as your resume, your previous work experience3, and your innate abilities. Today, more people are too worried about the look and appearance of their resume rather than their manners. What people don’t realize is that companies that are hiring aren’t just concerned with a resume, but finding someone to be a part of their “business family.” They look for things like: courtesy, respect, trust, and reliability. These are the foundation of good relationships which translate to success in business.

 

 

Here are the top 10 things that you should avoid when you’re going in to interview for a job.

 

1. There are no “do-overs” in first impressions

You make a first impression with 5 seconds. When you’re interviewing for a position, you are given a little more leeway. But, that time to make your first impression with an employer happens within your first 30 seconds. This means that you’re on stage the second you walk into the building where your interview is being held. You never know who is around. You could be walking in with a representative in the company or in the elevator with them. The first thing you should do is turn off your phone before you arrive. There is nothing worse than introducing yourself to someone only to hear your phone start ringing from a call, chiming from a text or email, or vibrating loudly in your pocket. When you arrive, smile and shake the hand of the person who is there to greet you as well as the person who escorts you to your interview. When you enter the interview room, make an impression! You need to have enough enthusiasm and energy to mask your nervousness.

 

2. Avoid wardrobe malfunctions!

Always dress up and conservatively for a job interview. Whether the job is at a corporate building, a fast-food restaurant, or a relaxed environment, your goal should always be to dress to impress your employer. When you were growing up your family probably told you to dress up for holidays, to go visit family, or for a big family occasion, right? The reasoning behind it was to show respect. It’s the same concept when you go in for an interview. How much you “polish up” shows the person who conducts your interview that you respect them and the interview process.

 

 3. Don’t underestimate the power of a smile

No matter how “sharp” someone may seem on paper, they need to match that in person. Going into a 30-40 minute interview with someone and not flashing a smile can hurt your chances of getting a position. Your employer will be distracted by wondering what is wrong with you rather than being able to conduct an effective interview for you. A smile shows confidence and an overall pleasant personality. It makes people want to get to know you and be around you. When you’re interviewing, you’re not just going in to get a job, you’re about to enter a business family.

 

4. Body language speaks volumes

Employers will judge your interest and attitude in a position through your body language just as much as from what you do, say, and what is on your resume. The right thing to do during an interview is to sit up straight and have your feet on the floor. Many people think that a “relaxed pose” shows confidence, but in reality it shows a lack of respect or interest in the position. Also, pay attention to where you put your hands, DO NOT have your hands on your lap under the table, you’ll look nervous. You should have one arm on the rest of the chair or on the table. Just as important as your body language is your eye contact. You should face the person who is speaking with you and maintain eye contact.  If you’re a someone who struggles to sit still, hold a pen or pencil if that helps you control it.

 

 

5. Mastering the art of “Meet & Greet”

How you greet someone reveals a great deal about your confidence, attitude, and overall demeanor. Learn how to give a GOOD HANDSHAKE. You should always stand for a handshake in business and give yourself space from the person. Maintain open posture, smile, and make eye contact. Also, don’t forget to say your name!

 

6. Use your interviewer’s name

The sweetest sound that people here is their name. So, us the person who is interviewers name when you meet them and when you leave. You don’t need to sprinkle their name in multiple times throughout the interview, but you should remember what it is.

 

7. Table Talk

After you go in for your interview, always stand behind the chair and wait to be asked to take a seat. Never place your personal items on the table; you should always place them under your chair or beside you. The only thing on the table should be a portfolio if you have one and a pen.

 

8. Your phone should never ring

If you have somehow forgotten to turn off your phone and you’re unfortunate enough to have it ring during an interview, you have to do some serious damage control. NEVER answer your phone, simply reach down and turn it off! Then apologize sincerely. At this point you have to show why you are the top candidate for the position so that your lack of preparation for the interview is not what your interviewer remembers.

 

9. Exit Strategy

When the interview is completed, always reinforce your interest in the position and thank your interviewer for taking time out of their day to meet with you. Make eye contact and shake hands with your interviewer and use their name when you tell them goodbye. If possible, thank the person who greeted you when you arrive as well. This simply, is just good manners. You should have a smile on your face until you are completely out of the building, in your car, and on the road to go home!

 

10. Post game play

Write a small thank you note to your interviewer within 24-48 hours of the interview. It shows good manners, interest in the position, and that you’ve appreciated the time they have taken out of their day to meet with you for your interview. During your interview make sure you show your people skills. When your interviewer likes you, they will “pull” for you to do well. They will even answer your questions more thoroughly and even relax around you. All of these things will help you to succeed in your interview.

 

All of these tips are not intended to say that a strong resume is not important, but it’s a way to give yourself the edge over the other person interviewing with you who didn’t take as much care in preparing for the interview as you did!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: How to Get Taken Seriously By Your Employees!

If you want to be successful as a manager, a business owner, or a leader, then the people who you lead need to take you seriously. This tends to be pretty challenging, especially if you’re recently promoted or not used to being in a leadership role. But, no matter how long you’ve been in these positions, sometimes earning the respect of those around you can be a challenging task. Since Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is committed to providing an atmosphere that gives our employees the resources that they would need to be successful in Management roles moving forward, when we saw this article on www.under30ceo.com/ we decided to share it with our people!

 

How to get taken seriously by your employees:

 1. Separate BUSINESS from PERSONAL:

It’s important for your employees to see you as the boss and think of you in that role. Bringing too much of your personal life into that equation can be troublesome. Don’t talk to your employees about your dating adventures, or spend hours on personal calls at the office. Nobody will take you seriously if they see these personal parts of your life. It is important for your people to see you as a boss.

