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Issue #11         September 2010

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MICROSOFT Excel Level 1
MONDAY, October 4th 
 

Hone your skills for career success! Employees can boost their skills and job seekers can retool their skill sets to compete for higher paying jobs.

 
$ 99.00 Per Attendee 

Workshop 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please Register on PRISMSuccess.com
 or call 859-344-2746
 
The PRISM Building
809 Wright's Summit Pkwy.
1st Floor Training Room
Ft. Wright, KY  41011
(859) 344-2746
 
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BRAND NEW WORKSHOP

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WORK SMART Tools
TECHNOLOGY Tips
SOCIAL MEDIA Gems
and
MOTIVATION for Maximum Success! 
 
TUESDAY, October 19th 
 

PRISM has combined four of their best workshops into a 2 hour mini workshop so you can get more bang for your buck.  For only $59, yoiu can get tips and tools you need to be your most

 successful self.
 
$ 59.00 Per Attendee 
Refreshments 7:30 a.m.
Workshop 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Please Register on PRISMSuccess.com
 or call 859-344-2746
 
The PRISM Building
809 Wright's Summit Pkwy.
1st Floor Training Room
Ft. Wright, KY  41011
(859) 344-2746
 
Click here for brochure!

IN THE NEWS

 
Best Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurship!
 
 
September 2010
Jane was featured in a business blog #3 out of 118 best ways to prepare for Entreprenuership! 

3. What's In a Name?

"The name of your company should be well-thought out and considered in everything you will be doing from website design, letterhead, business cards and marketing brochures. Consider the sound of the name when you say it, the thoughts and feelings the name evokes and what impression it will leave when it is spoken and written. Your company name can make or break your business. Decide carefully!"
 - Jane Schulte 
Click here to read article!

TRAINING SPACE AVAILABLE

PRISM's new training facility is not only attractive, it's functional too!
 
Professional space with state-of-the-art equipment.
 
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for brochure!  
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COMMERCIALS
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BOOKS AVAILABLE 
WORK SMART, Not Hard!
For College Students
 
              
WORK SMART, Not Hard! eBook
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BOLD Leadership
 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Smart At Work
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PRISM Consulting Fan Page 
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  Work Smart, Not Hard! Group
 Smart At Work Channel
 PRISM Title & Closing Services
 

THE PRISM CREED

We believe in working smart * We believe that perseverance pays off * We believe that good people attract good things * We believe that it's okay to ask for help * We believe in playing to our strengths * We believe in being proactive * We believe in finding and following our passion *  We believe that kindness is key
Greetings,    
Jane 

Did you know that Cincinnati was near the top of the list for the most stressed-out metropolitan cities?

 

According to a recent article in the Business Courier, millions upon millions of people are stressing out.  "This seems to be especially true in Cincinnati.  The metro area is 14th on the list of most stressed-out cities, after Atlanta but topping Washington, D.C." reports Scott Thomas of Portfolio.com.

 

So I bet you are glad that PRISM has the solution!  

The Work Smart, Not Hard! workshop really will change your life!  Just ask individuals who have attended and followed the program.  If you adopt all of the tools and use them until they become second nature, I promise you will remarkably reduce your stress level and increase your productivity (which I think go hand-in-hand) or your money back.  Don't forget about the Work Smart one-on-one for those who don't want to attend a workshop, they just want the system implemented right in their workspace.

 

So come on Cincinnati, let's get ourselves lower on this list!  Not only will you be thankful for yourself, but your family and colleagues will benefit from it as well.

  

Warm Regards,
Jane Schulte

ATTENTION CPAs

cpaOhio and Kentucky CPAs can receive continuing education credit by attending the WORK SMART Workshop.
 
Are you looking for additional continuing education credits? Would you like to attend a workshop on time management and work efficiency? The monthly WORK SMART Workshop at PRISM is being offered as continuing
education credit for Certified Public Accountants.
  
Please contact kim.jehn@prismsuccess.com for details or visit  www.prismsuccess.com! 

 

Click here for the flyer!

THE MOVING TARGET OF PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

Using Spreadsheets to Gain Knowledge of Complicated Costs 

By Debbie Farrell

  

Do you commonly receive multi-page, complicated invoices?

 
Do you really even know what's in that cell phone bill?
 

We often take for granted that an invoice from a large reputable company is correct, and pay it.  A great way to get a better understanding of these complicated bills is to create a simple spreadsheet.  Mirror it to your invoice (cell phone, utilities, bank statements, etc.)  Your first column should include all of the descriptions right off of your invoice.  In the columns following, you will list your usage, then your cost amounts.  Each month you can add the next monthly usage and cost.  Once you have your spreadsheet set up, it only takes a few minutes to populate it each month.

