Jan 232015

Lanyards made for IDs are very frequent and can be seen and bought in department stores, craft shops and school supplies stores. But for those who want to have a more resourceful and creative lanyard with a personal touch, ID lanyards can be made by hand.

Here’s a guide to some “do it yourself” ID lanyards:

1.Shoelace Lanyard.

ID LanyardsThe function of shoe laces can extend from feet to neck. Yes, shoelaces can be used as a string for your lanyard. These can be recycled from an old shoe or can be bought at a cheap price. What you’ll need are: scissors, key ring, paper fastener, a rubber stamp or sticker and of course, a shoelace. To do this, put the shoelace inside the key ring and balance the aglet (the ends of the shoelace) and tie it.

To its opposite, attach the paper fastener on an estimated small distance from the key ring. If the paper fastener has an enough space to fill, put either a sticker or a stamp for an additional design. Then put the ID card around the key ring. In a matter of minutes, you can have your own ID lanyard!

2.Duct Tape Lanyard.

This type of handmade lanyard involves no tying or sewing. Why? Because sticking is the main concept of the duct tape lanyard. The materials are: duct tape (preferably those of large width), scissors, a small cutter or hobby knife, key ring, and a plastic ID holder (which can be optional). The duct tape is cut to a desired length, but mostly in 36 inches, the standard length of commercial ID lanyards. Then fold one side of the long duct tape backwards and stick it. Do the same for the other side.

As much as possible, air bubbles should be avoided while sticking the tape. When done, cut the excess of each end using the cutter or the hobby knife. Make a loop by meeting the ends and attach them by sticking a small strip of duct tape. Get the key ring and insert another small duct tape strip. Put it together with the now connected ends of the long duct tape. Now that the key ring is hanging, attach the ID holder to the key ring and now you have your own duct tape lanyard!

3.Fabric Lanyard.

Fabric lanyards are made through the use of any excess cloth as long as it reaches your desired length. Take note that these require sewing skills. To create a personalized fabric ID lanyard, the following are needed: a piece of fabric cloth cut in preferred length, sewing scissors, a key ring and a sewing machine (note that if this is not available, sewing by hand can also be done). To start, fold the cloth backwards in half, then sew it, either by hand or by machine. Make sure that both ends of the fabric are not included in sewing.

After doing so, take the one end, which was not sewn, then open and flip it so that the sewn part can be hidden. This is difficult to do, so you can either use any long, slender object by inserting it while you flip, or you can have a wider sewing area for easy flipping. Now you have the front part of the fabric. Make a loop out of it. Meet the both ends of the fabric, then insert the key ring and sew it again. Insert the ID card on the key ring. Now you have your own fabric lanyard!

A sense of creativeness can be shown through personalized items. It will not only bring out talent, but also the uniqueness of one’s mind. And maybe the key in bringing out this skill is through a simple creation of ID lanyards by hand!

Jan 222015

Garden City has been known by many as the Wall Street of Long Island, for a lot of reasons. No walls surround the village, but someone will know when they have reached inner Garden City. The village is covered with lush green lawns, tree-line streets where curbside parking is prohibited, and beautiful homes. There are strict rules enforced in the village to ensure the safety of its residents, such as zoning restrictions which keep commercial and institutional buildings low in scale, and curfews.

Real estateIt is a peaceful community, being the home of less than 23,000 people, having a low crime rate and with almost all of its working population having white-collar jobs. This basically makes Garden City the home of professionals and managers. Incorporated in 1919, this is an old village with a huge love for the arts and education. There are two things that are important to check out once you start living in a Garden City real estate: attractions and places to see.

People who are looking for a Garden City real estate will not be disappointed with the abundance of different types of homes, ranging from ranches to contemporaries. Although only a few of the original Victorian-style homes built by the founder W. Stewart have remained, most builders have not strayed from tradition. Garden City is home to a mix of house styles which include traditionals, split-levels, Victorians, colonials and Tudors.

Houses also range from single-family homes to apartments, most of which are located within the suburban areas. Primarily, Garden City is a community of single-family homes, but there are also approximately 775 rental, condominium and co-op apartments located in the village. Rentals could cost as much as $1,400 a month for a two-bedroom apartment. Later this year, construction on a 316-unit condominium next to the Garden City hotel will commence, meaning there will be a large new availability of homes in the area.

There are a lot of places to visit in Garden City as well. The village has fine restaurants, specialty stores and even its own Sony IMAX movie theater. Its largest shopping center is Roosevelt Field and the Mall at The Source. There are also museums located in the village. This includes the Long Island Children’s Museum and the Cradle of Aviation, attractions that could be enjoyed by residents. These locations are near every Garden City real estate.

Living in a Garden City real estate also makes it possible for you to visit local parks, including the Eisenhower Park, as well as town beaches on the Great South Bay area. Garden City also has community events where all residents are encouraged to join in, such as the Fall Festival, Summer Gazebo Concerts and Street Fairs.

One of Garden City’s most well-known landmarks is the Cathedral of the Incarnation, built by Cornelia Stewart, which is the village founder’s wife. The church has more than seventy beautiful stained-glass windows. Churches in the village also operate two separate boys’ and girls’ schools, St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s. Other private schools include St. Anne’s and St. Joseph’s, both of which are Roman Catholic institutions, as well as the non-sectarian Waldorf School.

As a village supporting the arts, education and community-building, Garden City has made a name for itself as a great place to build memories and everlasting bonds with friends.

Poised to be the fastest growing Garden City Real Estate company in Nassau & Suffolk Counties.

