Thursday, July 24, 2014

Austin Communication Group brings back winners from Eastern Conference

When you work with people who know how to have fun, build friendships and know how to make money it's no wonder people are attracted to them. It’s always an added bonus when you know that your hard work is going to get recognized as well.
About 2 weeks ago our crew joined hundreds of different offices from the eastern conference in Orlando to learn tips and tricks from each other as well as exchange knowledge from top reps there. Our own office had winners who were there to learn and exchange what drives them.
Jesse Breidor, who is currently assistant manager for Neha Graham's office and number 1 power ranked rep said, "Winning the award in Orlando wasn't for me. It's for the team that continued to push me and never let me settle for 2nd best. It's for them."
It's drive like that that continues to push our teams every single day.
Along with Breidor, Jacob Mooney joined him in taking 5th top power ranked rep. "You have to consistently tell yourself you are number one. Up your standards, don't be average. The bare minimum is failure. Tell yourself you will succeed and you will succeed. Know what you want, tell yourself it is going to happen if you put in the work, and it will work." Said Mooney.
It's always thinking you can do it and it will be done, right?
But all these reps wouldn't be here if it weren't for our #6 ranked Admin who is the backbone to the company and always has a smile and some sort of encouraging words to give us. Congratulations to Dena Shleifer who says, "My motivation... I love working with my friends and want to help them hit their goals. I know that in order for anyone to get anywhere, I have to give it my all. I keep my friends and their goals in mind while I work."
Coming to work doesn't feel like a duty but something you look forward to everyday. Growing within this business I learn that you are actually working with your friends who have quickly become family.
Who doesn't want to hang out with their friends all day and make money while doing so? Thought so. #work #teambuilding #success #numberone #team #leadership #friends #winners #Orlando #conference

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Winning Attitude

A Winning Attitude

Time and time again, we see that our attitude can determine your results. Do you think Tiger Woods walks up to the tee thinking, "You're going to miss this. You're not going to win this tournament." No way! He focused on his shot, his form, and most of all, his mindset. We see the effect of belief in modern medicine too. Heard of the Placebo Effect? When conducting a medical study, someone taking a sugar pill typically reports close to the same results as someone taking an actual medication, all because they EXPECT it to work. It's all in our minds. At Austin Communication Group, a lot of our business has to do with sales. We find that when it comes to two people with the same training and set of skills, the person with a more positive belief in his outcome will make more sales. If this is the case, when sharpening or skills, or brushing up on the fundamental of our craft doesn't it make sense to also spend time working on your attitude? You're probably nodding, but don't know exactly how to do this.  Here are some thoughts: 

  • We all naturally call ourselves out on our mistakes, or remind ourselves of our shortcomings. Clearly this is not a winning formula, but its something you can't necessarily stop doing, since it is subconscious. However, you can counteract those bad thoughts with good thoughts. Science has found that it takes positive statements to have the same impact that on negative statement would have about one's self. Negative thoughts about ourselves hurt more than positive thoughts help, so this makes sense. So by this logic, you should take every chance you get to tell yourself how great you are. Maybe don't go as far as Kanye West does, but state by consciously saying, "That was a smart idea," "You've really improved your public speaking since the last meeting," "You look amazing today," and so on to yourself. Yes, its cheesy, but it works. Remember, there are things toy say in your own head, not out loud, so be as cheesy as you want. We can't prevent the negative thoughts from creeping entirely, but we can make sure to give ourselves plant of positive reinforcement. It takes reinforcement. It takes practice, but it's worth it. 

  • Write down your goals, and keep them in place you'll see them. If you are constantly bombarding yourself with what you plan to succeed at, you have less time to tell yourself that you'll fail. I suggest writing your goals on your mirror at home with a dry-erase marker on in lipstick. If you wake up late one morning, you have bags under your eyes, you'll catch a glimpse of your goals on your mirror as you get ready, and you'll spend less time beating yourself up for hitting snooze. Your day will probably turn out a little better if you've begun it thinking about what you intent to accomplish rather than with self- loathing. Also, keep notes about your goals at your desk, on post-its around your computer screen, and in your car. 

