How to Beat the Midday Slump

No matter your career, we can all agree that mid-afternoon is the hardest part of our day. This is when our energy begins to fail us, and distraction takes over. We have all fallen victim to the afternoon slump, but luckily, our management team at Grizzly Sales Force has discovered proven methods to help you bounce back and finish the workday strong. We have put together a list of our favorite tips and hope they can help you boost your energy and increase your end-of-the-day productivity.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Take a break from the office and enjoy your lunch outside. It is essential to give your brain a rest and take in the fresh air. Time your lunch period so that you can eat and then enjoy a leisurely walk; this will help keep down the amount of melatonin your body produces and give you a much-needed vitamin D boost. Use this healthy, daily habit to increase energy and lift your mood.  

Take a fifteen-minute brain break

Take fifteen minutes every afternoon to clear your mind and relax! Taking a brain break allows you to refresh your mind and replenish your mental resources, enabling you to stay energized, stress-free, and productive as your day comes to a close.

Clean your desk and clear out your inbox

We all know that clutter is a distraction! Your space should be as organized as your mind needs to be. Take ten minutes out of your day to clean up your desk space, organize your afternoon, and clean out your inbox. These are mindless tasks that require little concentration but will supply an abundance of energy.

Eat one square of dark chocolate

You heard us right! Snacking on one square of dark chocolate is a healthy opportunity to give yourself a little extra boost in the afternoon.

Dark chocolate provides fiber, magnesium, and caffeine.

Don’t miss out on a chance to treat yourself to a delicious snack while also providing your body with the ingredients needed to boost its energy. Grab you some ASAP!

Dance party

Did you know that energy is contagious? Our team at Grizzly Sales Force loves to work together to increase mid-day productivity, which means afternoon dance parties. Put on your favorite high-energy song and let loose for ten minutes. We promise you will return to work feeling energized and ready to tackle your goals. While silly, you’ll be surprised how beneficial letting loose can be!

We all want the same thing at the end of the day: to hit our goals and to feel accomplished. That will not happen if we allow ourselves to get stuck in an afternoon rut. It is crucial to find out what methods work best for you and your schedule. Whether that is dancing to your favorite tunes, eating a high-energy snack, or taking ten minutes for yourself, you have to make a conscious choice every day on how you spend your energy reserve. We hope these tips lead you in the right direction and allow you to get the most out of your workday. From our team at Grizzly Sales Force, have a happy, relaxed, and productive afternoon!

Authentic Leadership: Four Tips to Being Better for Your People

Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we are people-focused. Our business’s success is built around the growth of our team members, and as leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure that our skills are up to the task. Because of this, we are continually reading, meeting with our mentors, and consciously trying to be better. Over the years, we have developed into authentic leaders, individuals with the experience and knowledge base needed to lead others to greatness. If you are searching for some advice on how to strengthen your leadership abilities, continue reading for four of our best tips!

Be self-motivated

The only person that can control your rate of success, no matter the task, is you. To be a leader that others can rely on, you have to be self-motivated. Easier said than done, we know. However, when your team is looking to you as an example, you need to be ready to show them exemplary habits. Wake up at a decent time in the morning, show up to work early, eat three healthy meals a day, always keep your cool in high-stress situations… we could continue all day. You have chosen to be a leader and with this title comes great responsibility. You can no longer rely on others to motivate you; the ball is solely in your corner now!

Inspire and empower others

An authentic leader always puts the needs of others ahead of their own. You have the power to lift others up when they are feeling down, to mold them into better versions of themselves, to inspire and empower them to go for their goals, no matter how far-fetched.

Be a source of positivity and encouragement to others, and we promise that energy will come back around!

Have an open-door policy

Although we would love to say that every day is perfect, that’s just not true. When your people are having a bad day, when they are struggling, they need to know that you are someone that they can lean on. When we say to have an open-door policy, we don’t mean that you should write it in your company handbook and then never think of it again. You need to actively speak with your people, build relationships with them, and encourage them to come to you when they need to.

