June 2021

June 2021

Strategies for Success Newsletter June 2021 Issue 186


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2021 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this June 2021 issue:

  1. Thoughts from the Office
  2. Have you read….?
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized


  1. Thoughts from the Office

Back in the cube

Questions and anxiety seem to be the norm for workers who are now being asked to return to a full-time or part-time office environment in a partially-vaccinated world. After talking with my clients who are establishing guidelines for returning to the office, I’ve compiled a list of questions that should be addressed before making the transition.

  1. What’s the company vaccination policy for returning to the office? Is it required? Is proof needed?
  2. How do we interact and meet with a mixed group of vaccinated and unvaccinated staff?
  3. Will there still be Covid-symptom checks before entering in the office?
  4. Do I need to wear a mask in the office if I’m not vaccinated even if our state has a no mask required policy?
  5. Do I need to wear a mask in the office if I’m vaccinated?
  6. What has been done to clean the office, improve airflow and assure a healthy office environment? How will it be maintained?
  7. What’s the breakroom situation to assure a healthy environment?
  8. What’s the work-from-home policy? Can I still work from home sometimes?
  9. What happens when a coworker comes in with Covid symptoms? Is Covid testing required? How long do they have to stay out of the office?
  10. What happens if a member of the employee’s household contracts Covid, but the employee is vaccinated?
  11. Will customers and vendors be allowed in the office? Will they be checked for Covid symptoms or need to wear a mask?
  12. What’s our company travel policy now?

Your office guidelines will not be easy to determine, however, they are necessary to avoid bias and keep everyone healthy and safe.


  1. Have you read….?

Humor, Seriously: Why Humor is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas

Who would have thought that a course on humor was taught at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business? After listening to an eye-opening interview with author Jennifer Aaker, I had to learn more. The book is an easy read with dozens of real-life business examples and interviews with comedians and behavioral scientists on how we can use light-hearted and harmless humor to reduce tension, support teamwork and heighten creativity. The book is a guide to learn what makes something funny and how to find humor in personal experiences.

Here’s an indelible memory of mine when humor landed a great job for the daughter of colleague. Sarah, a soon-to-be college graduate, was on a job search in marketing and communications. Her father was helping her write a sample cover letter for her resume. He started the letter “Dear Mr. Spacely.” For those of you who need a reminder, Mr. Spacely is CEO of Spacely Sprockets, Inc. and George Jetson’s boss.

Sarah, not paying attention, sent the letter without changing the salutation. She quickly received a response from a company that was interested in talking with her. The interviewer told her the reason she was selected to be interviewed was because of her sense of humor. He loved that she used “Dear Mr. Spacely” in her cover letter. Sarah got the job and never revealed what really happened!

Interested in learning about your natural humor type?  Take the authors’ Humor Typology quiz on their website. Terrific quiz questions with immediate e-mailed results. Have fun!


  1. Josmo’s Café

We’re back to entertaining at Josmo’s Café! During a recent V2 (guests fully vaccinated) dinner party, our friend Mary Beth came through with another outstanding dessert, Berries Romanoff . Perfect for spring! Mary Beth is from Georgia and served these wonderful berries with Georgia Peach Cookies from Byrd Cookie Company. What a delicious combination of flavors!

We have lots of beautiful spring leaf lettuce in our North Carolina gardens. John has been making us delicious Wilted Lettuce with Hot Bacon Dressing. It’s a perfect side dish served with grilled chicken and corn on the cob.

Looking for more great recipes? We have over 100 recipes on our Josmo’s Café page on the website.


  1. Stay Energized

Our Energizer Minute for June is called Stop problem solving.

If you are as amazed as I am at what is happening in the real estate housing market, you’ll enjoy another hilarious Holderness family video on today’s home buying.

Road trips in your future plans? John and I love car trips especially drives that are off the main roads. Earlier this year, the Federal Highway Administration designated 15 new All-American Roads and 34 National Scenic Byways. This makes a total of 184 American Byways in 48 states. To venture out more on beautiful roads, I bought the National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways (fifth edition). A beautiful and detailed book, it includes pictures and maps of 300 of the best drives in the U.S. Happy and safe travels this summer!


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