Make it Memorable

Stacy Lanigan, Sr. Career Coach, Lynn University 

So, a few months ago a I pondered the question of email sign-offs. They are so traditional and well, so boring, ” I don’t want to be boring”.  So I began my journey to find “my” new sign-off. I never thought I would learn something in the process, but I did.

  1. I read completely now, no skimming, the entire email. I will admit in the past I would look for key points and ignore the rest. This has changed since my search. I am sad to say I probably missed many things over the years. And I apologize to those who I asked questions to when the answer was in the email.
  2. I would savor each and every word of an email knowing that I would possibly find something new and interesting in an email ending sign-off. I was hyper focused and sometimes forgetting that my original plan was to find that email ending.

I leaned that taking more time reading emails saves time in the long run. Slow down and make it memorable.

So last week at the NACE conference in Chicago I was witness to a shift that is happening in Higher Ed and the Limitless Possibilities.

Dustin Garis,  Founder & Chief Troublemaker of LifeProfit motivated and inspired me to think outside the box and is the reason I can comfortably sign-off in my emails with “Make it Memorable” So simple and so me. ” I have so many LifeProfit moments from NACE and can’t wait to participate in my future as well as yours.

The memorable moments and connections I made before, during and after the conference will be both professional and personal. After all, life is about making memories while building and fostering relationships.

Make it Memorable,

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Below is my original blog post.

Recently our office was discussing email sign-off’s  and they all seem so “blah”. In the end there was not one sign-off we liked. So I went back to my standard, regards, best regards, best and the so on. Boring!

Well today the Muse published an article on this exact subject Why your Email Sign-off Matters More Thank You Think  http://muse.cm/1ICpKvG.

I was hoping for insight, something different and new. I read the article and realized that the good old standard is still  “standard”.

I started to think about the email’s I get. Do I even read the signature sign-off?  I will now! Maybe in the process I will find something that strikes a chord and will bring me satisfaction.

Cheers,

Best,

Sincerely,

Regards,

Best Regards,

Kind Regards,

Best Wishes,

Take Care, (ohhh I only use this when I don’t want a response and hope they hear my tone)

Thanks, Thank You, Peace Out (my favorite :))

Stacy Lanigan

Only one week until the FloridaACE Annual Conference!

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The FloridaACE Annual Conference is almost here and we hope you are as excited as we are! Below you will find some helpful tips and reminders to make sure your conference experience is absolutely amazing. You will also find an attendee/vendor list attached to help you prepare for a week full of networking and fun in beautiful Miami.

What to pack:

  • Business casual attire. The dress code for the conference is business casual. You may also want to pack a sweater or two because the rooms may get cold.
  • Something nice. The Enterprise Closing Banquet and After Party dress code is cocktail/dressy casual. Interpretation is up to you, but anything from a dress shirt (with or without tie) with slacks or cocktail dress to a short sleeve collared shirt with slacks or a sundress or pantsuit is appropriate. No t-shirts, jeans or shorts, though you may want to bring your dancing shoes.
  • Business cards for sharing and networking.
  • Props from your school or company. Show off your pride by bringing some props for pics in our photo booth on Thursday night.
  • Cash We will be providing two drink tickets per night for beer, wine, and soft drinks but on Thursday night, you will have the option of buying premium cocktail drinks and additional beverages if you choose. The cashier at Closing Banquet and After Party does not accept credit cards.
  • Umbrella It’s Florida, so you just never know. Most of our planned activities are inside the hotel, but we’re in the heart of city and close to South Beach so you may want to venture out.
  • Lucky rabbit’s foot, four leaf clover, or other token of good luck. There are lots of amazing door prizes to be won, including not one, but TWO grand prizes!

There will also be some downtime to do your own thing if you wish and the hotel does have a pool, of course. For more information and announcements about the conference, check out the following sources:

App:
Eventus is the official app provider for the FloridaACE Conference. Download today on iOS or Android. You can also search “FloridaACE 2016” to find it in either the App store or Play store. View the conference schedule, read details about the event, learn about keynotes, breakout sessions and speakers, connect through Twitter, check out the vendors and sponsors, and more!

Pics/Push Notifications:
TextEventPics is a service that allows you to text photos during the conference that will be displayed on a slide show between general conference sessions and during meals. To sign up in advance, respond to this email with your cell phone number, or call 305-770-6581. Pressing 1 when prompted will provide you with a link to directions to the hotel. Pressing 2 will give you access to the photo gallery during and after the event. If you are signed up for this service, we can also send you push notifications to let you know about any last-minute changes to the conference schedule.

Website:
http://www.florida-ace.org/annual-conference – the hub of general information for the conference.

Blog:
https://floridaaceblog.org/ – announcements, conference planning tips, articles, and more.

Social Media:

Our Social Media Contest during the conference is always a lot of fun and can score you an Amazon gift card! Tweet about the conference and share pics using #FloridaACE16 to participate. Your account must be public to participate. You may also share pics via Instagram – just make sure to use the hashtag and again, your account must be public.

First timers, also be sure to read Making the Most of Your First FloridaACE Conference Experience: https://floridaace.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/making-the-most-of-your-first-floridaace-conference-experience

And everyone should read our post on things to eat, see, and do while you are in Miami: https://floridaaceblog.org/2016/06/10/get-the-party-started.

Please travel safe and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Get ready for a very fun and productive time!

Get the party started

Ommy Pearson, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Looking to make the most of your Miami visit??  Check out these local attractions and restaurants to experience South Florida to the fullest.  You have just over 10 days to plan!

VISIT THE NEIGHBORHOODS

Check with the hotel concierge regarding transportation needs (public transportation, car rental, car service, etc.) and/or directions to these locations

Coconut Grove is Miami’s original art gallery district and also best known for its lush green landscape bordered by the shimmering blue waters of Biscayne Bay.  The pedestrian friendly village center in Coconut Grove is filled with sidewalk cafes, galleries, boutiques, chain restaurants and local cafes.  Pull up a chair outside, watch the assortment of shoppers, bar-hoppers, students and tourists stroll the streets and enjoy the laid-back ambience.  Address: 3015 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove, FL

South Beach / Art Deco District: The beachfront area known for its iconic Art Deco architecture, sizzling nightlife, world-class shopping, and over-the-top people-watching. South Beach is located between 1 Washington Avenue and runs until around 21st Street.  Take a walk in the area and see the Art Deco building of South Beach (the Art Deco Welcome Center is located at 10th Street and Ocean Drive).  After you get your fill of sun, head for a café or restaurant along famous Ocean Drive. Continue reading