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Congratulations 2014 Scholarship Winners

2010 Color Scholarship LogoWe are thrilled to announce that over 50! Eat’n Park team members are the recipients of the 2014 Eat’n Park Scholarship Award. Each scholarship winner has been identified as a leader in his or her restaurant and community, and has demonstrated a wonderful focus for our customers.

Please join me in congratulating the 2014 Scholarship winners!

Jenna Abramowich
Korynn Agnew
Brandon Alanskas
Heather Atkinson
Jacob Beers
Leanna Bell
Alexandra Blose
Pamela Bonnett
Lindsey Briant
Josephine Brigham
David Burnside
Zachery Cerra
Jacqueline Clark
Stephen Cox
Valerie Dunlap
Amanda Fischer
Jacob Fricioni
Rachel Fricioni
Shaye Gaetano
Erin Gramm
James Gregor
Melanie Gumina
Olivia Hall
Jalina Hawkins
Diane Jacobson
Dylan Jeffrey
Nicole Johns
Amanda Johnston
Samantha Kabat
melisa lambe
Jennifer Lenhart
Karlie Long
Brandi McKnight
Sage Messenger
Lisamarie Moss
Samantha Moss
Alexandra Neidhardt
Elizabeth Oda
Hannah Pelger
Samantha Reich
Ethan Ritenour
Madeline Robison
Cara Scagline
Nathan Shoup
Angelina Simmons
James Stenger
Dominique Strickland
Delia Thayer
Jennifer Urban
Jessica VanNewkirk
Shelby Weissert
Meghan Whiteside
Mya Williams
Shante Wright

 

Speak Up!

microphoneDid you know that of all the fears and phobias in the world, the fear of public speaking (glossphobia) is ranked the highest?  Research shows that people are more terrified of speaking publically than death, and those who do speak openly 3 out of 4 still experience speaking anxiety.

So why would people rather die than speak publically? 

Most people who have the fear, are worried about being judged negatively or criticized or they feel they’ll let somebody down who currently think highly of them, but it all boils down to negative self talk.

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even useful, but too much nervousness can be detrimental.

Here are some proven tips from toastmaster.com on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations:

  • Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment you plan on using. Revise as necessary. Work to control filler words; Practice, pause and breathe. Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected.
  • Know the audience. Greet some of the audience members as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to strangers.
  • Know the room. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
  • Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. It buys you time and calms your nerves. Pause, smile and count to three before saying anything. (“One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause. Begin.) Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm.
  • Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear and confident. Visualize the audience clapping – it will boost your confidence.
  • Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative and entertaining. They’re rooting for you.
  • Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it.

Go from being fearful to Fearless!

I want to become a Manager

Countless people reach a time in their careers when they decide they’d like to take on the challenge of more responsibility.  Taking the next step to become a manager can be outstanding way to advance your career and even make a little more money…And who doesn’t want to make more money J

Congratulations on deciding you want to take a leadership role within your company, but once you’ve decided you want to become a manager- what are some actions a professional should take to become one?

Heather Huhman from the Glassdoor recommends the following: (the Glassdoor is a transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs, and companies recruit top talent, by sharing information about companies from those who know it best- the employees)

1. Let Your Aspirations be Known. If you aspire to become a manager, don’t stay quiet about it! While you don’t have to border on obnoxiousness, it’s still important to let the right people know you’re thinking about taking the next step so they can help you get where you want to be. Let your current manager or boss know you aspire for more, and work with them to develop the skills you need to eventually make the transition.

2. Become a Mentor. Ask your manager or boss if opportunities exist for you to become a mentor, or join a professional organization in your industry that will set you up with a mentee. This can be an excellent way to show you have the expertise to work closely with others and develop solid interpersonal relations – a must in any managerial position.

3. Strengthen Your Skills. As a manager, you’ll experience less leisure time, more authority, more leading, and tons of other new requirements. For this reason, it’s important to strengthen your skills to ensure you’re prepared to step up to the plate. Actively assess the skills you already have, and talk to those already in managerial positions to determine what skills you need to acquire. Do your research, stay up to date on industry trends, and seize any opportunity to strengthen your abilities.

4. Show Your Worth. It’s important to put your ambition into action. If you feel as though you need to show your boss how valuable you are before you can have a chance at landing a higher position, consider setting up a meeting and prepare a presentation that highlights your accomplishments and commitments to the company thus far. Provide concrete numbers to describe your accomplishments (“increased client leads by 40 percent,” or “managed accounts of advertisers contributing to a total budget of $200,000”) to make your arguments irrefutable.

5. Ask for Feedback. Ask your higher-ups and coworkers to assess your performance so far. Do you do a good job of responding to conflict? Do you react well to stressful situations? Are you able to lead a group without trying to take too much control–or too little? Glean feedback from your coworkers or managers to determine where your strengths are and where you need to improve. Not only will this show you’re open to feedback and continual improvement, but it will show you value the opinion of individual group members, something that any manager should commit to.

