The Importance Of Entertaining For Business By Janelle Friedman

Entertaining is one of the most important tools for business. Whatever career path you have chosen, building and maintaining relationships are paramount to your professional growth and success.

Entertaining does not have to be an overwhelming task. It can be as simple as meeting a small group of ladies or men for coffee two or three times a week.

One of my favorite simple entertaining activities is calling a friend for lunch and asking that she bring a new friend to join us. I do the same. This creates networking opportunity for all of us and increases the intelligence of the conversation.

Charity events provide opportunity to entertain while helping a good cause. Entertaining a group of friends and clients not only gives everyone a chance to get to know each other; it also creates the networking potential with hundreds in the room and creates an opportunity to help the charity share its mission with more generous people who want to help.

A thoughtful form of networking is remembering another person’s milestone celebration. Sending birthday cards or putting together a fun group of friends for a birthday celebration, hosting a baby shower or acknowledging a special anniversary creates memories for those special clients and/or friends.

On a grander scale, a well-planned dinner party at a restaurant or in your home is a key entertaining tool. I feel it is most effective to limit dinner parties to not more than eight couples. To invite more dilutes your ability to give each guest your undivided attention. As the hostess, you must move around and enjoy the opportunity to catch-up with and get to know each of your guests.

By entertaining, you may just land your next big business deal or create your next BFF.

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Living Quintessentially In Today’s World By Janelle Friedman

I’m a true believer that we, as women, can have it all: a successful career, a loving husband, spirituality, good health, girlfriends, children, exercise, time for yourself and still find the time to care for aging parents.

My secret is that you first have to make yourself content and happy. You must fully love yourself before you can take on the challenges of the world, take care of others and find that perfect balance. Once you truly achieve “self love,” everything else falls into place.

After raising six children in a blended family, one of my strategies that proved to be very successful is that I always put my husband first. I realize many people believe in putting your children first. However, if you don’t maintain the solid base with your lifetime companion, you can’t be your best as a team for your children. And when your children leave the nest, you need to have a lifetime of love and respect saved up to share life with your companion.

Taking care of our health is a daily “must.” We can only achieve our best when we feel good. There is much fact in: “dress for success.” When I get dressed, if I don’t like my outfit, I immediately take it off, put it in the pile for charity and start over. If I love what I’m wearing, I have confidence – try it!

To be part of a bigger plan that God has in store for us, we must devote time to our religion and spirituality. Whatever that spirituality might be: find it and believe in it!

Helping others is also important. I formed Essential Energy several years ago as a community service so that professional women can network to help themselves and other women succeed in business.

And, of course, we must give resources to charity whether it is monetary or volunteer. This year, my husband, Larry, and I are co-chairing the 100-year anniversary of Children’s Medical Center and helping to raise funds for this worthwhile charity. We have always devoted a lot of time to giving back to deserving charities and our community.

Though we all have very little of it, our free time needs to be devoted to purposeful action. I love to entertain so I have spent years becoming “an entertaining expert.” Through much experimentation, I have come up with the formula to create lasting memories for our clients and friends. It is no longer a hobby or passtime; it is an intentional endeavor that I’m passionate about! Find something you love to do and give it your all!

What is your advice on how to balance all areas of your life for success in each arena?

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Fashion “Tricks” for Looking Slimmer…

Ladies,

Came across the following and thought it would be worth sharing:

http://shine.yahoo.com/spring-shape-up/33-sneaky-ways-look-thin-stay-slim-205200642.html

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or 214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

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FOUR “Looks” that Add 5 lbs…

Ladies,

Came across the following and thought it would be worth sharing:

http://shine.yahoo.com/video/four-looks-add-5lbs-000000827.html

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday at the Mercury!

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or 214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

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Trend Alert !!!

In April’s InStyle an article shows some cute ways to style the sleeveless Blazer—–and we have one in the ETCETERA Summer Collection!!! 

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A sleeveless blazer can really hit the mark as a multipurpose layering piece, moving from the office to the patio this season.  Add sleeves for more coverage, a tee, or sexy cami to make a statement!

http://www.focusonstyle.com/stylist-advice/wear-it-now-the-sleeveless-blazer-is-a-runway-trend-to-steal-spring-2013-highlights/#axzz2OlSCxNoR

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or 214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

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Happy Spring and Footwear!!!

Today, March 20th is the first day of Spring!!!

With our “Texas Weather” I have been asked frequently about transitioning between seasons.  Last week, I mentioned a light “Topper,” rather than a heavy coat or jacket. 

Now, I would like to address shoes… Sandals or Boots ??? 

Try and remember not to wear “winter” boots while we are easing into Spring, but rather your basic leather, either ankle or knee. 

Feel free to wear your sandals, but please hold off with the vibrant colors until at least Easter.  If you are worried about the lack of a tan, purchase a moisturizing lotion with bronzer, rather than a trip to the local tanning bed.

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Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or  214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

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Transitioning the Seasons with Our Texas Weather…

Easiest way to accomplish this “fashion challenge” is to freshen up your wardrobe with a Spring jacket or coat.  Think lighter fabrics with a simple cut and fitted, either a pattern or an eye catching color.  (keep the length of your coat at the knee or above)

Remember, if your “topper” is a strong piece, to tone down your skirt/pants, leggings and shoes. 

Angela and I can easily order you that special “topper” from the ETCETERA Spring line and deliver it to your personally.     www.etcetera.com

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or  214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

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Spring Trunk Show ~ Extended!!!

The Spring Show has been extended! YEAH!!!
Contact us directly to view this inspiring collection before it ships out this weekend…

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or  214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

A Comment worth repeating from my friend Carolyn;

Thoughts of ETCETERA and what that means to you…perhaps an addition to how we ask….too.

“I’ll take that and better to create blissful days.” 

It’s a step up from living our same old ways!

ETCETERA adds value to what we choose to do…..let’s tear down those boxes and bring in brand new!!

ETCETERA, ETCETERA, ETCETERA rings true….Look sharp, play the part and real Beauty comes through…let’s all take a breath and yell out Woo Hoo!!

~ABC~Attitude By Carolyn

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Trunk Show THIS Saturday, March 2nd !!!

Ladies, 

Angela and I are looking forward to seeing you this season and sincerely hope you attend the Trunk Show this Saturday!  (plenty of hors d’oeuvres, beverages and networking opportunities)

Trunk Show  

March 2nd ~ 12pm to 6pm

613 Birch Lane 

Richardson, TX 75081

Save The Date

 Make your appointment to see this fabulous collection!

February 28th ~ March 7th                                                                                                                                   (private viewings are available daily)

 

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or  214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

Permission granted to “cross post” or forward to other ladies who might have an interest…

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Weeks of Fashion…

From the Academy Awards to the International Fall Fashion Shows, YOU can catch the ETCETERA 2013 Spring Trunk show in between!

Count down to the 2013 Oscars has begun!  In 6 days, many ladies will be “eyeing” the garments worn on the red carpet to see what is in style, what could be worn better and what should be thrown out.

At the same time, the International Fashion Community has begun their Fall Fashion Shows starting last week in New York, this week in London, with Milan and Paris following.  http://fashionweekonline.com

Angela and I look forward to helping you with your fashion concerns during our 2013 Spring ETCETERA Trunk Show, March 2nd from 12pm – 6pm at 613 Birch Lane, Richardson, TX 75081. 

(private viewings are also available daily February 28th – March 6th)

Alicia at aliciaslay@sbcglobal.net or  214.902.8250

Angela at mccants10@gmail.com or 214.207.4218

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