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If you have contact changes, please complete the USWT Add & Change Form. If you have further questions, please contact csc@mnwt.org.

MNWT Statewide Committee MeetingsMNWT Statewide Committee Meetings

Saturday, November 20, 2021
at Star Bank, Eden Prairie

10:00am-11:00am MMC | 11:00am-12:30pm Marketing | 12:30pm-1:00pm Lunch | 1:00pm FDC

Your chapter earns Success points for attending a Statewide Committee meeting. Email the chair if you are interested in attending.

2021 MNWT Winter State Convention2022 MNWT Winter State Convention

2022 ONTO Shirts & Flower SalesONTO Flowers & Shirts

The ONTO Committee will be taking orders for ONTO Flowers to be distributed at Winter State Convention. This year we will be selling silk roses that never need to be watered! We will continue having tags avaialbe for you to write your special messate to that special person. Please pre-order flowers to guarantee flowers are avaiable for you at convention. Pricing: $3.00 each, 6 for $15.00, or 12 for $25.00; pre-Orders are due January 10, 2022. The number of flowers you pay for should equal the number of messages you submit. Use the google form to submit your messages, or you can email your message to cob@mnwt.org. Also, don't miss out this year on ordering your ONTO shirt to show your support of President Anna. You don't want to be left without one of these shirts to add to your collection. See her Fall State CIP for more information. Send payment for ONTO shirts and flowers by making checks payable to "MNWT" and send to COB Illeanna Miller; email cob@mnwt.org for the mailing address or see her Fall State CIP.

2022 MNWT March Planning2022 MNWT March Planning2022 MNWT March Planning

March Planning is a one-day opportunity for any member to share recommendations with current and prospective staff. It is an excellent way to learn more about our organization. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Breakfast & lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration on or before February 15 will cost $10.00; afterwards the cost for attendance is $12.00. Pre-registration is required so we can plan for food and space. If you cannot attend, you can still send recommendations to Chairman of the Board Illeana Miller, no later than March 1, 2022. To submit recommendations, click here.

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State Staff Info

President Anna Nichols

2021 – 2022 Presidential SUCCESS Points 2nd Trimester

  • Have three or more members attend the October 27 MNWT Webinar - 25 points; AND/OR
  • Submit your chapter By-laws and Policies to the State Parliamentarian for review by November 1 - 25 points; AND/OR
  • Submit at least one nomination for the Winter State Outstanding Awards by the November 1 deadline - 25 points; AND/OR
  • Sell two books of MNWT Finance Committee raffle tickets by December 31 - 25 points; AND/OR
  • Have two or more general members attend a visit to another chapter’s meeting or event by December 31 - 25 points

MAXIMUM 100 POINTS. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

2nd Trimester Chapter President Challenge

Let’s get crafty! For your second trimester challenge, I want you to complete the following Amazing Members Activity and email president@mnwt.org or text me a photo of yours. Consider doing this as a board or chapter activity as a way to introduce fun, empowerment, and positive communication skills to a chapter meeting.

Chapter President Mid-Year Evaluation

As a Chapter President you can make adjustments to your goals throughout the year. Now is the perfect time to review your year and adjust as needed. I am encouraging every MNWT chapter president to complete the MidYear Evaluation. Take 30 minutes one day to evaluate your goals and impact on your chapter. Be honest. Are your goals SMART (see pages 3 & 4 of my MNJOTS CIP)? What have you done to support your goals? Are your goals to easy or difficult? Do they need to change? Have you been showing up and supporting your chapter locally, in the district, at state meetings? What resources do you use? What are your challenges and success stories? Write everything down and send a copy to the CMVP. Make adjustments as you feel are needed. Share insights with your chapter members.

AVP Tevyan Sorensen

2nd Trimester Challenge

Complete your MidYear Evaluation before the November 13 deadline; sharing ideas that have been successful, talking about visits to other chapters, and activities that have inspired you and others. Also include challenges that you have faced or additional assistance that you may need so Executive Council members can support you to be successful in your leadership role. I am excited to read your Mid-Year entries and look forward to hearing how you are “making the connection.”