Make the commitment to go to the next level….See you at the top

Bullying in the Work Place

After some research I’ve found that bullying not only is established in school or homes but also at work- Yes work! So how does this happen? Well according to Times Business and Money magazine authors- to many if not most are allowed to keep abusing colleagues because their bosses aren’t aware of their behavior, either because it goes unreported (many victims are too frightened or embarrassed to draw attention to their plight) or because the bullies are good at masking their behavior and/or fooling their superiors.
Many bullies are very socially skilled, and use their bullying behavior strategically to coerce others into providing them the resources needed to achieve their work-related objectives.”

Facts about Bullying on the job

  • 50% of Americans have not experienced or witnessed bullying, but 35% have been bullied; 15% have witnessed bullying.
  • Bosses comprise 72% of bullies.
  • More men (62%) are bullies and women are the most frequent targets of bullies (58%). Women bullies target other women (80%).
  • Up to 81% of employers are perceived as doing nothing and resisting taking action when targets of bullying fill out a survey. In the general public, only 44.8% perceive the employers as doing nothing.
  • 45% of people targeted by a bully experience stress-related health problems including debilitating anxiety, panic attacks, and clinical depression (39%).

-The workplace bullying Institute survey 2010

Types of bullying behaviors:

  • Verbal
  • Physical threatening others
  • Intimidating others
  • exhibiting condescending behavior that puts people on edge and makes them unable to function professionally

How to stop bullying in the workplace?

  • Describe the behavior you see the bully exhibiting – don’t edit or offer opinions, just describe what you see. ie (You regularly enter my cubicle, lean over my shoulder, and read my personal correspondence on my computer screen.)
  • Tell the bully exactly how his/her behavior is impacting your work. (Because much of my work is confidential, these actions make me feel as if I need to hide what I am working on from you, or change a screen which is a waste of my time.)

Remember you want to be strategic when engaging the bully but you also want them to know that you will stand your ground if they continue to challenge you after you’ve addressed the disruptive behavior.

Leading isn’t commanding…

I remember being young and relating leadership with the military.  I didn’t grow up as an “army kid” I just envisioned leadership as sergeant giving orders and the soldiers completing whatever task he or she shouted and the story ended in success- boy did I have it wrong.  Although the Commanding leadership style was very common and still widespread, it rarely involves praise and frequently uses criticism and though it can be very effective in a crisis, it weakens morale and job satisfaction.  Even the modern military has come to recognize its limited usefulness.

Do what I say- I’m the boss…Think again

According to the Wall Street Journal “Guide to Management”- by Allan Murray

Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading and should be adapt to the particular demands of the situation, particular requirements of the people and the challenges facing the organization.

Check out these great quotes that can provide personal inspiration and can also be used to educate others.

  • You manage things; you lead people. -Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper
  • Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.-Jack Welch
  • You don’t need a title to be a leader.-Author Unknown
  • Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel.  If people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish.- Sam Walton

See you at the Top!

Positive Attitudes Produce Success!

Blog 2.24.2014 “If you don’t like something change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

-Maya Angelou

This quote can apply to both your professional and person life.  Everyday when I awake, I make a conscious effort to look positively on the new day.  Here are a few ways to keep a positive attitude and achieve success.

1. Positive Attitude and Goals

In order to succeed, you need to set goals that are both short-term and long-term.  Once these goals are in place, make a plan of action to achieve them.  A positive attitude along with hard work and perseverance is how you WILL obtain your goals, but it’s also important to remember that progress is made in small steps.  Keeping positive in your mindset is the way to achieve these goals.  Do not let the enormity of your goals hold you back.  Every step you take, big or small, brings you closer to the end result.  Working with a positive attitude will only benefit the process.

2. Health and Attitude

Stress can actually be reduced when you maintain a positive attitude. Instead of looking at a problem as hopeless, approach it as a personal challenge.  A negative attitude often causes physical ailments as well, which can result in sick time out of the office and less productivity.  Just like diseases, a positive attitude is contagious and infectious. A positive attitude can be the key to your health and longevity. 

3. Positive Attitude Affects Customer Relationships

If you understand and believe in the product you are selling, your customers will feed off your positive attitude.  Carrying a positive assertiveness into the sales process is very important when it comes to success. If we look at the client as the opposition and feel incompetent in our skill sets we will ultimately fail. When nurturing a relationship with a client, it is very important to listen to the needs of your customer and keep an upbeat approach.  People intuitively respond to your attitude and mood.  Being confident in your abilities and prioritizing the needs of the clients is a formula for success.

4. Team Work

Try to stay away from negative behaviors and people.  Do not blame others for issues that occur. Help co-workers problem solve and never accuse or point fingers.  Remember that you are only as strong as your weakest link.  Cooperation with one another, along with everyone understanding their individual role is crucial.  A helpful attitude along with a willingness to help one achieve a goal makes a strong team.  Positivity equals productivity and TEAM success!