Be assertive and honest

Having critical conversations can be challenging. You’ve built strong relationships with your people, and sharing with them that they need to improve can be scary. However, as long as you approach these discussions with professionalism and respect, you can’t go wrong. It is essential to your team’s long-term success that you are honest and assertive.      

If being an average leader is good enough for you, you can ignore all of the advice we have dished out today. However, if you want to be a genuine, authentic leader, we hope you take these tips to heart! Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we want the best for our people and are determined to do everything in our power to guarantee their success. If you need more business and leadership advice, follow our team on Instagram – @grizzlysalesforce!

Dressing for Success with Grizzly Sales Force

Welcome to interview season! As the weather warms up, so does the need for a new work opportunity. Our recruiting team here at Grizzly Sales Force is excited to begin meeting with qualified candidates over the upcoming weeks to fill a few of our open positions. Are you on our schedule? Congratulations! We understand that for many of you, this may be your first professional job interview. Our first bit of advice – prepare ahead of time. You don’t want nerves to get in the way! Secondly, dress for success! How you present yourself on this first face-to-face meeting can be the make or break on whether or not you land the job. To help you prepare, we are sharing three tips on how to dress business professional.

Dress for the job that you want, not the job that you have

Never worn a suit before? There is no better time than the present! You do not want to show up to a professional job interview dressed in jeans and a polo. We suggest a full suit for both men and women. Our team is not hiring based on a candidate’s fashion sense, but it is crucial for us to see if someone can confidently carry themselves. An interviewer will most likely make up their mind about whether they are interested in a candidate or not within the first five minutes. Make sure that they know that you are prepared in all aspects and that they can feel confident about your meeting with their clients!

Less is More

It can be so tempting to go all out when dressing for an interview. You want them to see you at your best; we get that! However, you don’t want the interviewer to be focused entirely on your outfit or your perfume and not on you. When picking a fragrance, go with something light. When choosing a shirt, think professional yet calm. You want your outfit to compliment your achievements and your personality.

Prepare Ahead of Time

Our last tip is all about preparation. Don’t wait until the last minute to get dressed. Have your outfit laid out a few days beforehand. This gives you plenty of time to get your suit dry cleaned and pressed if need be. On the morning of your interview, you should be focused on practicing common interview questions and doing last-minute research on the position. You should not be attempting to iron your shirt or pick out a belt.

Heading into an interview can be nerve-wracking. Hopefully, by following these steps, you will have plenty of time to dedicate yourself to mentally preparing. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we want all of our candidates to walk into our office with their best foot forward. We know that dressing business professional can be confusing, and we don’t want inexperience to stand in your way! Remember, show up in a clean, wrinkle-free suit with a smile on your face. We can hardly wait to meet with you and, hopefully, welcome you to our growing team!

Why Choose A Career In Sales

When you hear the word sales, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Some generate images of Jordan Belfort with a lavish life of luxury, others envision a pushy car salesman, and some are completely outside of the box, not quite understanding the benefits or sacrifices that come from a career in salse. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we believe that sales as a career is a wonderful opportunity for professional growth full of amazing benefits. Today, we wanted to share three great benefits that come standard with this field.

One of our favorite things about working in sales is getting to be around people. Between the people on our team, our clients, and every new person we meet, every day is something different with someone different. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we work together as a group to help each other reach our goals. If networking is something you crave, sales is the perfect fit! Sales is a great way to get yourself out in the world, meeting new people along the way. If you are introverted and shy, sales is also the perfect fit! When you have a career in sales, you will gain tons of new skills to help you feel more comfortable speaking with new people. Also, sales will help you to get yourself out there, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. Having a career in sales allows you to be present and form real connections.

A major perk of this sales industry is that growth is based on performance. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?! A career in sales allows you to drive your own success, at whatever pace you set. Are you a go-getter who always has their foot on the gas or do you prefer to move at a steady pace? Either way, sales is the perfect fit! Sales allows you to be the driver on your trip to greatness. Remember, the amount of work you put into anything determines your results, and a career in sales is exactly that. Unleash your untapped potential and dive into the world of sales.

