Start-up Therapy

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 8:30 AM on July 31, 2012:

 

From Gail Billingsley:

The intensity of running and growing a start-up company is off the charts and relentless.  Entrepreneurs know they have to balance that intensity with...something.  But, what?   Perhaps that  balance can be found in volunteering.

Cartoon by Kelsey Sarles for Handshake 2.0What benefits can you receive as a volunteer? 

  • A total shift in focus that will give your brain a chance to operate differently. 
  • Connection with community members who  aren’t associated with your business.
  • A reminder of the “bigger” world outside of your company.

Try volunteering by doing something that is totally disconnected from your work life.  Do you write code or develop algorithms for a living?  Then stop by your local thrift shop and help sort books and clothing.  Or, find a local food pantry and help stock shelves. 

Do you work in an office all day in front of a computer screen?  Community gardens often need extra hands to help with daily tasks. Try helping an elderly neighbor harvest tomatoes or tend to window boxes. 

Do you work alone or virtually?  The local Head Start or kindergarten might enjoy having a new story-time reader.  Or, sign up as a “lunch buddy” and mentor a middle-schooler through lunchtime conversations.

And when you return to work after your two-hour volunteer break, you might find a fresh perspective and a new take on tackling a work issue.  Or, you might just find that you are more at peace.

Reconnect. Give back. Find balance.  Volunteer two hours a week.

Gail Billingsley is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for Smart College Visit and works as a marketing strategy specialist with clients in Virginia and New York.

Cartoon by Kelsey Sarles, originally in this version.

Separate Your Personal Life from Your Professional Life

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 10:00 AM on March 7, 2012:

Separate Your Personal Life from Your Professional Life Cartoon

Cartoon by Kelsey Sarles for Work: It's Personal by Anne Giles Clelland

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An Entrepreneur Walks into a Bar
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Kelsey Sarles is a User Experience and Graphic Designer, passionate about creating inspiring, results-driven marketing and design solutions for her clients. Her portfolio includes concept, UX, and graphic design of Handshake Mobile's Thought Full™ – an app to remember, and UX and graphic design for She Chooses® mobile powered by Feel. Think. Choose.™

Read and see everything from Kelsey Sarles on Handshake 2.0.

When to Hire a Professional Photographer to Take Your Photo

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:30 AM on February 1, 2012:

From Kelsey Sarles:

Hire a professional photographer:

  • If your objective is to convey credibility, trust, and professionalism.
  • If your face is part of your brand. Attn.: REALTORS®, company founders, authors, actors, actresses, models, sales people, etc.
  • If you're getting married.

When choosing a photographer, DO:

  • Browse the photographer's website portfolio and print portfolio (if you need prints). Photographers are artists, and each artist has his or her own unique style. You’ll want to choose a photographer who’s style matches your own artistic preferences.
  • Ask the photographer in what type of photography they specialize, i.e. don't hire an aerial photographer to take your headshot.
  • Ask the photographer if they have a professional studio with professional lighting and background screens.
  • Tell the photographer how you plan on using the photo.
  • Ask the photographer if the final product includes retouching services. I don’t care how handsome you are, you’re going to want this service.
  • Ask the photographer about turn-around time (from photo-shoot to delivery).
  • Ask the photographer how he or she delivers the final product. You should receive a high quality digital copy of your photo. The photographer should also offer professional printing services.

Before and After Professional Photography Cartoon
When choosing a photographer, DO NOT:

  • Hire your cousin, uncle, or stepmother's daughter, simply because this person has a "big camera."
  • Be tempted by "free" or "cheap" photography.  Professional cameras do not necessarily equate to professional photographs.
  • Assume that an amateur is cheaper.  Keep in mind that most amateur photographers charge the same for their services as do professional photographers.

You should be able to get up to three quality poses for around $150 (give or take, based on where you live).   Bottom line - hire a professional photographer. It's worth it. I promise. 

Kelsey Sarles is a User Experience and Graphic Designer, passionate about creating inspiring, results-driven marketing and design solutions for her clients. Her portfolio includes concept, UX and graphic design of Thought Full™ – an app to remember, and UX and graphic design for She Chooses® mobile powered by Feel. Think. Choose.(TM). View more from Kelsey Sarles on Handshake 2.0.

An Entrepreneur Walks into a Bar

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 10:08 AM on December 15, 2011:

An entrepreneur walks into a bar...
An Entrepreneur Walks into a Bar - joke by Anne Giles Clelland, made exponentially funny via cartoon by Kelsey Sarles.

Of possible further interest:

A Guide to Angel Investors in Blacksburg, Virginia
Ten Bottom Line Stats on Angel Investing
Becoming an Angel Investor
Angel Investing category on Handshake 2.0

What Are You Eating?

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on November 10, 2011:

Top Producer Cartoon by Kelsey Sarles
"Top Producer" is by Kelsey Sarles for Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS (R).

Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, and Salem, Virginia real estate and homes Coldwell Banker Townside specializes in in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, and Salem, Virginia real estate and homes and national and global relocation services to the Blacksburg, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia areas. You're invited to check out the CBT blog, Keepin' It Real Estate, visit Coldwell Banker Townside, REALTORS (R) on Facebook, and see more of Coldwell Banker Townside on Handshake 2.0.

Download the Coldwell Banker Townside App in the iTunes App Store or in the Android Market.

Read more from Margaret Galecki on Handshake 2.0 and view more from Kelsey Sarles on Handshake 2.0.

Coldwell Banker Townside REALTORS is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

I'm a 'Toon!

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 9:14 AM on December 15, 2010:

I met Klaus Shmidheiser at a Handshake 2.0 event and learned of his site, Corporate Toons.  Become a hand-created cartoon for $10?  Sure!

I hooted with joy and amusement when "Roseanne McClelland" arrived in my email inbox!

Cartoon of Anne Giles Clelland by Klaus Shmidheiser

I didn't know this until the cartoon arrived with a link - each new cartoon goes into the Interview Room.  If 50 people "Like" the cartoon - in this case, Roseanne McClelland, a.k.a. Anne Clelland as a 'toon - that cartoon gets to be in a comic strip.  Me, in a comic strip?!  That's like having a chance to be on stage!  I could be a star! Wheee!! 

I shared the link to Roseanne on Twitter and Facebook.  Alas, I have too few "Likes" to be a comic strip star.  But with goodwill and appreciation towards a company, I shared one of its products in my social media channels.  Research like this from Sage Pal suggests that customers are more likely to buy when referred to a product or service through social media channels.   "Roseanne McClelland, Social Networking Expert" will coin a phrase for her experience with Klaus Shmidheiser, Cartoonist:  a "kind business model."

And I, "Anne Clelland, Herself," can be pretty serious (agh, do I really wag my finger like that?!).  Klaus Shmidheiser made me laugh.

The Handshake Cartoon

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 8:00 AM on August 6, 2010:

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