SUCCESS System for State Delegates

For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

MVP Jenise Teske

MEMBERSHIP SUCCESS POINTS

  • New Member Adds - 10 points each
  • In-Chapter Extensions - 50 points each
  • Renewals paid by early bird deadline - 25 points
  • Trimester Retention: 75% = 25 pts or Trimester Retention 100% - 50 points
  • Trimester Growth - 50 points
  • Hold a membership/social event - 25 points
  • Conduct a local membership orientation (not limited to new members) - 25 points
  • File an intent to extend and hold informational mtg. to extending chapter - 25 points
  • Extensions (10 charter members) - 200 points/chapter extended

MAXIMUM 400 pts. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

2nd Trimester Membership Challenge

  • Hold a membership (recruiting or social) event during Membership Week ((November 28 through December 4) inviting MVP Jenise & State President Anna; AND
  • Achieve at least 75% retention for 2nd trimester; AND
  • Add at least one new member at your M-event

Complete these items and your chapter’s name will be put in a drawing to win a FUN box at Winter State convention in January 2022.

CMVP Michelle Kocak Jones

2nd Trimester Challenge

Each trimester, in my CIP, I will include simple leadership information or activities for you to share with your chapter at a general meeting. Email me at cmvp@mnwt.org upon completion to be entered into a drawing for an incentive. For 2nd trimester, include the Drew Dudley YouTube Video (6 min. 15 sec.) on Everyday Leadership at a general meeting, asking 2-3 members to share a "lollipop moment" after the video.

2nd Trimester To Do List

  • Complete and submit President MidYear Evaluation by November 13
  • Complete and submit SUCCESS documentation by January 2, 2022
  • Complete CMVP leadership activity at Trimester 2 general meeting & report to CMVP
  • Register for Winter State Convention & encourage chapter members to do the same
  • Share important Trimester 2 calendar dates with your chapter

Success Coordinator Cat Shuman

The following are notes about verification for the Presidential Bonus Points to include with your Success submission. Descriptions/notes are to be listed in the box on the lower right of the form [D. President’s Bonus Descriptions].

  • Three or more members attend the October 27 MNWT Webinar: list chapter and names of members who attended; no copies needed.
  • Submit chapter bylaws and policies to State Parliamentarian by November 1: list date submitted; no copies needed.
  • Submit at least one nomination for Winter State Outstanding Awards by November 1 deadline: list OSA nomination area(s); no copies needed.
  • Sell two books of MNWT Finance Committee raffle tickets by December 31: list date you turned in money and tickets; no copies needed.
  • Have two or more general members visit another chapter’s meeting or event by December 31: list chapter that was visited and names of members attending; include copy of agenda, flyer, or email signed by that chapter president with your submission.

If you have any questions, email success@mnwt.org. Reminder: deadline for 2nd trimester submission of Success is January 2, 2022; submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

PVP Melanie Chenoweth

2nd Trimester Challenge

Fill out your programming report. Every chapter that fills out their report will get a gift and be put in a drawing for a fun prize!

Marketing VP Shellie Matthes

Trimester 2 Challenge

How many cities we can get to send in a proclamation for either July 1st as Minnesota Women of Today day in their city or for MN Women of Today week? Send a photo of your chapter accepting the proclamation from your city’s mayor or city council member or photo of the proclamation to mkvp@mnwt.org and your chapter will be placed into a drawing for a gift basket at Winter State. Photos need to be submitted by January 1, 2022. An example of a proclamation is attached to this CIP.

Facebook Guidebook

Chapters have reached out with help about Facebook and where to start. With the help of our very own Social Media Team Lead, we are excited to introduce a "How to Facebook Guide." This promotional packet will guide chapters on how to schedule posts and create events, and will be published every three months. Follow the simple directions, and you will have a dynamic Facebook account with only 20 minutes worth of effort. It is highly recommended you schedule all three months of posts at one time. This is the most efficient way to manage your Facebook page, as it allows for seamless posting without the concern of missing a post and at the same time saves hours of work. The packet will also include three sets of posts that your chapter can just copy and paste, where the highlighted areas is where your chapter can personalize items. These posts are just suggestions to help you get started. Feel free to use them or create your own. If you have any questions or need help, please reach out to SM Team Lead Jeny at mktg-socialmedia@mnwt.org or Marketing VP Shellie at mkvp@mnwt.org.

SMILE!

World Smile Day is on October 1, 2021. It is a day devoted to smiles and acts of kindness. This day seeks to reclaim the intent to encourage people to act kindly and make a person smile. Using Smile Day as the prompt for this request, the Marketing team is asking chapters to submit new chapter images with “smiles” to be used on the MNWT website. We would like to have images of chapter members working at a project, social or membership night. Send to mkvp@mnwt.org. Here are the image specifications needed to have a phenomenal image in the carousal that scrolls on the landing page of the website. For more information, see page 4 of my Fall State CIP.

