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Keeping The Right Perspective At Work

July 26, 2013

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By Josh Rice, Public Relations Specialist with Federal Financial Group LLC

A couple things that you might want to think about before you start your new job or do while you are at your current job. I have found these helpful and have seen others do them, too.

I Know-
You got the skill that’s why you were hired for the job. Whenever you are working with others, remember to be mindful of their opinions. Don’t ever roll your eyes or say “I know” if they are offering advice. A “thank you” goes a long way.

Avoid gossip-
Office politics will always have gossip but that doesn’t mean you should do it. Do not give anyone ammunition to use against you. Your boss will ask others in the office how you are doing at your job. Let the conversation be about how you are focused on work and not how you like to talk and gossip.

Avoid the bad habits-
In this day and age people are always on their smartphones and on Facebook at work. Avoid it! Let yourself settle into a new job and become a member of the team first. People will notice that and they will know they can depend on you.

Count on it-
Be that person that people can count on. If someone asks you to do something do it and do it well. People in the office will remember it and will talk highly about you and even say things to the leaders of the company.

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You Can Catch More Flies with Honey than Vinegar

July 25, 2013

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YOU CAN CATCH MORE FLIES WITH HONEY THAN VINEGAR
By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations, Federal Financial Group LLC

Working in public relations, I see a lot of social media, blogs, comments and news.  There are a lot of negative comments, and if you are on social media, then no doubt you see it, too.

My mother always taught us that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar as applied to how you speak and what you choose to say. A positive attitude goes a long way to get desired results. Today I am taking a stand and saying that vinegar will not get anyone positive results. Think of a couple of characters that we all know such as Debbie Downer or Eeyore. Would you really want to spend much time with either one of them? How long would it be before you started to feel negative yourself?

What we say in life and how we say it is so important! At our company, Federal Financial Group LLC, three out of five of our core values mention how we talk about things:

Federal Financial Group’s Core Values
1) Treat others the way you want to be treated.
2) Be completely honest with everyone.
3) Demonstrate integrity in all your words and actions.
4) In all your communications, be nice.
5) Talk ill of no one.

As you can see, numbers 3-5 are about how we communicate. We believe that speaking positively brings positive results. We are helping and serving, so instead of dwelling on the negative and adding fuel to negative attitudes, we focus on making things better in this world! Want some honey with that? :D

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Trying to Understand Social Media and SEO

July 10, 2013

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By Susan Escalante
Director of Public Relations, Federal Financial Group LLC

If you are new at social media and SEO, I have a couple of things to help you get started!  First of all, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. When a website link has value, as determined by a search engine,  it shows up closer to the top of a search return. A lot of entities are interested in having their ranking high on the first page since most searchers only look at the first page of a search return. Let me explain that in layman’s terms: If you “google” something, you get several pages of possible links that will help you. Often you find the thing you need right there on the first page, right? Yes, so that is why everyone wants to show up there – as if to say “Pick me! Pick me!”

To get a quick look at the most important social media platforms you can go to one of my other articles, “How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Business” and to learn more about SEO, Search Engine Land posted this 3.5 minute video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF515-0Tduk  It explains quickly what SEO is.

Social media and SEO can take some time, but it does pay off if it is set-up correctly. I literally got an email today that someone in our organization closed a six-figure business agreement from someone who found him on Facebook. He also has an appointment this afternoon with someone else who called him from seeing him on social media. More about this in another article later! But for now let’s just say that social media marketing does work!

Best wishes as you set up your system! I hope this information helped you get started off on a profitable path!

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NATIONAL PARKS IN THE USA

July 1, 2013
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations, Federal Financial Group LLC

This past weekend I wanted to enter American Fork Canyon, Utah, USA, which is part of a national park close to my home. I had the option to buy a 3-day pass for $6.00 or an annual season pass for $45.00. The informative employee working at the gate said I should consider an “interagency pass” which she explained would be good for all the national parks and was only $35.00 more.

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I decided to study it out a little and see which parks are included, so I started with my own state and found these national parks.

Arches in Utah

Arches in Utah

UTAH:
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
California National Historic Trail
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hovenweep National Monument
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
Natural Bridges National Monument
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Zion National Park

The parks in Utah alone are gorgeous! However, I will be traveling a bit this year, so in addition, I found a lot of beautiful parks in neighboring areas. They offer many recreational activities like horseback trail riding, hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, off-road driving, snowmobile trails, camping, fishing, swimming and so much more.

