Month: December 2009 (Page 1 of 2)

Greatest presenter ever…maybe not, but still some great lessons

Steve Jobs has been called the greatest presenter ever – now I’m not sure if I agree with that statement, but I do agree that he is damn good.  The following presentation highlights some of the key elements that make him good.  While this isn’t really about motivation, it does highlight how to engage and captivate – lessons we can all use.  It also is a good refresher to think about how we present our motivation information (i.e., Incentive Compensation Plans, Bonuses, Benefits, etc…) – do we present them in a manner that will engage and captivate, or do we overload people with numbers, rules, and data?  How much more powerful would your incentive plan be if you were able to have Steve Jobs present it to your team?

Thank You and Happy New Year

We would like to take a moment to give our thanks and best wishes to our blog and twitter friends. 2009 has been a challenging year for many of us and we are sincerely grateful for your RTs, comments, tweets, and readership.

2009 marked our venture into the social media world and what a ride it has been! We have learned from our hiccups and enjoyed our successes but none of it would have been possible without you. Thank you for being a part of the conversation and helping us spread the word about What Motivates You!

We are looking forward to 2010 being a fantastic year and hope the same for you. We wish you and families much peace, hope, and joy now and in 2010.

Happy New Year!

Day 12: Green, Growth, and Glad Tidings

Day 12: Green, Growth, and Glad Tidings

Here is a recap of all of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?
Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Day 6: No Soup For You?
Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem
Day 8: Chai Tea for You and Me
Day 9: Good Ol’ Eggnog
Day 10: Granola Loving Camping People
Day 11: An Apple a Day will Keep the Doctor Away

Welcome to Day 12 – the final day of My Mug and Me series. Today’s Travel Mug  use is for anyone who needs a little pick me up.

What’s in the Mug?
Water. Why water? Well the Travel Mug is not only conducive to drinking water out of but it also makes a great back up watering container for your plants.  My office plant which contains a variety of herbs needs watering frequently. The Travel Mug works great as a watering container as the lid prevents the water from spilling everywhere. My computer does not like to get wet!

Did you know?

·         One bushel of corn will sweeten more than 400 cans of pop

·         The California redwood  are the tallest and largest living organism in the world

·         Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations

·         (Source: http://sophia.smith.edu/badseeds/plantfacts.html)

Great Gift Idea
This is a great gift idea for the plant lovers on your gift list.  A beautiful plant for their office/cubicle, an RU Motivated Travel Mug, and an offer to plant sit the plant if they go on vacation. Ok so the last bit was for fun but I am sure they would appreciate the offer!

Thank You
Today is the final day of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me series.

I wanted to take a moment to extend my sincerest gratitude for those that have been reading and enjoying the 12 Days of My Mug and Me series. It was a lot of fun to come up with the creative gift ideas and uses for the Travel Mug. I hope you have had some fun and received some good gift ideas.

Wishing you safe and fun holidays.

Cheers!

Susan and T-Mug

(Picture: The RU Motivated Travel Mug filled with water, watering the herb plant)

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Day 11: An Apple a Day will Keep the Doctor Away

Day 11: An Apple a Day will Keep the Doctor Away

Here is a recap so far of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?
Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Day 6: No Soup For You?
Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem
Day 8: Chai Tea for You and Me
Day 9: Good Ol’ Eggnog
Day 10: Granola Loving Camping People

Today’s Travel Mug  use is for young and old alike. It is healthy and nutritious and it may keep the doctor away. 

What’s in the Mug?
Hot apple cider from the local apple orchard. The trick is to warm up the apple cider in a microwave safe container or on the stovetop in a pan and then pour the apple cider into the Travel Mug. Place the lid on the Travel Mug and you have created a wonderful beverage to keep you warm on your holiday travels to see friends and family.

Did you know?

·         The science of apple growing is called pomology

·         25 percent of an apple’s volume is air, that’s why they float

Great Gift Idea
This is a great gift for any apple lover who enjoys the fresh taste of apple cider and supports locally grown produce. An RU Motivated Travel Mug, fresh apple cider from a local apple orchard, and a gift certificate to the apple orchard to be enjoyed next fall when the apples are in season.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend of health and happiness.  I will see you for the last day of the series, Day 12, on Monday, December 21, 2009.

Susan and T-Mug

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Day 10: Granola Loving Camping People

Day 10: Granola Loving Camping People

Here is a recap so far of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?
Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Day 6: No Soup For You?
Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem
Day 8: Chai Tea for You and Me
Day 9: Good Ol’ Eggnog

Today’s Travel Mug  use is for anyone who has ever gone camping and forgot to pack the dishes.

