Monday, December 28, 2009

Resolutions that Work

THE CHALLENGE:  Goals must be realistic and achievable. Research shows that unrealistic goals can undermine the behavior changes needed for lasting weight loss.

THE SOLUTION: With the New Year looming, it's especially important to steer away from unrealistic goals and design powerful goals -- both long- and short-term -- that will yield results in 2010.
 



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"A goal is created three times, first as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. Third, when you take action toward its achievement." -- Gary Ryan Blair





Friday, December 18, 2009

Celebrate Every Success

THE CHALLENGE: Weight loss, as you know, does not proceed like clockwork. Even the most enthusiastic person occasionally loses their motivation, hits plateaus, and gains a few pounds. These events can cause some to become so frustrated and discouraged that they stop working toward their goals.

THE SOLUTION: The meeting is an excellent opportunity to help you understand that noting successes and rewarding it can create a boost in motivation and confidence to continue. It's incredibly important to help you see success beyond the numbers at the scale. Recognizing and celebrating little bravos -- choosing only one cookie from the plate of cookies, tracking every bite for a whole day, or realizing a watchband feels looser -- can keep you inspired, on the right track, and feeling great.



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"Celebrate what you want to see more of." -- Thomas J. Peters




Friday, December 11, 2009

Putting the "P" in Perseverance

THE CHALLENGE:  The holiday season's tempting treats and party foods can lead you to overeat, causing a lapse. You may get lax with your exercise efforts because of your busy schedules. Lapses are normal, but after experiencing one, you may revert to your old eating and activity habits, or relapse. If you relapse repeatedly, you will feel like you'll never get back on track and may quit -- a total collapse.

THE SOLUTION:  It's vital that you persevere and not give up. To do so, it's important that you figure out how to prevent lapses or recover from them. The holidays offer an opportunity for you to learn from your lapses and build even stronger weight-loss skills.

"There's no such thing as failure, only feedback."

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"Feedback is the breakfast of champions." -- Ken Blanchard

Friday, December 4, 2009

Outsmart Holiday Stress

Hello Members,

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, you have:

  • Long to-do lists
  • Gift buying
  • Cards to sent
  • Worrying about money
  • Attending social events
  • Cooking for family gatherings
  • Decorating and
  • Dealing with challenging relatives
It is no surprise that being stressed-out might tempt you to
grab that candy at work or have an extra cup of eggnog.

You can choose a different path this year -- one that is not
paved with cookie crumbs. In next week's meeting, you will
learn how to manage holiday stress without overeating.

We are going to use the Reframing tool and other strategies
to help you feel confident in your ability to handle holiday challenges.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Weekly Motivational Message and To-do for You!

Hello Members,

This week we will focus on the advantages of varying your food intake.

We want YOU to share YOUR ideas and recipes that help prevent food boredom.

We all sometimes fall into eating ruts. You may think it's easier to go with old
reliable than to try something new.

Sticking to the same old things, though, can lead to food boredom, making you
more vulnerable to temptation and unplanned snacking that can hinder your weight
loss. Lack of variety also may cause you to miss out on certain vitamins,
minerals and nutrients.

Learn this week how to changing up food choices by bringing a food item and/or recipe
and learn how variety can help promote interest, satisfaction with the food plan
and potentially long-term weight-loss success.

See you at the meeting,

 

De-de

Diamond Weight Watchers Leader in Cuyahoga Falls, and Hudson since 2002

 

"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." -- Abraham Lincoln

Let the world be your teacher.



Monday, November 23, 2009

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weight Watchers Weekly Motivational Message -- Manage Food Centered Relationships

Come this week to explore strategies for
managing the emotions that holiday events
and loved ones can evoke.

Our relationships with those closest to us
may seem to be centered on food,
especially during the holidays.

In addition, holiday gatherings can be fun
and relaxing but also can evoke strong
emotions.

