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Infinite Direct Wins A Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Award

best-place-banner-2015-glassdoor-infinite-direct Infinite Direct is pleased to announce that we are among the winners of the seventh annual Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the Best Places to Work in 2015.

Unlike other awards there was no self-nomination process, instead it’s entirely based on feedback our employees have voluntarily and anonymously shared on Glassdoor. To determine the winners of the awards, Glassdoor evaluates all company reviews shared by employees over the past year. This year, we are proud to be recognized among an elite group of companies that have less than 1,000 employees. (See what other companies won in the SMB category: Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2015.)

A huge thank you goes out to all our employees who took the time to share their perspectives on what it’s like to work here.

We appreciate all the valuable feedback as it only helps us to get better.

Below are just a few words employees shared on Glassdoor that contributed toward the award and that made us feel incredibly honored to be recognized:

“Exceptional amount of OPPORTUNITY, financially and personally. –Allows you to learn to be the best version of yourself. ”

“It is a great experience working at Infinite Direct, I have been learning a lot of new things and making friends here.”

“It doesn’t feel like work; I’m learning management skills, how to effectively run a business, and be consistently at my best. I get to network with the most successful people in the company. There’s limitless room for growth.”

“I’ve been able to travel all over the country. I’ve seen more personal and professional growth while doing this than anything else I’ve ever done. This company has taught me the benefits of hard work and overcoming challenges. I also believe that we’re going to have a lot of growth the next year and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

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Making Your Internship Work For You

 by guest blogger and Infinite Direct account executive, Sandy Schoener     

With the changing of seasons comes the un-doubtable anticipation of graduation, and the time for college students to start thinking about their ‘future’. While graduation is a long awaited triumph in most students’ careers, there is always the overwhelming anxiety of what to do next. The most logical way to transition post graduation into the job market means an internship, right? It is the most reputable way to ease the way into the work force, without fully committing. But before taking that step into an internship, there are a few things to be taken into consideration. Why not ask yourself, what can this internship REALLY do for ME? Is this ‘experience’ going to make me realize my full potential? Is this going to prepare me for what’s next?

Having been a college student myself, I turned towards an internship as a way to acquire college credits to meet my degree requirements. My initial intent was to gain a ‘real-life’ experience in Graphic Design, as that was the field I was studying. What I soon came to realize was that my search was extremely limited, and what was once a search for experience, soon became a search for anything that would meet my requirements for credits. What I never thought to ask myself was, what am I really looking for? What kind of experience do I want? I ended up ‘landing’ an internship in my field, however I spent hours doing all the basic work I learned some of my entry level classes, and ultimately ruining my drive to continue along that line of course work. After changing majors, then changing back. I realized I needed to figure out my strengths, and throw myself into a position that will push me to do things I had never experienced.

I decided after college that I needed to take a leap and try my hand in the sales and marketing world, I was a people person so I figured ‘Why not?!’. I accepted a position at Infinite Direct and I began to love the ability to learn the fundamentals of running a successful business, while using my creative and visual tactics to teach people and help them evolve as well.

The reason I am going along on this rant is because after about six months of being in the business world, I had the amazing opportunity to have an intern of my own. Sherry is a current Public Relations Major at Rowan University, and is now finishing her senior year. When I first interviewed her, she was approaching the summer after her junior year and was looking for something that she could add to her resume. It was recommended to her that an internship was the way to go, so, there she was. I was excited to be able to show her the ropes and teach her things, but I didn’t realize at that point how much SHE would actually teach me.

Learning how to interact like a professional made me realize what a real job would be like. I had never experienced working that much, and it was a major wake up call.

Our Internship program has a pretty basic layout, much like a Co-Op it is paid with the usual incentives to reach monetary bonuses to pay for books and so-on. However, the office standards do NOT vary for an entry-level Intern to a regular entry-level position. We have everyone start in our Management Training Program at the same point and work their way up just like they would in their actual career. Whether or not Sherry realized it, she was about to take an adventure into the real world for the summer. As much as I would have entertained the idea of her grabbing me coffee every morning and doing all the work I didn’t want to do, it was much more rewarding watching her grow into a passionate and career oriented individual.

Seeing as I had been in her shoes before, I decided I wanted to document Sherry’s experiences as she went through our Management Training Program.

