What if I told you that one of the best ways to advance your career and/or your business is to become a connector and an advocate? Let’s come back to that statement in a minute.
First, let’s take a look at world of blogs. The Blogosphere is rife with advocacy. You would think that as vast as the world wide web is that connections would be few and far between. But the opposite is true. Blogs are finely woven together with bloggers knitting introductions through blogrolls, winks, highlights and features. Why? A few things happen when you advocate someone else’s blog. 1) Linking to another blog introduces your blog to them (this is a big advantage if they’ve never seen your blog before), 2) People genuinely want to return the favor, 3) You build your core values in the eyes of your readers by linking to like-minded blogs.
So how does this relate to your business? Simply replace a few words from above:
1) Connecting to another business introduces your business to them (this is a big advantage if they’ve never seen your business before), 2) People genuinely want to return the favor, 3) You build your core values in the eyes of your customers by connecting like-minded businesses.
Whether you own a business or not, you have your own ideals and truths that you live by. One of the most important things you can do is surround yourself with associates, clients and suppliers that share those beliefs. And equally as important is connecting like-minded people. Starting tomorrow, make a business connection. Go through your Rolodex and find two companies that you think should get to know one another. And watch how it will, in turn, expand your own network.
The event industry has placed a strong emphasis (rightfully so) on the importance of lighting. After all, it’s often the exclamation mark in an event space – it brings drama to convention and emphasis to the every day. Now marry strategic lighting with laser cut elements – allowing light to peek through intricate designs or cast playful shadows on surrounding elements.
Laser-cut art walls were created for Sydney’s theloft Bar + Restaurant by Australia-based DJE Architecture…Beautifully showcasing the benefit of a laser cut wall – creating depth and mystery in a space. Allowing light to cast dramatic shadows.
Chic laser-cut wood coasters by designer Sarah Finn – available through A&R Global Design. Imagine these on a lighted table.
Imagine how beautiful this Camouflage light by Front Design would look lit up…casting shadows on the ground.
Thistle and rose designed invite by bespoke studio Chartula.
Laser Drop paper screens by Procedes Chenel. Easily add architecture to a space with no architecture.
For the experimental gourmand. Function meets beauty with this sleek magnetic spice rack by Purpose Design (my new Etsy favorite) – $45.
I came across this fantastic product on (where else?) Etsy. These chalkboard coasters designed by Purpose Design, can be drawn on and wiped off time and time again. Not only has Purpose Design created a brilliant way to store your coasters, but they’ve also designed a use for them when they’re not preventing drinks from soiling your tabletops. When entertaining, have a small bin of chalk and let guests write their own messages (and keep track of their drinks). They’d also be great as placeholders. Or when serving a signature cocktail, why not hand write the key ingredients down for your guests.
I’m on a wedding kick tonight, in preparation for my own nuptuals. I absolutely have to share easteryu’s new line of wedding essentials. I loved her line of mossy ring bearer designs, but her new boutinnieres, flowers and corsages are well…gorgeous.
Wow! I can’t believe this wedding favor via etsy is only $5. A delicately designed sugar cookie that I’m sure will get oohs and aaahs. Check out all of MayerCookies’ designs.
Gather these pretty felt roses on a tabletop. I actually adore the idea of lining a wedding aisle with a whole bunch of them. Etsy seller NestaHome has a wide variety of colours to choose from (flowers are sold in a set of 3).