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CALIFORNIA:
Cabrillo National Monument
California National Historic Trail
Cesar E. Chavez National Monument
Channel Islands National Park
Death Valley National Park
Devils Postpile National Monument
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
John Muir National Historic Site
Joshua Tree National Park
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Kern River
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings River
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Manzanar National Historic Site
Merced River
Mojave National Preserve
Muir Woods National Monument
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
Pinnacles National Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Redwood National and State Parks
Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Sequoia National Park
Tuolumne River
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

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Death Valley, Nevada, US

NEVADA:
California National Historic Trail
Death Valley National Park
Great Basin National Heritage Area
Great Basin National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Pony Express National Historic Trail

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Glacier National Park, Montana, USA and British Columbia, Canada

MONTANA:
Big Hole National Battlefield
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Flathead River
Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
Glacier National Park
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Nez Perce National Historic Trail
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Yellowstone National Park

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Yellowstone National Park, USA

IDAHO:
California National Historic Trail
City Of Rocks National Reserve
Craters Of The Moon National Monument & Preserve
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Minidoka Internment National Historic Site
Nez Perce National Historic Trail
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Oregon National Historic Trail
Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Teton National Park, Idaho, USA

WYOMING:
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
California National Historic Trail
Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Fossil Butte National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
Nez Perce National Historic Trail
Oregon National Historic Trail
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Yellowstone National Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA

COLORADO:
Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
Cache La Poudre River Corridor
California National Historic Trail
Colorado National Monument
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Old Spanish National Historic Trail
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Yucca House National Monument

It is definitely worth the extra couple dollars! As a short explanation, some of the national parks are so large that they go into several states.

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Rainbow Week Fosters Team Spirit and Brings Brightness

June 21, 2013

Rainbow Week Fosters Team Spirit and Brings Brightness By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations, Federal Financial Group LLC

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One of the team leaders in our company decided last week to host “Rainbow Week” where each member of the team would wear the colors of the rainbow each day. On the first day, they all wore red, the second day they wore orange, then each consecutive day yellow, green, blue and the last day was pink or purple. The ones who wore the assigned color every single day of the week ended up receiving a prize!

Some people were trying to assign other meanings to “Rainbow Week”, but the ultimate goal was two-fold: to increase team spirit (a component of improved performance) and to make life more fun!

The idea was originated by Tina F. who said the week went well. She explains, “Very good week, all the team members were so excited and asked what the color was for the next day. Rainbow Week brings everyone together and brightens up the room with the bright colors they wear!  Also, I’m trying to let them know: Don’t lose hope, . Rainbows always stand for hope.  It was a gentle push to increase their productivity, too!”

One of the team members wrote in an email, “Rainbow week was one of the many fun weeks here at work! With our unique and  individual ways we came together and  wore a little piece of the rainbow each day! And every day brought us closer to the completion of a complete rainbow; just as unique and beautiful as each rainbow that shows up after the rain.  I heart my fellow co-workers – thanks for participating! Love always & forever Heather P.”

Another team member, Kathy C., says, “I think it was really fun! Everyone came dressed every day in the color for that day. Some showed a lot of creativity with the things they wore!!  We love our team at work; they are the best!! Our Tina is wonderful and makes it fun to work here. Thank you, Tina!!”

Our company appreciates this team that is such a valuable part of our sales organization! These are not the agents you will meet in your next appointment, but these are some of the ones who do their part to make the whole company successful! Thank you for brightening up our week! It was contagious and even some of the management team joined in the fun and wore the color of the day!

 

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Go to the Source of Your Complaint

June 6, 2013
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Someone make you angry? Tell them directly and calmly!

 

Go to the Source of Your Complaint

By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations, Federal Financial Group LLC

When I was growing up my parents taught me that if I had a complaint with someone, I should go to that person and let them know they were bugging me. When you grow up in a big family, you learn that this approach works well. If your sibling took something of yours, you just go tell them to give it back. If someone was looking at you too much, you told them to stop looking at you.

When I got into the business world, I realized that many people do not go to the source to register complaints. They tell everyone except that one entity that is bugging them. How much wiser and more effective it would be if we all felt comfortable enough to call each other up and register our complaints.  Instead, we post things online, we tell all our friends, we use social media to tell the world that something bugs us.

If it were you that was bugging someone, wouldn’t you like to know? If it was your company that did not provide satisfactory customer service, wouldn’t you like to know directly from the person who was offended so that you could have a chance to make it right?

At my company we like to receive feedback so we know how we can improve our service to our clients and potential clients. We invite anyone to call us at (801) 495-2009 and let us know how we are doing! Or write us at socialmedia@ffg2.com and you will get a response!

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Variety is the Spice of Life!

June 5, 2013
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Variety is the spice of life!

Variety is the Spice of Life

By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations, Federal Financial Group LLC

Being bored in life is a choice. There is an unlimited amount of ways to be creative. We can look outside ourselves or be introspective to find things to bring happiness and joy into our lives. The key, however, is to have variety. Without variety, even the job that started out fun can become mundane.

Successful people recognize that a person cannot always be focusing on one thing. Just this morning my boss explained that yesterday he went hiking and traveled to a different nearby city for lunch so that he could take a complete break from work on Memorial Day. He usually is so focused on work that he has to consciously make an effort to include variety in his life.