What’s in the Mug?
A really great Granola that is healthy and very delicious! If you have ever been camping, you know that there is only so many things that you can pack and carry to your campsite.  Then there are those items that you had planned to take with you but you forgot back on your kitchen counter at home. Never fear, if you need a make shift dish, the Travel Mug can come to your rescue.  It will keep your beverages hot or cold and it works great for your morning breakfast cereal.

Did you know?

·         Yellowstone National Park is the first national park in the World

·         Yellowstone is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined

·         Yellowstone National Park is located in three states, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

(Source: http://www.yellowstone.net/fastfacts.htm)

Great Gift Idea
The outdoors person would love this gift idea, an RU Motivated Travel Mug, homemade granola, camping utensils, and for fun throw in the new Starbucks VIA™ Ready Brew coffee packs.  This way they can have their breakfast in their Travel Mug and afterwards enjoy a great cup of coffee sitting by the campfire. Life is grand!

Enjoy an evening warming up by the fire. See you tomorrow!

Susan and T-Mug

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Day 9: Good Ol’ Eggnog

Day 9: Good Ol’ Eggnog

Here is a recap so far of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?
Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Day 6: No Soup For You?
Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem
Day 8: Chai Tea for You and Me

Today’s Travel Mug  use is for a classic Holiday Beverage – Eggnog. This particular Eggnog is unleaded so no alcohol is involved just straight from the carton goodness.

What’s in the Mug?
Good ol’ fashioned Eggnog straight from the carton with a sprinkle of nutmeg on top.  Personally it would take me awhile to consume this much Eggnog but it makes for a prettier picture when the Travel Mug is full to the rim. Regardless, the Eggnog stays nice and cool in the Travel Mug and the Holiday spirit is in full swing.

Did you know?

·         Which movie does the following quote come from? It is one of my all time favorites!

Great Gift Idea
Today’s gift idea includes a little holiday fun, an RU Motivated Travel Mug, Eggnog, Real Nutmeg , a Nutmeg Grater, and their favorite holiday movie to watch while enjoying their Eggnog.

Happy Wednesday! See you tomorrow for Day 10…

Susan and T-Mug

(Picture: The RU Motivated Travel Mug filled with Eggnog and topped off with nutmeg)

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Day 8: Chai Tea for You and Me

Day 8: Chai Tea for You and Me

Here is a recap so far of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?
Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Day 6: No Soup For You?
Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem

Today’s Travel Mug  use is for another great hot beverage. The temperature is a mighty -9 this morning in Minnesota so this next hot beverage was a welcome addition to the list.

What’s in the Mug?
Today’s mug contains a wonderful Chai Tea.  What is Chai Tea? It is a fabulous combination of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sugar, milk, and cloves. The ingredients can vary from recipe to recipe but these are the basics. You can make Chai Tea at home or order it at your favorite coffee shop, either way it is a nice change from coffee or regular tea.

Did you know?

·         Black Tea is full of antioxidants

·         Ginger has been known to boost the immune system

·         Cinnamon is a great spice for increase your circulation and reducing fatigue

(Source: http://www.chai-tea.org/benefits.html)

Great Gift Idea
Today’s gift idea includes spices galore that will perk up any gift recipient.  An RU Motivated Travel Mug, ingredients to make homemade Chai Tea, and your favorite recipe for Chai Tea. This way they can make a wonderful cup of Chai Tea anytime they want and keep it warm in their Travel Mug.

Have an excellent Tuesday! Looking forward to Day 9!

Susan and T-Mug

(Picture: The RU Motivated Travel Mug and some of the ingredients to make Chai Tea)

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Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem

Day 7: Creative Use for a Common Problem

Here is a recap so far of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?
Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Day 6: No Soup For You?

Today’s Travel Mug  use flourishes in creativity; it uses what you have in place of something you do not have around your office or cubicle.

What’s in the Mug?
Today’s mug contains a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Have you ever run errands during lunch and saw a beautiful bouquet of flowers but realized you do not have a vase back at your work place? Well here is a quick and easy solution. Grab your travel mug, fill it up with water, and stick the flowers in the mug. This is a great place for the flowers to hang out until they need to make their trip home. If you need a little cheering up around your office then leave the flowers in the mug and keep the flowers at work. What a great way to cheer yourself up and those around you with a bright bouquet of flowers.