FVP Sherry Boike

MNWT Clothing Store

Warroad ThreadsIn cooperation with Warroad Threads, we are now able to offer MNWT branded clothing. We have quite a selection, including T-shirts, polo shirts, pants, jackets and even face masks – all with the MNWT logo. There are various colors available as well as sizes up to 4XL. Shipping is free on orders of $50.00 or more. Shipping is direct to you, so you don’t have to wait for a convention or meeting to get your order. Your order will also help support State Ways & Means. This is a great way to show your pride in our organization and to support the organization at the same time. If you post a picture on Facebook of yourself wearing any of the items that you order and provide a short review (ex: ordered a XL and fit was true to size or the L was a little too big, great choice of colors) and use hashtag #MNWTFinance. Thank you for your support!

MNWT State Store

Have you shopped at the State Store? The State Store is a great place to purchase gifts for your fellow chapter officers, outstanding members and yourself. Always available you will find the mug for the current and previous state president. There are note cards (a great way to connect with other members), pens, certificates to recognize outstanding accomplishments and of course charms and pins for all the various positions in our organization. Right now we have fans, pop-sockets and garment bags. This is just a sample of what is available. We have our fantastic State Store Manager Jane Holmberg from the St Cloud chapter. She is always enthusiastic about the various items and looking for new ideas. She can be contacted through her email of statestore@mnwt.org. The State Store is always open during conventions to make your purchases, but you don’t need to wait—send Jane an email with what you would like and for a reasonable shipping fee she will get it to you when you need it.

Minnesota State Sales Tax

Sales tax is paid annually by February 5. This covers the period of January 1 to December 31. The State of Minnesota allows sales tax to be filed and paid online. You can find information on Sales and Use Tax at: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/sales-and-use-tax. A Minnesota Sales and Use Tax guide can be found at: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/guide/minnesota-sales-and-use-tax-business-guide and you can do your filing at the website this information is found at. For additional information or if you have questions, you can contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Sales Tax Division at 651-296-6181 or 800-657-3777 or email salesuse.tax@state.mn.us.

State Ways & Means Donations

Our organization depends on donations from chapters, districts and individuals to help support our budget each year. We have a goal to raise $3,000 in donations. If we had 50 chapters donate at least $60 during the year, we would raise $2,500; and if each of the 9 districts donated $60, we would raise over $3,000. We are lucky that there are many individuals that donate as well. Your support through donations truly makes a difference, no matter the amount.

Extensions Director Jeny Ohr

Trimester 2 Challenge

This challenge is open to any chapter, district and region. If you complete either challenge your name will be entered into a basket at Winter State!

  • Send in a name of a city to which you think we should extend a hand of friendship.
  • Join an extension team to help extend to a new chapter.

Amazing Offer from MNWT Foundation

  • When a new chapter completes its extension by October 31 the NEW chapter will receive $300.
  • When a new chapter completes its extension by November 30 the NEW chapter will receive $200.
  • When a new chapter completes its extension by December 31 the NEW chapter will receive $100.
  • Special Offer from MNWT Foundation: Any extension team that completes an extension by December 31 will receive $50.

*Verification by end of December and payout will be at Winter State. Contact extensions@mnwt.org for more information.

Two and Under Trimester 2 Challenge

  • Have at least one (1) member attend the October 27 MNWT Webinar.
  • Have your President and/or State Delegate submit a MidYear Evaluation by November 13.
  • Get your Early Bird Renewals into the Chapter Service Center by November 15.
  • Submit bylaws and policies to State Parliamentarian for review.
  • Have at least one (1) member attend the State Committee meetings on November 20.
  • Do something fun at your chapter meeting; send me a picture or a copy of your minutes.
  • Hold a membership event during Membership Week November 28 to December 4.
  • Submit a picture of your chapter doing a service event.

Send verification to extensions@mnwt.org of at least four (4) of these challenges by January 5, and your chapter will receive a gift from me at Winter State.

Secretary Melissa Redzuan

2nd Trimester Challenge

Thank you, secretaries! You have helped me reach the halfway point for my goal of the year! I only need 16 additional chapter or district secretaries to submit their board or general meeting minutes! Send your chapter/district general meeting or board meeting minutes for review by January 10 to be entered in the Winter State drawing!