We often hear this complaint from teenagers “I am so bored.” With them I usually counter with ideas like writing a book, drawing a picture, something that makes them use their creative side. Of course, some parents say, “I can find something for you to do!”

As we go through our career years we get so wrapped up in work that many of us have to consciously make an effort to try new things. It is worth it, though. The variety, even though we resist at first, is really good for refreshing our brain.

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7 Things Done by People Who are Successful with Social Media

June 4, 2013

By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations Federal Financial Group LLC

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7 steps to social media success

People who use social media tend to do a lot of the same things to be successful with it. They also learn from each other. Most people are willing to share tips they have picked up along the way if asked. Here are some of the common things:

1 – Listen to others

Of course, you hear this lot in most soft skills that involve communication with real people. Listening to others before you just jump in and start throwing out all that you have been up to is a skill you learned at some point in growing up.  The same principle applies to social media. You don’t want to just start blurting out how great you are. Listen and communicate with others first. Get a feel for how things are shared. Then you can ease your way into sharing your links, photos, and thoughts.

2 – Your thoughts

Social media successes do not outsource the things they share in social media. One of my favorites is Ricky Gervais, comedian, actor, producer who started the wildly popular show, THE OFFICE, in England. He has a Twitter account @RickyGervais and it is clear that he writes his tweets. Oh, maybe he dictates them to an assistant who does the actual keyboarding, but many of the tweets are straight from his personality and it shows!

3 – Personality

Which is a great segway into the third observation: the most successful users of social media allow their personality to show. Of course, being professional is key since offensive comments and photos are reported. However, sharing a bit of your personal life or funny things in your business make your social media unique and interesting!

4 – Believe

People who use social media believe that they have something to share that will add value. They have confidence that they are a part of a large community and that someone out there will actually read or see what they have shared.

5 – Social Media Platforms

Realizing that one message will not fit all platforms helps set aside very successful social media buffs from those who just participate because they think they should. Sometimes a comment that will work well on Twitter will fall flat on Facebook. It takes a while to figure this out, but that is why I don’t recommend using one multi-tasking social media platform.

6 – Use various platforms

People who succeed at social media use a variety of platforms. The most used are the big three: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Pinterest is quickly becoming used by all kinds of people promoting their causes and businesses.

7 – Quality not quantity

Quality rules in social media. Just because you have ten wonderful things to promote does not mean you should tweet each one, right after the other. Space it out. You don’t want to overload those people who are actually following what you are doing. This is your chance to be selective and put your best foot forward.

Hopefully this has been helpful as you hone your social media skills! Happy tweeting! ;D

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Highlights of Federal Financial Group LLC 2013 Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada

May 30, 2013
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7 Things That People Who are Successful with Social Media Do

May 16, 2013
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Successful People on Social Media

7 Things that People Who are Successful with Social Media Do

By Susan Escalante, Director of Public Relations

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People who use social media tend to do a lot of the same things to be successful with it. They also learn from each other. Most people are willing to share tips they have picked up along the way if asked. Here are some of the common things:

1 – Listen to others

Of course, you hear this lot in most soft skills that involve communication with real people. Listening to others before you just jump in and start throwing out all that you have been up to is a skill you learned at some point in growing up.  The same principle applies to social media. You don’t want to just start blurting out how great you are. Listen and communicate with others first. Get a feel for how things are shared. Then you can ease your way into sharing your links, photos, and thoughts.

2 – Your thoughts

Social media successes do not outsource the things they share in social media. One of my favorites is Ricky Gervais, comedian, actor, producer who started the wildly popular show, THE OFFICE, in England. He has a Twitter account @RickyGervais and it is clear that he writes his tweets. Oh, maybe he dictates them to an assistant who does the actual keyboarding, but many of the tweets are straight from his personality and it shows!

3 – Personality

Which is a great segway into the third observation: the most successful users of social media allow their personality to show. Of course, being professional is key since offensive comments and photos are reported. However, sharing a bit of your personal life or funny things in your business make your social media unique and interesting!

4 – Believe

People who use social media believe that they have something to share that will add value. They have confidence that they are a part of a large community and that someone out there will actually read or see what they have shared.

5 – Social Media Platforms

Realizing that one message will not fit all platforms helps set aside very successful social media buffs from those who just participate because they think they should. Sometimes a comment that will work well on Twitter will fall flat on Facebook. It takes a while to figure this out, but that is why I don’t recommend using one multi-tasking social media platform.

6 – Use various platforms

People who succeed at social media use a variety of platforms. The most used are the big three: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Pinterest is quickly becoming used by all kinds of people promoting their causes and businesses.

7 – Quality not quantity

Quality rules in social media. Just because you have ten wonderful things to promote does not mean you should tweet each one, right after the other. Space it out. You don’t want to overload those people who are actually following what you are doing. This is your chance to be selective and put your best foot forward.

Hopefully this has been helpful as you hone your social media skills! Happy tweeting! ;D

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