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Time, Time, Time…How to Manage Part 1

By now, everyone has seen the movie, Alice in Wonderland? Old version, new version, any of the many in-between versions. Sure, the movie is funny, frightening, and really enlightening, but most of all it is rooted around time. Think about it. The movie opens with “Tea Time”. Alice is bored and goes outside. She sees a white rabbit who is late (for a very important date…) and hops down the big, black scary hole. As Alice follows, she falls for what seems an eternity and embarks on a long and seemingly forever adventure, trying to find her way back. Again, all references to time. Like Alice, so many of us are always battling time. Time for work, time for clients, time for family, where’s the balance? The adventure or shall we say “journey” is time consuming but we must learn to manage it – not let it control us. That is what this blog and my next is all about. Read on!

Ask the Questions and Set the Goals

It is quite challenging when you are a women entrepreneur in any situation, and in my case, a new mom of a one year old daughter with a husband who quit his job to come to live closer to you and is looking for a job in difficult economy.

Additionally, I am from France and have been in the states for 10 years and as a young women entrepreneur for 5 years now with my company the VIBE agency. Owning an event planning and destination management company has always been exciting and challenging. Now, add in how badly our industry has been hit, yet pure passion about what I do keeps me (and many others like me!) going strong every single day. In order to help me to do better and to move forward: I approached inspiring people, like Marley from the Party Goddess, who are coach & mentor and in one  of her conference ” the Party Goddess Uncensored Program” she introduces me to others very inspiring people like Simon, Kelly, Ruth, to name a few. I met also during one of my trip in Atlanta a gentleman Ron with who share some of our Club Med Stories and some business marketing ideas.  But I wanted to give some of the tips that I learned through all of them and of course that I’m applying in my daily life now. Here they are:

First and foremost, we must set goals:

I ask myself: “Where do I want to go and what do I want to do and accomplish today, tomorrow, and in my week?” Then I plan how to get there, and in the meanwhile, know that there may be some sacrifices or difficult choices that must happen. Create a goal setting plan.

It’s more important than ever to give myself permission to succeed in my day, every day because only I am in charge on my success. Take a few minutes at home (15 to be exact), gear up and get organized. Get to work. Mid-day take 5 minutes to reassess – How am I doing today?  This is what a speaker, Simon Bailey, told me in LA one day. Don’t give your energy to things that will not support your future. Shift your energy find your inner brilliance. What you need is all inside of you. Focus on what you want to accomplish today.

I’m trying to take a look at what I’m doing and see how I’m doing it. How I can refine my processes, expand my offerings, and overhaul my operations. I’m trying to “redecorate” my business – Focus on what’s most productive and profitable – There is a variety of hats I must wear in order to handle everything that’s required. But that’s not always practical or even possible. I focus my efforts on the most productive and profitable activities. I assess everything that needs to be accomplished on a day –to-day basis (business-oriented) and I have to decide:

1 – Is it critical and most profitable to the business and something that only I can do best?

2 – Is it relatively unimportant and something that I can be modified, eliminated or delegated to someone else?

3 – Is this routine or project specific and can be outsourced or delegated to someone more specialized in this area?

These are questions I will leave you to ponder and will follow up with some tips on how to work more effectively.

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VIBE’S Highlighted Destination Spot: Istanbul, Turkey

The Vibe Agency offers destination management services throughout the world.  From October 1 – 7, Valerie Bihet traveled to Istanbul to assist with all logistic aspects of a major bank convention.  We would like to feature this grand city as a highlighted destination for future clients.  Included are fun facts, “in the know”, where to eat and drink, where to shop, and most importantly a few venue selections.

Fun Facts:

  • Istanbul is historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople.
  • Istanbul is the largest city in Europe with a population of 15 million
  • It bridges the continents of Europe and Asia, with parts of the city on either side of the Bosporus Strait.
  • Turkey is famous for its carpets, baths, textiles, ceramic tiles, tea and coffee, and a visitor will get a generous sampling of all.
  • It is illegal to photograph Turkish military installations, hardware or personnel.

In the Know:

  • Nazar Boncugu is a round bead in the shape of an eye made from blue glass with a hole in the middle.  Nazar means “evil eye” in Turkish.  Turks believe it will protect them from nazar powers.
  • Tipping in restaurants is optional.
  • It is impolite to refuse the offer of a drink when in a person’s home or place of work.
  • It is impolite to blow your nose in public and do not show the soles of your feet when sitting.