Are you dreaming of having the freedom to control your own life? With a career in sales, you can do just that! Imagine being able to be in your control of your time (most sales jobs require a high level of self-management), dictate your income (hellooo, commission), and spend time with family and friends. Sounds like the dream, right? You might be thinking to yourself, how can sales allow me to have such freedom? When you work hard and prove to your company that you can drive results, you become an invaluable asset and benefits like these will naturally follow. Granted, the early years of sales jobs require more legwork than play time, but over time, your decision to pay now and play later will literally pay off. Within our Management Training Program at Grizzly Sales Force, our focus is to develop sales reps into sales managers, giving team members the opportunity to dictate their future THEMSELVES. With sales, there’s less chance of walking in to an unexpected pink slip because the person in control of your progression is yourself. Can a career in any other industry give you that kind of opportunity? We didn’t think so.

We could continue to go on about the benefits of working in sales all day, but at the end of the day, enjoying any career is a matter of the mind. If you are someone who would love to have these three benefits in your life, though, we recommend you consider making the switch. We can all personally testify it was the best decision for our careers to date.

How To Become A More Productive Person

There are two kinds of people in the world, ones who find time to accomplish everything on their to-do list, and the others who can never seem to cross everything off. If you feel you belong more to the second group, we have some advice for you. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we feel being productive is a conscious decision one must make daily. The tips we are about to share can help turn your behavior around, making you a more productive person. Start incorporating them into your daily routine and this year will be your most productive one yet.

Use Time Blocks To Your Advantage

The first step in becoming more productive is to get yourself organized and utilize time blocks. Your time is precious, so divide it up by task to be as efficient as possible. For example, instead of responding to emails throughout the day, dedicate a section of time to solely respond to them. This system allows you to switch gears and get focused on the task at hand. It may seem odd to break your day down like this, but in doing so, it allows you to look at all the tasks at hand. Distractions will happen, but by training your brain accordingly, you’ll be able to better handle any fires that arise during your workday.

Get More Sleep

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but getting more sleep has been proven to make you more productive. Your body and mind need the right amount of rest to perform at it’s best. Don’t take sleep for granted, no matter how hard the urge to stay up maybe. Getting into a healthy sleep schedule can give your body a sense of rhythm that will make the rest of your day go smooth. Do yourself a favor and get more sleep. They don’t say 8 hours of sleep for no reason!

Keep A Detailed Calendar

Make it a priority at the start of each week to write down your schedule. Starting a calendar is one of the best ways to be more productive. This is the space where you write down your work meetings, appointments, and anything else you feel is important. Make sure to schedule clear work hours and allow yourself for breaks. However, do not treat your calendar like a to-do list. Your calendar is a visual representation of your time. Having everything right in front of you will help you to not schedule yourself too thin or double up on appointments.

Turn Off Work Mode

Just like there is a time to work, there is a time not to work. Successful and productive people understand you cannot be in work mode 24/7. It is important to take time to do something for yourself every day. This will help keep you physically and mentally healthy. When you are operating at your best, you can perform at your best in all of your tasks.


New habits take time, so be patient while you adjust. There is always room for improvement to become a more productive version of yourself. You’ve got the tools, now get out there and make this the most productive year yet! The Grizzly Sales Force team wishes you a productive new year.

Saying Farewell To Our Summer Interns

This Summer, our team here at Grizzly Salesforce was blessed to work with several interns who made a profound impact on our organization. As they prepare to return to school next week, we wanted to take some time and sit down with 2 whose influence goes far beyond their 3 months with us. Introducing Charita Glover and Terence Green Jr!

Charita and Terence, tell us a little about yourself!

C: Ok! I’m originally from Memphis and currently attend Austin Pea State University in Nashville studying Nursing! My friend Haven worked with the company and personally recommended me so I came into the company this Summer excited to work with my friend and learn some new skills.

T: I’m from Southhaven, Mississippi and am an upcoming Senior at Mississippi State studying Business Administration. I went online looking for marketing internships and quickly found Grizzly Salesforce.

What did you guys both notice upon working here at Grizzly Salesforce?