Those emotions can make us want to eat,
thus hindering our weight-loss progress.
We can, however, learn to manage those feelings
and our food-centered relationships without using food,
and once again we can ask for help from our friends,
relatives and co-workers.

See you at the meeting!
 

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Leading Classes in Hudson
and
Cuyahoga Falls


Monday, November 16, 2009

Fw: Weekly Motivational Message: Serving Up Thanksgiving






Helllo Members,

Please attend this week's meeting to explore strategies for managing holiday foods and other special occasion meals.

The Momentum Plan can help you enjoy those special foods associated with Thanksgiving AND still lose weight! This week's meeting will focus on:
  • Which foods should we select?
  • How much food should we eat?
  • How often should we eat on Thursday and beyond?
The items discussed this week can be used for any special occasion or holiday. Come in this week and learn fresh ideas! Other great ideas are on the Weight Watchers website.

See you at the meeting,
 

De-de

Diamond Weight Watchers Leader in Cuyahoga Falls, and Hudson since 2002

 

"I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday." -- Abraham Lincoln

Let the world be your teacher.








Saturday, August 15, 2009

Start Over

Start Over

If you've started out in pursuit of your goal and you've really tried with your heart and soul, but somehow things got out of control – START OVER

When you've tried your best to do what you should and you thought this time that you surely would, but once again, you didn't do well – START OVER

When you've worked so hard to follow a dieter's way and you fought to win a victory each day, but one more time you went astray – START OVER

When the road to success seemed much too long and each temptation was oh so strong and once again you gave in to wrong – START OVER

When you've told your friends what you planned to do, trusted them to help you through, and soon discovered it's up to you – START OVER

When you know you must be physically fit but your hope seems gone and you're stuck in a pit. That's not the time for you to quit – START OVER

When the week seems long and successes few and at weigh in time your feeling blue, remember tomorrow is just for you – START OVER

To start again means a victory's been won and starting over AGAIN means a race well won and starting over AGAIN proves it can be done, so don't just sit there – START OVER!!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Celebrate Success!

Things you can do to Stay Upbeat in Down Times

Celebrate Success!


It is easy to become engrossed in our news statistics – employment is terrible, the economy is in the tank, and no one is spending money on anything.

These statements are simply not true. I have been in the sales and marketing field for over 27 years and even though this year is a slow year, people are still buying! Every time, I made a sale this year, I smiled! Every time, someone signed a contract with me, I smiled! Every time I received a check from an event I planned, I smiled!

Now is the time to relish in the little victories and be grateful that some companies have money and…are willing to spend it. Assume that the individual you call on tomorrow is that person. Even if they say no today, you may have started a great relationship that will eventually lead to yes.

Smile and celebrate the little wins because if you work hard on the little wins, the big wins will follow.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Anthem, MassMutual Bring PR To Events

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May 20, 2009 New York  -  After the "AIG effect" put unprecedented scrutiny on corporate meetings and incentives, meeting buyers speaking here this month said their firms have adjusted practices to deal with the changes in public perception amid the challenging economic environment. What was entertaining is now tacky, and companies including Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and MassMutual have attempted to tone events down, if not cancel them altogether, even though they still deliver value.
 
"We are continuing to have all of our incentive events," said Jeanne Young, vice president of travel services for MassMutual Financial Group, speaking at the Financial and Insurance Meeting Planning Conference. "We spend a lot of money on incentive events, and the primary reason is because the people who we are rewarding are not employees. If we don't incent them to go out and sell more, they will sell for someone else because they are not dedicated [or] exclusive to MassMutual. It behooves us to make sure they still regard us as the No. 1 company that they want to do business for. We're not really doing anything much different than what MassMutual has always done; we are not doing anything different in direct response to this bad press or anything."
 
But Young acknowledged that her team partners with the public relations and marketing departments before following through with events, preparing those media relations officials with "canned responses in the event there are reporters outside of the hotel."
 
