#ThirstyThursday Issue #120

The Assist Newsletter
February 28, 2024
Thirstythurs Joke of the day

Click the image for the punchline 👆.

😂 Check out all the February 2024 Jokes here.

In today’s issue:

  • A script to say “no”
  • Quit pigeonholing your career
  • Why employees shouldn’t be expected to work as hard as the boss
  • Fear is a woman’s #1 obstacle at work


When your plate is full, say no!


@kelliraethompson on how to say no politely


My 1:1 Meetings Used to Suck — Then I Did This 👉



We’re a small team at The Assist, so we rely on lightweight tools like Notion to power our operations.

Because we wear multiple hats (startup life for ya!), projects are constantly flying around, and priorities can change on a dime.

And even though I’d have regular 1:1s with my associate, sometimes weeks would go by before we’d realize a few to-dos slipped through the cracks.

Our solution?

  • Creating a system to track our 1:1 meetings in one place
  • Filling out agenda items prior to meeting to keep us focused
  • Ending each meeting with a clear plan of action and to-dos listed with deadlines
  • Reviewing uncompleted tasks in our next meeting and aligning on priorities

You don’t need a complicated system to stay organized — in fact, the simpler it is, the easier to keep up with it.

⭐ I recommend starting with an easy to use template like this 1:1 meeting notes from Notion.

— Joanna (Co-Founder of The Assist)


Successful People Experiment In Their Career


@antonella on how successful people often experience change in their career before finding their thing
  • Just because you’ve been doing something for a long time, doesn’t mean you can’t change course and excel in a new career
  • Attaching your identity to a single job title can create blockers when pursuing a new industry
  • Find your purpose and passion in the new thing you’re trying to learn to help with any blockers
  • Focus on transferable skills and drawing connections between your strengths and the new role


Leadership Lesson: You Work For Your Employees


@garyveevideoexperience on why good leadership means understanding you work for your employees
  • Employees shouldn’t be expected to work as hard as the business owner
  • Doing so creates a fake expectation vs what they’re being paid


Awesome Swag Vendors Are Hard to Find — So We Found One For You



If you’re in charge of employee or client gifting, check out Stadium 🤗.

With their wide array of customizable products, they make it easy to create a lasting impression. You can even launch your own swag store to make warehousing, gift selection, and fulfillment a breeze.

💬 What others are saying about Stadium:

  • “I like the fact that a recipient can receive a gift of credits to put toward items that tickle their own fancy. It takes the guesswork out of gift-giving and everyone wins! It is also very user-friendly.” — Erica S.
  • “I like that this is a one stop shop. The ease of being able to pick from so many different items not just food related is a great touch.” — Hollie W.
  • “The ease of setting up a shop where a variety of ~200 associates could pick their own gift – that is delivered with the same settings/messages was SO helpful and exactly what we were looking for. Their customer service team was very helpful and responsive with any questions.” — Liz M.

👀 Check out Stadium here.


Fearlessness Is Like A Muscle


@Arianna Huffington on fearlessness is like a muscle, the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.
  • Qualities like ambition and drive are essential for success, but women often face criticism for these traits.
  • The biggest obstacle isn’t external pressures but internal fears about power and how it may change us.
  • These fears lead to self-censorship, hindering women from expressing their ambitions fully.
  • Overcoming these fears is crucial, as society needs women leaders to push beyond fear.
  • When Women Lead by Julia Boorstin offers insights and stories on how you can achieve this.


Stuff we’re loving this week


🏆 If you’ve ever watched Family Feud and thought to yourself, “I would crush the competition at this game,” then consider playing Virtual Family Feud with your team! Nothing like some friendly competition to get your team fired up for the week.

✅ This to-do list notepad makes planning your day more enjoyable. Kick your day off with one thing you’re grateful for, list your to-dos, and crush your day.

😌 Prioritizing self-care is the only way to keep yourself from burning out. Try out this self-care journal to keep yourself accountable (comes with stickers!).

⚡ Did you know 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Fend off dehydration by adding this electrolyte powder packet to your water.


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