Work Smarter Not Harder

4 tips to avoid burnout!

Nothing beats a job well done…except when it leaves you feeling completely burnt out.

When feelings of burnout start to occur, short-term solutions such as taking a vacation can certainly help, but the relief is usually temporary. To avoid burnout, focus on strategies that will have a deeper impact, and create lasting change.


Here are 4 tip to consider when you start feeling the burn:

1.K.I.S.S. (Keep it scheduled and simplify.)

While you may have a mile long task list, trying to jam it all into your day planner may make you sacrifice essential free time and feel more overwhelmed. Instead, Find a daily routine that is easy to follow and then schedule your top work priorities accordingly. If the thought of “free time” sounds unproductive, remember that it acts as a buffer; to give you the time and space needed to tackle any unforeseen circumstance that pop up without putting you in a time crunch.  

2. Delegate

Part of the simplifying process from above is to delegate. When looking at your priorities, figuring out when and where you can delegate is key to making work assignments (and your schedule) more manageable. You don’t have to go it alone!  At Metropolis Management, One of the things our speakers can do is facilitate trainings and retreats – instead of the advisor doing the work, we step up and make it as stress free as possible.

3. Rediscover Your Purpose

Look at the deeper impact of what you do every day; how does your work make life better for other people? How could you add more meaning to what you do every day? Focusing on the bigger picture can recharge your motivation meter, giving you the energy you need to take on another day of being awesome.

4.Turn Off “Work Mode”

Remember the daily routine from step 1? Make sure that includes time to step away from the daily grind! Give yourself time to enjoy your favorite hobby, exercise, or just relax. This really serves to keep your work/life balance in check and prevent future burn out.  

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“The anger sharks are swimming in my head” – Time for Positive Action!

“The anger sharks are swimming in my head”

We’ve all been there at some point – or even regularly – in our lives. And its no wonder why…with increasingly high expectations, never ending workload, and pressure to live up to the “highlight reels” of success we see constantly on social media. Finding yourself being stressed out and irritable is never a fun time. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk and can use your anger to help fight the forces of evil, being perpetually miffed doesn’t do much good.



Here’s 4 steps you can take to get yourself back on track.


Acknowledge your emotions

Ok, you’re pissed off…now what? Take some time to acknowledge your emotions and feel mad. Set a timer for 5 minutes and feel it out. You might find that allowing yourself a moment to feel angry instead of trying to brush it off or cover it with a smile can prevent a single negative experience from taking over the whole day and creating even more problems.


Ask yourself why?

Anger is an emotional indicator; like a human check engine light, it tells us when things need fixed. But just like the check engine light, it doesn’t tell us exactly what the problem is. Go ahead and ask yourself why you’re mad. Often times there’s more than one answer and it can be helpful to make a list or even a flowchart to find the root of what’s really setting you off. Additionally, identifying the cause gives us perspective to our emotional response and makes finding solutions more manageable.


Find a Solution

You’ve found the underlying cause, or at least a prime suspect; are you surprised by what you discovered? Your feeling could be a direct result of mistreatment or wrongdoing OR stemming from stress, lack of sleep, frustration, fear, or just being plain ol’ hangry. Whatever the reason (or combination of reasons), rest assured there’s a way to work through it. Think up a few solutions (not revenge plots) that could work for you and give them a try. Remember to be patient with yourself and others during the process. And If you find the issue at hand is bigger than you expected, its always ok to ask for help.


Take Action!

The smallest actions can make a huge impact when it comes to diffusing your crappy mood. If you’re able, begin taking steps to put your solution to work. This could mean setting up a time to talk it out with a friend or counselor or adding some extra “me time” to your schedule. Actually making plans will encourage you to follow through with getting what you need even after you’ve calmed down.  But what if you need a quick fix to keep the anger sharks in check? Try these techniques!

  • Go for a walk
  • Treat yourself to your favorite coffee or tea
  • Listen to some soothing music or an audiobook/TED Talk
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Meditation or self hypnosis
  • Find something to make you laugh
  • Be creative: doodling/coloring
  • Aromatherapy with essential oils or other pleasing scents  

The takeaway here is to remember that anger along with other negative (and positive) emotions are all part of being human. While we can’t and shouldn’t avoid our feelings, there are ways to redirect their path. It is totally possible to go from bad to better instead of bad to worse.






Sailesh, the Hypnotist has programs to help with headspace. Learn more about Sailesh!

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A Higher Standard of Standards

College students lead stressful lives. The average student may be dealing with a difficult course load, with jobs, apprenticeships, volunteer work and other extracurricular activities, with family and social commitments, with life and career planning, with romantic involvements, personal issues and even a lot more. It’s quite understandable that they would try to find some kind of relief from all of that stress.

And now, as marijuana is legalized in more and more states, and in more and more countries around the world, it seems like a natural choice. It is easily available, there is less risk involved, and the recent changes in laws can almost be seen as an endorsement from society.