"In the past," she said, "money was seemingly no object. I had some customers that put some things on the agenda that were really over the top, like gladiators walking through an event." MassMutual never used the gladiators, but when similar ideas arose, Young and others developed the saying "Kill the gladiators" to squash them.
 
Anthem once held an event with penguins, said Jenell Smith, senior marketing director for Anthem BlueCross BlueShield. Now it is more seriously considering the purpose of meetings and returns on investments.
 
"Perception is everything," said Smith. Immediately following the AIG backlash, Anthem canceled a large group incentive meeting for top salespeople and brokers to avoid being blasted by the media--even though Anthem is not a beneficiary of the recent bailouts, like AIG and other companies that have been criticized for wasteful spending. "Being in the financial and insurance industries, we are heavily regulated [and] heavily scrutinized. We always have that magnifying glass on us," Smith said. "Deposits were made, site visits had taken place and a decision [by the CEO] was made to pull it."
 
The money invested in that meeting is being "held in escrow because [the CEO] knew that the storm would be weathered," Smith said. However, the meeting will not be held at a four- or five-star resort, and Anthem added an educational component to the meeting to clear any bad taste it could potentially leave, she continued. Additionally, Anthem attached charitable causes to meetings in order to offset any unfavorable opinions, according to Smith.
 
Anthem still plans on rewarding its top salespeople and brokers with gifts like Broadway show tickets or dinner certificates. "We still wanted to do something that was under the radar but could still be fulfilling to that recipient," Smith said.
 
When it does host meetings, though, Anthem no longer prints its company logo on signage around the meeting; instead, the meeting title is merely printed in bold-faced type. Activities like golf and fishing are still on meeting agendas as "a team-building activity," Smith said. But meetings are not being held outside of the continental United States and Anthem is limiting invitations for spouses and other guests, Smith said.
 
Anthem and MassMutual gain too much value from incentives and meetings to simply do away with them, but the recent hubbub has brought with it a desire for demand management. "We look back at our goals and ask, 'What is the true purpose of this?' " said Smith, referring to planning events with senior management. "That wasn't always the case, I'm sorry to say. Some people just wanted to have a big shindig, and they wanted to get together."
 
Young said MassMutual prioritizes incentive meetings as a means of offering revenue-generators a perk to sell more and increase company loyalty. "Our company [consists of] very thoughtful and introspective people that understand the true value of these events and conferences and they understand that it is a business tool; this is not a vacation," she said.
 
MassMutual--like Anthem--will not look to hold training, education and recognition events outside North America, and will hold many of those non-incentive meetings in its conference center located in Springfield, Mass., said Young. "We have an upcoming meeting in Europe. We canceled an offsite venue that was going to be considered 'over the top,' and we are holding it at the hotel instead," Young said. "[The AIG effect] has helped all of us to come to the table better prepared and better able to articulate our value."
 
Even if "two years from now people will be wanting to go back to those places," Young said, "as professionals [we can] make sure that our companies don't make short-term decisions that won't serve us well in the long run." She does expect scrutiny to fade, though, and companies to resume previous meeting planning patterns. For now, Young brought in a third-party meeting planning team to help leverage some of its buying power to negotiate some of the penalties that MassMutual might incur due to cancellations.
 
"What we have been doing is moving those meetings in-house and adding a charitable component to it, whether it is cooking meals, painting tables for women and children's shelters, building bicycles for boys and girls clubs," said Smith. "The sales teams we work with can then publicize the fact that when they are out with brokers or chambers of commerce for meetings: They are doing something good for the community, but we are also having this meeting and supporting the local community."
 
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Cancelling Business Meetings

Cancelling Business Meetings: Proper Etiquette

I just got off the telephone with a business colleague a few minutes ago who was cancelling our meeting today because he had to help his dad out. This is a meeting HE scheduled and wanted! This was the fifth meeting I have scheduled in the last two months, at the other person's request to meet with me, and THEY have cancelled. If you could see me now, steam is coming out of my ears, just like one of those Warner Bros. cartoon characters! What is happening in society that we cannot keep appointments?