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Sandy and Sherry enjoy an evening out at a networking conference in Orlando, Florida.

I won’t bore you with all the logistical questions and answers, but her first response to some Pros and Cons of her experience was, “Party hard your senior year!”, but then she elaborated with, “Learning how to interact like a professional made me realize what a real job would be like. I had never experienced working that much, and it was a major wake up call.” She expressed that she was pushed beyond what she thought she was capable of, and with the support of her new co-workers she was able to achieve a lot more than she had anticipated.

Fundamentals like professional presentations, communication, training, and interviewing are a few of things she experienced; but what I found most interesting was that she felt she learned most through being pushed to her limits of work ethic and personal goals, “I hold myself to a higher standard now that I know my strengths and weaknesses. I was able to find more of my strengths than anything, and now have higher goals because of it.” What’s interesting about graduating is that there is always the common denominator of wanting to be successful, but at what point do we ask ourselves what is it going to take to get us there?

Throughout her internship I was also able to bring Sherry with a few of us in the office to a conference in Orlando, Florida. Where most Interns would be excited about the idea of being in Florida, she said that what excited her most about being there was the ability to witness and meet the people that actually cared about her future, “They had been in my position and were able to do it themselves, that really meant a lot for me to see that.”

The definition of ‘experience’ in summary is the process of doing and seeing things, and of having things happen to you. It is a skill or knowledge that you get by doing something. Yes, any basic internship would have built Sherry’s resume on paper, however her ability to be pushed outside of her comfort zone and into a career role was something much more beneficial.

My suggestion to anyone currently searching for an internship is if experience is something you are looking for, be sure to question yourself as to what the internship will do for YOU. If your future success is something you are willing to commit to, then why not start now.

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How To Make Fear And Courage Work For You

AnneMarie Belda - Account Executive at Infinite Direct by guest blogger and Infinite Direct account executive, AnneMarie Belda     

If I was going to give advice to any person starting their career I would tell them my favorite quote:

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings

Courage? Isn’t that interesting?  To be yourself?  Yes!

Fear is powerful, if you allow it to be. So let’s analyze it: my favorite way to look at FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. Have you ever been afraid to try something and then after you did it thought, “That wasn’t that bad.” Anything new is going to be scary but sometimes in an exciting/ scary kind of way.

There are two different ways that fear affects us, it reflects back to our natural instincts. Fight or flight. You know the saying when the going gets tough, the tough get going. They don’t say when the going gets tough, run away, hide who you really are and learn to be ok with being average. However, in so many words, most people do.

So, why am I talking about fear in a success blog? Because being successful takes courage!  Mental courage, emotional maturity, heart, strength, passion, vision, cojones! Personally growing up I never thought to myself, “When I grow up I want to be average and live an average life that would be awesome.” However, did you know only 7% of the US population make six figures? Projected college tuition is over $40,000 18 years from now which means for my future children I will have to save over $120,000 per child. That’s scary! This is when I allow fear to take over. I’m a fighter. If only 7% of people make six figures that means I have to out work 93% of people in America. I’m willing to do that because I want to live an exceptional life.

So how do you make fear and courage work for you?

  1. Set high goals.

    More importantly set goals you would be afraid of what it would be like not to accomplish it.

 

  1. Have the courage to ask for what you want.

    You don’t have a choice if you don’t have a voice. Speak Up!

 

  1. Have the courage to TRY before you rule it out as something you can’t do.

    No one becomes great at anything without practice.

 

  1. Have the courage to trust others and delegate.

    Find business partners that are great at your weaknesses so you can focus on your strengths.

 

  1. Put courage inside others – Encourage them to get better,

    Organizations are built by great leaders empowering the people around them.

 

  1. It’s OK to be afraid, just keep going.

    Learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

 

Ask yourself what you really want, fight for your opportunity and don’t be afraid to go after it. Remember that everything that is holding you back is all in your head.

 

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Our Dinner Of Smiles Gala and KTU’s Cindy Vero Got To Hear About It, and About Us

 

In a recent interview about our philanthropic efforts for Operation Smile, President Donny Boyer got to discuss some of the core values of Infinite Direct and why he loves working with his fellow team members with 103.5 KTU‘s very own Cindy Vero.

