Comfortable Leadership

  • March 19, 2016

Are you comfortable being, or becoming, a leader? As a Jaycee, and many of you reading this are, have been, or will soon be Jaycees, I hope that you are at the very least comfortable with the idea of seeing yourself as a leader. One of the common themes, ...

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  • February 4, 2016

So, this is going to be specifically to my fellow Jaycees. Do you have a mantra? If not, you need to get one. Now. What is a mantra? Well, it’s sort of like your own personal creed. Your affirmations that inspire you to be your best self. It can be...

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Get Out And VOTE!

  • January 19, 2016

Get out and vote! Early this year, I was in training with other state (and national) leaders within the Jaycees. One thing that kept coming up, and still does, is the phrase “change it.” Two very powerful words. Change it. You know this is an...

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Scratch 2015

  • January 18, 2016

20156 It’s still early in the year, when most of us are writing 2015 and having to scribble out the 5 to put a 6. It takes a few weeks to get used to the New Year. Some of us are gearing up for big changes in their life, New Year’s Resolutions (those ...

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Try Dressing UP!

  • January 11, 2016

Dress Up Dress to Impress… it really works, y’all. As I said in the first week of 2016, I plan to inspire you this year. First up, I want to talk about your first impressions. It’s a big deal. How do you present yourself to others? How ...

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Happy New Year!

  • December 31, 2014

Happy New Year to all our fellow Jaycees and their families! We wish you all the best for 2015 in your personal and professional lives. We want to help you achieve as much as possible this year, and to help you get started, there is an interesting article...

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Merry Christmas

  • December 24, 2014

To all our fellow Jaycees and families, we wish you a very merry Christmas and hopes for the best on this day and all future days. In this post, we’d like to share a few of the reasons we are so thankful and appreciative this holiday season – hopefull...

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Holiday Season Primer

  • December 17, 2014

You knew we wouldn’t leave you out in the cold. We prepped you with facts for your Fourth of July bar-b-cue…we helped you look like a champ with interesting Thanksgiving stats…now it’s time to brush up on your random holiday knowledge and solidify...

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New Year Leadership

  • December 10, 2014

2015 is right around the corner and it’s time to step up your leadership skills. As a Jaycee, you’re already an active member of the community – initiating projects, getting involved, and helping others. It’s time to expand your role from a partic...

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Self-Assessment for the Year

  • December 3, 2014

The end of the year is a great time to take a look back at how you performed during the previous year. Did you meet most of your personal and professional goals? What did you do that worked out well and what could be improved upon? Using this information ...

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Leadership Changes

  • September 25, 2014

Leading People: The World Is Changing One of the biggest mistakes any future leader can make is to assume that the strategies used by his or her predecessor to lead and manage employees will be successful when they have the opportunity to provide directio...

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Fall, With a BANG!

  • September 17, 2014

Start Your Fall with a Bang If you’re like many individuals across the country, the fall season represents an exciting time each year. You’ve made it through this year’s version of the summer doldrums, and thus have recently concluded what friends, ...

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Workplace Trends

  • September 10, 2014

Trends in the Workplace – 2014 Most of us spend about 2,000 hours a year in the workplace. Not only does this time provide insight into our identities and how we coexist with others, but it also provides the foundation for how we learn to overcome a...

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Days Of September

  • September 8, 2014

September Days to Remember Too often, we jump into fall and fail to understand the opportunities that September gives us to plan and host an event that brings people together. Whether a Jaycee event or not…hint, hint…September is a great month to brin...

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Labor Day Facts

  • August 27, 2014

Labor Day weekend is a great time to get together with your fellow Jaycees – fire up the BBQ, ice down some drinks, and remember all the fun and good moments you had over the summer. Historically, the first Monday in September is a day to celebrate ...

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Back to School as an Adult

  • August 20, 2014

One of the truly beneficial aspects of being a Jaycee is the interaction and friendships you develop with all different types of individuals. As the premier organization for the professional and personal development of young people between 18 and 40, many...

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Starting Projects

  • August 13, 2014

Starting a New Project? Consider These Reminders…   Like all summers, time seems to move more quickly the closer you get to the end. A quick review of all the projects you planned on completing versus what was actually done will let you know how cl...

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2014 TOYA (Ten Outstanding Young Americans)

  • August 6, 2014

The 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) Show the Jaycee Spirit As Jaycees, it’s inspiring to learn about the activities and successes of fellow members. Each year, the United States Junior Chamber (JCI-USA) dedicates a portion of the national co...

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Mid-year Leadership Review

  • July 30, 2014

Halfway through the year is a good time to look back on your accomplishments and challenges as a leader and determine what adjustments you can make to end the year on a wave of success. As an organization dedicated to the advancement of young professional...

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Avoiding the Summer Business Slowdown

  • July 23, 2014

Traditionally summertime has represented a slowdown for businesses and employees. From vacation to more responsibilities with the kids to feeling the hot days of summer, it just seems that you get less done. While not always a bad thing, in today’s busi...

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Your Vacation Should Not Be Stressful

  • July 16, 2014

If you’re like many people around the country, the summer months represent a chance for you and your family to get out of town and take a few days to rest and recharge. That’s right, it’s vacation time! A week or two of relaxation in your favorite s...

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Interview with an Entrepreneur

  • July 9, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to move on from your nine to five job, and chase the dream of starting your own business, there’s some great motivation in an article from senior writer Catherine Clifford at She recently interviewed John Schnat...

