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There are some truths you just don’t find out until you’ve done it—a legal-name-change veteran’s take on making it official.

1. You may be flipping through your wedding album before you have a new passport.
Changing your name is a marathon, not a sprint. Some things will be as easy as walking into your bank’s local branch while others will require the patience of a patron saint. It’s best to be over-prepared—keep a file of important documents at the ready and tote it along on each name-changing adventure (a woman at the DMV gave me proverbial gold stars for my organized dossier).

2. Your marriage certificate will get more views than a viral YouTube video.
Everyone—the cable company, the bank, the social security office—will demand to see your marriage certificate before making things official. Do yourself a favor and order a couple of certified copies (from the state where you were legally wed) and make a few more at your local print shop. You may want to keep a copy on you at all times because the second you leave it at home, someone will inevitably want to see it. Trust me.

3. Your new signature will look kid-ish.
I’ve always prided myself on a legible signature. All of a sudden I was writing new letters in cursive for the first time since the fifth grade!  An “r” that sat dangerously close to an “s” made my new last name look like kid scrawl. Thank goodness there was no “z” or “q” to attempt! Full disclosure: It’s been almost a year and it still feels a little like forgery.

4. Your identity will be questioned.
With all the changes you’ll be making, it’s highly probable your new credit card may arrive before, say, your driver’s license. This might get awkward when you’re picking up a bottle of wine. Flash the ring and plead newlywed. Or show the cashier that crumpled copy of your marriage certificate you’ve been toting around for months.

5. You may almost miss your doctor’s appointment.
It will take some time before you get used to hearing your new last name. You may sit in your doctor’s office waiting room and listen to a nurse call it several times before jumping out of your seat and apologizing profusely. People will look at you like you’ve had a lobotomy. Don’t worry—you’ll adjust before your next checkup.

6. You’ll need to upgrade your tote bag.
This is one of the “perks” of all the paper pushing—you’ll have a new monogram! This means out with the old and in with the new tote bags, jewelry, stationery, luggage tags, towels—you get the idea. Word to the wise: Before you start stamping your initials on everything, make sure they work together. If your new letters leave you with something like SUK or FAT, opt for a two-letter monogram or use your new last initial on its own.

7. You may lose your frequent-flyer miles.
Okay, not really. But I left more miles than I’d care to admit on the table. There are so many things you absolutely must change, from bank accounts to government issued IDs, that when you get to the “other” stuff, you’re exhausted. Depending on the airline, you may have to place a phone call or send them copies of every piece of said government-issued identification (oh, and your marriage certificate) in order to have those miles converted to the new you. Tired yet?

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Our wedding tip of the month is what many would consider the most IMPORTANT part of your wedding.  Ladies, wedding coordinators, or anyone who is calling the shots for a wedding event,this tip is for you.  Hiring the right photographier will be one the most single important investments you will make for the big day. So you have picked the best photography for your wedding (the hard part!), the next step is actually helping them create those memorable and beautiful shots that last for a life time. * Remember....You do not have to be conscious of the camera in order to create amazing photos.

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Slow Down - These almost seems like a no brainer, but really you should slow down! When you walk that down the aisle.

It will not only to help the photographier, it will also help you enjoy the moment! In weddings we want to remember those moments.

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Show Off The Ring - If possible remember to grab the side of your partners hand when putting the ring on.  When you cover the top of the hand, the photographier cannot get a close up shot of the ring on the hand. This is a very precisious moment, make sure you give the opportunity to capture it!

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Take 5 - You just got married and now its time to walk back down the aisle.  Take five minutes though and go into the other room with your new significant other.  It will not only give you a second of alone time together, but your photographier can capture some precious moments here.  While you are off doing that, the bridal party can be outside handing out confetti for when you walk out together.

 

#Smile - The big day, a lot of people, big churches, and stress can sometimes prevent us from doing the one thing we want to do.  The more you smile, take time to look at each other, the more gorgeous and intimate images your photographer will be able to take.  

Most importantly though, have fun!  This is your day,  the day you will remember for the rest of your marriage and life.  You want to make this day special, you want to create moments that will last forever.

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Congratulations, you have been selected to give a presentation at a conference! You presentation will probably not be perfect, but that does not mean we can not aim for that!  you want to stick to your roots and deliver a presentation that will stick to them.  That task can be overwhelming. we have developed some times to help you out.  