One of Donny’s fellow team members is Anthony Ferguson who is also one of the coordinators of the Dinner Of Smiles Gala (as well as chef!).  Listen to why he feels that working at Infinite Direct is one of the best opportunities for him and why he chose to work with us in the first place.

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The Hairstyle All Professional Men Should Get!

Whether you’re stepping into a job interview, delivering a presentation, or heading to a sales pitch, your appearance is crucial to making a good first impression. Alongside dressing well and being prepared, it is important to have the right professional haircut. A mop-top or a messy head of uncombed hair is an easy way for you to lose credibility and appear unprofessional. Having the right haircut gives you the confidence and assertive demeanor to close that final deal, deliver that presentation with energy, and ace that next job interview.

We here at Infinite Direct provide candidates with the opportunity to develop their own career in marketing and sales training. One of the largest components of any career in sales or entry level marketing is the ability to brand yourself and your company well. An unkempt and disheveled appearance makes you seem unreliable and reflects poorly on the company or brand you are representing.

A clean and modern appearance is important in any industry, particularly with a career in sales. This year has yielded some great styles, including this classic undercut reminiscent of the 1940’s. With clean and sharp sides, but with plenty of slick flexibility and styling options on top, this haircut looks great when paired with a modern suit.  Here are a few examples.   What do you think?

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Blogging is Dumb (Plus 5 Tips To Conquer The World)

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Guest Blogger and Assistant Manager, Martin Chan
Infinite Direct, Inc

Blogging is dumb. When asked what I really thought of posting my thoughts online, this was my kneejerk answer. Give me a person with an actual name to chat with, a person that makes faces as they react to what is being said, a person that I can bounce ideas off of and make smile. That’s what I like. None of this… this writing into the void, this one-sided conversation that is one step away from having an imaginary pen-pal. But that was just my kneejerk answer.

The thought behind writing this blog, so dramatically titled Adventures in Entrepreneurship, has to do with a future person that will eventually be me. At this moment this person is totally imaginary (and quite the witty blogger, I might add) but much further down the road… but waiting. It is waiting for me to learn, to go through the trials, and experience the tribulations, but really it is waiting for me to get some very important work done. Essentially, it means that I have to live a little more and that this process of reaching my future self is worth a couple blogs here and there to document the journey.

So why Adventures in Entrepreneurship? Because adventures are awesome, that’s why. Who doesn’t like an adventure? The entrepreneurship part come into play simply because that’s what I want to be- again, we are talking about that future self. Currently I am on a pathway to management in a business that is constantly adding to whatever meager skillsets I currently possess. Meager. What a good word- and apt too, for I am constantly finding something else to get better at as I learn what it takes to manage others and drive a successful business.

And this is when I wrap it around and address my first statement of “blogging is dumb”, because hopefully, somewhere in this nutty blogosphere there might be someone that might glean a nugget of truth in my ramblings, find a brief shine of wisdom in my blunderings, or a smidgeon of humor in the lessons I have learned and take a step toward their better, wittier, future self.

A great man once counseled me on blogging and gave me some advice, “Throw in a list. Blog readers love that stuff.” Taking that sage advice I now present some tips to achieve a better future self which ultimately leads to greater success in business, based on my personal experiences and thoughts. Obviously, this would be a horrible title so instead I will spice it up.

Top Tips to Conquer the World

1. Keep the big picture in mind

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If you don’t have an idea of where you are going then all the little bumps along the way seem much more substantial. I relate this to learning how to snowboard and handling those literal and figurative bumps. If I were to have quit every time I fell and got face full of snow, or was cold, or wet, or embarrassed for being the slowest on the mountain I would have never gotten to the point I am now as a freeriding powerhouse shredder of a snowboarder.

Maybe I exaggerate my prowess on the slopes but that’s beside the point. I went through the beginning awkwardness knowing that in the end I would be smoothly gliding in the future. The same goes for business, I know that I am building the skills that will inevitably give me the freedoms, financial and personal, that I want in my future.

2.Understand that it’s a process

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I’m pretty sure a Zen master or some-such made the statement that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step.” …and I would agree. Yup, seems about right. Everyone goes through the same process to get to that end result whether it is learning be successful in the business world or juggling with chainsaws. It’s all about figuring out the next step to take that will get you closer to the result that you want.

