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August 18, 2019

Keeping Up the Creativity: Part 9

If you’re jumping in just now, I’m working my way through a series called “Keeping up the Creativity” based on this infographic – 29 Ways to Stay Creative, and you can find the rest of the series parts here!

Guest Blog by Melanie Ford, Myers PR Intern

#9 Listen to New Music

Ironically, each time I sit down to write these blogs I am doing whatever it is that I am writing about. Last time I was drinking coffee, and now I am listening to my iPod full of new music.

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So what could possibly be so helpful about listening to new music? After a little digging, I was surprised to find out just how beneficial sounds really are! Here are four ways music affects us:

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“A-B-C-D…” We all learned the alphabet to the same melody. Music is implemented into learning from a very young age because it has been shown to improve memory ability and particularly verbal recall proficiency (Music and Learning: Integrating Music in the Classroom).

Music Keeps You Young

Cue Carol. Our Creative Director is known in the office for her youthful energy and contagious laugh! She makes a conscious effort (and asks her sons to help her) to know the latest music, shows, and trends. Remember: “The quickest road to becoming old of mind and spirit is to limit your exposure to things outside of your immediate realm,” says Gary A. Morse.

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Calming Effect

Staying calm and focused in the workplace can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you are in a cubicle setting! Dr. Sood, at the Mayo Clinic, observed that in a world of endless distractions, music can bring your focus back within 15 to 30 minutes of listening. Music without lyrics is best for refocusing your attention to a task or project.

That being said, I had to use this opportunity to share this song, which was deemed by sound therapists the most relaxing song ever due to its continuous rhythm synchronizing with the heart and brainwaves.

4- Mood Boost

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Consider how many people you see at the gym exercising with their headphones in. The ability of music to create a positive atmosphere, energize activities and add an element of fun can motivate you regardless of what type of day it is.

At MPR, we’re constantly sharing links around the office to our new favorite artist or song – so make some friends in the cube next door and spread a little creativity!

ACE ACE, Baby!

Awards for Chamber Excellence – The ACE Awards, 2013

Guest Blog by Melanie Ford , Myers PR Intern

1011746_10151689708918746_439868662_nThis past Thursday, June 27, our office attended the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce’s ACE Awards at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. Little did we know that we would also be supporting Marion Myers, President of Myers Public Relations, as she received the honor of becoming the 2013 Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award recipient!

As I watched the awards ceremony, I realized how important it is for a successful business to be a part of an organization like the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce (GRCC).

Get Involved

Myers PR has been a member of the GRCC since 1994. Marion even got her start at the chamber as its first Communications Director and she credits the growth of her company to the relationships she built through the chamber. Needless to say, we do not underestimate the importance of networking around here.

Highlight the Skillset of Your Business & Employees

998183_10151507089105924_1769255909_nAs she escalated to Chair, Advisory Council member, and Communications Committee Chair, Marion continued to donate her time and skills by offering public relations and social media services for chamber members and the chamber. Consider volunteering as a means of showcasing your services for others!

…And You Might Win an Awesome Award!

photo (12)When GRCC President and CEO Mark Ingrao introduced the Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award, we all tried to guess who had won. As he introduced her, the Myers PR staff literally began jumping up and down in our seats. “She stayed active even after her year as chairwoman…her legacy and the chamber’s will live on thanks to her leading the achievement of all the chamber’s pictures and documents as part of the 30th anniversary celebration preparation,” Ingrao said.

In the words of Joe Ritchey, “Marion Myers is the perfect recipient [of the Joe Ritchey Pinnacle Award].”

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We proudly applaud Marion for setting a precedent at Myers PR for community involvement as well as a commitment to service. (We may be biased, but we think she’s the best! The pinnacle, you might say…) To see an entire list of the 2013 ACE Award recipients, check out this article by Reston Patch!