motivation-monday-cornerlight-sohosoleilIt can be hard to motivate yourself for your next ideation workshop when your last team event was chaotic or full of people talking over each other. Here are some thoughtful ways to employ positivity in your workspace to avoid another messy event:

Start every day with a positive pep talk.
You’re not going to look forward to your day if all you tell yourself is ‘I don’t want to do it’ or ‘I can’t’. You have to be your own cheerleader. Implement this tip in your everyday life, but also at the office. Before getting started, provide your team a short and sweet motivational pep talk.

Don’t let the ‘what ifs’ win.
You shouldn’t imagine all the poor potential outcomes of a situation. Picture the positive and imagine yourself and your team succeeding in every situation!

Smile more.
Smiles are contagious. Whether you give or receive one, it is sure to brighten your day or environment.

Be thankful for the small things.
We would all love for every situation to run perfectly, but that’s not bound to happen. Instead, relish in the small victories, like a meeting running smoothly or good team communication.

Cut out the complaints.
No one wants to hear a never-ending series of complaints. Implement a no complaint policy. If someone has something negative to say about a situation or idea, they shouldn’t just complain about it, but offer a solution instead.

Keep these guidelines in mind and your next ideation workshop is sure to run more smoothly. Check out this article for general tips on running an ideation workshop.

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brand revitalizationWe all know that it is important to have a successful brand identity in order for your business to flourish. When successful, your brand can do many things: attract potential costumers, make a good first impression, and inform customers on your company. In addition, your brand is representing your company as a whole. This is why it is so important that your brand identity matches your company’s identity. If your brand doesn’t fit, consider a brand revitalization.

But how do you know when it’s time for a brand revitalization? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time for a refresh:

It’s been several years since you’ve created or updated your logo.
When your company begins to show signs of looking out-dated or old, it is definitely time to give your brand a facelift.

Your company has changed or grown in its offerings.
If your brand no longer matches what your company has to offer, then you’re not advertising your business effectively. This is an easy way to lose potential customers.

Your brand is out of sync with your identity.
If you’re not giving off the correct impression through your brand identity, potential customers will be disappointed upon further inspection. There’s no point in false advertising, for it has a high potential of your company coming off as unauthentic.

How to employ a brand revitalization:
– Change up your logo, or the images associated with your company. However, it is important for them to remain recognizable.
– Refresh your online layout, product packaging, or other marketing materials.
– Update how you advertise and the language you use to do so.
– Reach out to customers and potential customers in new ways by using different social media tactics.

To read more on how to keep a consistent brand identity, check out this article!

 

Head on over to the Whitney Museum of American Art this weekend to see the two latest installations! As of Friday, October 28th, the Whitney is installing both Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 and Virginia Overton: Winter Garden. The Whitney is located in the Meatpacking District at 99 Gansevoort Street. Indulge your inner creative thinker with a visit!

Dreamlands explores the ways in which artists have used and manipulated cinema within the past century or so, while Overton expands on her previous piece on the terrace from last summer. According to the Whitney, Overton has recreated the “sculpture garden as a sonic environment rather than a botanic one”. On Fridays, the Whitney is open until 10:00 p.m., so there’s plenty of time to head over to the Meatpacking District after an offsite meeting in SoHo!

After treating your inner creative thinker, finish your day by exploring the area! Take a stroll down the High Line, shop on West 13th Street, or watch the sunset by the water. There are some amazing restaurants in the area, as well. Check out this guide for suggestions!

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business opportunitiesIf you ever get lost in the hustle and bustle of New York, just remember, this is the place to be—the city that never sleeps, the city that dreams are made of, the city of endless possibilities. There is no city like New York for business opportunities and creative outlets! New York City is the city for you and your company!

“Woody Allen stayed so good because he never left New York. Howard Stern stayed so good because he never left New York – Mel Brooks, when he just got out of New York, was doing ‘Blazing Saddles.’ When he left New York he started doing stuff like ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights.’ He was in L.A. too long. He lost the edge.”

Artie Lange

breakout-sessions-cornerlight-sohosoleilNo matter how large your company is, it is important to utilize the effectiveness of breakout sessions. The difference that discussing your ideas and opinions can make is incredible. Communication will cut the time of working out a solution in half! But how can you create breakout groups that won’t end in chaos? Below are ways to perfect your breakout sessions.

The right amount of space.
Make sure you have found the ideal location for the size and amount of your breakout groups. Your groups will not be productive if they’re too busy complaining about the cramped space. Check out the SohoSoleil lofts if you’re looking for lofts that can hold about 40 people or less.

Organize your discussions.
You should have a plan for your group discussions. Therefore, you should base your breakout sessions on your current objectives and make sure each session is tailored around these objectives in content and format.

Have smaller groups.
Most people either do not want to or struggle to share their ideas in larger groups. Whether it’s having a hard time being heard over everyone else or being too nervous to share in front of all their peers and boss. Instituting smaller groups allows every voice to be heard.

