I call it Gathering. Tips to bring your job, and what you love, together.

Many of us just have a job.  Something we do to pay the bills.  But the lucky ones?  They feel passion for their career. That kind of excitement is contagious and why I believe passionate people are so successful.  So how do you marry what you love with your job?  One way is what I call the “gathering” method.  You work at places you like where you make the paycheck you need and gather from them the skills that will help you with your passion so eventually you can have it all.

I like to talk. I love to make people laugh.  I want to make others feel good and encourage and inspire. And I love to organize. Big time. Every job I’ve ever had I have taken on a fun, nurturing, people role while organizing things.  From getting the birthday cakes to arranging the Christmas parties to helping with social media. I have included myself in the social aspect of my jobs since I started working when I was 13.  That’s %& years (you don’t need to know) of learning how to make people feel happy and a wealth of info at my disposal.

I have always paid attention to the people at my jobs who are genuinely liked and respected.  Are they funny?  How do they interact with others?  Work ethic?  Sense of humor?  How could I emulate their positive qualities? And what did they know how to do that I didn’t?  Computer skills? Negotiate?  Speak another language? What could I add to my personal grab bag that might propel me ahead?

This does not mean bragging but rather, focus on the things you are good at and don’t be afraid to humbly offer your skills.  And then hit it out of the park! You never know when someone is looking for what you have in spades! And don’t wait to be noticed.  Show ‘em what you’ve got!

My background is predominately the music business.  I love all things music.  Almost every genre, every type of artist and show. From the behind the scenes prep to the show itself to the search for the next great gig or performer.  No matter how bad my day was, and there were many that left me like “Whaaaaaaaaat am I doing here?”, I was always excited to get up the next day and do it again. And when I look back I realize that for 20 something years I was gathering the bits and pieces in each job, from collaborating jazz music tours to cast parties for Disney films, that centered around my passion for being social.

Fast forward to today. I took the position at Intellezy to coordinate our video administration, something that spoke strongly to my OCD and organizational skills, but because of my years of gathering, now get to write blogs and make people laugh and work on our social media connection to the world. It’s amazing and I am truly passionate about my work.  What I’ve done has led me here and now I do everything I love!

So I encourage YOU to gather the bits and pieces of your work experiences so that you can find passion in what you do and know that we are here for you to help you enhance the skills you need.

Be brave, be awesome, and smile whenever possible.
By Kristen Teixeira

Me and my 2 best friends, Ang & Lex, WAY back in the day when I worked for Billy Ray Cyrus. What did I learn from him?  Be genuinely nice to everyone, every fan matters and always have the best snacks on your bus. 

How Microsoft Office Helps This Working Parent

  1. OneNote- Remember back in Junior High carrying around spiral notebooks for each subject matter? Blue book for History, red for Math, yellow for social studies? I LOVED all that organization and the color-coding. Well, BOOM, fast forward to 2018 and OneNote gives you ALL that organization for your work and personal life! And thanks to the Internet gods you can access it anywhere anytime with a mobile device. Say WHAT? WORKING MOM’S DREAM! All my notes accessible on my phone and the ability to add more after that unforeseen phone call during pick up? #Winning!

To learn more about OneNote and see it in action, click here:

  1. PowerPoint Slides Master- I am in Sales, so I make a lot of PowerPoint presentations. The Slide Master has saved me from hours–and I mean hours–of frustration as it allows you to format all of your slides at once. No more putting the kids to bed and opening my laptop to fix those slides…Slide Master, the complaints were heard and now answered. Amen.

To learn more about the Slide Master and see it in action, click here:

  1. Outlook Notes- Boy, can I tell you how many times I have almost forgotten to refill the dog’s medicine if it wasn’t for the sticky note pasted on my screen? Now instead of actual sticky notes, I use Outlook Notes which is the same thing, but in digital format! It’s a great way to help remind me to do little tasks that I endure as a parent that otherwise would have been forgotten about!

To learn more about Notes and see it in action, click here:

  1. Skype For Business- Being a working parent means balancing work life with kids’ schedules. Got a sick kid? I bet you are working from home that day, but that doesn’t mean work life stops. Skype for Business allows me to have flexibility and not skip a beat. Working from home with Skype for Business means I can be part of all those in-person meetings. I can view all documents being shared, collaborate on the whiteboard, and even present myself on video to feel as if I am right there in the room.

To learn more about Skype for Business and see it in action, click here:

  1. OneDrive- This cloud-based storage systems allows me to access all my files any time from any device with an Internet connection. The stress of lugging my laptop around along while carrying a 40 lb toddler to an unforeseen doctor’s visit is no longer! Got a deadline to send out a contract that conflicts with your doctor’s appointment? Log into OneDrive on your phone, and then edit or coauthor your document and share it with your client–it’s that easy. I guarantee the hardest part of that doctor’s appointment will be your toddler.

To learn more about OneDrive and see it in action, click here:

By Pam Dumont