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What events would you like to see in the remainder of 2016?

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Recently, the Madison Magnet board held its summer strategy session, planning out our programming for the rest of 2016, and talking about how we serve our members. To begin, we recapped some of the great activities we were involved with during the first half of the year, including YPWeek 2016, a workout at MadPower training center, and our new Lunch with a Leader events that bring YPs together with some of the most influential thought leaders in the Greater Madison region.

For the remainder of 2016, the Board focused on innovation, both in programming and membership. Good examples can be seen in the upcoming Cheese Curd Crawl, encouraging members to gather and sample curds from around the downtown area, and our monthly MagPro: Professional Development events at Dreambank, an interactive series of workshops covering a wide range of skill-building topics that YPs need to thrive throughout our careers.

We want Magnet to continue to be a premier destination for young professionals to meet and learn from each other as well as give back to the Greater Madison community. As such, the board is establishing specific objectives to grow our membership. Your participation and voice is important, if you have any feedback please email director@madisonmagnet.org!

Thanks for your support and look forward to the rest of 2016!

Sincerely,

Stefan Fletcher

Board President

Are you Ready for Freakfest 2015?

By: Zack Robbins Are you ready for Halloween and FREAKFEST?! I hope you were able to make it to Magnet’s “How to write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile” yesterday at the UW-Psychology Building. (We had to move it to a bigger room over in the UW-Psychology building because there was too much interests and we couldn’t fit everyone in the originally scheduled space!) In any case, please join us tonight for a little MISCHIEF at Schuster’s Farm. It’s going to be a blast… if you can handle it! And don’t forget our November Happy Hour at HopCat next week on Thursday the 5th. With great food and over 130 Beers on tap, you won’t want to miss that one. I hope to see you at one of these great events... even better, come in costume, so we know how to pick you on Halloween at FreakFest! 

Here's what you need to know about Madison’s 10th annual FreakFest:

What is it?

The 10th Annual Halloween Bash with live music at three different outdoor stages, tons of CRAZY costumes and who knows what else. It has had a history of occasionally getting out of control… So, have fun, but stay safe!

Where is it?

It completely takes over State Street in Downtown Madison. (Link to FreakFest map for arrows to the entrances, ticket booths and stages.)

When is it?

Saturday, October 31st (Duh, Halloween!) Gates open at 7p.m.

Who will be performing?  

Timeflies is headlining this year's event, with other performances by: Chase Rice, MisterWives, the Cadillac Three and more! Check out the full list HERE.

How can I get tickets?

Tickets available at the gate for $15. Advance tickets are $10 and are on sale now at the Coliseum box office, Ticketmaster, by phone at (800) 745-3000, online at www.madfreakfest.com, or at several businesses in the State Street area including:

B-Side Records Knuckleheads Mallatt's Pharmacy (Monroe St. location) Ragstock Strictly Discs Sunshine Daydream University Bookstore Community Pharmacy Stop & Shop Los Gemelos Osaka House The Soap Opera The Towers Apartments The Statesider Apartments Walgreens on Capitol Square Alliant Energy Center Box Office Mad City Frites

Keeping up on Good Habits

By: Knoel Kambak In sitting down to write this blog post, I was met with writer’s block and the unfamiliar feeling of not having my thoughts easily flow onto the computer screen. I realized I am really out of practice when it comes to writing anything for purposes outside my profession. I know this process should be much easier. What happened?

Way back when I was a college student and even early on in my career, I had access to multiple outlets for composing my thoughts on matters outside the business world. Now after years of typing emails to clients and colleagues and drafting numerous professional memos, letters, process documents and so forth, my routine has pushed me away from time I devoted to more creative pursuits. Now’s as good as a time as ever to reverse that trend. This post is a first step in me getting back in the (good) habit of avoiding routines, the first of three good habits I’ll discuss that can help improve your day-to-day experiences:

  1. Avoid routines. Think about your typical work week. How much of one day’s activities are the same as the day before? Or are your weeks fairly interchangeable when you look at how you spend your time (work, sleep, eat, etc.). The downside of routines is that your mind tends to dull and you may miss a creative spark or new way to approach a problem as a result.

To snap out of the routine, find something you can change in your daily routine, whether it’s the route you drive into work, the time of day you break for lunch or what establishment you select for happy hour (e.g. the Elk’s Lodge on September 3rd). It does not have to be a major change in your routine, just something that keeps your mind active and thinking about things in a new way.

  1. Have goals and a plan. This seems pretty straight-forward, but you would be surprised how many people do not keep this practice up. You should draft a list of short-term goals (for the next year or two) and long-term goals (5 years and beyond) related to your job and life outside of work. The short-term goals should be consistent with and support the long-term goals. Your goals can be as aggressive as you want to make them, mainly avoid making them too easy.

With your goals now in place, you can plan how you will achieve them. You don’t necessarily have to write this part down, so long as you know what you need to do to succeed. Most importantly, make sure you review and update your goal lists to see what you have accomplished, and what may need revising.

  1. Stay positive. Your rate of success in life will not be 100% (but if it is, send me an email because I have lots of questions for you-) so you will need to be able to deal with something not going your way. The best approach here is to maintain a positive attitude. People tend not to enjoy spending time around someone that has a negative attitude and focusing solely on what went wrong excludes what went right, or at least what was headed in the right direction.