Parliamentarian Barb Monsrud

Chapter Structure SUCCESS System Points

  • Conduct a Monthly Board meeting - 10 points
  • Establish a quorum at general meeting - 10 points/meeting
  • Conduct a Chapter survey - 25 points
  • Hold a by-law study committee meeting and submit to the State Parliamentarian - 50 points

If you have any questions, email success@mnwt.org. Reminder: deadline for 2nd trimester submission of Success is January 2, 2022; submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.

COB Illeana Miller

ONTO Flower Sales & Shirts

The ONTO Committee will be taking orders for ONTO Flowers to be distributed at Winter State. This year, we will be selling silk roses that never need to be watered! We will continue having tags available for you to write your special message to that special person. Also, don't miss out this year on ordering your ONTO shirt to show your support of President Anna. You don't want to be left without one of these shirts to add to your collection. See my Fall State CIP for more information.

Presidential Assistant Tawn Hanson

Trimester 2 Challenge

One of my duties as PA this year is to shower President Anna with gifts and tokens of our chapters', districts' and state’s appreciation. I am asking every chapter and district to send in $10 to the Chapter Service Center with "presidential gift" in the memo line.

Executive Director Katie Castro

Chapter Officer Submission

Time again to submit the listing of your chapter's Board of Directors. Reminder from Executive Director Katie: submit your chapter officer sheet for the 2021-2022 year. This is also where you indicate if you want printed versions of CIPs & State POA. If you do not submit this form, you will receive electronic copies of both.

State Programming Info

MNWT Community Connections

SPM Angela Hanson, Acceptance Start With A Smile

    • Persons with Determination Award Nominations for the Persons with Determination award are due by November 1; forms & qualification can be found in the Outstanding Awards Manual
    • 2nd Trimester Challenge: Any member, chapter, or district that donates $5 to the PWD gets there name in for a chance for a basket to be drawn at Winter State.
    • Programming SUCCESS System Points: Participate in local programming area projects or events: 25 points/area, 100 pts total.

MNWT Living & Learning

SPM Shirley Viesselman, Self Reflection

  • Programming SUCCESS System Points: Participate in local programming area projects or events. 25 points/area, 100 points total. If you have any questions, email success@mnwt.org. Reminder: deadline for 2nd trimester submission of Success is January 2, 2022; submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.
    • Complete the Living & Learning certification - 10 points/member
    • Chapter certification in PEP Course - 50 points/course
    • Submit Project of the Trimester Entry - 20 points/entry
    • Participate in local project with another Non-Profit organization - 25 points/submission
    • Participate in local programming area projects or events - 25 points/area, 100 points total
  • CERTIFICATIONS can be completed anytime throughout the year. You should complete the activities between May 1 and April 30.
  • Each trimester the names of those that completed one of the above certifications during that trimester will get their name in a drawing. For each completed Personal Enrichment Program (PEP Course) between June 1 and April 30, the chapter will be entered in a drawing at MNWT Annual Convention in May 2022.

MNWT Priority Area: Crescent Cove

SPM Jennifer Auger, Wings Of Comfort

Let's Paint Some Love Fundraiser Join us for some fun as we paint some love. This simple art project delivers an end result that is beautiful, no experience or talent needed!! Orders must be placed ahead of time as stencils and boards are made to order. The project can be completed in less than an hour. There are two options to participate in this great event: 1) Paint your board and take it home or 2) Paint and donate one of the specially chosen boards that will be given to a Crescent Cove family at a bereavement event. For the cost of $25 kit includes a stained 12” square board, all supplies needed to complete the project(s) and you get to select your design! Snacks will be offered during the event. Crescent Cove will receive a donation of $15 from each project. Additional stencil/board Kits are available for $18 each ($10 donation), take home project excludes paint & brushes. Special thanks to Creatively Tipsy for providing us a significant discount! Click here to order your kit!

Let's Paint Some Love Fundraiser

Trimester 2 Challenge: Every task completed will earn a chance in a drawing for gift from me at Winter State. The challenge is open to chapters, LPMs, and individual members.

  • Make at least $25 in-kind (or monetary) donation from the household wish list.
  • Complete an activity in the Priority Area-Crescent Cove Programming area during the first trimester; this could be a fundraiser, information session, guest speaker at a meeting, etc.
  • Send Priority Area SPM Jennifer an email, snail mail, or Facebook post about how you shared information to another person outside of Women of Today about Crescent Cove’s mission or how they can donate to Crescent Cove.