Please don't get me wrong, I understand that things happen. However, remember that when you are cancelling that meeting, you are saying whatever just came up is more important than you are. Ouch! That hurts! Therefore, here is what I recommend you do to keep a good business relationship:

  1. If you need to reschedule, call the person as soon as you know. It doesn't matter if it is 11 pm at night, leave a voicemail and, if you have time, leave an email.
  2. Be honest about what your commitment is and make sure that if you were in the other person's shoes you would agree it is a legitimate reason to change. Would you buy it? Remember, you are hoping to get referrals or business out of that individual, so make sure it is reasonable. Here are some excuses I have heard lately:
    1. "My dad needs my help doing a project" – not worthy
    2. "I'm under a deadline" – not worthy (means you can't handle your workload)
    3. "I have to meet with another client" – not worthy unless it is the only time and day the client can meet
  3. Before you call or email the colleague, have a plan! Your call should go something like this, "Hello ________________, I am so sorry but I need to reschedule our meeting next week because ____________________________. However, I would be happy to meet with you on (Date and time), or (Date and time) or (Date and time) – you choose! In addition, because I have had to cancel this meeting, I will pay for our (lunch or coffee)!" Please give them three options!
  4. Lastly, maybe you are a "casual" scheduler or last minute person. That's okay but don't assume everyone else is the same. I schedule my appointments several weeks out and I stick to my commitments unless something major comes up.

If you do this from now on, you will have more business and you will receive more referrals. Try to be as courteous to other people's time as you are with your own time. We are all busy – but don't screw up someone else's day by CANCELING!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Putting the Meeting Industry in Perspective


Want to lose one million more jobs?

Just keep talking.

All Americans are angry at the recent revelations of bad judgment and excess by some corporate leaders - especially when the result is a taxpayer-funded clean up.

However, targeting business meetings and events is the wrong answer.

With their political rhetoric and shortsighted legislation, Congress is sending a message to TARP recipients and every other business that Congress doesn't want those meetings to happen. The results are predictable. Thousands of companies — not just TARP recipients — are cancelling their meetings out of fear.

For every meeting that is cancelled, jobs are lost — it's that simple — and it's happening all across the country. 1 out of every 8 jobs in this country is linked to travel and tourism – and those Americans will be even angrier if they lose their job because of political rhetoric.

The overwhelming majority of business meetings are not for senior executives — they are for top salespersons, high performing employees, valued customers, and business partners. Business is done and companies grow because of these meetings and events.

We've released a code of conduct for companies using taxpayer dollars. We encourage Congress and Treasury to embrace these standards — and stop the rhetoric. Visit our website for more details — www.meetingsmeanbusiness.com.

Meetings

mean business.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Making the case for an your next meeting and event

