Learning to Work from Home

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I grew up with two parents that worked 9-5 jobs. When they came home, work was left at work, and home life came to be. As my dad furthered his career, he began to work from home, and I was slowly introduced to the concept. I followed in my parents’ footsteps; I worked 9-5 jobs for the better part of 20 years. I always viewed working from home as such a luxury – staying in on the snowy days, working in your PJ’s, take breaks as you please, etc. Yes, these are definitely some of the values of working from home. However, I have begun to understand the opposite side of the coin.  

In a Google search, I found there are articles and studies on how one can remain productive while working from home. It was then that I realized, working from home is NOT easy. An article I found particularly intriguing was from FastCompany. Like the others that I have read, it gives a bullet list of things one can do to maintain productivity. For example, you should separate your work from your living space. One of the biggest challenges for me, was the second point, creating your own water cooler chat. That social comradery you get while you work an office job can be lost in translation. It is important to remain social by going to networking events and staying on the radar. 

Another important tool that this article recommends is sticking to a schedule. This can be very difficult, especially when you are the one who is control of said schedule. Going to bed at a regular hour and adhering to a routine, are helpful in ensuring productivity and healthy work/life balance. 

After all of these articles, I still struggle a little with these things. I get better with each day, though, and appreciate the wonderful pros that working from home offers. I hope all of you out there are maintaining healthy balance as well, and don’t forget about that water cooler talk. 

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Speed Dating with Your Business

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of participating in a speed networking exercise with Firestorm that really knocked my socks off. This week, I am going to go a little more in-depth about my experiences with the event, and some small insights as a beginner. 

When I walked in, the room was entirely packed to the brim and I had trouble navigating where to go. Everyone was extremely welcoming, which I greatly appreciated, but I still felt like a fish out of water. We mingled for about 15 minutes and were then told to take our seats. It then began. Three minutes per conversation, one person, go. In this speedy three-minute tango, each person has 90-seconds to give you their best pitch on their business. After that 90-second mark, a whistle is blown, and the floor is given to the other person. 

After the first couple of people that I may have frozen on, I was suddenly in my element. This methodology of conversation, crazy as it may sound, was almost natural. It cut out the white noise and made you focus on why each of you were there. 

I highly recommend speed networking. I met a lot of great people with great leads, great ideas for partnerships, and overall good contacts. If you’re afraid (like I was), go with the flow of the event. One effective tool that I saw others utilizing was really using other people’s name tags to break the ice. “Hi Bob, I’m Heather, how are you doing today?” Jump in there! 

A Non-Computer Girl in a Computer World

I joined Denver DataMan just over a month ago from a completely different position as a phlebotomist. There is quite a difference between drawing blood from another human being and computers. One thing remains the same: everyone’s needs are different.

Studying BoxLike any new job, there has been a break-in period and lots of learning, but the most important lesson (so far) I have learned is perspective. I have put in some serious study time with TLA’s (three letter acronyms) and learning different platforms. All of this solidifies my resolve to be your advocate.

This “fish-out-of-water” feeling has given me great insight into what our customers feel when they have a tech issue with their CRM and have difficulty articulating it to our technical staff. It has shown me what it may be like to need a new database and not quite know what you need.

My mission has become that much clearer in this past month for Denver DataMan. I encourage our current clients and those who are checking us out to come on this learning journey with me. You can check out my journey almost every week on this blog with new information that I learn and how you can apply it to your business.

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