 

2. Set an example with time:

Do you want your employees to show up for work on time? Do you want them to put in a full and productive work day? The answer of course, is YES. But, if you take two hour lunches every day and cut out of the office at 3:00 on Friday, then don’t be surprised if your people start adopting the same habits. Set a good example and demonstrate the behavior you want to encourage.

 

3. Don’t pass the buck:

Leaders get a lot of credit when things go well. But, they have to take responsibility when things go badly too. Don’t think you can, “pass the buck” and shift the blame to your employees. What they do under your leadership is a direct reflection of your management ability. If workers need more training, better supervision, or even reassignment to other duties, it’s YOUR job to make that happen.

 

Treat them like employees, not servants:

Unless this is your personal assistant, remember that they are employees of your company and not your servants. They come to work to accomplish corporate objectives, not to pick up your dry cleaning, buy your theatre tickets, or run out and pick up coffee. It’s demeaning for them to do these things. It shows that you don’t value their real job because you would rather them take time out of your day to do these menial tasks. If you want your people to be productive, you have to make them feel valued. You can do this by organizing weekly meetings and letting your employees talk freely about their concerns. Treat them like humans, not numbers. Everyone has problems, so as a boss, it’s your job to fix them.

 

4. Keep confidential information to yourself:

As a manager, you have a lot of information that comes your way on a day to day basis. This includes company plans, personnel issues, budget numbers, and salary figures. When this information is shared with you from an employee on a confidential basis, you NEED to keep it that way. Sharing private information is a big no-no. If you don’t want your employees talking about this information with each other, you have to set the right example first and not talk about it with them. As a boss, your people need to trust you. This can only be achieved if your relationship is professional and respectful.

  

5. Help your team out:

When there is a fast approaching deadline or task to be accomplished, it’s normal that you ask your team to put in some overtime hours, right? Well, it really helps them stay focused and motivated if you’re willing to do some extra work too. If you’re out enjoying your weekend while they’re slaving away, it can foster resentment. See what you can do to chip in and help out. Put in some extra effort yourself and make it a team effort. They will respect you more simply for the fact that you’re willing to go the extra mile. Also, this ensures that in the future they’ll take you more seriously the next time you ask them to put in extra effort.

  If you want your employees to take you seriously and respect you in the work place, the most important thing that you have to do is act like a human being. Even though you are in charge, don’t abuse your position. No one likes the over bearing boss who is on a power trip. Having a solid work environment is all about communication, interaction, and cooperation. People enjoy working in team environments with open communication because it allows mutual ideas to foster great ideas and great ideas lead to great business!

 

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are committed to giving our employees the tools and the resources to be successful within our company. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. provides a predictable career path that can lead to the opportunity in Management within our company. To learn more about the careers available at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: www.ncg-corp.com/

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. Reviews: 6 Tips to Building Confidence!

Ever feel down in the dumps? Scared to try something because you’re worried that you won’t be good at it? Or stray away from taking risks because you’re worried you won’t be able to do it? The biggest reason for this is because we lack confidence in ourselves. So, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. decided to review this article from www.success.com/ called “6 Confidence Boosters.” So, incorporate these habits into your life that will help you become a more confident person starting today!

 

6 Confidence Boosters:

 1.Greet others with a smile and look them directly in the eye:

A smile and direct eye contact convey confidence. Answer the phone the same way whether you’re at work or at home. Eye contact shows that you are confidence because you’re not shying away from looking at someone or greeting them with respect.

 

2. Always show real appreciation for a gift or compliment:

Don’t downplay or sidestep expressions of affection or honor from others. The ability to accept or receive is a universal mark of an individual with solid self-esteem. If you shy away from compliments or try to downplay one that has been given to you, the message that you’re putting out is that you don’t believe in yourself as much as they do. After a period of time, the people around you will start to lose confidence In you too.

 

3. Don’t Brag:

It’s almost a paradox that genuine modesty is actually part of the capacity to gracefully receive compliments. People who brag about their exploits or demand special attention are simply trying to build themselves up in the eyes of others. The only reason they do that is because they don’t already perceive themselves as being worth of respect.

 

4. Don’t make your problems the centerpiece of your conversation:

Talk positively about your life and the progress you’re trying to make. Be aware of any negative thinking and take notice of how often you complain. When you hear yourself criticize someone (THIS INCLUDES CRITICIZING YOURSELF), find a way to be helpful instead. This way you can address the issue, but fix the problem as well.

 

5. Respond to difficult times or depressing moments by increasing your level of productive activity:

When your self-esteem is challenged, don’t sit around and fall victim to “paralysis by analysis.” The late Malcolm Forbes said, “Vehicles in motion use their generators to charge their own batteries. Unless you happen to be a golf cart, you can’t recharge your battery when you’re parked in the garage!”

 

6. Choose to see mistakes and rejections as opportunities to learn:

View a misstep as the conclusion of one performance, not the end of your entire career. Refuse to see yourself as a failure. Even though you have to own up to your shortcomings, you don’t have to let them consume you. A failure may be something you have done and may even do again on the way to success, but failure is not something that you are.

 

After an extremely poor performance, a team or an individual athlete often does much better the next time out, especially when the performance was so bad that there was simply no way to shirk responsibility for it. Disappointment, defeat, and even apparent failure are in no way permanent conditions unless we choose to make them though. Failure can be a painful experience, but it can be the solid foundation that we use to build our future success on.

 

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting in Fairfield County, Connecticut. We are committed to giving our employees the tools and the resources to be successful within our company. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. provides a predictable career path that can lead to the opportunity in Management within our company. To learn more about the careers available at Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. please visit our website: www.ncg-corp.com/