Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pop Up Cupcake Stand Experiment

I had been thinking about trying a pop-up cupcake stand for quite some time. But just never got around to it. Well last week I tried it and I have to say it was a pretty good success. I wanted to see if a word of mouth, twitter, facebook approach would work. Viola! It did, with flying colors.

I sent out several emails to my friends and colleagues, I posted on twitter and facebook. I had a combination of 96 chocolate andcarrot, mini and maxi cupcakes. I sold about 75 in under an hour. It was so much fun, granted most of the customers were my friends that worked in the area. But several were not. One group that I didn't know, actually worked in my building heard about it from an email to one of my friends, that was blasted to her company, then forwarded to them. I love how that worked out. As a result one of the gals from that group follows me on Twitter and shared the photo I've posted. Fun! Thanks @tinyabstraction

I will definitely do this again, I may try to do it more regularly. It has really made me think about how I take more steps toward my goal of bringing people together with food. Do I need to get a cart and do this more formally or do I dabble in the pop up stands a little more. I'd love to have a little shop where I could bake in the morning and team build in the afternoon. Some day!

In the meantime, order up cupcakes for your next party, event or wedding.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Inspired by Enjoy Cupcakes

This adorable cupcake bakery is absolutely what I would dream for myself. Enjoy Cupcakes. I heard about them via twitter from @ohjoystudio's blog, which is great by the way, and was led to Enjoy Cupcakes. I was so inspired by them that I immediately wrote them a long email letting them know that. That catering trailer, true genius!

Thanks Enjoy for getting me to take another step toward my dream!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Working with, not against

I had the pleasure of some organizational development training from OD guru Thom Walters. This is a tidbit I wish I practiced more often.

There are two positions we function out of at any given moment: the position of trying to be right and the position of trying to understand. Our current culture is ingrained in the right vs. wrong mentality. In our business it really doesn’t ever matter who is right or wrong. What matters is that we work together to create an amazing outcome both internally, as well for our clients.

Core idea:
When we are in the posture of being right, we are making someone else wrong. This leads directly to tension and defensiveness, causing a polarized situation. We end up all being wrong because we lost our effectiveness to resolve the situation and move the project forward.

When we are in the posture of understanding, we are not necessarily admitting anything or accepting a particular behavior or situation. We are not giving in. We are getting to the bottom of what motivated someone to do what they did, or why they are taking a certain position. The best result is to move people out of defending their position and onto solving the needs of the project and the team.