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How to Become a Whiz at Networking Events

Fireside Insights spent an evening with Network After Work, an organization with monthly recurring networking events hosted across 85 cities, promoting our website and socializing with other business owners, entrepreneurs, and career-minded professionals. Aiming to shift away from mundane networking events, the organization provides a relaxed atmosphere within which people are welcome to make meaningful connections. At Fireside Insights, we know how daunting it can be to meet and network with strangers, but equipped with a few tools, you can easily navigate through a crowd and become more proficient at networking. Continue reading How to Become a Whiz at Networking Events

Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

Michelle Brown is an educator by training, and an entrepreneur by necessity. Having taught in both low-income and high resource schools, Michelle felt empowered to create a tool to help bridge the gap, so that students had access to a stellar education regardless of their socioeconomic status. A couple of years later, CommonLit was born.

CommonLit is a free tool that offers reading passages, tracking tools, and customized assistance for students in grades 5-12. In this Fireside Chat, we talked to Michelle about how she developed CommonLit and disseminated it to millions of students and teachers across the country. Continue reading Changing the World through Literacy: A Fireside Chat with Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO of CommonLit

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

According to the Kauffman Index, in 2015, there were 550,000 adults who went from being employees to being entrepreneurs with their own budding businesses. Trends show that 25% of start-ups will fail during their first year, however, this does not have to be the case. Before venturing out into the world of entrepreneurship, there are several factors that you need to take into consideration. While our list is not exhaustive, knowing the answer to these five questions is essential to making any business viable: Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Own Business

Yoga, Entrepreneurship, and Finding Your Niche: a Fireside Chat with Lauren Spearman, Founder of R&B Yoga

Lauren Spearman has been practicing yoga since the age of 14. As she explored different interests in college, she realized that her passion was yoga. After receiving her certification at a young age, Lauren began teaching yoga throughout the city of Chicago and eventually made a business out of it- R&B Yoga.

In this Fireside Chat, we spoke with Lauren about how she turned her passion into a career, tripled the size of her classes in just months, and how maintains a large enough presence to sell out every week. Continue reading Yoga, Entrepreneurship, and Finding Your Niche: a Fireside Chat with Lauren Spearman, Founder of R&B Yoga

4 Books about Business and Entrepreneurship You Should Read

Among other things, “lifelong learning” is a core value of my alma mater, and what better way is there to learn than to read the personal accounts of today’s preeminent entrepreneurs and businesspeople. Read about Eric Ries’ lean manufacturing approach to managing a startup, Tim Ferriss’ collection of business tips and lessons from other innovators, and more from Adam Grant and the the Gaineses from HGTV’s Fixer Upper.  Continue reading 4 Books about Business and Entrepreneurship You Should Read

Succeed in Law School and Pass the Bar Exam: a Fireside Chat with Leila Nosrat

Leila Nosrat is a self-motivated entrepreneur that works to help her clients and law students alike. Leila is an attorney and founder of Nosrat Law, where she helps entrepreneurs through all stages of building and growing a successful business. Leila is also the founder of Bar Prep Mindset, where she helps law students throughout the United States. Additionally, is the producer and host of “Law with Leila”, which gives simple and effective strategies to help law students succeed in school, on the Bar exam, and beyond.

In this Fireside Chat, we speak with Leila about how she built two successful businesses and how current law students can navigate the hardships of school. Continue reading Succeed in Law School and Pass the Bar Exam: a Fireside Chat with Leila Nosrat

Plan-Do-Study-Act: 4 Steps to Accomplishing Your Personal and Career Goals

The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle is a tool commonly used to implement and measure changes made within healthcare organizations. Developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the cycle enables practitioners to set actionable goals, evaluate their success, and change their approach as needed through multiple rounds of the PDSA cycle. The tool has been applied successfully to generate change in many healthcare systems, however, it can also be applied to your life and your career. In order to accomplish your goals, it is imperative to create a plan of action and reflect on whether the actions you have initiated are getting you any closer to your objectives. Continue reading Plan-Do-Study-Act: 4 Steps to Accomplishing Your Personal and Career Goals