MNWT Women’s Wellness

SPM Andrea Schue, It's Only A Phase

Ways to Win with Woman’s Wellness!

MNWT Youth of Today

SPM Sue Bay, Be IndePANDAnt

  • Trimester 2 Challenge: there are two (2) ways to win a special gift from me! 1. Submit an Outstanding Young Adult Nomination; and 2. Submit a Project of the Trimester Report. Everyone who completes these will be submitted into a drawing for two (2) separate gifts at Winter State.
  • OYA Scholarship is a yearly honor awarded to 3 individuals that are making contributions to our community. Look to your community to find a worthy male or female student that is in the 11th or 12th grade that you feel should be nominated. The Outstanding Young Adult Nominations (due November 1) on the MNWT website or contact yt@mnwt.org directly for more information.
    MNWT YT Fundraiser

  • Programming SUCCESS System Points: Participate in local programming area projects or events. 25 points/area, 100 points total. If you have any questions, email success@mnwt.org. Reminder: deadline for 2nd trimester submission of Success is January 2, 2022; submissions should be emailed to success@mnwt.org. For more information about SUCCESS, see more about the Success System under the CMVP webpage.
    • Complete the Living & Learning certification - 10 points/member
    • Chapter certification in PEP Course - 50 points/course
    • Submit Project of the Trimester Entry - 20 points/entry
    • Participate in local project with another Non-Profit organization - 25 points/submission

State Committee Info

MNWT Foundation

Chair Nicky Anderson

  • Give to the Max Day November 18, 2021. We encourage you to consider donating to the MNWT Foundation on Give to the Max Day. Participate in Give MN (Give to the Max Day) on Thursday November 18th by letting family and friends know more about our organization and give them the opportunity to donate.
  • Become a Sustaining Member! For an annual $25 donation you, your chapter or both can become sustaining members of the Foundation. Funds are uncommitted and used at the board’s discretion to support the mission of the MNWT. Funds have been used for the membership rebate/incentives, for PE courses, to pay for speakers at convention, to support new and rebuilding chapters and many more programs. Won’t you send your donation today?
  • Chapter Grants Available: Do you have a community project that your chapter would like to fund, but lack money? Consider applying for a Chapter Grant, due postmarked December 1 to the Chapter Service Center. For more information, email foundation@mnwt.org.
  • Winter State Lucky Buck Auction Items Needed! At Winter State 2022, we will again be holding our annual lucky buck auction. The proceeds from this auction support the chapter grants program that awards grants to individual chapters for their community projects. If you, your chapter have a donation, please email foundation@mnwt.org. We are looking for items to fill a "Stay Calm and Relax," a beverages-themed basket, and a "Jump Start" (caffeine) basket; there will also a tech basket.
  • Next Foundation Meeting: November 5 at 6:30pm; held via Zoom

Future Directions Committee

Chair Wendy Homyak, A Look Back & A Look Forward

  • Topics for the MNWT Webinar on October 27 include:
    • The Value in Board Meetings discusses the difference between Committee Work, Board Meetings, and Chapter Meetings – presented by Tevyan, AVP (30 minutes)
    • Activation, How to Inspire Members to Get Involved presented by Jenise, MVP (30 minutes)
    • Using the MNWT Google Website Template to Create a Dynamic Chapter Website presented by the Marketing Team (60 minutes)
  • Next Future Directions Committee Meeting: Saturday, November 20 at 1:00pm. Join in person at Star Bank in Eden Prairie or online via Zoom

Membership Management Committee

Chair Sharon Scholl, Building Blocks to Something Wonderful

  • MMC Needs You! Do you have a passion for investing in the future of Women of TOday through continued sustainable membership? If so, we can use you! MMC has openings for Area Reps and At-Large Members to serve a one-year term on the committee, which involves working on a taskforce to develop the tools to support growth of our chapters.
  • Wonderful Wednesday! Each week members are encouraged to post something wonderful that happened in the chapter, something wonderful that happend to the member, or just plain 'ole Something Wonderful! Use #WonderfulWednesday so we can find your posts.
  • Next Membership Management Committee Meeting: : Saturday, November 20 at 10:00am. Join in person at Star Bank in Eden Prairie or online via Zoom

Marketing Committee

  • For Marketing Committee Meeting information, see the information under the Marketing VP above.
  • Next Marketing Committee Meeting: : Saturday, November 20 at 10:30am. Join in person at Star Bank in Eden Prairie or online via Zoom

MNWT Covid-19 Information & Suggestions

Due to the increased volume of requests to use the MNWT GoToMeeting account for meetings,
we have created a GoToMeeting Request Form so Katie can better track the requests and have them all in one place. 
Requests will be honored in the order they are received based upon availability.  Please use the link to request a time;
she will respond within 24 business hours to your request to let you know if the time you request is available.
If you have already requested a meeting, you do NOT need to request again using the form.

