Living the dream

 

Who doesn’t love the space to be creative, to ideate, to picture what could be? If only we give ourselves the freedom to break limits and move past social norms, we might finally dream up an idea that could change our lives, our business, or even the world.

 

All the things
Life is crazy, good, busy, hectic, fun, challenging, and everything in between. As our to-do lists continue to grow, we evaluate our priorities and often move those “important but not urgent” items further down the list. Unfortunately, this many times includes some of the most important items like dreaming, creating, thinking, and reflecting.

 

But what if we saw this particular list of to-dos as both important and urgent? If we started to prioritize dreaming, we might find ourselves taking action to bring a life-changing, impactful idea to life. So, how do we get started?

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How to take hold of your holiday season

As much as the end of the year brings holiday cheer, it also brings the never-ending list of to do’s. In the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle, it can be especially easy to feel overwhelmed, just barely finding the time to get through the seasonal expectations of shopping lists, parties, travel, and traditions.

As we say farewell to this year’s Thanksgiving and flip our calendars to December, let’s take a moment to pause and dream.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

Why focus on dreaming this December?

As we know, a new year many times comes with new goals, resolutions, hopes, and dreams. Many times, though, we find ourselves excited to jump into a season of newness, we rarely take time to reflect on the previous year. This December, we hope you’ll take time to think back on 2017 and remember the progress you’ve made, the people you’ve met, the moments you’ve experienced, and the dreams you’ve brought to life. 

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What Jimmy Fallon & Harriet Tubman have to say about it

Reach for the sky…

I recently came across a 2014 Men’s Health article where Jimmy Fallon interviewed himself. That’s right–Jimmy Fallon decided to question himself around the topic of dreams, and his insights are inspiring to say the least.
As someone who appreciates the idea of “reaching for the sky, going for the gold,” but many times gets discouraged by the doubtful, realistic comments of the world, I found this interview particularly encouraging.
 
What Jimmy Fallon has to say about dreaming big
In 2014, the year Jimmy Fallon took over as the host of the Tonight Show, he shared the story behind his career choice. As a young boy, he never entertained the idea of becoming a famous talk show host. Instead, he planned for a more realistic goal:

 
“My dream was to grow up and get a job at IBM, like my dad. That seemed like a logical dream.” read more…

How to “wow” and make an impact

 

WOW

  1. (interj.) an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, or the like
  2. (v.) to gain an enthusiastic response from; thrill

When was the last time you said, “wow?” I don’t mean when you ate the best popsicle of your life or scored the coolest shirt on sale. I mean the ultimate birthday surprise-Grand Canyon wonder-newborn baby-Disney World-kind-of -“wow.” When was the last time you exclaimed a “wow,” not just out of your mouth but also from the depths of your being? Maybe it was when you stood at the top of a world wonder with a loved one watching the sunrise, or maybe it was simply watching the sunset as you drove home from a mundane Tuesday at the office. It doesn’t necessarily matter when, where, who, or how, right? Because it’s not really the thing that impacts you, it’s the moment that surrounds it.

What if, as entrepreneurs, leaders, and creatives, we were less concerned with how lavish our idea, product, or event was, and instead focused on the experience that encompasses it? After all, as Steven Carse, Co-Founder of King of Pops, shared during Plywood’s Black Box Session, “people like a product, and people love to be a part of something.”

Plywood People is a non-profit in Atlanta that leads a community of start-ups doing good. They provide entrepreneurs, creatives, and leaders with content, curriculum, and community as they launch and sustain. One way they do that is through Black Box Sessions: unplugged, intimate gatherings to learn from experts on a specific subject. read more…

Office tours—stepping beyond the norm

 

Stepping into the home office of Elevate Live Events in Norcross, Georgia is an experience unlike other offices. We like it that way.

Our culture is open, honest, fun, and transformative so it only makes sense to ensure the same with our office tour. When guests come to the office for meetings, VR Workshops, or just to say hi, we always love to show them around the home of Elevate. We are proud of the space because it is more than decorations and offices; our office space shares the Elevate story. read more…

Elevate + Launch Youniversity

Elevate Founder Billy Boughey shares leadership insights on Launch Youniversity

 

Earlier this month, Elevate Founder and President Billy Boughey was invited to be the guest speaker for a podcast on Launch Youniversity, a place where mentors to the next generation of professional leaders share insights on business, leadership, and entrepreneurial best practices. Featured on their podcast with marketing mastermind and Gwinnett Church Pastor Jeff Henderson, Billy had the opportunity to speak on “dreaming big” and share lessons learned around leading a business.

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6 tips for creating audience engagement

Whether you’re a professional event host, business leader, human resource manager, or event planner, understanding how to create engagement with your team members and guests is a necessity in today’s world.

From large events to small meetings, crowd engagement helps people focus on the purpose of the gathering. Every event and meeting has the goal of sharing a unique message. Understanding how to create and maintain engagement will help your attendees achieve that goal and walk away with a full understanding of your content and messaging.

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Why fully committing to your event matters

The following blog is written by Brittyn Moellering, Elevate Creative Writer and Senior at Auburn University. 
 

Elevate + Auburn

A few weeks ago, Elevate had the opportunity to host an event at Auburn University. The event, Emerge Auburn, was unlike any other the Elevate team has had the privilege of being a part of. This event was loaded with energy, encouragement, and passion. The purpose of this event was to kick off a new student organization striving to create a successive leadership journey. It was a Sunday night on the plains in sweet home Auburn, Alabama. The old Beard–Eaves–Memorial Coliseum was filled with hundreds of freshman that were eagerly awaiting to hear from speakers such as the University’s President Steven Leath, SGA President Jacqueline Keck, Head Baseball Coach Butch Thompson, and celebrity comedian Jeff Foxworthy (pictured below). Each speaker had the chance to give leadership tips and advice on how to optimize their time as students at Auburn University.

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The ’25 ft. Rule’

There is a lot that goes into a host being able to connect with their audience. From being able to effectively read a crowd and tell the right joke or story, to understanding the demographic of your audience and knowing when to pull the plug on a game or activity that isn’t connecting, being a host or emcee takes work, calculated preparation, and a lot of people skills.

That’s why we remind our hosts all the time…

Who you are off the mic is more important than who you are on the mic.

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