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
Cost: $44.00 per person, Pricing includes all three sessions plus one 30-minute private follow-up coaching call.


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.

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

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