As I mentioned in one of my recent posts, The Meyvn Group‘s Business Book Club is up and running again!

Our most recent read entitled, “The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” is co-authored by Gary Chapman who also wrote, “The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts“.

From the Back Cover

Is appreciation communicated regularly at your workplace?

Do you truly feel valued by those with whom you work?

If you express appreciation in ways that aren’t meaningful to your co-workers, they may not feel valued at all. The problem is you’re speaking different languages. In The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White will help you:

o   Express genuine appreciation to co-workers and staff – even on a tight budget.

o   Increase loyalty with the employees and volunteers in your organization.

o   Reduce cynicism and create a more positive work environment.

o   Improve your ability to show appreciation for difficult colleagues.

o   Individualize your expressions of appreciation by speaking the right language

o   Convey the language of physical touch in appropriate ways.

Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages®, Dr. Chapman and Dr. White give you practical steps to make any workplace environment more encouraging and productive. Before you know it, you will learn to speak and understand the unique languages of appreciation and feel truly valued in return.


Ankeny Auto Body 1 Golf Sponsorship

by "Get it Done Girl" on September 30, 2015 · 0 comments

in Networking

A few weeks ago, I helped a Client execute a tee sponsorship the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing.

We wanted to be memorable and provide the participants with something useful they could take away with them.

We had koozies made (because you can never have too many koozies!) and a pop-up tent and flags for signage.


Towards the second half of the outing, the brats that we offered came in quite handy as the golfers had worked up quite an appetite. Nothing smells better than something being grilled!



East High School Bell Ringers

The second Tuesday of every month from 7:15-8:30am, the Euclid Hy-Vee hosts a networking event with FREE breakfast. They’ve been doing this for three years and I’ve been attending for about six months. Great networking group. It’s now affiliated with the Des Moines East South Chambers. Attendees share their 30-second commercial with the group followed by a program.

Today, the East High School Bell Ringers put on a short program. Below are a few photos and videos of their performance:

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Book Review: Iowa’s Ethnic Roots

I’ve always been interested in the ethnic roots of wherever I happen to be. I was born outside of St. Louis, Missouri and then moved to Suamico, Wisconsin, Sarasota, Florida, Muscatine, Iowa, Waverly, Iowa (for college), Cologne, Germany and 12 years ago, I landed in Des Moines, Iowa.

My roots are VERY German. My ancestors arrived, mostly from what is currently Alsace region of France (which was formerly Germany), just prior to the American Civil War. While I haven’t done extensive genealogical research on my family, oral histories have been passed down through the generations.


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Book Review: Socialnomics – How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business

Books written about social media tend to become dated as soon as they go to print. I got my hands on the a version of this book that was published in 2009. It felt like I was reading a history book since this field changes so quickly! Luckily, there has been a revised version published in 2012, so I recommend you pick up that copy.

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Last Wednesday, organizers of Christkindlmarket Des Moines met with the City of Des Moines street use team. During the meeting, we received approval to close the streets around Western Gateway Park to produce Christkindlmarket Des Moines in 2016.


This is a project a hand-full of us have been working on for over a year and a half. We could really use the community’s support. There are many ways to be involved. I invite you to sign up via email to be notified when these opportunities become available. We would also love your support on Facebook. Please “Like” Christkindlmarket Des Moines on Facebook.

FinalChristkindlmarketLogo copyIf you are interested in becoming involved with the planning of Christkindlmarket Des Moines, I personally invite you to attend our next event planning meeting at the Downtown Des Moines Central Library on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:45pm in their 2nd floor study rooms. Areas where we could use your leadership include sponsorship, vendors, volunteer coordination, Kinderkorner programming and the beer tent.

Scheduled for the weekend of December 2 – 4, 2016, Christkindlmarket Des Moines is a German-inspired Christmas market whose goal is to educate and entertain the community by exposing them to European-style foods, products and activities. We plan on having regional vendors sell their hand-crafted wares and ethnic foods from traditional wooden stalls, an entertainment area where polka bands, choirs, and bell ringers can perform, a kid’s area where they can participate in various cultural activities and a beer tent offering European-style beverages.

If you have any questions, please email me at


The Business Book Club is Back!!!

by "Get it Done Girl" on September 10, 2015 · 0 comments

in Book Review,Des Moines,Free Agency,Networking

I don’t think anybody is more excited about this than I am. The Meyvn Group formed the Business Book Club several years ago and I didn’t miss a meeting. The books and discussion that followed helped facilitate my personal and professional development. After a hiatus, this group will reconvene on September 15 for its next discussion:

Who should attend? Curious business professionals – just like you! Each attendee receives an executive book summary and a helpful discussion guide. Best of all, membership is absolutely FREE!

The BBC meets from NOON until 1:00p.

Bring your own lunch and join us for a lively and stimulating discussion on today’s most compelling business topics!

September 15 – The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White
        Plymouth Church 
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 

October 20 – Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
 Valley Community Center
4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA

November 17 –  A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. 
        Plymouth Church 
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA

December 15 – Widgets The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People by Rodd Wagner
Valley Community Center
4444 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA

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