Jan 212015

Aside from the challenge coins themselves, one thing that the audience waits for in the act of handing over the coins is the ‘secret handshake’. This ritual – that seems to start and end as fast as a bullet – is done in others’ presence, always in plain sight.

Civilians don’t usually understand initially what’s going on. It might have happened in front of them, but they tend to be clueless and unaware of what actually went on. All they know is there’s a Marine at attention, a stone-faced soldier, a famous politician, or even the President (if you’re lucky enough) who reaches out to shake hands. Just like that, in an instant, the ceremony of handing out challenge coins is all over.

What Goes On During a Handshake

During a handshake, a military tradition of giving out challenge coinscould be held. A small and shiny medallion is found inside the palm of a hand, and will seamlessly end on the other. It somehow feels like giving tips to waiters and passing notes discreetly to friends.

Challenge coinsIt might seem trivial, but to some, this means a lot. In June 2011, Robert Gates (Secretary of Defense) went to Afghanistan’s military bases prior to his retirement. Along the way, he met and shook hands with a lot of men and women who were part of the Armed Forces. The handshake may appear normal to most and only seemingly indicates a sign of respect, but in reality, it was a secret handshake that has a Secretary of Defense challenge coin inside.

A Rare Catch

Not a lot of photographers and media personnel can have the ‘bragging rights’ with regard to the secret handshake. There were some who were lucky enough, though, that they were able to capture these rare moments. After all, it’s both fleeting and elusive; in seconds, the whole encounter is over.

It’s ultimately rare that clear photos will be taken of the encounter, and photojournalists look at immortalizing the exchange as a white whale. Photographers know that the secret handshake will indeed take place, but what’s unsure is the possibility of catching it. After all, it’s really hard to capture a coin as it’s being passed. It’s not impossible, but the task is quite hard.

Handshake Booboos

Secret handshakes don’t always flow so smoothly, though. In 2012, President Obama wanted to hand a coin to Sgt. Kristie Ness before boarding the Marine One helicopter. Ness unfortunately dropped the coin delivery and President Obama bent to pick up the fallen coin. He placed the coin back in her hand and the two enjoyed a laugh about it. Today, his delivery is definitely smoother after the previous awkward exchange.

A Tradition Upheld

Not all challenge coins are handed over via secret handshakes, but this gesture has become one of those traditions valued by a lot of people. The root of this was said to be during the Second Boer War; South African colonists and the British fought during the turn of the 20th century.

A lot of soldiers of fortune were hired by the British for this conflict but because of their mercenary status, they can’t earn medals of valor. Commanding officers would however receive the accommodation.Because of this, some stories came out that non-commissioned officers would go inside tents of unjustly awarded officers and their medals would be cut from the ribbon. After which, in public ceremonies, the deserving mercenary will be called forward, the medal put on the palm of his hand as they shake hands as a method of silently paying gratitude for what he contributed and for his service.

Jan 202015

Meetings and events are diverse in their own ways depending on the purpose and structure. These can be a convention, seminar or an internal meeting. All these gatherings have a theme that needs to be shared to the target audience. Effective delivery of the message will eventually lead to a successful event.

keynote speakersAside from identifying the right logistics for a gathering, one of the critical tasks in event organizing is choosing the best keynote speakers. Not all professionals are effective speakers. Even some experts can’t clearly express their ideas and thoughts. To resolve this dilemma, companies and other organizations are hiring qualified individuals who could deliver the message on their behalf.

These speakers are responsible in communicating the message of an entire event to the audience. It is very important that the chosen speaker can capture the essence of the gathering in a short time. Usually, these speakers are given 45-minutes to an hour to deliver a keynote or speech related to the event’s theme. This is already a critical time for any events. The speaker’s talk can help set the mood for the entire event or possibly ruin it.

Effective keynote speakers can create rapport with the audience. This will entice the participants to be active in the entirety of the event. The speaker can even encourage participants to be enthusiastic and excited for the activities lined up for the rest of the event.

Companies and other event organizers are meticulous in choosing their speakers. The institutions are making sure the message that they want to imply will be captured by the resource speaker. Inviting well-known keynote speakers can also draw attention from the public. For example, a successful entrepreneur or a-well known author can be a good option as a resource speaker depending on the purpose of the event.

By inviting well-known speakers, this will help a certain event attract more attendees. People will love to hear what the speakers have to share. People would love to listen to the tips that the speakers can recommend. Other factors such as professional achievements and industry-related expertise are also considered.

Identifying the right keynote speakers depends on the type and purpose of the event. A speaker for a commencement exercise should be an expert of a specific industry. He should be able to share success stories and inspire the newly graduates. Same goes for speakers in a book convention; they should have in-depth knowledge in writing and publishing books. It is important that the speaker can relate to the event, so that he can give an appropriate speech. This way, the audience will be convinced that the speaker truly knows what he is sharing.

Nowadays, people find seminars and conventions boring and dull. People get tired and jaded once the event starts bombarding them with a lot of talks. Perhaps, one of the reasons would be an inappropriate speaker. Sometimes, corporations and other institutions are tempted to invite popular individuals due to marketability purposes. Typically, it will gather attention but the goal of imparting knowledge to the public won’t be attained.

Event organizers should always consider the knowledge that a speaker can impart to the audience. The participants value a seminar if the speaker was able to share his expertise. The participants find it as a pleasant experience when they feel satisfied and nurtured at the end of an event.

Keynote speakers play an important role in seminars, meetings and conventions. They become the instruments in conveying a message in a charismatic and witty manner. A simple message, if shared in a creative way, can leave a strong and lasting impact to the target audience.