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Get Your “Generations Working Together”

July 30, 2012 2 comments

This topic is something many of us employers don’t think about until we find dissention within our workforce.

If you’re looking to narrow the gaps that inherently exist between different workplace generations the above titled book by Laura E. Bernstein offers the following tips each manager needs to do!

  • Acknowledge that everyone wants to be treated with dignity and respect. And, remember that those expectations will likely be defined differently by different people.
  • Give coworkers, customers, and suppliers the same benefit of the doubt that you wish from them.
  • Presume that everyone you interact with is motivated by good intentions – unless they prove otherwise.
  • Accept that you can learn from others’ different life experiences, perspectives, and approaches – just as others can learn from yours.
  • Make an effort to focus on your similarities with others rather than your differences. Find, appreciate, and celebrate the common ground you share with those you work with … and work for.
  • Be willing to flex your natural style and preferences in order to work more effectively with all of your colleagues. Increased cooperation and collaboration results in greater success … for EVERYONE!
  • Be open and tactfully honest about your personal “hot buttons” (i.e., recurring sources of tension or conflict) and mindful of the things that bother others.
  • Remember that each individual brings something special (and needed) to the table … each person represents a piece that must be present in order for your organizational puzzle to be complete.
  • Focus on what really matters: productivity, teamwork, customer service, and mutual success.
  • Accept the fact that how you treat, deal with, and respond to others is purely and simply a matter of your own choosing.

I believe that many of these practices should be followed not only in business but are equally important to observe in our daily lives.

Andrea McAfee

Bayless Engineering & Manufacturing

www.baylessengineering.com

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VIA … The Place To Be

February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

I am a strong believer in VIA and the many wonderful things the organization brings to the business community, and I hope you are, too. Here are a few reasons why I’m a strong supporter of VIA:

  • Imagine being where there are like-minded individuals who are ready and willing to build relationships to make the business community stronger.
  • Imagine being where you have access to key decision makers in the business and political arena.
  • Imagine being where your friends are happy to see you every time.

Well, that’s VIA! VIA is the place to be.

If you’re new to VIA or maybe have been a member for a while but you haven’t fully explored VIA, let me give you some insights into the members of VIA.

  • The VIA Board is committed to the success of the organization and is a “roll-up your sleeves” board. You will find Board members on every committee and you will find them to be the premier Ambassadors of VIA.
  • There is a wide array of committees, so I’m sure you’ll find something that speaks to you. Depending on our needs and programming, we’ll creating short-term committees, but here’s a listing of our standing committees:

Member Experience

Marketing

Programs

B2B Regional Expo

Community Education/Connecting to Success

VIA STAR (Student partnered with local businesses)

  • We partner with others to provide members with actionable events from monthly luncheons to business education classes.
  • There are countless opportunities to build connections with others face-to-face. How? Well, through the luncheons, Get Acquainted breakfasts, Meet the Board event, B2B regional expo, VIA ROCKS!, and Business in Action breakfasts.
  • There are other non-face-to-face ways to connect with others via telephone, email, Facebook, and LinkedIn. If you haven’t checked out the conversations on LinkedIn, stop by for a visit.
  • Finally, we’ll serve as your “business matchmaker”. If there is someone you want to meet in the business community, let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

Now, if you need more convincing that VIA is THE place to be, I invite you to contact anyone on the Board or comment here or visit us in the virtual world. Let us know why you think VIA is the place to be!

Diana Meyer
Chairwoman of VIA Board
President, Meyer Marketing Intelligence
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Helpful Tips When Attending Trade Shows/Expos

May 3, 2010 1 comment

HELPFUL TIPS WHEN ATTENDING TRADE SHOWS / EXPOS

By Diana Meyer
CEO, Meyer Marketing Intelligence, Inc.
VIA Board of Directors Member

Many of us have probably attended a trade show or expo or two in the past, but how do you make the most of your time there? Well, you might be asking yourself “What should I do if I’m exhibiting?”  

Over the years, I have organized several companies’ presence at trade shows and handled training of the sales force to prepare everyone for networking and selling at a trade show. Therefore, I’d like to share with you a few tips that will serve as a refresher before B2B or any other trade show you’ll be attending. As an exhibitor, remember the following:

  1. Bring your company name badge and wear it or the exhibitors’ badge on the right side. It’s been shown that people will look at your right shoulder area when shaking hands. Make it easy for everyone to find your name.
  2. This brings me to my next point, in this day and age of people being more aware of airborne illnesses, it would be a nice touch to have some anti-bacterial gel at your booth in a place where others can get to it easily. You don’t even have to mention it. Not only will you need to use this, but your potential customers will be grateful there is some for them to use at their discretion.
  3. Repeat the other person’s name in a conversation a few times in order to remember it and show that you’re genuinely interested.
  4. If you have chairs at your booth, do not sit down. You should stand – so ladies, remember to wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind wearing all day. This demonstrates that you’re receptive to meeting others and interested.
  5. Make sure you don’t have gum in your mouth. You don’t want to come across as a teenager.
  6. Keep your phone out of sight either on silent or turned off. You’re there to make connections and meet new people. Why have the distractions of messages or calls? If you must check for messages or texts, step away from the booth during a slow period.
  7. Collect a business card or if the show has electronic scanning of badges capabilities, make use of that service. If you’re going to write something on the back of the card, ask for their permission. In some cultures, it’s very bad manners to write on a business card. By the way, when you return to the office, follow up with each person you met and personalize that call or email. If you have a group on a social networking site, invite them to join your group.
  8. Finally, have a warm and inviting smile on your face. You can have all the latest technology at your booth or all the marketing collateral promoting the company, but if you don’t appear like you want to talk to someone new, they won’t want to stop and talk to you.

Of course, there are other sales tips, but these are just a few to serve as a reminder for you. Good luck and create your own successes as you exhibit!

The inaugural VIA ROCKS! event did just that!

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

VIA proudly hosted more than 75 attendees at VIA ROCKS!  last night, offering dozens of opportunities for folks to network and build new long term working relationships.  

Local companies searching for vendors and services,  VIA members and others looking to secure business to business relationships, skilled workers looking for new opportunities, and those searching for information about Santa Clarita and what the VIA organization has to offer all came out to celebrate and promote business success in 2010!  The evening also enjoyed the soft rock sounds of the band “Bad Weather.” 

A new quarterly event for the Valley Industrial Association, VIA ROCKS! is about making connections and has something to offer everyone.  Plan to join us at every VIA ROCKS! – be there to be a part of the solutions businesses need now!  

Special thank to our sponsors:  City of Santa Clarita, Custom Human Resource Solutions, LBW Insurance and Financial Services, Point of View Communications and The Courtyard by Marriott.

Kathy

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