Hi, my name is Laura and I have a coffee addiction. Iced, hot, grounds, it doesn’t matter. I love it all. I also really enjoy visiting different coffee shops to try new coffee and get some work done. On Thursday I asked my pal Google to find me a new coffee shop to work at.
Once I arrived and walked into the building I quickly realized…this was not really a coffee shop. At first, the people inside looked a little surprised to see me, but within seconds a guy who appeared to be the manager, greeted me with a huge smile and said “Hi there! Are you looking for an awesome cup of coffee or just a place to hang out?” My response was, “Both!”
He explained to me they only had a drive-through window for coffee because they used the building exclusively for roasting their own coffee in-house; there were no tables to sit at for me to work. Now, he could have just left it at that, I would have thanked him and left. Instead he said, “Have you ever seen the roasting process of coffee before?” I hadn’t.
They invited me to the back of the shop to watch where they were roasting a small batch of Brazilian coffee beans. I got to be a part of the process, ask questions, and see the batch being made start to finish. It was pretty dang cool. My favorite part though, was that he didn’t have to do that. There was no reason for him to offer me a behind the scenes tour but he did it anyway – free of charge. I then got to try their coffee (which was amazing) and now I plan to be a regular patron of their drive-thru.
He brought so much joy to my day with that one little unconventional offer. So today I ask you, what small thing can you do to bring someone unexpected joy? As an added bonus, I think it will probably bring you joy as well.
Stuff we wrote this past week:
On Monday, when holidays roll around during the year, a lot of businesses like to take the opportunity to have a sale or promotion based on that day. This is totally acceptable for a lot of holidays, but there are some, like Memorial Day, where it is just plain inappropriate. Do. Not. Do. This.
On Tuesday, remember back in March when we talked about an event in Austin called AdTalks for businesses? Remember when you were overcome with regret for not going? Well, it’s happening again in August, this time in Nashville, which just so happens to be the perfect eclipse viewing spot as well.
On Wednesday, Ryan and Tim have been slaving away at The Funny Business Podcast for 14 episodes now. Now, we want to know what you think in this short survey. If you play your cards right, you might get to see Ryan eating a pretzel.
On Thursday, graduation is here and it’s advice season. Everyone has some wise (or not so wise) words to share and we’re no different. Except the words we shared on Thursday were not our own, they belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not the speech you are thinking of though, a different one he gave to Junior High students in Philadelphia.
On Friday, in this week’s Practically Social, we shared an article on how to mature, a video about why you are the genius you are, and some more that you’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Stuff we liked this week:
First, there was group of people that gathered at the Facebook headquarters to discuss their mutual fanaticism with keyboards. It may sounds strange, but the collection of hand built keyboards that made an appearance is extremely impressive.
Second, this past week Seth Godin published a post called Choosing your spot. You may not be the most talented or the smartest, but there is something else you can contribute that can make all the difference.
Fourth, Google published a map with the most commonly misspelled words in each state. It’s embarrassingly hilarious.
Fifth, there is going to be a lot of weddings coming up, make sure you follow Jojo’s advice and know what weddings look like. Don’t embarrass yourself.
How can we help you?
Well, so that’s a start to our weekend and yours as well. We’ll grow this a little over time as we add content and think of other stuff. During the week, we’re primarily going to write about the five major levels of The First Order of Business, and we’ll share our best tips on management, marketing, and motivation.
In addition, we take requests. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s a topic you’d like us to tackle.
Thanks for your time! Enjoy your weekend!