Archive: February 2013
By Susan Wagner at Capital Choice Office Furniture
1. Plan ahead. Visualize what you want. Take time to write out your thoughts on how you want your business task to go. Most people know that it’s common sense to plan ahead, but how often do you take the time to do this on a regular basis? Do you plan ahead for events? Yes, what about business purchases? Picture your best case scenario. Write down your goals and objectives. If we took the time to do this for every important meeting or event, we may end up with a different outcome and actually achieve the results we want. Many athletes visualize what they want to happen before they take a swing or play their game. Oprah started a whole movement of this concept with her “Vision Boards.” Why can’t you visualize yourself standing in front of the executives making your pitch, “wowing” them with your brilliance and knowledge? You know the actresses think about how their dresses will appear in the magazines and if they will make the Best Dressed Lists.
2. Do your research. You know that the actors and actresses know what dresses look best on who and for what body type – or their stylists do. They know who is nominated in the category with them. They know who isn’t. They know what to talk about on camera. Likewise, know your competition. You should be aware of your own limitations and have resources to use if needed. You should know what works and what doesn’t from measuring your previous results. Use this to your advantage when working on a new business project.
3. Delegate tasks, use your team. You can’t do all and be all to everyone. So use your business team or coworkers to help you with your big projects. If your company will benefit from the extra resources used of your team, then don’t hesitate and assign tasks. Do you think the Hollywood elite come to the Oscars by themselves? They have a team of stylists, assistants, press release specialists, and managers that all work together to prepare them for the big event.
4. Practice may not always make perfect, but it sure helps. Practice your presentation or discuss your event plans with your team. Just like you did as a kid; practice shooting hoops because it may help you have a high scoring game. Or, you may fall, like Jennifer Lawrence did, walking up the steps to accept her Oscar. She had guys ready to help her up and you will too (although it may not be Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman, sorry ladies.) People will understand what you were trying to do and have compassion for your mistakes.
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The point is to get back up and dust yourself off. Keep moving towards your business goal with persistence.
5. Emulate those who are successful. Be an actress or actor in the role of business that you want. People can read when people are not genuine. But, you can “act” like you are in the business role that you want to have – to a certain extent. Watch what works for someone else to make them successful and implement those actions for yourself. Athletes do this all the time, by tweaking their skills based on what’s working for their competition. If you’re not where you want to be in your career, evaluate how others might perceive you and make the needed changes to get you where you want to be. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Cherry trees produce a fine, uniform grain with dark wavy streaks. The grain is usually farther apart and softer than Mahogany. Cherry tends to have a red hue to it, but can be stained any color. Mahogany has a uniform grain that runs the gamut from fine to coarse. According to eHow.com , the grain is usually straight, but may produce interlocked figures such as mottles, blisters or fiddle backs (see definition below).
Mahogany grain runs close together and is evenly colored. The grain tends to have darker lines and it usually has a purple hue. Cherry and mahogany woods can look very similar to the untrained eye, but have a number of differences in color, texture and growth pattern. The grain of wood pattern depends on the cut of the wood. And it’s important to note that any wood can be stained to look cherry or mahogany, so be aware of the look-alike finishes.
Don't be afraid to buy veneered cherry or mahogany. In some instances, it can be superior to solid cherry or mahogany such as on table tops. Solid cherry or mahogany is prone to warping and cracking while mahogany veneered plywood is not.
Mottles – uneven spots.
Blisters – happen to veneer when glue fails to hold solid wood to thin veneer wood (often when moisture or heat are involved).
Fiddleback - is a feature of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted in an undulating pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames". This effect is often mistakenly said to be part of the grain of the wood; it is more accurately called "figure", as the distortion is perpendicular to the grain direction. Prized for its beautiful appearance, it is used frequently in the manufacturing of musical instruments, such as violins and bassoons, and fine furniture. (Wikipedia)