Read on for places to eat, drink, shop and venue selections

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20 Costume Theme Ideas for Groups this Halloween

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Thinking of a theme for a group of friends this Halloween?  Well, we did some research and found some really cool ideas to share with our readers.  If you are ordering your costumes, make sure to read your delivery options!  Feel free to comment and leave more ideas.

1. The Flintstones

2. The Spice Girls

3. The Adams Family

4. The Sopranos

5. Kate and John Gosslein

6. Harry Potter and cast

7. Star Trek cast

8. The Brady Bunch

9. Playboy Bunnies and Hugh Hefner

10. 300 – Greek Goddesses and Lords

More ideas!->

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The VIBE in Paris; My Hometown

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The VIBE agency visits Paris three times a year to reconnect with previous clients and develop new contacts.  Of course, during my stay I have the pleasure of visiting my family and friends.  Nothing has changed; it’s always an amazing city.    My agenda consists of a very detailed “road show” where I visit agency after agency consecutively to network and promote the VIBE agency.  My stay in Paris is limited and time is always of the essence.  In order to be more efficient, I planned my schedule and opt to take a taxi-moto as transportation.  What an amazing experience to avoid traffic!  It allowed me to plan twice as many meetings during my stay. 

I had the pleasure to meet FranckyLirus, my taxi-moto driver, and I would like to thank him for his professionalism. 

Francky’s company started in 2002 as one of the first in the market.  He is committed to you and your schedule. His bike is the limousine of the moto and is very safe, comfortable, and convenient.  He is a very experienced driver and provides all equipment necessary; helmet, gloves, coat, etc.  Lirus may be contacted at contact@lirus.fr or you can visit his website at www.lirus.fr

As an event planner, I thought this was an awesome idea as an option for transportation.  So think about this: a new way to commute in Paris or in other cities.   This is a great idea for special events or for a quick tour of Paris while you choose your itinerary.  It can be an option for a small group up to 10 pax.  

It was a speedy and productive ride!

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You can watch my videos at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSkst_hCPeA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pcAdG0GT1E

 

I would also like to send a special thank you to the following people who took time to meet with us.  We appreciate your time.

Justine, Christine, Patricia, Carole, Herve, Alexandra, Xavier, Catherine, Pauline, Aziz, Audrey, Jennifer, Delphine, Christian, Anouska, Mattheu, Chantal, Nathalie, Sebastien, Clara, Thierry, Brigitte, Isabelle, Nelly, Melanie, Charlotte, Yvan, Pauline, Michel, Bruce, Camille, Solene, Muriel, Sabine, Noelle, Valerie, Judith, Sophie, Blandine, Auriane, Jean Francois, Laetitia, Anne, Laurent, Lie-Wan, Catherine,  Adrienne, Edwige, Veronique, Kathia, Nicole, Patricia, Jennifer, Laure, Corinne, Marie-Pierre, Dominique, Sylvie, Pascale,  and Augustina.

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National Boss’s Day

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Here is a holiday that workers love to celebrate; National Boss’s Day!  This day is reserved on Oct. 16 of every year to show appreciation to a boss, manager or supervisor.  Most people do not realize the challenges a boss faces on a day-to-day bases.  Sure boss’s can be pushy, dominating, controlling, anal and so on, but a boss can also be inspirational and encouraging.  

The VIBE agency would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our amazing boss, Valerie Bihet.  Bihet can only be described as a blast of energy with the brightest ideas and amazing talent.  Always on the go and an agenda full of commitments, she always manages to smile and get the job done graciously.  We admire her pledge to her clients, family and co-workers.

This is a great day to treat your boss to a special lunch, a gift basket, flowers, or just give them a note of thanks.  If you really want to show your boss how much you appreciate them, be sure to pay attention to what they enjoy and incorporate it into your gift.  The staff can also take the boss out to lunch or have an office luncheon.  This day allows for team building and enhancement of the boss and staff.

To all great boss’s out there, we hope you enjoy your day!

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How to Throw a Chocolate Themed Party

chocolate-fountainFor your next gathering why not plan a theme around chocolate?  To get started you will need to decide what type of invitation you will use.  Depending on your budget, you can opt for personalized chocolate wrapper invites or you can pick an invitation with a color scheme including brown.  Spray your invitations lightly with a chocolate scented perfume such as Demeter’s Brownie. If you enjoy arts and crafts, why not create your own invitation using chocolate themed stickers,stamps, or pictures?  Or you can bake some goodies to be delivered and attach a note including all details of the gathering and some fun facts about chocolate. 

