SPELL MY NAME RIGHT

You guys... one of my pet peeves is when I see people's names spelled wrong in an email. Not just my own name, but anyone's name. I know it may not seem like a big deal, but I think it's just plain rude and careless. Especially when the email is coming from an Outlook account at ...

channel your inner mindy -Motivation and inspiration from Mindy Lahiri, The mindy projectHappy Monday! I’ve been waiting patiently for new episodes of The Mindy Project. Do you guys watch The Mindy Project? If not, I highly suggest you start this addiction on Hulu ASAP. Mindy Lahiri, played by Mindy Kaling, is one of my favorite television characters of all time. I love that she’s great at her job, has kickass style and a color bomb of a wardrobe, and eats drumstick ice cream cones while waiting for the elevator.

I want every single piece of clothing she’s ever worn on the show.

I want to live in her apartment (her own apartment, not the man pad she shares with Danny).

And I want to work in her beautiful fertility clinic office.

But what I love most about TV career girl Mindy Lahiri, is her glittery sense of humor. Every now and then, when I’m not feeling so great at work… whether it’s just being in a blah mood OR when I sense a fit of fiery rage coming on (yes, happens more often than I’d like to admit), I know it’s time to channel my inner Mindy.the mindy project - mindy lahirimindy project quote - I'm a tiny, dainty woman and these donuts are my lunch

Meaning… put on an awesome outfit, spruce up my workspace, take a moment to recognize my fabulousness, eat a donut and laugh off whatever it is that’s keeping me from doing what I need to do. It’s just so much more productive being positive. And confident.the the mindy project - mindy lahiriJust a little thought to get you through your Monday. So remember, before you go ballistic over that eighteenth round of headlines that’s just not right from your copywriter, or flip your desk over that complete change in direction from the client minutes before a gigantic print run, or get ready to throw your coffee at that newbie production artist who didn’t fix half the changes you marked up… channel your inner Mindy. #mindymotivation

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Know your Graphic Design Tools

Even if you're on the account team and don't work on the actual creative files, it's important to understand what the main programs are and what they're intended for- basically know your graphic design tools. I've noticed that it's not uncommon, especially when working with a small creative department, to come across an inexperienced artist (sometimes even ...

Agency Gift Guide

If you're anything like me, you're not even close to finishing your holiday shopping. Things aren't slowing down at the office so the thought of spending the weekend fighting crowds for gifts feels a bit overwhelming. Thank goodness for the Internet. Here are my picks that are perfect for agency friends - best of all, you can ...

Agency Addicts5 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR TEAM COHESIVE

I’m so excited because half my team members are flying into Southern California today for a quarterly business review with our clients.  It’s common in agency life for your team to be spread out all over the country, and sometimes even overseas.  My current program management team consists of 5 people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 3 people (including myself) in Irvine, California. On top of that, a couple of us work from home offices, and us California folks are hardly ever in one place since our week is usually littered with offsite client meetings.  Yet, we all work on the same account, with the same group of clients.  With that said, keeping cohesion within the team isn’t always easy.  It takes constant effort to keep apprised of each other’s projects so we don’t get disconnected from each other and, more importantly, so our work doesn’t end up getting disconnected to the client. Here are a few things my team does to create and maintain cohesion:

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Interview Basics

New to interviewing?  Totally understand.  It can be nerve racking. We have some tips geared toward interviewing for agency jobs in the marketing/advertising industry- account executives, project managers, program managers and coordinators. (more…)

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