  • In the same vein, bombard yourself with things that inspire you. Keeping an eye on your goals is great, but also a good idea to plant little motivators around. Maybe that's a picture of your dream vacation on your desktop, or you dream house on your fridge. For some people, motivational quotes do the trick. Instead of having a picture of my dog or my family on my iPhone lock screen, I have a motivational quote. Every time I unlock my phone, I read it. Eventually, you look past things you see over and over, so be sure to change things up from time to time to increase your awareness. Looking forward to results can help us to stick our goals. Similar to the photos of your dream house or dream vacation, photos or our ideal physique can help us stick to an eating or exercise plan. Looking at a photo of a new car we intend on purchasing can help us stick to a tight budget. 

Although it can be an abstract thought, sharpening you attitude just as important as sharpening your skills, if not more so. Take the time everyday to build yourself up, and focus on what you want, rather than how you've failed, or how poorly you're doing. You'll be surprised how quickly you see results. 

Copyright 2014 Austin Communication Group, Inc. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

What Separates Good Leaders From Great Ones

What Separates Good Leaders From Great Ones 

At Austin Communication Group, we are privileged to work with some really great leaders. People who believe in leading from the front, not just telling others what to do. Our main goal this year is to continue developing our best people and guiding them to become amazing leaders. A team of leaders beats a team of great salesmen any day.

1. Great leaders aren't afraid to get personal. We've all heard the saying, "it's not personal, it's business." Great leaders understand that business is personal. Business is about the people around you that make up the team, so doesn't it make sense to understand those people? If you want to get the best out of someone, you have to understand how he thinks, perceives information, and what experiences he's had that make him the way he is.  

2. Great leaders say "we" instead of "you." We need to make this happen for the client. We need to hit our first quarter goals. 

3. Great leaders don't wait for a leadership title. John Maxwell, the guru on leadership, wrote a book called The 360 Degree Leader. If you haven't read it, pick up a copy ASAP! Maxwell discusses the idea of learning to influence those around you, below you, or even above you. You don't need to wait for a promotion or a fancy title in order to set the right example and positively influence others. 

4. Great leaders can cast vision. We've all had managers who have barked orders and told us WHAT to do, but really great leaders help us understand WHY we're doing it. A good manager keeps everyone in line and helps the organization run like a well-oiled machine, but a great leader can set out a vision for the organization that inspires everyone to work with a purpose towards that end goal. 

5. Great leaders are the rock. Everyone needs a certain amount of consistency in the workplace. A boss who comes in everyday in a different mood can be hard to look up to. Part of being a great leader is being reliable: they arrive at the office at the same time everyday, they answer your emails in a consistent timeframe, they have a cool disposition for the most part, and although they can get heated, they are usually even-keel.

Austin Communication Group is a sales and marketing firm in Austin, TX. We have three locations, and have big goals for expansion in 2014. Check out our website at, and "like" our company Facebook page. 

Copyright 2014 Austin Communication Group

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Interviewing With Us?

Austin Communication Group is currently interviewing applicants for our sales and marketing team. We know many of you are new or upcoming college grads, and it is your first time interviewing, so we wanted to give you some friendly advice for interviewing with Austin Communication Group, or any other company! This infographic from is also a great tool. 

1. Dress for the job you want: When you schedule your interview, ask detailed questions about what to wear. If you are not sure what a phrase like "Business Professional" means, ask! It is never a good thing to come to an interview underdressed.

2. Be mindful of your first impression: 

   Be on time!
   Be polite and friendly to anyone you meet, whether it is the CEO, the administrator, an employee passing through, other interviewers, or even a maintenance man! Although the interview may not have begun, you are likely going to be judged based on how you are in the lobby as well.
   Do not talk on your cell phone or even text while you are waiting for your interview to begin.
   Smile, give a firm handshake, and keep eye contact during your interview.

3. Follow the company's lead: During the first interview, you should find out about the interview process and what to expect. If you know there will be multiple interviews, be patient. Don't ask about compensation or benefits until the interviewer brings it up (usually by the end of the 2nd interview in most companies).

4. Have questions prepared: At the end of the first interview, an employer will typically ask if you have any questions for him. Don't be a deer in the headlights! Here are some great questions to ask:
   What are the opportunities for advancement with this position?
   How long have you been with the company?/What do you enjoy about your position?
   What are the company goals for this year?
   How have employees in this position really stepped up, or even fallen short in their role in the past?