Regroup.
Although small breakout groups are important, it is necessary to return back to the large group discussion format. This allows for the individual groups to share their experiences, while also facilitating further reflection on the breakout sessions for every participant.

If you’re interested in reading more about the importance of breakout groups, check out this article!

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Take a peek at the Lumas Gallery in SoHo, located on West Broadway. Lumas is the optimal gallery for all art lovers. The gallery features a range of subjects, from landscapes and still life to more unique categories. Make sure that checking out the Lumas Gallery on 362 W. Broadway is on your to-do list for the next time you’re in the SoHo area. SoHoSoleil’s SereneSite and CornerLight are only a few blocks away. Take a pit stop when you’re on your way home or back to your hotel after your off-site event! Grab a new masterpiece to spruce up your home or office. No matter what, your new piece of art is sure to help facilitate creativity!

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happyspot-pick-cornerlight-sohosoleilWe just heard about the super trendy restaurant, Dimes, that is taking over Instagram as we know it. Dimes is about a fifteen minute walk from our creative meeting spaces, located at 49 Canal Street. Dimes is the ideal place to stop for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, with their flexible hours and creative menus. If you’re dying to try the new acai bowl trend or bite into a taco breakfast sandwich, this is the place for you and your company. Why not try this exciting restaurant before or after a long day of working on business development at CornerLight?

Dimes is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every weeknight and doesn’t take reservations. However, if you’re in the area for the weekend, their hours are about the same. If you’re looking for a quicker option, Dimes has a market and deli located about a minute away at 143 Division Street!

In addition, order select items off their menu to have the proceeds donated to help Syrian refugees. A great restaurant with a great cause! If you would like to learn more about the restaurant and brand, just click here.

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Creativity isn’t always flowing and innovation doesn’t necessarily just happen on its own. That’s why we’ve found some helpful hacks if you’re hoping to start leading innovation for your team. And don’t worry, they won’t be too stressful to implement!

Here are six ways to enable innovation among your employees:

Trust.
You must trust your employees and they need to know it. You are less likely to get creative, out of the box ideas if your employees know that you don’t trust them to do so.

Reward risk taking.
Reinforce that you want your employees to come up with risky, yet doable ideas. New ideas won’t come from doing the same thing over and over again.

Be open to communication and collaboration.
You should allow employees the opportunity to not only bounce thoughts off of one another, but also to work together to come up with fresh ideas. In addition, make sure communication is constructive.

Reinvent your old ideas.
Innovation isn’t going to occur if you’re stuck in the same old routine, so try to reinvent your old ideas. For example, switch up how you interact with each other, your clients, and potential clients. Find different ways to reach out via social media. Look for new advertising techniques.

Bring together teams of experts and novices.
Bring together the experts and the newcomers of your team. There’s no better way to recycle old ideas or give a new spin to things than by combining your team’s old-school style with millennial trends.

Get creative.
The best time for leading innovation is when your team is feeling creative. Try these two lists from The Huffington Post and Art Bistro for some different ways to get your team’s creative juices flowing. Another great way to boost creativity is to get out of the office. Book your next corporate event or team building activity at one of the SoHoSoleil lofts!

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We just heard about the well-reviewed and highly entertaining Miles for Mary. The show is currently playing at The Bushwick Starr, located at 207 Starr Street, in Brooklyn. The play opened this past Saturday, October 8th and will be running until October 29th. In fact, you can check it out tonight at 8:00 p.m., or tomorrow at the same time! Miles for Mary is set in an Ohio high school office during the 1980s, and features a group of teachers in a meeting that will never end. I’m sure you’re familiar with the feeling. Shows like The Office explore the never-ending meeting, time and time again. These teachers come together to plan their school’s annual television marathon. The decade-appropriate costumes, mile-high hair, and the proper technological accessories come together to not only complete the show, but also to form the perfect inspiring environment.

This show is directed by Lila Neugebauer and performed by a six-member cast, made up of The Mad Ones theater troupe. Specifically, the cast includes Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, Amy Staats, Stephanie Wright Thompson and Stacey Yen. Make sure you check out these incredibly dynamic actors before the show closes on Saturday, October 29th.

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motivation-monday-cornerlight-sohosoleilLocated on Broome Street, just around the block from CornerLight and SereneSite, is Y7, the original hip-hop yoga studio. Y7 offers yoga classes accompanied by hip-hop playlists made up of a range of top hits, from The Weeknd to Stevie Wonder. It is the perfect place for your next team-building event. Y7’s option of private classes and its convenient SoHo location makes it great for getting closer with your coworkers, and getting them ready for the week! There is no better way to motivate your employees than starting the Monday workday with a Vinyasa or Slow Burn yoga class to the newest, most motivational hits. The classes offer 60 minutes of sweat and hard work, complemented by deep stretching and breathing exercises. Since being established in 2013, Y7 has received great praise. The studio has been mentioned in Forbes, InStyle, Vogue, Self, and Shape, among several others. Use it to get your team ready to tackle the work week and get motivated!

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