Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mastering Virtual Meetings

As a team building company, our focus is all about strengthening relationships and face to face interactions. But because of COVID-19, that's all changed. For the time being, in-person meetings have been put on hold and as a result, many people are working remotely and communicating through online platforms such as Zoom, Webex and Remote HQ.

For some, this Virtual world can be scary. The lack of comfort can make it hard for some to open up, relax and communicate with each other virtually. Before starting our business, I was a TV News Reporter so I understand how speaking in front of a camera can be uncomfortable for some people. During my news career, it wasn't uncommon for my interview subject to freeze up right before the camera started rolling. Fortunately, I learned pretty quickly the art of calming down a person't nerves!


Now years later, I'm leaning into those very same skills. When COVID-19 first hit, we received calls from nervous colleagues wanting advice on how to look and sound good on Zoom. The questions ranged from "How come I look so pale" to "Yikes, that's what my voice sounds like?" As funny as these questions sound, they're all good questions. And, that's what led us to create our online course "Mastering Virtual Meetings." But, here's the thing. Mastering this new Virtual world is so much more than knowing what color to wear OR what your background should look like. It's knowing how to build content that will engage and inspire your audience, so they're moving with you and not against you.

Although many in the meeting industry and business world are still trying to figure out their "next steps," a growing number have already transitioned to full-on digital events OR the hybrid approach, which incorporates both face-to-face elements with a digital component.

And for those of you in sales? Videos will play an even bigger role in the Sales process. The bottom line? Getting comfortable with this Virtual world is a must if you want to stay ahead of the competition.


As uncomfortable as this may all sound, it doesn't have to be. In fact, once you master the Virtual world, it's quite FUN. And, it shouldn't cost you an arm & a leg. To help you navigate through this new medium, we've put together an online workshop which consists of three main topics:

A. Mastering the Online Platform: How to look & sound good virtually + Bonus Tips!
B. Creating Engaging Videos: How to shoot & edit videos using your smart phone
C. Video Marketing Content: Using video to set yourself apart

It's no secret that we LOVE the Video world and we understand its many advantages. But like many of you, I've been in the business world for a long time so I get your concerns. There are many benefits to this Virtual world and I'm excited to share our knowledge with you.


This online Workshop is designed for those who want to pivot their career to the next level but aren't sure how to get there. It's also ideal for Sales Teams wanting to up their game. To sign up for our next Workshop, email us at menkin@wheretours.com
Cost: $44.00 per person, Pricing includes all three sessions plus one 30-minute private follow-up coaching call.

MASTERING VIRTUAL MEETINGS: ONLINE WORKSHOP DATES

June 9, 2020: Mastering the Online Platform
June 16, 2020: Creating engaging videos - bring your smart phone/iPhone for this session
June 23, 2020: Video Marketing Content

Online Workshops run from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM. Includes Q&A component.
Seating is limited so sign up now, to reserve your spot.

Looking forward to making a difference, together!

All the best,
Darlynne Reyes Menkin
Team building Facilitator/Media & Video Coach
Where You Want To Be, Inc.
www.wheretours.com


In addition to being a Media & Video Coach, Darlynne oversees two Team Building companies headquartered in San Diego, with her husband Marc. 
Where You Want To Be specializes in memorable Team Bonding EXPERIENCES.  
Out of the Ordinary  creates high energy Team Building GAMES. Darlynne was in the TV News industry for more than 20 years as a writer, Assignment Editor, Producer and News Director before moving on as a News Anchor & Reporter. She worked in New Hampshire, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas and sunny San Diego. 


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Introducing our New Travel Show - This Is Our Town!

If you've ever been on one of our tours, then you know we're all about the unique places. You know, areas that are off-the-beaten path? Living in San Diego is a perfect destination for our adventurous spirit because there's so many interesting places to check out.  From hidden walking paths to beautiful roof top lounges and fun historical landmarks, San Diego has a lot to offer. So when we were asked to create a fun Travel show focusing on hidden gems, how could we refuse? It's right up our alley!


"This is our Town" showcases secret San Diego spots and has the same fun, laid back feel as our walking, biking and custom Rent-a-Local tours. We've been creating these personalized tours since 2003 and we absolutely love taking people to these hidden areas. And let's face it. With everything that's happening in today's world, we all need a little escapism!



