Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Staying Calm.

After speaking with Kim about composing oneself during an interview, I began to remind myself to be calm whenever I started to feel nervous or out of control. It's not easy, but I figure, like everything else, it will take practice.

Like stretching, for example.

For about a month now, I have been stretching more often and massaging my muscles. Today, I can bend over fully, legs straightened, palms on the floor. It doesn't happen immediately.
 I spend about 5 minutes warming up, by slowly letting gravity pull the weight of my head down to the ground.
It is the most relaxing thing. I breathe deeply into all the tension in my muscles.
I rise up slowly. All the blood is in my head, and I'm smiling, ready to work.
I've found that feeling calmer has a lot to do with feeling good in your own skin. ;)
To more calm days,


Listening to... Ex-Factor, by Miss Lauren Hill

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tomorrow's Interview Better Bring it.

Tomorrow I have a job interview. I will need to look my best and 'be myself'.

The truth? Nothing makes me feel more not myself than getting dressed up for someone and sitting in their office.

But I think I have a cure.

This past November, I meet a woman named Kim A. Page. Kim has traveled the world and is well-versed in the language of nonverbal communication.
I asked her my burning questions and learned some new things along the way. I thought that our interview resulted in some great information that I wanted to share with others.

Please enjoy these videos that I created, and keep your eyes peeled for more soon.

Is my body signalling that I am confident, or that I don't know what the heck I'm talking about?

Do I really need to worry about telling the truth in the job interview?

What do I do if I get asked an impossible question?

For more on Kim, visit her facebook page!

If you like these videos, please share or leave a comment! Thanks ;)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sales Lessons from the Flea Market Saturday

Handmade by Rei (mom and sis) ;)

This Saturday, a friend and I shared some of our handmade creations at a flea market in Castro Valley.
Initially, I signed up to see what types of items would be the best sellers and which ones I needed to improve. I ended up learning some interesting things that I didn't expect.... and some that I did. ;)

Even though the audience and event wasn't quite right (Shoppers were older and looking for discount, non-handmade items), my experience on Saturday allowed me to make some new observations and compare them with what I already know about ladies and their shopping behaviors:

1.  Touching means I'd like to buy it... and I probably will.
 The item I sold the most were rings. I think people enjoyed trying them on and fiddling with them in the glass tray that they were sitting in. I think at these events, the goal is to get some touchers.. makes them one step close to asking for price, and then you hope, digging in their purse for some cash.

2. If it's cheap, I can find a reason to buy it.
 Typically when ladies go shopping, they like to live vicariously through their friends who are; having a birthday soon, have a daughter, like something specific, etc. etc. Buying gifts for others is a hobby for some people, and if it's small enough and the right price, we'll buy it.

3. Little girls can get their grandparents to buy them anything.
I sold a ring to a little girl who hadn't even tried it on yet. It was way too big, but I wasn't about to tell her grandma that! She loved it, and she'll find some doll that can use it as a bracelet.

4. Engage the curious shoppers, they might come back!
Most of the time, I would strike up a conversation with a lingering lady about; how our materials are re-used, how we often make these together at craft parties, or about how the items are made. One lady even brought her friend back to the table and they both bought more rings. Many were curious about what we were making, since both Chloe and I were working behind the table during the entire event. The self-proclaimed "non-creatives" are curious about the creative process... and I'm happy to share!

Handmade rings, necklaces, and earrings

For more photos, click here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Try to Laugh

I overheard my grandma say this a few weeks ago and it still rings in my ears and makes me smile.
Laughing, she stated, "Well!... I have to have a sense of humor about it! Otherwise I'd be depressed!

Laughter feels good to every part of the body. It warms the belly, eases the tightest muscles, and allows more breath to come in.

Laugh. Smile. Loosen up.

Just because... it feels good.