5. Follow up with a Thank You email! About 15-20 minutes after your interview, email a thank you note directly to the interviewer if you have their email. If not, just email the recruiter or generic HR email address for the business. This will set you apart from other candidates and show that you are truly interested in moving forward in the interview process.

We hope this has helped give you some good action items for your upcoming interview with Austin Communication Group or other companies that you will come in contact with!

Copyright Austin Communication Group, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Admin Appreciation

Dena Shleifer: Director of Human Resources

Doni Kalachi: Human Resources/Recruiter 

It’s easy to say that we would probably be nowhere without our awesome admins here at Austin Communication Group, Dena Shleifer and Doni Kalachi! Both motivated, enthusiastic characters, bring a lot of laughter and fun into the office! They also do the recruiting for our great team here at Austin Communication Group. Dena and Doni do a lot of behind-the-scenes work and we feel it is important to show everyone just how much we truly appreciate their hard work!

Here is some fun background information so everyone can get more familiar with them!  Dena grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with an extremely fun, hilarious, and loving family.  She started playing soccer when she was 4 years old, and had opportunities to play all over the US, as well as Chile, Argentina, and Israel.  She studied Sport Management at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and graduated early hoping to travel the world.  She ended up living in Costa Rica and Cusco, Peru for almost 2 years as an English teacher and TEFL trainer.  

Dena and her dog, Rooney, moved to Austin 2 years ago and fell in love with the lively culture.  She still plays soccer and loves the nightlife, restaurants, and outdoor concerts.  Basically, Dena loves Austin. She loves to serenade her office with Iggy Azalea and Beyonce, but has intense stage-fright and can't sing in front of strangers.  For now, she'll enjoy being in the audience at concerts. 

Doni is from Sacramento, California. She’s the youngest and shortest child of 3 with her sister at 5’7 and brother standing at a whopping 6’7. Needless to say standing next to them in family photos is always interesting. Her mom works as a medical esthetician and her dad owns bagel shops and does real estate in Florida. From childhood her mom described her as “dancing to the beat of her own drum” or “unique” or “quirky”. With her wild curly locks, she’s always embraced her passion for people and drive to help. Even though she was starkly aware the only careers she could pursue were in law or teaching, Doni majored in Philosophy. She loves to work out though she would never compare herself to a cross fit athlete or fitness model. In 2013 Doni spent 4 months in South Africa where she learned she’s wildly afraid of surfing and loves Carlsberg Black Label. If a Canadian could bring some down or ship her some, she’d forever be in your debt! On a more serious note, she spent the time working at a primary school in Steenberg, a small community in the Suburbs of Cape Town. 

With all of the being said, I hope everyone has a better idea of who some of the core people here at Austin Communication Group are, and that it shows everyone just how fun and great working here really is! These are just two of the amazing people we have working here at Austin Communication Group, stay tuned for more fun bios and stories about our team! 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Walk Down Kirby Lane

Hey everyone, I’m Kirby Satterfield the new social media intern at Austin Communication Group. Just a little bit about myself so everyone can get to know me better! I am a true Austinite, born and raised! I am a Public Relations major at Texas Tech University (WRECK EM’) I will be graduating in December of 2014. I have a lot of experience with social media monitoring and managing. At my previous internship at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, I managed all of their social media account dealing with BIKE MS.

But enough with the boring stuff; I want to talk about some thing’s that I’m mildly obsessed with, my dog, Hogan is number 1. He is a 103 lb. American Bulldog and he is basically the center of my world, even though he’s eaten 15 TV remotes and polished off around 7 pairs of shoes. He is pretty much your modern day Marley (from the movie Marley and Me, incase you didn’t know). Besides hanging out with Hogan in my free time I enjoy reading books, chilling out on the lake/pool, hanging out with friends, Texas Tech football tailgating, and attending music festivals. I am very spontaneous and love to do adventurous outdoorsy things; after all I do live in Austin.

I chose to do an internship at Austin Communication Group mainly because I love the atmosphere. It is a fast paced, young and exciting culture, something really special to be involved in! It was also an awesome opportunity to get more real world experience with monitoring and managing social media for a large company, which is something I wish to pursue in my future endeavors. Some things I’m looking forward to with this summer internship include, getting to know all of the staff, Thursday night Team Night, and obviously the July 6th party barge on Lake Travis, as well as gaining more insight and experience into the professional world.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading and check regularly for updates about what’s going on at Austin Communications Group!