Tag Archives: best practices

Extreme Disney: Four Parks, One Day

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Only have one day to experience Disney World? No problem! It is entirely possible to visit all four Disney parks—Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom—in one day. My family and I recently visited the Orlando resort and packed in quality time at all four parks, riding at least three rides at every park, including each one’s signature ride. In order to visit all of our chosen attractions, we sacrificed visiting a few of the kids shows, parades, and children's rides, but the experience was definitely worth it. If you’ve already... Read More »

How To Win Contests and Sweepstakes

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On any given day, thousands of contests are created to promote goods and services of companies around the world. Someone has to win those contests. Why not let that person be you? In the last year, I’ve entered numerous contests in order to win fantastic prizes, including tee shirts, high-end backpacks, VIP concert tickets, gift cards, cash, and a $5,000 scholarship. The purpose of this post is not to gloat, but to assure the world that anyone can win with the right techniques and mindset. While most attribute my contest success to luck (and it is a big factor), I do have a method that I use to increase my chances of winning these contests. I've shared some tips below. Read More »

Dear Uncertain College Student

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I’d bet good money that we’ve all been asked the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question at some point in our lives. I went through an awkward stage during my early teenage years when I responded to the question with, “I want to be an actuarial scientist.” After I learned that actuaries essentially do statistics problems all-day, every day to determine life expectancy, I decided that the career path wasn’t for me. My other childhood dreams—movie star, professional baseball player, professional Game Boy player—didn’t seem practical. In short, as I “grew up” I knew that I would one day need a job, but I didn’t know what the job would be. For college students there is a lot of pressure to know what you want to do in life and how you are going to make it happen. After all, you are paying thousands of dollars to study your interests full-time. The reality is that many students still don’t know the answer to that question. If that is the case for you... Read More »

5 Ways To Manage Social Media Overload

Have you conversed on Facebook, tweeted your favorite articles, and checked into Foursquare yet today? What about pinned an image on Pinterest, bought or sold stock on Empire Avenue, and done whatever it is people are doing on Google+ nowadays? I won’t even ask about the number of blogs you’ve read or mobile apps you’ve used. Just thinking about these tasks can cause some to become overwhelmed—they experience “social media overload.” New social networks and tools are introduced every day, which means new challenges and questions for marketing professionals, social media strategists, and average people looking to brand themselves online. Which platforms should I use? When should I use them? There are only 24 hours in a day, how do I find the time to manage all my networks?! Read More »

Writing A Legendary Press Release: Advice From Barney Stinson

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If you watch or have ever watched How I Met Your Mother, you know two things: Barney Stinson is the ultimate ladies man and a man of supreme knowledge. When he’s not picking up ladies, or teaching his friend Ted how to do so, he spits out pearls of wisdom applicable to living an awesome life and, it turns out, writing a good press release. I’ve been fortunate enough to have written many press releases in my day, most of them for an organization that requires a few per month. Other students and colleagues I know aren’t as fortunate to have had that opportunity. Here are a few tips on putting together a press release, easily remembered by quotes from the one and only Barney Stinson. Read More »