Giving Thanks

As we come down from the high of Thanksgiving week, let us re-evaluate how we will enter the upcoming holiday season.  Black Friday prompts the consumer frenzy of the holidays.  And although Christmas began as a Christian holiday, it is now widely recognized as a time for family, friends, gifts, and eating.  Lots of eating.  Among all of the consumption, there are many ways in which you can give thanks for what you have and give thanks for the people who have helped you along the way.

Attend a charity gala – ‘Tis the season of black tie events.  Buy a couple of tickets (or a table) at an upcoming charity gala for a favorite organization.  These are great fundraisers for organizations that are trying to make a difference.  Be a part of the fun.  Find upcoming events at

Donate – Giving back can be as easy as opening your checkbook, stopping by your local store, or finding lightly used items around the house.  Many businesses host drives this time of year, find one near you in which you can participate.

Volunteer – Help those in need by giving your time.  Help at a local soup kitchen, run an educational (yet fun) camp for kids while they are on holiday break, rebuild a house that was hit with a natural disaster. Money isn’t the only thing you can give.

Send out Thank You’s – It is important to make those who have made your life easier feel appreciated.  This is as easy as sending out a thank you note, a small token of your appreciation, or picking up the phone.  Someone may have helped make your day; now help make theirs.

Discounted Ticket Platforms: The future or a menace?

You’ve probably heard about companies such as Groupon, Living Social, and Gilt.  These discounted ticket platforms deliver deals via daily email to its subscribers.  The deals have evolved from company gift-certificates to discounts on in-kind items as well as discounts on tickets for upcoming events. Continue reading

Your organization’s “Elevator Speech”

Whether you’re promoting an event, selling yourself as a professional, or pitching your company, it is important to have an “Elevator Speech.”  I had not heard of an “Elevator Speech” until I was a sophomore in college.  I was taking a sales class at DePaul University when we were given an assignment:  Pitch yourself to the class in 60 seconds or less.  Harvard Business School describes the challenge as, “You have one minute to explain yourself, your business, your goals, and your passions.  Your audience knows none of these.  Are you prepared?  Can you present your vision smoothly, enticing them to want to know more?” Continue reading

Upcoming Event: Ringside for Mercy’s Sake


The Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is hosting the annul Ringside for Mercy’s Sake event tomorrow night, October 20th.  The event will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile beginning at 6pm.  According to Mercy Home’s website, “Through [their] residential, aftercare, referral and community-based mentoring programs, [they] provide critical, life-saving services to more than 650 hurting and troubled young women and men every year.” Continue reading