Lessons That Only Failure Can Teach You

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretzky

Failure, although it hurts to admit at times, is an inevitable part of our lives. We would all like to believe that we won’t ever make mistakes, both in our personal and professional lives. In a perfect world, everything we do would go our way and just the way we plan them to without any setbacks. But at the end of the day, mistakes will be made, and we will all be faced with more than one failure in our lives.

People will face failures that are both big and small. From spilling your coffee on a new shirt, to not making your personal sales goal at your wine tasting, to not receiving an offer for your dream job.

As much as failing puts us in a negative and discouraged mood, having these life-altering moments ultimately make us work harder to reach the level of success we are all striving for. As famous author J.K Rowling once said to a graduating class at Harvard University, “It’s through failure that we learn the greatest lessons that life could teach us.”

Failing seems to be a taboo subject. Everyone loves to hear about successes and how well our family and close friends are doing, but failure is something that many people don’t feel comfortable talking about. Of course we all want to celebrate success, EVERYONE wants to reach success in their lives! But to get there, it takes hard work, goal setting, and falling on your face a couple of times to really learn what to do differently. It’s just not seen as “glamorous” or uplifting to discuss the obstacles and setbacks faced when reaching a goal.

The most successful people have faced failure in their careers. If you really think about it, if you go through life without failing, you really aren’t learning anything at all. It’s how you learn and grow in many aspects of your life, starting at the very beginning. Have you ever seen a baby learning how to walk? They fall down, over and over again. But eventually after much determination and practice, they get back up and find their balance!

The same concept of falling down and getting yourself back up again can be applied to sales and promotions. If sales aren’t where you would like them to be while working a Modern Talent shift, try asking yourself “What could I have said to make the brand I am representing sound even more appealing to the customer?” or  “Would they have bought the product if I was more excited and educational while talking about it?” Understanding what you can do better to improve your sales and brand image are the first steps toward being a successful Brand Ambassador.

There are two different reactions that can happen when facing something that was unplanned: The individual could become discouraged and lose motivation to continue reaching their goal. Or, the individual could take the time to reflect on why they failed, think about what the next steps toward success would be, and work harder and more strategically, learning from their past mistakes.

Be the person who stays determined and finds their balance, and success will follow!

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Have You Been to Boston?

Modern Talent is a Minneapolis-based agency, but we provide Promotional Models, Trade Show Models, Brand Ambassadors, Wine Professionals, and In-Store Product Samplers in several parts of the United States, including the east and west coast!  One of our biggest markets besides the Minneapolis and Chicago metro areas for Promotions and Liquor Samplings in particular is the historic and scenic city of Boston, Massachusetts and its surrounding suburbs!

Boston is one of the most visited cities in the United States. There are plenty of things to do and see that would entertain people of all ages! Being on the east coast of the United States, there are some great perks about living in the city of Boston that you wouldn’t get anywhere else! Our talented Promotional Models who live in Boston as well as the surrounding suburbs love living in the area, and we can completely understand why that is!

University Life: Many of our Promotional Models and Brand Ambassadors live in the city of Boston because they are undergraduate or graduate students at one of the many great colleges. Boston is considered to be one of the best college towns in the United States, and is the home of prestigious Universities such as Boston University, Northeastern, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Each of these universities are unique in their own programs and provides many options for different majors and career paths. Having a job with Modern Talent is a fantastic resume builder for college students who are looking to pursue a career in sales, marketing, communication, or public relations upon graduation!

Things to Do: There are countless options of sightseeing, shopping, salons, brew pubs, markets, restaurants, and more located in the beautiful city of Boston. The city itself is known for its tourism and attractions. If you are someone that enjoys going to sports, baseball in particular, be sure to check out or the legendary Fenway Park to watch a Boston Red Sox game! Boston is also known for their tourist attraction of the Freedom Trail, which gives you an educational and hands-on background of the early history of the United States.

Restaurants: If you are a foodie, Boston would be a great place to visit, especially if you are a seafood lover! There are many favored local restaurants in Boston with many diverse food options, so that’s good news for people who don’t enjoy eating from the sea. If you’re looking to have a Boston seafood experience, some of the favorite places in town is The Barking Crab and Neptune Oyster. There are plenty of restaurants that have gorgeous ocean views to sit at to sip cocktails with your friends and family.

Nightlife: Another great thing about the city of Boston is that it caters to people of all ages, lifestyles, and wants. With the city being in a very popular college town, there are nightclubs that will be more catered toward people who are college students looking to have a night out in an outgoing environment. There are also lounges and bars that are more low-key and easy to have conversations amongst one another at. Whether you’d like to have a fancy cocktail and a few appetizers, or a craft beer, there will be a place to go on a night out in Boston that will make you never want to leave!

Next time you are planning a road trip, or want to take a weekend getaway somewhere that you’ve never travelled to before, consider traveling to the east coast and walking around Boston. You may even be lucky enough to spot one of our Promotional Models working hard to educate guests about a product at one of the local liquor stores, as well as at some of the best bars in town!

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New Year New Goals

Can you believe that 2017 is already coming to an end?!

This year seemed to fly by! Like any year that passes, it’s always fun to reflect on the positive changes that happened over the past 365 days. This past year, Modern Talent gained some great new relationships and has continued to expand, hiring talented Promotional Models, Trade Show Models, Brand Ambassadors, and Wine Professionals in several other states. We are looking forward to our Models having the opportunity to promote Jim Beam during the upcoming Super Bowl in Minneapolis, as well as the other amazing things that will continue to happen in 2018!