Independent planners have more ammunition than ever to justify their events because during economic slowdowns, companies must make a greater effort to motivate their employees, cultivate customers, and keep competitors at bay. Done right, events are powerful tools that help meet these objectives.
"Now more than ever, events are important ways for communities to come together and to re-engage, revitalize, become inspired and improve skills," said Gail Bower, a meeting and events industry consultant and planner.
Once you understand the client's business, you can address specific objectives that a meeting might fulfill. The one objective that makes meetings especially easy to justify-especially in this economy is increasing sales. In fact, events such as trade shows, client dinners, and distributor conferences usually result in a clearly visible spike in revenue.
More importantly, sales generated through an event are remarkably cost-efficient.
A recent survey by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research shows that the total cost of closing a sale without trade show participation averages US $1,140 compared to $705 for a show-generated lead.
Dallas Teague Snider, an independent meeting planner, and founder of Make Your Best Impression, points out that many businesses make the mistake of cutting back on their event and marketing spend at a time when they should be ramping their spending up.
Cutting back on visibility, reducing the number of events held or even canceling engagements outright might signal to clients that the company is having financial problems or that it is not committed to serving a particular niche during the downturn. It also opens a wide gap for competitors.
While these arguments might seem logical to anyone with event expertise, they can sometimes fall flat without data to back them up. Dan Hoffend, vice president of corporate account sales for event management firm Freeman, points out those smart meeting planners who have been collecting ROI data on their events all along can now pull out those spreadsheets and argue their case without breaking a sweat.
One of his favorite ways of measuring ROI is to quiz participants before and after each meeting. For example, Hoffend might ask attendees whether they recognize the host company's brand, how much they know about its products and whether they see any partnership opportunities. The difference between the answers generated before and after the event can be easily translated into data that shows whether the company succeeded in its mission.
"The questionnaires can give clear results showing that you have succeeded in moving attendees from one point to another," Hoffend said. "If the value of your event is clear, then you're always going to have a justification for it."
Amanda Stranack, director of event services at Inntel in London, points out that questionnaires can also be sent out months after an event has taken place-so if you don't have the data in your archives already, it's not too late to start gathering it. Sometimes it is even worth it to hire a professional market research firm to conduct formal surveys, adds Stranack, whose clients include companies in the transportation, telecommunications, and finance industries.
In addition to the tangible value produced by events, there is also a huge intangible benefit to be reaped from personal meetings, Bower says. She points out there is a priceless connection built between company and customer when they have the chance to interact.
"Corporations might be able to demonstrate a product better or showcase how friendly, thorough and expert their sales team is at a face-to-face meeting," she said.
When selling intangible products, for example insurance policies, companies can benefit from giving customers a chance to put a face to the brand.
This intangible benefit applies particularly to incentives and other events meant to motivate employees. Personal meetings help give employees pride in their organization and offer the best platform to send a uniform message about the company's strategy, Rubinsky says.
Especially in this economy, it is crucial to motivate employees, and help salespeople keep an upbeat attitude they can pass on to their customers.
"It's important to feel better about work, because then you work better," said Priscilla Leherle, Paris-based manager of Eventus in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, whose company organizes corporate team-building events.
"Team-building events are not just about having fun, they're about creating positive effects for the company," she said.
Some of the positive effects that her clients have seen include a happier workforce, also one that is more productive, more cooperative, and able to harness the power of team thinking.
Motivational events are particularly important in this climate to keep the sales force engaged, experts say.
"Everybody is so negative at the moment, and that's not good," Bartlett said. "If you're in a sales meeting with someone and they're negative, you don't want to do business with that person."
Unfortunately, motivational events have come under particular scrutiny from the public over the past year.
In October, insurance company AIG was publicly shamed for holding a lavish retreat. As AIG pointed out at the time, most of the attendees were top-producing independent insurance agents, and most corporate experts agree that such events are necessary to keep salespeople motivated.
"Corporations need to hold employee recognition events...to bolster the confidence of employees so they take ownership of the current situation and roll up their sleeves," said Pat Ahaesy, founder of P&V Enterprises in New York.
One important detail to keep in mind when trying to explain the value of events to clients, however, is that it is pointless to try to justify value unless one actually creates value. Independent meeting planners especially-who have to prove their worth with every event they sell-must be sure to give clients maximum bang for the buck.
"An event can be a powerful marketing experience, not just a reason for people to stand around in fancy clothes sipping cocktails," Bower said.
At the same time, it's key to consider the client's plight as well, instead of just putting on the hard sell, Ahaesy says. Moreover, she should know. A few days after Sept. 11, 2001, the independent meeting planner called one of her largest clients, a Manhattan-based financial firm that had lost its headquarters, half of its staff and its founder in the terrorist attacks. The firm was considering canceling a client-appreciation party that was to be held just a month later.
"I called them to ask, 'Is there anything I can do for you?'" Ahaesy recalled.
When her counterpart told her the firm might scrap the event, she did not flinch. She pointed out that staying on schedule would demonstrate that the company had survived the tragedy, reassure clients, and help bring employees together. However, she also showed sympathy.
"I said to them, 'If you decide not to do it, I understand, and there will be no penalty to you whatsoever,'" she recalled.
Similarly, independent planners should be wary of trying to justify every event regardless of its value, at the risk of squandering their clients' trust.
Inntel's Stranack says she often agrees with clients when they ask her to take an event off the roster.
"Sometimes I say to them, 'Yes, you're absolutely right.' That message can be communicated just as well by e-mail," Stranack said. "I try to give my clients a sensible answer, rather than just doing everything to secure one event."
By working in partnership with your client, winning their trust as an event and meeting advisor, you are much more likely to have success keeping their business through bad times and good.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Is Your Meeting or Event a Legitimate Business Expense?

