She’s Doing It All: Meet Laura Amiot

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This bossbabe is doing it all!

When NCG, Inc (Trumbull, CT) recognizes one of our top performers, we do it big. Picture this… A corporate ballroom filled with 800+ of your peers. All eyes on the stage. And your name is announced. You walk up (careful not to trip) receiving high fives along the way. You are being recognized for the outstanding leadership that you’ve been exemplifying. This was the case for Laura Amiot at a northeastern industry conference this past April.

NCG, Inc President Jolene Foor selected Laura for this award because she is a great example to others in business. She also explained that Laura does an exceptional job leading and managing a team. This is, in part, due to her ability to communicate effectively; asking questions and focusing on the facts of a situation. Laura is also a go-getter, “I see her taking on new responsibilities before she’s even officially trained on them!” says Jolene.

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Laura and her daughter

Laura was born in Whittier, California and raised in Chino, California. She loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping and fishing. “I grew up SCUBA diving and surfing, so any chance I get to travel and do that I do it,” Laura added. This business savvy, surfing, camping woman is also a mother to a 5 year old little girl. What an amazing example. Some of their favorite things to do together are going to the park and exploring other fun places around the area.

When asked ‘what makes working for NCG, Inc great or different?’ Laura summed it up for us. “I love the opportunity to learn from my coworkers and to help my team succeed. I also love that I am not chained to a desk; being able to go out to visit business owners is something I never thought I would be able to do but, in fact, I love everything about it! I am learning more about myself through this position than I have anywhere else. I have gained an immense amount of confidence and seen how much I can truly accomplish. NCG, Inc is different from previous jobs I’ve had because of the opportunity I have to move up so quickly based on merit.”

Although Laura has had a lot of accomplishments at NCG, Inc already – she’s not slowing down! Her goals are to be able to consult and mentor entrepreneurs around the country to help their businesses thrive. Personally, she sees herself being married and watching her family grow.

Stay tuned to hear about Laura’s inevitable promotion to Assistant Management in the coming months! You can follow our Trumbull-based firm on Instagram @ NCGinc to keep tabs!

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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!

NCG, Inc Reviews: 8 Effective Listening & Communication Principles for Success!

NCG, Inc Reviews: 8 Effective Listening & Communication Practices for Success!

Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal communication. Most people tend to overlook that. NCG, Inc is committed to helping our people develop both personally and professionally. So, we focus a lot of our morning meetings around gaining the skills necessary for people to improve their personal selves which in turn helps someone succeed in a professional setting as well. So, when NCG, Inc found this article about effective listening and communication practices, we couldn’t wait to share it with our people and then pass along the information to you all as well!

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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: 12 Things You Should Look For in a Job Other than a Paycheck!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc. believes that there is more to finding success in the work place than just how much money you make. Of course, being in a position that rewards you financially is beneficial to your life, but at what cost should you sacrifice your happiness for your paycheck? So, we decided to review this interesting article by Joshua Becker about what to look for in a job!

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could have possibly imagined.” – Roger Caras

To help you get motivated to wake up and go to work every day, consider these 12 factors in finding your dream job other than what you’ll take home in your paycheck.

1. Choose a job that adds value. Does it make a positive difference in some way? By doing your job, are you leaving value?

2. You enjoy your co-workers. You spend most of your day, week, and life working. But, do you enjoy the people around you? It is comforting to know that the people in the workplace support you, cheer for you, and want to work together as a team.

3. You feel appreciated and valued. Having a big paycheck is always nice, but appreciation at work is something you carry with you every day. This can be communicated through respect, unexpected gifts, or even just a simple, “thank you.”

4. You are trusted. It’s a good feeling when you don’t always have someone looking over your shoulder. When you’re given a task, are you given the freedom to complete it?

5. Your work is something you enjoy. The old saying, “Find a job that you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” Look for a job that keeps you motivated by its nature not by your paycheck, because the luster of a big paycheck wears off quickly if you are unhappy in your position.

6. Your job should fit your personality. Anyone who has taken a personality test knows we all have unique personalities that will thrive in certain environments. Some enjoy working with people, some enjoy working alone, some enjoy calling the shots, others enjoy taking direction. Find a job that fits you!

7. It challenges you to grow! Find something that pushes you out of your comfort zone. Whether this is through challenging assignments, demanding of excellence, or educational opportunities, find something that forces you to grow beyond your current skill set that you’re comfortable with and makes you a better person.

8. The company values align with yours. At the end of the day, your integrity is what matters most. Don’t compromise that when you go to work. If you’re in a job that requires you to go against your personal beliefs, you should find something else.

9. Does your work provide you with a flexible and results oriented culture? A culture of flexibility suggests results-driven focus. A focus that is more interested in you successfully completing your job with excellence rather than clocking the amount of hours you spend working during the day.

10. It values family. You value your family right? Your job should too.

11. It brings you balance. Work is not so bad when you enjoy it. But, if you find yourself not being able to explore other endeavors because you’re always working, it’s not healthy for your soul, life, or body. Find a position that allows you to enjoy your life outside of work too.

12. Last but not least, it brings you SATISFACTION! Can you look back at your day, your week, your year with satisfaction? If the answer is yes, then this is more valuable than any number of digits listed in your bank account.

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!