I once read about a principle of 10,000 hours. Essentially, if a person were to spend 10,000 hours in focused, directed study of any pursuit (it was chess in the book I was reading), that person would be in the end an expert in that activity. What that means is that if you are not an expert in a given area it just means that you are still partaking in your journey.

3. Commit!

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For this I have to use the impactful, succinct words of my 8th grade basketball coach, “No one likes a quitter.” And I couldn’t agree more. I don’t want the thought within me that I didn’t follow through with something I could have just because it was easier to give up or not try.

My experiences in business and working with others have shown me that everyone will go through hard times, but it is those that simply won’t quit that I want to really invest in.

4. Surround Yourself with Quality People

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One of the things I love about my position is that I am working closely with others and developing professional relationships that have the potential to last the rest of my life. I can make a positive impact on someone that will help them accomplish their goals while I am accomplishing mine. Moreover, I get the same mentorship from others that have gone through the same process and can give me insightful advice.

But what it really comes down to is this: I work with some kooky people that have an assortment of interesting quirks and varying interests, but the one thing that brought us into the same office and career path is our ambition to become something more than we are right now. If you surround yourself with enough people that are passionate about being successful it is hard not to be influenced by them. Thus, you are the sum of the people you surround yourself with.

5. Have Fun

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Sometimes the best lessons are those that are learned at a very early age and one that has stuck with me was taught by a group of elderly men through their examples. These men were common laborers that had lived their lives in dark, damp working spaces performing backbreaking tasks. Rugged men that would suit up and march off every day to a thankless job. Yet through it all, they would whistle while they worked.

Yes, these men were the seven dwarfs of Snow White fame, whistling their little hearts out as they went about their day swinging their pick axes. Everyone has a choice in how they approach an activity, it is a controllable. As I learn and grown in business, figure things out and pay my dues, I am going to channel those dwarfs with hearts of gold and find a song that suits me while I work. I figure this is better than the other options out there. thanks-for-reading---martin-chan

Boom! There you have it. My first blog entry and if feels good to have tried something new. I will be checking in from time to time, hopefully you will too, dear reader. Best wishes to you as you conquer the world…

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Infinite Direct’s Top 11 Ingredients For That Success Recipe

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AnneMarie Belda - Account Executive at Infinite Direct by guest blogger and Infinite Direct account executive, AnneMarie Belda     

I remember the day the hiring manager walked in and explained the company to me. She told me they worked with Fortune 50/ 500 companies and they were looking to grow with the right people for their clients. I didn’t have a full understanding of what she meant, but I felt excited. She only had one office but her conviction convinced me she was going somewhere and I wanted to go with her.

About a year after starting with the business I considered myself a new person. I knew how to interview, train, sell, run meetings, run business trips. I watched as the people who trained me started their own offices and were given the opportunity to help expand into a new market with the company. I’ll never forget the day eight of us stood in a circle and yelled, “We’re going to be the #1 office in the country!”

Today there are 6 offices, 100 plus representatives, 5 assistant managers getting ready to expand and I’ve only been in the business for 2 years.

2 years? That’s it? That’s right!

We joke that people will think we were an overnight success. Although, I assure you when you feel like you’ve been fighting for your opportunity everyday, that’s not how it feels. Newer people always want to know “the secret” or the “recipe for success”. How did we grow so much in such a short amount of time? Well, if you must know, here are the top 11 ingredients necessary for success (My own personal recipe):

  1. Work Hard.

    There is no such thing as getting lucky! True luck is where hard work and opportunity meet.

  2. Listen to your coaches.

    A coach’s main objective is to lead the team to the win. Listen, apply, make mistakes, learn from mistakes, grow, repeat.

  3. Get out of your comfort zone.

    Period. It’s the only way to grow.

  4. Be humble.

    Being competitive is necessary. However, respect will always get someone further than fear. I learned from my coaches that my ideas are just as valuable and theirs.

  5. Lead from the front.

    You’ll never be able to manage others if you can’t manage yourself first.

  6. Mentality is everything.

    You can make excuses or you can make money but you can’t make both.

  7. Set Goals & hold yourself accountable.

    Hint: Including others in your goals will usually force you to follow through.

  8. Read.Develop yourself.

    Ask yourself, am I a player? Can I bring players to the table? If the answer is no, there are a lot of awesome people in books. Find out what worked for them.