Our first episode focuses on one of our favorite neighborhoods - Mission Hills! We felt this was a perfect way to kick off our new series as this community is so special - and truly reflects the uniqueness of San Diego.

We want to give a Shout Out to our Publishing Partner, Seacoast Media Labs, for making this happen! Seacoast produces The Poway Eagle, Scripps Ranch News and the new Digital Magazine, Words & Pictures.  In addition to their online platforms, "This is our Town" will also be available on this blog, as well as our Facebook & Instagram pages, and YouTube Channel.

Let's head to Mission Hills!




Happy Travels! 

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Where You Want To Be
www.wheretours.com

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Stay at Home Super Challenge

With most people working remotely, there's all sorts of interesting dynamics are happening.  Not to mention, schools aren't open so the kids are home and suddenly, parents are faced with being the breadwinner, Mom & Dad plus school teacher.

Given everything the world is experiencing, we started thinking about our role - and what we could do, to help. We came up with lots of ideas but one thing that stood out for us was giving the gift of "fun." So, we decided to create the Great STAY AT HOME SUPER CHALLENGE!




Since we're known for creating cool Scavenger Hunts, we felt this was the perfect answer. It is FREE, family friendly and anyone can play it, regardless of where you live.  And thanks to some very generous partners, the winning team will walk away with a fabulous San Diego Staycation prize!

The First Place team will win:

*One Night stay at Andaz San Diego + Valet Parking
*2 Jet Ski Rentals courtesy of San Diego Bay Adventures
*Movie Tickets for 2
*Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt for up to 12 people


Entries must be received by April 22, 2020 so don't delay!  


To get started, CLICK HERE.   Be sure to watch the video for helpful tips!

Good luck, stay safe and Happy Hunting!

Where You Want To Be
619.917.6037
www.wheretours.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Walk of the Inns - A Unique Holiday Experience!


For most people, the holidays can be a hectic time of the year. But no matter how busy it is, there’s one event in Palm Springs that we absolutely enjoy, so when the date is announced, we do everything possible to keep it open. This year’s Walk of the Inns is Thursday December 12 and if you’ve never experienced this event, it’s worth the drive.

Every December, about 12 Bed and Breakfast and small boutique hotels open their doors from 6 PM to 9 PM, allowing visitors a chance to see these unique properties up close and personal. Each locale has its own special charm so it’s visually stunning. And because it’s the holiday season, the properties are decked out and quite festive! At some of the stops, don’t be surprised if they serve you cookies and hot chocolate or some other delicious surprise. Such a nice touch!


This is the event’s 24th year and it’s become a popular holiday tradition among locals and out-of-towners.  Last year, more than 1700 people attended but over the years, they’ve attracted as high as 2500. 


Dominic L of Casa Cody says it’s a great way for people to get a behind the scenes look at some of the city’s wonderful properties. “Palm Springs has so many lovely B&B’s and quaint small hotels that are like no other,” Dominic says.  Casa Cody was founded in the 1920’s by Hollywood pioneer, Harriet Cody, cousin to the legendary, Buffalo Bill.  It’s the oldest, operating hotel in Palm Springs.


The self-guided tour kicks off at the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Palm Springs Women’s Club. Maps are provided and the route is easy to follow. Most people walk the route so wear comfortable shoes – sneakers are best – and dress warmly as temperatures do drop at night.  Another tip? Come early so you can check out all – or most of the B&B’s.  It may not seem like it, but 3 hours goes by quickly, so you’ll want to arrive as close to 6 PM as possible.


Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 


Safe Travels,

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Travel Journalists 
619.917.6037
www.wheretours.com


In addition to being Travel writers, Marc and Darlynne run two Team Building companies, headquartered in San Diego. Where You Want To Be specializes in memorable Team Building EXPERIENCES. Out of the Ordinary creates high energy Team Building GAMES. 



Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Over the years, we've created numerous Team Building programs. Some came to fruition because a client asked about it while others came from our imagination. While it's a lot of work to create original programs, it's also downright fun because it allows us to tap into our creative side, and explore new and exciting possibilities!




                                     
As any artist will tell you, it's very satisfying - and fulfilling whenever you create something new and then get to witness others enjoy it. People often ask us "What's your favorite Team Building program?" That's a tough question because the truth is, we love em all! But one of our newer programs called
"The Good Deeds Bus Experiment" has definitely captured our heart for many reasons.