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Happy Fourth of July

  • July 2, 2014

Most folks look forward to the Fourth of July holiday for a number of reasons – a long weekend, BBQs with family and friends, and to celebrate a minor historical event called the American Revolution. As you get together with your friends (other Jaycees ...

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Global Trends in Human Capital

  • June 25, 2014

As the workplace continues to grow to include a more global perspective, it is increasingly necessary to evaluate elements of successful business growth on a larger scale. No longer is competition limited to local players, it can now include the entire wo...

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Women Leaders and Equal Pay

  • June 18, 2014

Last month we looked at recent trends in leadership and learned how “softer” management styles that identify with “feminine” traits can be more effective than traditionally “masculine” styles of direction. This month, we’ll continue that dis...

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The Summertime Job Search

  • June 11, 2014

As the summer months roll around, there is a huge misconception that many job seekers fall prey to – no one is hiring this time of year. Wrong. In today’s business climate, organizations do not stop looking for new talent for roughly a quarter of the ...

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Golden Rule: Behold, the Power of Reciprocity

  • June 4, 2014

When it comes to persuasion, there are a few tools and ideas that we as young professionals and active citizens would be well served to understand. Reciprocity happens to be one of those concepts. People utilize reciprocity as a persuasive tool on a daily...

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Active Citizens Framework – Resources

  • May 28, 2014

This month we offer our final installment on the JCI Active Citizens Framework with Step 5 – Resources. If you’ve been following this series, then you know that the Step-by-Step guide offered by the Active Citizens Framework is your key to the process...

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

  • May 21, 2014

“While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.” – Randy Neugebauer “Your silent ...

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Trends in Leadership

  • May 14, 2014

There has been a lot of discussion lately regarding gender workplace issues. Questions such as, why don’t women receive equal pay to men? Do glass-ceilings still exist for females on the corporate ladder? Moreover, do men naturally function better in ce...

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Happy Mother’s Day

  • May 7, 2014

This blog post goes out to all the moms who play a huge role in making the Jaycees the premier organization for young professionals. We appreciate all that you do – from serving as the foundation for countless projects throughout the years, to the found...

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Happy Earth Day!

  • April 23, 2014

This year on April 22nd over a billion people in 190 countries celebrated Earth Day – the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Historically, groups from across the political spectrum have come togethe...

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The Value of Executive Presence

  • April 16, 2014

When you think about the characteristics that help individuals become leaders in their chosen profession, you most likely consider positive traits such as hard work, setting goals, and furthering education as essential to achieving a successful career pat...

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4 Steps to a Productive Meeting

  • April 9, 2014

4 Steps to a Productive Meeting It’s time to add a new certainty to life. We’ve been limited to death and taxes for far too long, and now is the time to admit our previous failures and acknowledge that no matter how hard we try, our next workplace mee...

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2nd Annual Garage Sale

  • April 6, 2014

   April 5, 2014 The Hattiesburg Jaycees held a community yard sale at 208N. Hutchinson Avenue.  We accepted donations from our members and the community that surrounds us. We are also rented booth spaces for personal use. We would like to thank...

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Trends in Social Media

  • April 2, 2014

As the polar vortex refuses to loosen its icy grip on the majority of the country, abnormally cold weather provides an ideal time to review and adjust your personal and professional social media strategies. Whether you’re a novice user or practiced vete...

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Bzzz Tour 2.0

  • March 30, 2014

Follow IPP Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess and President Fay Poissant as they travel the United States to spread awardness of malaria in Africa.   About Bzzz Tour 2.0 Bzzz Tour is a partnership between the United Nations Foundation/Nothing But Nets and the United...

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National President Fay’s Blogspot

  • March 30, 2014

Did you know that grasshoppers taste like grass?  I learned this while attending the National Presidents Meeting in Mexico City at the end of January.  During this long weekend of training, networking and fellowship, I not only absorbed a lot of informa...

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Deductions You Hadn’t Considered

  • March 26, 2014

Deductions You Hadn’t Considered It’s that time of year again…no, not March Madness. A different type of madness – it’s called tax season. Whether you’re an early completer or a diehard procrastinator there are a few de...

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The Right Way To Ask for A Raise

  • March 19, 2014

  The Right Way To Ask for A Raise   Although your boss may disagree, now is the perfect time to ask for a raise. With the tools and trainings provided by your local Jaycee chapter, and the resources available through JCI USA, you’ve been...

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Beyond the First Step

  • March 12, 2014

Beyond the First Step   Early American philanthropist and businessman William Clement Stone, once said, “All personal achievement starts in the mind of the individual. Your personal achievement starts in your mind. The first step is to know exa...

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Women’s Jaycee History

  • March 5, 2014

Women’s Jaycee History      As we roll into March, we are proud to celebrate Women’s History Month and recognize the significant achievements that women have made throughout history, and continue to do so today. As an organization, ...

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Trends in Communication for 2014

  • February 19, 2014

Trends in Communication for 2014 There’s a great article posted by the Public Relations Society of America that discusses the trends in 2014 that will shape how your workplace communicates, both internally and externally. As an organization dedicated to...

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Happy Valentine’s Day

  • February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day   With a great big hug, we offer our best wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day! Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is believed to celebrate one or more Christian Saints named Valentinus who gave their lives to perform marriages ...

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