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Finding Space For Health and Wellness In Our Busy Lives
Guest Blog Post By Kasandra Jewall
In this day and age so many of us work at a computer terminal for hours at a time while sitting in a static position and staring at a luminous screen.  We must remember that the human body was designed to be in dynamic motion at least some of the time.  When setting up your work space it is important to take your health and well-being into consideration.
While some of us do find time for sports or other physical activities, many of us ‘don’t have time’, or perhaps we just don’t know how or where to start.  Exercise is important for managing stress and keeping the brain active. Integrating physical activity into your day can increase your productivity at work.  Here are some ways to fit fitness into your day:
Running Man
  • A simple lunch time or break time activity; of just  taking  a brisk walk,  or a light jog in a park , or doing  sprints(this boosts the metabolism and burns more calories than plain jogging!) ; All are more preferable  in the fresh air and nature of course!!
  • Some companies actually offer private lead classes for their employees;  or even have such amenities as basketball courts or gyms! Lucky for you if you have this addition to your workplace , just make sure to take advantage!
  • Many Fitness & Dance Studios offer a shorter lunch time sessions, or early morning option for classes.
  • Doing some deep breathing  exercises : Standing , reaching up as high as you can while inhaling, as you exhale drop your arms , letting them swing as you fold in half. repeat 3 or four times! definitely feel a charge of oxygenation from this one. Best done by an open window or door !
  • Get yourself some clean pure water ( I like Ionized  restructured water which is ‘wetter’ and more rehydrating )  in a BPA free bottle or even better a glass container.
  • Herbal teas are also nice alternative to caffeinated beverages ( which are very dehydrating)
  • Fruits & Veggies, especially Cucumber, celery, melons,apples & peaches all have high water content and make a great snack.
  • Simply stretch your arms above your head while standing  or seated. Standing and touching your toes. I love resting my hands on the back of a chair or desk  while bending at the hips to stretch the shoulders and back . Stretching the neck by letting the head gently fall from side to side, forward and back.  Reaching up high and side to side .  Explore your range of motion for a quick de-stress  break!
  • The nice thing about working from a computer is that we can easily change our work environment by moving ourselves and our laptop to a different location.  All to often we neglect to take advantage of this and stay at our desks.  Taking your laptop outside on a nice day and kicking off your shoes is a great way to refresh you body and mind as well as get in touch with nature.  Electronics give off lots of positive charges, whereas outdoors is full of negative charges, taking it outside can have a balancing effect.

Making a few changes to the way you set up your day can make all the difference in your health, well-being and productivity! I hope that some of these ideas can inspire & assist you in doing so!

Thanks for reading,

Vintage Social Networking

We came across this cartoon that illustrates some of the ways that social media has changed the way we network and thought we’d share it:

vintage social networking

Created by John Atkinson: http://wronghands1.wordpress.com


Call For Submissions


We would like to invite you to get in Cahoots with us on our blog.  We are looking for submissions from bloggers as well as people who would like to write or tell a story.  We’re looking at the following topics:

  • Social Media
  • Small Business
  • Freelancing/Self-Employment
  • Collaboration and Reciprocity

Here are some more specific examples of topics we are looking to cover:

  • Stories from early adopters of various social media platforms.
  • Unique connections you’ve made through social media.
  • How social media has changed your life.
  • The story of your small business.
  • How social media applies to your industry specifically.
  • How you have used collaboration  and giving back to your community to build yourself or your business.
  • Ways you incorporate sustainability into your business practices.

And we’re open to many more!

How it will work is you fill out the form below with your name, email, website, and a summary of the topic/story you are submitting.  We will respond to you to let you know if it fits with Cahoots or not.  If so then we will publish a post on our blog, Tweet it to our growing base of followers, share it on Facebook, submit it to StumbleUpon, Share it on Google+ and add an image to a board on Pinterest dedicated to our guest posts and stories. We will give you credit, provide you with a mini bio and a link to your website/blog. Lot’s of social media exposure.

Here is an example of what one of our Guest Blog posts has looked like in the past: Hiring a Social Media Manager

We look forward to hearing from you!


Tips for Hiring a Social Media Manager

Guest Blogger Post:  

What to look for when hiring someone to take on your social media strategy

If you’re finding that your social media efforts are consuming too much time, are not as effective as you’d like, or you don’t understand how to use them, it may be time to hire someone to help.

Before you start interviewing for your new Social Media manager, it’s important to set expectations with a clearly defined job description. Busy hiring managers often fail to recognize the importance of understanding digital media, so many job descriptions contain unreasonable expectations. A mismatched description means that when you finally do find that perfect person, they have a very difficult time getting a good grip on what you need. Below are a couple ways to attract the right type of person to your marketing team and minimize unqualified candidates.

Experience in Social Media:

Many marketing professionals believe that their personal fluency in social media equates to competency in business digital media execution. If you are creating a job description or interviewing candidates, have them outline how they’ve created content, and how they would select followers and solicit connections. Look for a proven track-record of integrating social media with other media and marketing initiatives.

Social Media is not cheap – Not even close:

Yes, the tools are absolutely free, but the skills and expertise it takes to navigate your brand through the social clutter can be expensive. The person who runs your social media is responsible for the public voice for your company. Look for a social media expert who understands your audiences, what drives them, and how they communicate with each other. The right person can then take that knowledge, pair it with your business objectives, and help you grow your business. It’s a tall order, but it can make all the difference in your bottom line.

Not sure if you have a strong following? Test it.

I always suggest widening the scope of a social media role to include community management. Remember, social media is a collection of tools, not a strategy in itself. If the strategy is the creation of a community (or audience) around your products and services, social media becomes the tool to make this happen. If you are creating a community management position for the first time and want an easy, measurable goal for your new hire, test the strength of your company’s new network with an event. This can take the form of anything from a formal webinar with your product team to an informal tweet-up, and it will let you know that people are listening.  This also sets the expectation with your new social media manager that there needs to be measurable impact and the ability to mobilize your target markets.

Where to look for a Social Media Manager

While you can place job postings on Craigslist and Kijiji, you may want to be more specific as you may get a larger number of unqualified applicants off of these sites.  Instead, post or browse on LinkedIn- anyone who claims to be a social media expert should have a LinkedIn profile.  You could even tweet that you’re hiring.  Additionally, you can go through Public Relations sites such as the Canadian PR Society (CPRS) or your local chapter of the International Association for Business Communicators (IABC).

If you have any questions just tweet me @Blythemorrow

Blythe Morrow

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