District Meetings

Minnesota Women of Today is recommending that districts do hold a meetings in an online format such as Zoom or GoToMeeting. The Spring meetings are normally when new district officers are elected, and it is encouraged to include that in your meeting agenda. AVP Michelle Kocak Jones will be coordinating this process with the district directors to ensure they are able to host an online meeting. Executive Director Katie Castro will assist with setting up meetings, as needed.

Chapter Meetings & Events

MNWT is not offering specific recommendations to chapters; however, you are welcome to contact Executive Director Katie Castro if you are looking for assistance in setting up an online meeting for your group, email csc@mnwt.org or call 952-406-8578.

#mnwtstillsocial #mnwtfellowshipatadistance

If your chapter is holding at-home fellowship activties, like virtual meetings using online meeting tools or other virtual activities, please use #mnwtstillsocial #mnwtfellowshipatadistance when posting your events on social media! We will share your posts on the MNWT Facebook page.

What are you Cooking? by New Hope Women of Today

Social distancing isn't fun, but it's what we do for the better good of all. Being apart, should not mean being alone. Let's all take a moment to share a go to recipe. It can be anything; a meal, snack, or comfort food. Email you recipe to recipe@NewHopeWT.org and we will share them on our website.

#mnwtserviceatadistance#mnwtserviceatadistance

Here is a great in-home chapter service project to do during the Covid-19 crisis! We know there are a bunch of sewers in our organization. Our communities are in need of face masks, and this is something we can all do while staying in our house! MNWT LL SPM Sarah Sundine was able to make 11 the other day with most of the supplies already in her house. Click here for a link from Allina with directions, as well as many drop off locations around the cities. If you are not near the Twin Cities, think of donating these to your local healthcare facillities, like elderly care, clinics, hospitals, etc.

If you make a donation, you can send the quantity donated to ll@mnwt.org and I will track donations to report out. If your chapter is holding this at-home service activty or other activies similar to this, please use #mnwtserviceatadistance when posting your events on social media! We will share your posts on the MNWT Facebook page.

How to Combat Zoom Fatigue

Why do we find video calls so draining? In part, it’s because they force us to focus more intently on conversations in order to absorb information. They also require us to stare directly at a screen for minutes at a time without any visual or mental break, which is tiring. To make video calls less exhausting for yourself, try using a few research-based tips.

    1. Avoid multitasking. It may be tempting to get other work done on a video call but switching between tasks can cost you as much as 40 percent of your productive time. The next time you’re on a video chat, close any tabs or programs that might distract you, put your phone away, and stay present.
    2. Take mini breaks during longer calls by minimizing the video, moving it to behind your open applications, or just looking away from your computer now and then.
    3. Do some light stretching helps too, during breaks. Examples, yoga poses and stretching the neck and arms. If possible, sit on a balance ball or balance ball chair. While or when sharing your screen, standing up like you would in person meeting or presentation helps too getting the blood flow(do not worry they won’t be able to see you), or cast your meeting into a big screen where attendees can see you standing up presenting on a big screen like they would in a conferences or corporate meeting. Hydrate often, drink water.
    4. Check your calendar for the next few days to see if there are any conversations you could have over phone or email instead. Especially in situations where you’re communicating with people outside of your organization, don’t feel obligated to send a Zoom link. Often, a phone call is more appropriate.

Click here for more detail on zoom fatigue.

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MNWT Website Website Scavenger Hunt

Our new website may have you at a loss on where to find items you previously were used to finding. Here is a fun way to learn how to navigate it; the Web Team created a website scavenger hunt. There are ten (10) questions you and six (6) of the questions have a BONUS; these are optional. To prep for the hunt, you can review 2019 Revised Website Introduction for more information on the changes that were made.

Let's Go Scavenger Hunting!


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