C: I noticed that I was really scared and nervous to try something new and I lacked confidence, yet the team understood I was learning at my own rate and gave me the time and training to do just that.

T: I immediately noticed the family environment and the challenging atmosphere that helped everyone improve professionally.

What is the biggest lesson you both learned in your time here?

C: I learned how to grate my mindset and learn how to mentally overcome any hurdle thrown my way. I feel so much more confident in myself after my time here.
T: I learned that I have to work even harder to get what I want and I’ll only get out what I put in.
What were both of your best memories with the company?
C: Mine was going to our client’s nationally held marketing & sales conference in Dallas, TX. I got to network with some incredible people from all around the country!
T: Mine was going on some business trips to Meridian with the team. It allowed me to form better relationships with the guys.
What advice do you have for someone interning with the company?
C: Try it out. Even if you think you’re catching on slow or it might not be a great fit, you’re going to learn something.
T: Be patient. Nothing will come overnight; give it time! Some things are a process.
What business reads or entrepreneurs would you tell others to read? 
C: I recommend Think & Grow Rich and anything written by Thomas Edison.
T: I love Grant Cardone & Jordan Belfort. Listen to them speak and following their social media has been really influential for me.
Last question – any special shout-outs to the team?! 
C: Yes! I owe Fig so much gratitude. He is an amazing leader and really took me under his wing. Also, John and Terence, my fellow intern, helped me out considerably!
T: Fig was crucial to my development and I owe Will and Johnathan a lot too!
Charita and Terence, you two are so mature and entrepreneurial for your age and we are so fortunate to have had you as a part of our team. We look forward to hearing about your successes at school and having you guys as a part of our team after graduation!

What Does Servant Leadership Mean To Us?

Here at Grizzly Sales Force, we have built a foundation from the concept of servant leadership, but what does this actually mean to us? To us this means accessibility. It means being available to you, anytime. We know that a strong leader is one that can be reached, and that is why we strive to always be just a call or click away. To us, servant leadership is always going above and beyond for our valued customers. We don’t settle for the bare minimum, and neither should you. We know you expect the most from us, because we expect that of ourselves. To us, servant leadership is unending creativity and a constant strive to reinvent and recreate. To be a servant leader is to be an unselfish leader, to put the needs of the team and the client before your own. This is what we strive for each and every day as members of the Grizzly Sales Force team. A comfort zone is foreign to us, we build our team from the bottom up to value creativity and authenticity. To us, servant leadership is trust. We know the value of your trust, and we do not take that for granted.

Servant leadership is more than ruling with an iron fist, to us it is teamwork. It means working together. We see the relationships that we foster with each other, and with you as a team effort, and a collaboration We strive every day to work harder to be more understanding, more collaborative, more flexible, more reliable, and more trustworthy. The basic factors that make a strong team are what we use as a foundation for strong leadership. After all, without a team, there is no leader.

We hope that you see this servant leadership in us with each interaction, as we strive to reflect these values each and every day. Every professional choice, business decision, and relationship we embark on is built upon this idea, with you in mind.

Along with our services, we promise to deliver the servant leadership we value so greatly. We work tirelessly to not only perfect our own leadership style but to inspire leadership in others. Here at Grizzly Sales Force, the key to our strong team is this servant leadership within ourselves and among our teammates. It is our sincere hope that our pattern of servant leadership is not only reflected in our work day after day but will also inspire some leadership in you.

Testimonials & Reviews From Our Interns

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Internships are a smart way to get ahead of the game before earning your degree. They give you hands-on experience, look great on resumes, and give you a taste of the “real world”. At Grizzly Sales Force, we offer internships to motivated, hardworking individuals looking to get their feet wet in the business industry. See what it’s like interning with our company as our current interns share their experiences!

Kalyn – Sophomore, University of Memphis

My experience as an intern at Grizzly Sales Force has been a great one. I’ve had the opportunity to learn through hands-on involvement in a positive work environment. I’ve even learned life lessons on how to apply a more positive attitude and be solution oriented. The CEO/President, Mike Figueroa, has been an amazing role model as a hardworking, family-oriented man who always motivates me to be better and work harder.