Did you know?
·         Poinsettias are native to Mexico
·         California is the top poinsettia producing state
·         There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias available.
·         A fresh poinsettia is one on which little or no yellow pollen is showing on the flower clusters in the center of the bracts. Plants that have shed their pollen will soon drop their colorful bracts
(Source: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia/facts.cfm)

Great Gift Idea
A fresh bouquet of flowers arranged inside an RU Motivated Travel Mug, would bring a smile to anyone’s face.  Pick up your colleague’s or friend’s favorite flowers and arrange them in the travel mug with a little water and you have created an easy, thoughtful, and beautiful gift. For an extra touch include a gift card to a local greenhouse or floral shop for them to enjoy at their leisure.

Wishing you a wonderful Monday! See you tomorrow for Day 8.

Susan and T-Mug

(Pictures: Purchased flowers and Travel Mug, but where is the vase? Problem solved, using the RU Motivated Travel Mug as a vase, perfect!)

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Day 6: No Soup For You?

It is a bitter and chilly morning in Minnesota and a perfect day to have soup for lunch.  Can anyone guess where today’s article title comes from? Keep reading and if you can’t remember I will give you a clue later on in the article. Today’s Travel Mug  use is about keeping hot things hot and utilizing my mug for something other than a beverage.

What’s in the Mug?
Today’s mug contains a wonderful homemade soup that could warm anyone up on a cold winter’s day. The travel mug is able to keep the soup nice and hot because of the metal thermal insert but that means you need to warm up the soup in a separate container and then pour your soup into your mug to keep it nice and hot! (The travel mug is not meant for heating in the microwave, do not place the travel mug in the microwave.)

Did you know?
·      Over 10 billion bowls of soup are consumed each year in America
·         Women are twice as likely to eat soup for lunch then men
·         Frank Sinatra always asked for chicken and rice soup to be available to him in his dressing rooms before he went on stage
(Source: http://www.souphoopla.com/soup-facts.html)

Hint
: The title for today’s article came from a famous TV episode that first aired on November 2, 1995. Can you guess which TV show it is from?

Great Gift Idea
Create a soup gift package for your favorite soup connoisseur.  An RU Motivated Travel Mug, your favorite homemade soup recipe, ingredients to make the soup, and a fabulous container to place the finished soup in. Even better, make the soup yourself and provide that as part of your gift and be sure to include the recipe!

I hope you have enjoyed this week of My Mug and Me. The series will pick up again on Monday, December 14, 2009 with Day 7. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and for those under the cold winter spell, stay warm!

Susan and T-Mug

(Pictures: Homemade Wild Rice, Turkey, and Mushroom Soup in the RU Motivated Travel Mug, Lunch is served!)

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Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Day 5: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Here is a recap so far of the 12 Days of My Mug and Me:
Day 1: Favorite Coffee Shop Drink
Day 2: Anyone Care for a Cuppa Tea?
Day 3: Eggnog Shake and a Smile
Day 4: Unleaded Cocktails Anyone?

The holiday season seems to be in full swing with newly fallen snow in Minnesota and the temperatures falling, winter is here.

Today’s Travel Mug use involves chocolate, peppermint, and whip cream. Now that is a heavenly combination.  After 10 am I typically need to turn off the caffeine consumption and switch to something else. We have talked about Peppermint Tea already so let’s talk about one of my other favorites, it involves Peppermint but with a chocolate twist.

What’s in the Mug?
Velvety hot chocolate, with a shot of Peppermint flavoring, and of course topped off with whip cream.  It is almost a dessert in a mug, life doesn’t get much better than that!

Did you know?
·     Hot Chocolate used to be used for medicinal purposes back in the 16th – 19th centuries

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chocolate)

Great Gift Idea
This great gift idea can be homemade, purchased, or a combination of both. An RU Motivated Travel Mug, homemade hot chocolate mix or purchase a really good hot chocolate mix, Peppermint Syrup, Reddi Whip or any whipped cream, and of course mini marshmallows. This is a quick and easy gift that fits all price ranges from low to high and completely customized to your gift recipient.

Want to take the gift up a notch?
Check out the Mini-Whipper at Williams and Sonoma create the coffee shop experience right at home!

Thanks for coming along for the adventure.  The gift idea for Day 6 will warm you up!

Susan and T-Mug

(Pictures: Peppermint Hot Chocolate in the RU Motivated Travel Mug, Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix or Purchased Hot Chocolate Mix, Marshmallows, and RU Motivated Travel Mug )

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