 

Time - Time is very important.  You get a certain amount of time and the presentation needs to be done on time! The best presenters know how much time they have to work with, tailor their presentation to fit the time and then keep an eye on the time.

 

Rehearse - The first time you give a talk, especially if you are using slides someone else has prepared, rehearse it. Really. Yes, I really mean it.  Rehearsing helps because you hear yourself say the words. You can hear your jokes (I think my jokes are hilarious until I say them out loud), practice stories and figure out the pace. Then when you have to perform for real, your brain doesn’t have to figure it out from scratch.

 

Questions - Great presenters run 10 minutes before time, ask ‘any questions’ and get a ton of hands. This, believe it or not, has nothing to do with the material. It has everything to do with feeling permitted to ask questions. If there is obviously no time for questions (especially right before lunch or coffee break), the person who asks one is holding up the room. We are polite folks and we know how to play the game, we don’t want to hold up everyone just to ask a personal question. But when there is plenty of time, we feel like we are allowed to, so we do.

 

Balance Text with Imagery - Don’t be terrified of text and bullet points. They are OK when:

 

  • the point you want to make isn’t easy to communicate visually

  • visual language is the best way to communicate the idea

  • people need to see the whole idea in order to understand it

  • you are discussing lists of steps or sequences

 

But if you are going to use bullet points, make them communicate your point. Don’t use them as a memory trigger for what you want to say that’s what speaker notes are for.

 

The most important thing though is experience, the more presentations you do, the more effective you will be as a presenter. Always be confident in what you are doing and will be great!  Good Luck and Happy Presenting

 
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As we prepare for tonights big race the weather looks amazing- 80 degrees and no rain in the forecast. Before we get ahead of ourselves we would like to thank Larson Marks Racing Team for staying with us over the week! We also would like to give a huge congrats to Randy Hannagan- Not only did he take FIRST at Lima Land last Friday in the A-Main Nra vs SOd Sprints- Hannagan took First at Waynesfield in the A-main Nra-Sod sprints!!!!!!! Braney Craig also raced at Waynesfield's Memorial Classic, where he placed 8 in the Paladino 2nd heat, and took 1st in the B-Main and 8th in the A-Main. Check out the Howard Johnson parking lot tonight after the races- you never know which race team will be parked and getting some rest with us! Good luck tonight HOJO Race Team!!!!

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Helpful Tips

 

 

 

 

Summer conferences are just coming to the horizon and maximizing that time spent at those conferences will give you the most bang for your buck.  Attending conferences will allow you to network within the industry, and the ability to communicate with new people. Conferences are helpful because you are able to be inspired by new ideas that you will be able to use in your own business.  When you leave a conference you should feel empowered and ready to take your business to the next level.  If you do not know where to start, then here are 5 tips to preparing for the next conference.  

 

 

Tip 1: Pre Plan Your Day:

The typical conference is going to require your full attention for a whole day, it is important to look, feel, and be your best on this day.  Wearing appropriate professional attire is a must, but do not forget about wearing comfortable shoes.  We have seen it time and time again; especially, in women. You do not want to be attendee at the end of day who has their shoes off and is walking around in socks ( not professional ).

 

Tip 2: Pick Your Sessions:

Okay, important step here!  If are able to get your hands on an advanced schedule, map out your day and strategize the best sessions that are going to benefit you the most. If you are strong in blogging, then perhaps blogging shouldn’t be a top priority. You could check out the session in web development instead.  Lastly, be active in the sessions you attend. It is important to ask questions and take notes of what you learn.  

 

Tip 3: Practice Your Pitch:

You about to meet a lot of people. These could be industry leaders, CEO’s, Vice Presidents, and other important people. The message in which you use to introduce yourself needs to be clear and concise.  Fine tune your pitch to make sure you make the most of every introduction.  

 

Tip 4: Prepare to Network:

Network...Network..and Network.  Did I mention network ? Be prepared to meet new people. It is essential to have a business card on hand, and overall just be ready to meet a lot of people especially at a larger conferences.

 

Tip 5: Follow Up:

The conference is over and a week has gone by.  It is time to follow up with all the awesome contacts you met.  You can do this in a variety of ways with e-mail, phone call, handwritten letter, or some professional way of following up with those individuals/companies.  

 

In conclusion, have a strategy and execute that strategy.  When you are in the conference achieve the objectives you have set, and then make sure you follow up with people after the conference.  It is important that you get an ROI for attending a conference, otherwise, you are just wasting money. 

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