 
It takes very little time, gives you more knowledge of where your money is going, and gives you valuable information for decision making and planning purposes going forward. 
NETWORKING
Effective networking gives you an advantage in business.
by Kim Jehn  
 
Ensure success by following these tips and doing the work before, during and after the event.
  • Do not be afraid to go by yourself. Remember that networking events are designed to get people talking to each other.
  • Be prepared before you go. Browse the attendee list before the event and/or make a few notes about who you would like to seek out.
  • Schedule some time for follow up after the event. If you are going back to the office afterwards, pencil in a half hour to go through the business cards you collected and send follow up emails.
  • Bring a few things with you. If you need to, bring an index card with the names of individuals you'd like to speak to. Wear your company nametag if you have one. Only bring marketing materials if they are not too cumbersome to handle. And most importantly, don't forget your business cards!
  • Don't be singularly focused on selling your product/service. If you encounter a conversation with someone who does not need your product/service or if the conversation strays away from business, it is okay to enjoy some small talk for a few minutes.
  • Gather the business cards that you collected. Put them in one spot so that you can avoid finding one in the console of your car, one in your coat pocket, then another one weeks later in the side pocket of your briefcase.
Follow up! Prompt follow up is very important. Make sure the individuals you spoke with do not forget about you. If you said that you would email them with a brochure, do so the same day or the following day. Invite them to connect on social media sites.
HUMAN RESOURCES CORNER
HR Tip - the Buddy System 
By Ann Wolf
               

Does your company have solid onboarding procedures in place, namely, helping a new employee feel comfortable with their decision to join your team?

 

The buddy system is a great way to use existing resources to accomplish this objective. Call it what you like - buddy system, employee ambassador, mentor; this system is simple and easy to implement.

 

The "buddy" should be an experienced employee in good standing at your organization who is also friendly and will take the role of mentor seriously. It is best to use a peer and not someone with direct authority over the new employee. The buddy's role is to support and encourage the new employee throughout the onboarding period by making them feel welcome, introducing them to other employees, sharing information about the company, answering questions, taking the new employee to lunch, and checking in regularly to see how things are going. This process helps the new employee gain an instant sense of belonging, which can alleviate the stress associated with a new job and contribute to overall job satisfaction.

 

Call PRISM today to find out how your company can implement this system!

FEATURED BUSINESS ENTITY

Aarrowood Plants -  Did you know that adding live plants to your work environment has many health benefits such as removing toxins and harmful chemicals from the air? 

Aarrowood Plants supplied and has been maintaining the plants at PRISM for several years now.  Not only are plants as essential as the art around the office, when we moved and the plants were taken down for a week, the employees were all abuzz about missing them.  So, consider livening up your work space - visit www.officeplantscincinnati.com- you won't regret it!  ~ Jane Schulte

SOCIAL MEDIA TESTIMONIAL OF THE MONTH

"I like that I can come in for a one-on-one Q&A and learn as much as I need to know in a segmented way. I learn better that way. For me, this is very effective. I did post on my Facebook page that folks should check out our Hospice of the Bluegrass golf outing on our website and we received a check for a hole sponsorship the next week as a result of that post. And I only have a few people on my list of Facebook friends!"  

Dare Miller, Hospice of the Bluegrass

IN OUR COMMUNITY
The 3rd annual Healthpoint Hopebox Derby 'A Race to Help the Homeless' was held on Saturday September 11, 2010 at Wright's Summit Parkway in Fort Wright, KY.  
All proceeds benefited HealthPoint's Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless in Covington, the only clinic in Northern Kentucky that provides medical care and prescription drugs at no cost to homeless people.  In 2009, homeless patients make 2,800 visits to the walk-in clinic.  Kim Jehn of PRISM was on the PR committee for this event.  She also was selected to be the driver for the city of Fort Wright car!  "It was a great event for a great cause.  I used to volunteer at a soup kitchen in Covington so I will always have a special place in my heart for the homeless.  It was great to see so many people attend the event.  Here's to an even bigger Hopebox Derby in 2011!"
WORK SMART "TIP OF THE MONTH"
 

  Start with small changes to get on your way toward working smart.  Give yourself time for it to become a habit.

  Do you want to start with PEND?  Or, A, B, C, D stacks? 

Attend a workshop to learn how to incorporate these

                          valuable tools into your life!
TIME SAVING RECIPE
 
 Easy White Bean Chicken Chili!
 
 

        1 rotisserie chicken from grocery deli

          (breast removed from bones and diced - use remainder for another dish)

1 large onion diced 

1 32 ounce box of chicken broth

2 15 ounce cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 ounce can great northern beans, rinsed, drained and smashed (which thickens the broth)

1 small can chopped green chilies

1 teaspoon chili powder

˝ teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper

Salt to taste

 Sauté onion in olive oil until tender.  Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes and then serve.