For one thing, it's an immersive experience that showcases some of San Diego's secret spots. You know, places that are truly "off the beaten path." It could be anything from a little known historical suspension bridge to a unique walking path that overlooks the ocean. At several of the stops, we include surprises so for example, on our last program, we had a professional Hawaiian dancer who performed AND taught our group how to dance the hula. Imagine 50 people learning how to dance the hula right in the middle of a neighborhood! It was quite the scene. As a matter of fact, several of the neighbors came out and even joined us!



For us, seeing a group of strangers have fun together was super sweet. The last stop, also billed as the "highlight" of the adventure, was a mystery "volunteer location." For this particular group, the organizers chose to build trikes and then donate them to the Ronald McDonald House. Such a memorable way to kick off the holidays, and so much better than the usual office Happy Hour Get together.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Explore Maui from above.. on a cool Zipline Adventure!

As travel writers, we have visited so many beautiful destinations. People ask us all the time if we have a favorite place to vacation and while it's true we've seen many amazing places, there's one location that we feel is a perfect fit for us. That location is... drum roll please... Maui!  The plane ride from San Diego is super easy and once you arrive on the island, you can literally feel the stress melt away.



We've been to Maui several times so we definitely have our favorite hangouts. But this year, we decided to try something different so we went Ziplining!  We weren't exactly sure what to expect but boy, are we glad we went for it.





We chose Skyline Eco-Adventures and it was quite the experience! Their team did a great job at giving us an experience that we couldn't do on our own. Plus, we also got to learn a bit about the Hawaiian culture and what makes it so special.  If Ziplining is something you've been curious about, do yourself a favor and... GO FOR IT!   But don't take our word for it. Check out this fun travel video and see for yourself!

Click below:
Let's Go Ziplining in Maui!



Happy Travels!

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Travel Journalists
619.917.6037
www.wheretours.com

Monday, August 19, 2019

What's the difference between Where You Want To Be & Out of the Ordinary?

When we first launched Where You Want To Be in 2003, we were like 2 kids in a candy store.
Sure, it was hard work but for us, it was so much fun creating all those cool adventures. Then when Out of the Ordinary came along in 2015, that was a game changer when the two companies merged.

All of a sudden, people were asking "What's the difference between the two companies?" While it may seem like a simple question on the surface, it actually caused us to stop and really ask ourselves What's so special about each company and more importantly, why should people care?  To this day, people still ask us what's the difference so because of that, here's how we see it. 




Out of the Ordinary creates high energy Team Building GAMES like Team Olympics, Survivor and Charity Bike Builds.  Think wildly competitive and ridiculously FUN team challenges. OOO offers 40 + Team Building programs, so there's lots of cool options!  In case you're thinking "but I'm not athletic," don't worry. We practice "Challenge by Choice" and our goal is to NEVER make anyone feel uncomfortable, so we take extra care in creating activities for all fitness levels.

Where You Want To Be specializes in unique Team Building EXPERIENCES. In fact, our goal is to give you a life experience so memorable, that you'll say "I'm exactly where I want to be!"  Because we're all about showcasing "secret San Diego spots," all of our experiences take place in areas that are "off the beaten path."  You know, places where the locals hang out!

While our signature product (and most requested!) is still our Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt,  some of our other innovative experiences include our Good Deeds Bus Experiment, Wellness Walks and Arts Alive. All of these experiences not only feature hidden areas, they focus on "building up" teams, so expect lots of good facilitation and takeaways.




For more information on ALL our unique Team Building Experiences, log onto our website at www.wheretours.com   For those of you who are more visual, check out our FAQ video by clicking HERE. 

Thanks for spending time with us.  Until we meet again...

Marc & Darlynne Menkin
Where You Want To Be
619.917.6037
www.wheretours.com


Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of Where You Want To Be, a San Diego based company that specializes in fun team building EXPERIENCES and unique tours to hidden spots. Our adventures are all about lifting others up and bringing people to a better place. It's our hope that when you're with us, you'll experience the true meaning of ALOHA. 

A: Abundance - Living life to the fullest
L:  Laughter - The true meaning of JOY
O: Open Minded - Enjoying new experiences
H: Having Fun -  Embracing a child like spirit
A: Amazing Adventures - Creating memories