Devonte – Junior, University of Memphis

Working at grizzly sales force is one of the best opportunities I have ever had. I work 3 days a week bringing home $800-$1000 checks. I get to conduct interviews with potential candidates. This job prepares me for a lot of professional speaking, which I was never good at doing. I am also learning how to be better with responsibilities for both life and career. Also, my communication skills with people have escalated due to servicing customers’ wants and needs.

Darell – Sophomore, University of Memphis

My experience with Grizzly Sales Force has been nothing short of great, from the hard work and growth to the team nights and bonding. Since I’ve been with Grizzly Sales Force, I have tapped into the potential I always knew I had, but I was just unsure how to bring it out. I look forward to the continued growth and fun times that await with the company that I am proud to say I am apart of.

For more information on the careers and internships that Grizzly Sales Force offers, please visit our website or check out our CareerBuilder profile!

 

Leaving Behind an Empire: Account Manager Wil Skelton

Individuals from all backgrounds, college degrees, and work experiences can excel in a career at Grizzly Sales Force. Account Manager Wil Skelton is a prime example of this. Though he is a newer addition to our team, Wil has quickly made a name for himself in our company.

Describing himself as a “Mama’s Boy”, Wil grew up in Greenville, Mississippi as an only child. He has always been heavily involved in sports and loves being a part of a team environment. When Wil was younger, he mostly played basketball, baseball, and soccer. During high school, Will added track, football, and golf to that list. Helping his football team win the state championship in 2011 and his track team win it the following year, it is evident that Wil plays to win.

After high school, Wil attended Ole Miss as a Criminal Justice major but later transferred to Mississippi State University. Following in his father’s footsteps, Wil changed his major to Mechanical Engineering, but he soon encountered the financial hardships that come with pursuing higher education. Wil decided that he would rather work hard for the money rather than to have it borrowed or given to him; he was determined to prove to others that he was capable of supporting himself.

Wil applied to many different companies online, including Grizzly Sales Force. He received a call from our Human Resources Department and was offered the opportunity to interview here. He was open to moving out of Greenville, so he pursued the open position at Grizzly Sales Force in Memphis, TN. Wil enjoyed his preliminary interview with our CEO, Mike Figueroa, Jr, and how Mike explained the opportunity: you get out exactly what you put in. Even though Wil had zero sales, customer service, or business experience, he proved to our management team at Grizzly Sales Force that he was willing to step outside his comfort zone, and he was determined to be his own boss and control his own destiny.

In just one month of working at Grizzly Sales Force, Wil is rapidly advancing within our firm’s Management Training Program. He was promoted from our entry-level position into an Account Management role within 2 weeks of starting here! Wil is currently learning the training process and is excited to start to move into a leadership role, where he will be teaching and developing others. When asked what he loves most about working with Grizzly Sales Force, Wil answered, “I love the work environment and the support from our team. It is impossible to have a bad day when everyone is so motivated and willing to help you succeed.”

Why did Wil choose a career that was unrelated to his field of study? He liked that the advancement is based on performance; the harder you work, the quicker you move up. Wil wants to leave behind an empire, make an impression on others, and create a “chain reaction” of opportunity. The biggest lesson he has learned while working at Grizzly Sales Force to never lose your attitude. It is important to keep your energy level up because customers aren’t going to want to talk to you if you’re negative!

In his spare time, Wil enjoys playing sports-related video games, such NBA 2K and Madden. He also likes to play golf when the weather is nice. What you may not know about Wil is that he enjoys listening to Taylor Swift when he needs a good pick-me-up song! His greatest mentor is his Grandfather, describing him as responsible and good with money. “He’s the type of person I want to be,” says Wil.

Grizzly Sales Force is incredibly proud to have Wil on its team. Finding an individual that has a tenacious work ethic and is willing to do whatever it takes to be successful can be rare, but we easily find this in Wil. We will leave you with one of Wil’s favorite quotes by Kobe Bryant:

Those time when you get up early… those times when you stay up late… when you’re too tired… you don’t want to push yourself, but you do it anyway. That is actually the dream.