So remember we all have the free will to make the right choices on how we handle the tasks and obstacles of our day

Tips on how to change for the better

change aheadLast we talked about making new employees feel welcome,this week I’d like for you to review the following tips on changing for the better….See how many you can put into play.

  •  Feedback -Whenever feedback is given to you in any form, never respond by arguing about it. Instead, write it down and consider it later when your immediate flared passions are calmer. Thank the person for offering their opinion, put the advice aside for a while, and then look at it later with a cool head, and you’ll often find something specific you can improve on. If you want to be proactive about feedback, don’t be afraid to ask for it, but never argue about it.
  • Apologizing- If you realize that you have done something wrong, either very recently or in the past, apologize. Swallow a bit of pride, go up to the person, and just apologize for whatever it is. Likely, you’ll both feel better for it – you’ll lose at least some of the bad feeling and the other person will feel better too (almost always).
  • Listening- When someone speaks to you, listen to them. Don’t interrupt them, try to fully understand what they’re saying before formulating a response. This is always a strong tactic to use when someone is trying to talk to you. If you can’t fully describe and articulate the message someone is trying to deliver to you, your response is guaranteed to be less accurate and thorough than it could be if you listened to the message and to the messenger.
  • Thanking- Whenever someone does something beneficial for you, thank them. Just be sure to take the time to thank everyone who contributes to your success, both directly and in public opportunities when given the chance.

Once you’ve started to really work on these things and started eliminating the bad habits from your life, follow up on them. Wait a few months, then ask the person you’ve apologized to if things are still okay and if you are doing well on your “advertised” plan of attack. Stay diligent yourself, and try to remind yourself often of your goals. Constant follow-up keeps you on task and on focus with anything in your life.

How to make your new team members feel welcomed

Blog pictureBusinesses put a lot of time and money into recruiting, screening, interviewing and processing new employees. Discovering the mix of skills and experience and the right personality to fit the job takes time. Unfortunately, the energy often stops after the new employee orientation the first day on the job.

Why is its important to continue to make my employees feel welcomed?

While employers screen a new employee to see if they are going to be successful, new employees are also assessing their decision to take a job as well. The more you do to make new employees feel welcome and integrate into the workplace can help them decide that the job was a right choice. Here are some tips to help make new employees feel welcome.

  • Set up the new employee’s work area with everything that they will need to start working. Stock their desk or work space with office supplies like paper clips and a stapler, pens and whatever else they need the first day on the job.
  • Set up their computer with logins and passwords. Nothing is more frustrating than coming to work and not being able to login and set up your system
  • If possible, order uniforms and other special equipment so it is available within the first week or so. Uniforms give employees an identity and help them feel like part of the team.
  • Order name tags once the offer is accepted, and hand them out the first day at work. This helps other employees get to know the “newbie’s” name and encourages introductions.
  • Post a picture of the new employee in the cafeteria, bulletin board in his/her work area, and on the company’s Intranet, Facebook page, or newsletter.

Remember- Your first impression is your lasting impression.

Top 3 Interviewing mistakes of Generation-Millennial.

Blog 1.20.2014According to a new survey by recruiting firm Adecco, hiring managers are three times more likely to hire a worker that is 50-years-old or older than hire a millennial.

So what is a millennial?

Millennial workers as those born between 1981 and 2000, meaning workers age 31 and under.

Here are the top are the top 3 mistakes millennial’s interviews are making

#1 Wearing Inappropriate Interview Attire

The top interview mistake is wearing the wrong clothing.  In an interview, stay away from flashy jewelry, plunging necklines, too-short hemlines, t-shirts, and shoes that are too casual or too difficult to walk in. “You never want to wear something that can be distracting, so if you have to think twice about it—skip it.”

#2 Having posted questionable Social Media Content

An overwhelming majority (70%) of hiring managers said millennial make the mistake of posting potentially compromising content on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Conversely, managers reported that only 19% of older workers post improper content. According to a recent survey by Intel, top social media faux pas include posting inappropriate or explicit photos, sharing too-personal information about yourself or others, using profanity, and writing with poor grammar and spelling.

#3 Don’t ask Enough Questions

Three in five interviewers say that millennials often show a lack of interest in the job by not asking questions about the company or position. If you don’t ask smart questions, you’ll appear indifferent or clueless and unprepared.

5 Things Super Successful People do before 8am

 Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine!

Want to be as successful as the most successful tycoon?

Below you’ll find a few tips from the Forbes magazine on activities of SUPER successful people.

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1. Exercise- Exercising before work gives you boost of energy for the day and even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of  5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a nice stretch or do a few bedside push up.

2. Map Out Your Day- Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as you. The morning is a good time for this as it is often the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. Early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities

3. Visualization-Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

4. Eat a Healthy Breakfast -We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. Take the extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead. It will help you keep your mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach J

 

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy- here’s an easy tip to save yourself some stress- do that least desirable task on your list first.  Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from your first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way.

 

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

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