With all the talk in the news about excessive executive retreats in Las Vegas and other lavish meetings, it has made all executives and managers a bit on edge about what are considered necessary and unnecessary meeting or events.

Please rest assured that most meetings and events are needed to communicate the organization’s message and/or put them in a competitive posture. However, the meeting and travel industry has put all this in prospective with their message below.


Examples of Legitimate Business Purposes for Meetings and Events

All business expenditures authorized in these challenging circumstances, all proposed expenditures for meetings and events should be made to strengthen the competitive position of the company in the marketplace and position the company for the creation of long-term value and growth. Below is a representative list of legitimate business purposes for meetings and events:

• Corporate-sponsored charity events
• Employee meetings because of company mergers and/or acquisitions for the purpose of alignment of products, brands, and cultures
• Employee recognition programs to motivate and reward employees for achievement and productivity.
• Product development events designed to generate feedback for research and development purposes.
• Product launches to educate sales force, channel partners, and customers
• Professional conferences that provide networking, education and best practice sharing across companies and industries
• Sales conferences and employee meetings to align vision, strategy, and tactics
• Trade shows that bring prospective buyers and sellers together
• Training and staff development meetings – learning environments conducive to adult learning and professional development, improving participants' skills at their trade and/or their familiarity with the company's products or services
• User conferences for customers utilizing the company's products or services to obtain feedback, build networks, provide product training, and capture ideas for enhancements to the company's product offerings.

Developed by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Destination Marketing Association International, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meeting Professionals International, National Business Travel Association, Professional Convention Management Association, Society of Incentive Travel Executives and the U.S. Travel Association in consultation with Maritz, Inc.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Weekly Motivational Message and Happy Valentine's Day

Last Week we focuses on The Lowdown on Liquids.

What strategies are you using to add more liquids into your day?

How does drinking more liquids make you feel? Tell me about it.

 

This Week our topic is Advanced Skills, including SetPOINTS Values

The success of the Momentum plan comes from introducing more advanced and useful weight-loss skills as you go along. Come into the meeting and learn a new skill that can make it easier for you to eat away from home.

 

I know for Valentine's Day we usually focus on chocolate and flowers. Here are some other ways to say "I love you" without all the calories! For non-chocolate ways to say you care try:

A fruit basket

A three-month membership in a fruit-of-the-month club

A basket of gourmet salsas and marinades

A Weight Watchers cookbook 

A series of cooking classes

A few personal training sessions

A pre-paid gym membership

A pretty basket filled with scented candles and lotions

A gift certificate to treatments at a day spa or 

A weekend spa vacation.

 

Remember:

FREE Registration is going on now -- Bring a friend!

NO missed meeting fees!

NEW MOMENTUM Plan!

 

See you at the meeting,
 

De-de

Diamond Weight Watchers Leader in Streetsboro, Cuyahoga Falls, Bainbridge, and Hudson since 2002

 

"Cultivate Openess."