Some interesting facts about chocolate include:

  • Chocolate melts just below your body temperature, so it melts in your mouth.
  • When eaten in moderation, chocolate promotes healthy cardio functions, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Chocolate provides skin benefits and is a natural sexual stimulant!

Decorate with chocolate scented candles to create an arousing atmosphere.  Use napkins, plates, and cups with color schemes such as chocolate with pink, aqua, green or pale blue; or any color of the rainbow. 

There are so many recipes available for this chocolate occasion.  I recommend looking online for different ideas.  Some favorites include brownies, chocolate mousse, chocolate pudding, chocolate cake or cupcakes, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate fondue with fresh fruit, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate sorbet with fresh berries.

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As always, I recommend a signature drink for the occasion.  There are tons of great chocolate martinis but my favorite is the Lady Godiva Chocolate Martini, you can find the recipe at martiniart.com.

Rent a chocolate fountain for an elegant touch, (not recommended if children will be present.) 

Important note:  If you spill chocolate on clothing, simply use rubbing alcohol to remove the spot.

Activities can include a chocolate fondue tasting with fruits, bread, candy, and marshmallows.  Be sure to try milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white choclate during you’re your fondue session.  Also, you can fill a jar with chocolate candies (i.e. m & m’s, Hersey’s kisses) and allow the guests to guess how many there are.   If there is time, you can include one of these top chocolate cinemas:

  • Lezioni Di Cioccolato (Chocolate Lessons, 2007, Luca Argentero. Hassani Shapi)
  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971 original with Gene Wilder)
  • Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate, 1992, Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos)
  • Chocolat (2000 version, Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Judy Dench, Johnny Depp)
  • Milton Hershey: The Chocolate King (2004 A&E documentary)
  • Merci Pour le Chocolat (Thanks for the Chocolate, 2000, Isabelle Huppert)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005 remake with Johnny Depp)
  • Or my personal favorite : “Chocolate Factory” episode of “I Love Lucy”. It’s available on the season 2 DVD with the official title of “Job Switching”.

Do not forget party favors!  My favorites are:

  • Sweet Beauty Organic Chocolate Spa Treatment by Lisa Françoise

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  • Chocolate Cookbook
  • Hot Cocoa Gift Bag .

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ATTENTION CHOCOLATE LOVERS!

strawberryAs a European woman, I understand the tantalizing effects that take over your mind, body and soul at the mention of the word “Chocolate.”  Each bite and each taste is equal to a sensual seduction.  The temptation is so deep, that refusing is absolutely impossible!  Chocolate, a divine creation, is considered the food of the Gods.  It’s no wonder it is such a perfected and heavenly experience.

In honor of this exquisite aphrodisiac, a 3-day event is dedicated to entice our taste buds and palate.  Paris presents Salon Du Chocolat, an event so successful it now also takes place in New York, Japan, China, and Russia with two new cities added to the list; Cairo (Egypt) and Madrid (Spain).  Salon Du Chocolate unites fashion and chocolate while also contributing to “The Voice of the Children”.  This year the show celebrates its 15th Paris Consumer Chocolate show and the event will take place from October 14 – 18.  The trade show has attracted over 2 million loyal chocolate lovers and allows chocolate professionals a communication platform.

 What to expect from the Salon Du Chocolat trade show:

–         A fashion show with designs made from, yes you guessed it, chocolate!

–         Music including opera, operetta and musical comedy

–         Demonstrations by top chefs

–         Tasting sessions for new products and novelties

–         Exhibitors from all over the world including Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Italy, Russia, Syria, Switzerland, Sweden, Bolivia, Gabon, Mexico, São Tomé & Principe and Venezuela.

Check out a video from last year’s fashion show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n7bnOyWOFM

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For our local readers, we invite you to the Chocolate Festival at the Aventura Mall, Sunday, October 18, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The event was inspired by Chef Rick in effort to raise funds for the Children’s Craniofacial Association. For more information contact: 305-935-1110 

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What to expect from the Chocolate Festival:

–         Chocolate inspired fashion show produced by Miami Art Institute

–         Chocolate Super Bowl trophy silent auction

–         17 vendors to sell chocolate, cupcakes, cookies, etc

–         Raffles

–         Kids Corner

–         Carving of a 35 lb. chocolate

Stay in tune with us for tomorrow’s blog on how to create your own Chocolate Theme party!

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