  9. Develop relationships with the right people.

    My work family has done two amazing things for me. They gave me roots and they gave me wings.

  10. Have Fun!!

    No one wants to leave when the party is rocking.

  11. Have a vision.

    It’s hard to build a nationwide organization if you get caught up in the day to day and forget to focus on the big picture.

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With that said I’ll leave you with a quotation from Muhammad Ali, “ I run in the streets so I can dance in the lights.”

I RUN IN THE STREETS SO I CAN DANCE IN THE LIGHTS MUHAMMAD ALI INFINITE DIRECT

It’s time to put my head down and keep running, we’re just warming up.


Meet Infinite Direct’s Newest Assistant Manager, Martin Chan

Infinite Direct is proud to announce Martin Chan’s promotion to Assistant Management on March 5th, 2014.

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Martin is from Arcata, a small town in Northern California. He went to college at California Polytechnic University, where he studied Recreation Administration and Hospitality. After finishing school, he decided to pursue education and taught English both in the US and Tokyo for a year. Martin changed his trajectory after seeing his younger brother excel in the sales industry and realizing the unfortunate lack of advancement opportunity in his own field of teaching.

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Without any experience Martin began his career in sales and marketing eager to learn all that he could. It was the strong training and management program that attracted him to the firm and gave him the confidence to enter the sales world without a history in it.

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Through his work ethic and student mentality, he proved to be one of the top performers and was selected to be part of the expansion to the New Jersey market. In the time that Martin and the Infinite team has been in New Jersey, they have not only grown by an astounding 371%, but together they have built a strong foundation which has helped lead to his promotion.

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Returning to his roots, Martin intends to further expand our client’s market share by making his way west with his team behind him. He has huge goals for his career and his team and is looking forward to this new endeavor they will partake in together. It will certainly be an adventure.

Infinite and the entire team are excited to see all that Martin will accomplish.

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Infinite Direct’s President Answers That Age Old Question, “So What Is It That You Do?”

I am the President of an outsourced sales and marketing company in central New Jersey and I must tell you I LOVE what I do. Every day when I arrive at my office, I run our morning meetings, teach some the team facets of business, or simply develop leaders by having the right conversations with them. It inspires and motivates me to see others grow in a big way.

Now when most people leave their job, they typically leave the “work conversations” at the office door. For me however, business is my passion and since it always on my mind, I enjoy talking about it even after “work hours.”

You’ll find me talking about where we’re going or my vision for the future of our company, the company culture we’re establishing or my excitement for the next person in line for management. The beauty of being able to wax about these topics outside of work is that my peers and employees who are also passionate about the same things enjoy talking about them too.

When it comes to people not in the industry however, it becomes a little more difficult to engage in a dialogue without having to backtrack and explain the outsourced sales industry first. There are times when I’ll be around other young businessmen or women or even family members, and they will ask, “So, what is it that you do?” Now, if they had asked me when I started out entry level about what I do, I may have confused some people, but after running my own business for 4 years, I am much more confident in explaining it to those outside my inner circle of peers.

Simply put my company hires and trains individuals initially to learn entry level sales, as this is what our clients have asked us to do and what we are good at. However, we quickly want to transition those individuals into managerial roles as our clients would like nothing more than to see more results. How we accomplish this is by developing managers internally to be fully qualified to oversee a new market, which will expand their market share and increase their revenue.

I will sometimes get questions like, “But if you teach them to do what you do, don’t they take your job?” or “Why would your clients work with you if they can work with someone else?” Occasionally I’ll get someone that will ask me, “Is this multilevel marketing?” Those of course that have experience in business know that there is nothing wrong with the MLM business model, but it’s just not what we do or my cup of tea.

So when job applicants, friends or family members sometimes ask, “So what exactly is it that you do?” I prepare myself to get a puzzled look if they do not have experience in business or even sales. It is not that these questions I have mentioned are bad. In fact I love it when people have intelligent questions.

But if you are wondering what we do, or why our clients hire us, just know this. We generate revenue for companies at a much lower risk than they can do internally. This is because we train highly motivated individuals to do customer acquisition and retention face to face. In exchange for our team members’ efforts, hard work and integrity in representing our clients, we promise them the resources and coaching necessary to ensure an opportunity to grow