 

Call it a Plan: Grizzly Sales Force’s New Manager, Tandy

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The culture at Grizzly Sales Force is often described as tight knit and unified. For family oriented individuals, such as our new manager, Tandy, this type of environment is a great fit both professionally and personally. During his time at Grizzly Sales Force, Tandy has demonstrated values such as unity and camaraderie – values that were instilled in him at a young age.

Born in the St. James Parish of Montego Bay, Jamaica, in a place called Barrett Town, Tandy has always been very close to his relatives. He grew up with a passion for drawing cartoons and scenery and a love for playing percussion instruments. Tandy even played drums for his church’s band and his high school’s band! While attending William Knibb Memorial High School, Tandy built picture frames and saving jars out of wood and then marketed and sold them to his peers, proving that he is an entrepreneur a heart!

In addition to his craftsmanship, Tandy was a track and field star, where he was mostly a dash runner because he loved to go fast and keep his eye on the prize! In addition to running, Tandy played soccer as a forward. His love for athletics would later become extremely useful in the development of his leadership and team building skills at Grizzly Sales Force.

After finishing his senior year of high school, Tandy participated in the William Knibb Memorial’s greater education program, where he studied architectural engineering for 2 years. He decided to leave school to run his own carpentry firm with his cousin. Tandy also obtained a job working for Delta airlines and balanced that job with his carpentry work; he worked for Delta during day and did carpentry at night for close to 3 years!

Tandy migrated to the United States in 2012 to Orlando, FL. He made a close friend quickly and the two of them ran a “Golden Crust” franchise, a restaurant that serves authentic Jamaican cuisine. During this time, Tandy was blessed with a beautiful baby girl named Robyn in 2014, who presently lives in Orlando with her mother.

Later that year in 2014, Tandy was presented with the opportunity to move to Nashville to partner with his brother and start a catering company named “Nashville Island Cuisine”. For a few years, the brothers enjoyed running the company together, but ultimately, the business wasn’t as profitable as they hoped.

Tandy began searching for new career opportunities outside of the food industry. In the summer of 2016, he came across a LinkedIn job posting for a private marketing and sales firm in Nashville. Tandy was intrigued by the opportunity and the merit based advancement structure; a career that emphasizes rewarding hard work was exactly what he was looking for!

Just a couple of months after Tandy started his new marketing and sales career in Nashville, news broke out that our client, DirecTV, would be expanding into Memphis. Our now CEO, Mike Figueroa, would be overseeing the Memphis market and asked Tandy if he would be interested in moving to Memphis with him to open Grizzly Sales Force. Tandy recalls, “Mike had open arms for a soldier like me, and I was down for whatever!”

Right away, Tandy fell in love with Memphis. Just 3 months after he started working in Memphis, Tandy reached the qualifications for Assistant Management! How did he do it so quickly? Tandy remembers, “I was very intentional about everything. I was a man on a mission. I believed in myself and my team.” Tandy also had (and still has) a “vision mirror,” where he writes down his goals on his bathroom mirror. Tandy laughs, “I like looking good, but I love seeing my goals even better!”

Now officially a manager within Grizzly Sales Force, Tandy will be opening his own consulting firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan by late January, representing another multi-billion dollar telecommunications client. When Tandy received word that Grand Rapids was an open market for the client, Tandy checked it out, and he loved it! While visiting the area, he experienced the great culture and welcoming people of Grand Rapids!

Besides opening his new company, Tandy has plans to found a non-profit organization called “Fambily Guyz” – Fambily being the Jamaican word for Family. The organization will create healthier relationships in the household, especially for teenagers and their parents. Being the family oriented individual that Tandy is (he even calls himself a “Momma’s Boy”), effective communication and strong relationships amongst family members are crucial for him.

Grizzly Sales Force is incredibly proud of what Tandy has accomplished while working with our firm. Our team is excited to see his continued success running his own office in Grand Rapids. 2018 is YOUR year, Tandy!