I’m sure that at some point you’ve heard someone excitedly claim “new year new me!” and you may have done a slight mental eye roll. That common phrase seems a little dramatic, because we don’t change who we are as a person just because of a new calendar year. However, the beginning of a new calendar year is the best time to set new goals, both in your professional life and your personal life as well.

Goal setting is important because it gives you time to really think about what you want your future to look like. No matter what your profession is, whether you are a Brand Ambassador for the Modern Talent team, a professional athlete, or a college student, setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation to help you achieve those goals. When setting goals, write them down somewhere that you will be able to see on a daily basis to remind you to keep working hard. If you have New Year’s goals but don’t take the time to write them down, it’s likely you’ll forget about them by March.

An important strategy to consider when setting new goals is to follow the SMART model. This means setting goals that are:

          1. Specific – Setting specific goals will give you a clear vision of what you’d like to accomplish, without any grey area. Making your goal specific will make you more motivated!

          2. Measurable – Having a goal that is measurable will make it easy to keep track of your personal progress, and notice your ongoing results.

Example: If your goal is to have higher sales at your wine or liquor tastings, write down the specific number of bottles you are aiming to sell before going into each tasting. Keep track of your goal by making a tally on a piece of paper for each sale while you’re sampling!

          3. Attainable – Why set goals that you know will be impossible to achieve? That defeats the purpose of goal-setting. Setting an achievable goal should be something that stretches your abilities, but still remains possible.

          4. Relevant – To keep yourself motivated to meet your goals, decide to do something that truly matters to you and makes sense for your lifestyle and/or career.

          5. Time-bound – Every goal needs a deadline so that you have something to work toward. Whether you want to accomplish your goal a week from now, six months from now, or a year from now, mark your calendar to remind yourself of where you are at for deadlines.

Goal setting is the best habit you can have in order to continue being successful in your professional and personal life. Goals give you something to focus on, and provides a concrete foundation for your drive. They should make you feel ambitious for achievement, and excited to improve yourself. Cheers to 2018!

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The holidays are finally here! It’s the best time of the year to spend quality time with your close family and friends, eat delicious food, drink yummy cocktails, play games, decorate the house to make cozy and festive, and repeat beloved annual traditions!

Around the holidays, especially when it comes to New Years celebrations, sparkling wine is often the beverage of choice to bring to a gathering. Whether you are a sparkling wine “expert” or have no idea what any of the differences are between all of them, it can be overwhelming to be in a liquor store, bar, or at a wine tasting and looking at all the different types of sparkling wine and the different aray colors that they all are. When wandering and getting lost through the isles of the liquor store, looking at all of the countless bottles can be intimidating, time consuming and even frustrating at times to figure out the perfect sparkling wine to bring to a party.

Our Wine Professionals at Modern Talent would be thrilled to assist a fellow sparkling wine lover to find that perfect wine to bring to their New Years party or other holiday celebration. There are many different types of sparkling wine that range from sweet to dry, and by sampling different types of these sparkling wines at your local liquor store, it will give you a way better idea of what to bring to your gathering. For an event such as New Year’s Eve, champagne and sparkling wines are extremely popular amongst the guests. You’ll want your first sip of wine of 2018 to be something you and the other party guests will all enjoy! Champagne complements the best with salty foods like pretzels or chips, especially if the champagne is dry like a brut. The saltiness in the food will make the champagne taste more refreshing. If you are the one hosting a gathering, or are asked to bring a snack, bringing a salty treat is your best option!

Here are just a few recommended sparkling wines that our Wine Professionals at Modern Talent sample to customers at local liquor stores!

  1. Sofia: Made at the famous director Francis Ford Coppola’s California winery, this sparkling rose is the perfect bottle to bring to a party, just for the appearance of the bottle alone. The gorgeous bottle comes wrapped in a blush pink wrapping, and is hard to miss in the sparkling wine section of the store. It’s a fantastic sipping wine, and pairs well with a wide variety of foods. Everyone will love the strawberry and light lavender flavor, and has a “kiss of spice” at the finish. This would be a good choice for a crowd of guests who like fruitier, sweeter, and a lighter texture to their sparkling wine.
  2. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige: Mumm Napa is known for their incredible sparkling wines for all types of wine lovers. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige is their signature sparkling wine, that has won the most medals than any other in its class. This would be a great sparkling wine to pop open while people are enjoying hors d’oeuvres such as shrimp cocktail. This is a great choice for a sparkling wine that will be a “crowd pleaser” because of its rich finish and vibrant flavors of citrus and honey!
  3. Ste Michelle Nicolas Feuillatte: This Champagne is also a great option to bring to a New Year’s Eve gathering. It has a fresh and crisp texture to it, and is easy to drink! The quality of this sparkling wine, which was created at the Nicolas Feuillatte winery, is quick to pick up on. Bring along a bottle of this, and it will be gone within minutes after other guests taste the soft character and lemon notes!

If you still can’t decide what kind of bubbly will go over well at your holiday gatherings, check out your local liquor stores, because there’s a good chance that one of our Wine Professionals or Promotional Models from Modern Talent will be sampling all different types of options of sparkling wine to sample during the holiday season!


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