Of course, the relief it provides is only temporary, and the use of drugs and alcohol can cause more problems, and more stress, in many people’s lives than they relieve. Nonetheless, students may not always be aware of this, and we can’t really blame them for getting high as an escape from everything they are facing on a daily basis.

What we can do, though, is offer them a better choice. And that is exactly what I do, combining entertainment and education into an unforgettable evening, and showing people that hypnosis is a natural, healthy and positive high unlike any other.

I have been entertaining audiences as a hypnotist for over 20 years, and have performed at schools, corporations, clubs and festivals, in all fifty states and around the world. I was recently named “Best Hypnotist in the World” by MTV Europe, Campus Activities Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” for 2016/2017, and the APCA 2017 Entertainer of the Year and 2014 Hypnotist of the Year.

But as gratifying as all of this recognition is, much more important to me is, and always has been, people’s health and well-being. If an evening of fascination, laughter and joy can also be an evening of positive messages, learning and growth, it can truly change people’s lives for the better. People leave my shows feeling much better than when they arrived, and knowing that it’s possible to continue to feel that way.

And so my performances, as well as my wellness programs, use hypnosis not only for entertainment, but also to teach people ways to deal with stress, to find happiness and peace, and to reach new levels of self-esteem and personal empowerment.

I believe that this is especially important for our younger generation. And at a time when college students have so much thrown at them, and are scrambling for ways to deal with it all, I am thrilled to be able to offer them a different kind of high.

I have performed at over 500 colleges and universities, putting on shows that are unlike anything else out there – hilarious, fascinating and fun, and at the same time helping students discover and make positive choices and set into place healthy behaviors that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Sailesh is not only one of the best entertainers, he also educates and enlightens. He gave the students an evening of entertainment and a lifetime of relaxation and empowerment skills. –Southeastern Louisiana University

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Welcome Week is Coming

Remember when we said Welcome Week was right around the corner? We weren’t joking! But that gave us an idea: Comedy during Welcome Week. What better way to ease nervous first years and entertain jaded seniors than comedy improv? We recommend Face Off Unlimited–you can even add a team building workshop!

Welcome students to campus with Face Off Unlimited!

What’s Your Story?



Welcome Week. Believe it or not, it’s right around the corner. Bring students together by sharing stories with Mitzi Sinnott. Though writing, movement, discussion and drawing, students will create their personal narrative in a program that explores leadership, identity and diversity.

Book Mitzi Sinnott’s keynote and workshop today!


History of Homecoming

Nostalgia in the crisp fall air, marching bands, cheering with friends and family under the bright stadium lights – there’s nothing quite like homecoming celebrations.
If you’ve ever wondered where and when this great American tradition got started, the answer is a bit of a toss- up.

Three universities: Baylor, Southwestern, and Missouri are the founding frontrunners, all having planned and held their first “coming home” celebrations around 1910.

The University of Missouri and Coach Brewer are Officially sanctioned by the NCAA, Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit as the originator of homecoming, the University of Missouri is proud of their long-standing homecoming tradition. It was there in 1911 where Mizzou’s Athletic Director Chester Brewer asked alumni of the school to help inaugurate the new location of their football field by “coming home” to attend the annual game against the University of Kansas.

BUT- there are at least two collegiate homecoming celebrations predate the University of Missouri football game homecoming event: Southwestern University, in Georgetown, TX and Baylor University, in Waco, TX. By multiple historical accounts, Southwestern held the first homecoming on record on Wednesday, April 21, 1909 in San Gabriel Park. Former students raised funds, provided homes, prepared and served a barbecue supper, and decorated the town buildings while members of the senior class waited tables.

Despite the debate, these early homecoming events all had similar characteristics: a football game served as a center point; the events included rallies, parades, speeches and dances; the events intended to unite alumni and students to create a stronger sense of school pride; and they were wildly successful.

With over 100 years of homecoming celebrations in the history books, it’s safe to say that this tradition is just as successful as it was when it all began. No matter where it may have started…we’re glad its here to stay.

We are proud to offer some fantastic entertainment for homecoming participants

Sailesh, the Hypnotist

Nash Fung

Kid Ace



and more! 


We know that students who attend Welcome Week are more confident when they start classes because they have had time to meet friends, navigate campus and get settled. Welcome Week introduces and builds upon various communities on Campus.

From Music and Magic to Hypnosis and Comedy…having a great time is what brings people together to begin forging friendships and making memories that will last a lifetime.

See our guide to find the perfect Welcome Week entertainment to enhance your Orientation and Welcome Week experience!

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Fear, Pride, or Acceptance?

Because you are taking the time to read this, you’ve felt the pain of being judged.

No matter how many times you’ve told yourself that other people’s opinions about you do not signify who you are, at one time or another, you’ve allowed the hatred behind cruel words to slice you into an emotional wreckage. I understand your pain. I was fired from my position as the assistant national team coach, because I was vocal about my coach sexually harassing me. The response from the United States Team Handball Federation was that my coach couldn’t possibly sexually harass me, because I was a lesbian.

Inside the Office of Civil Rights litigation room, the Federation lawyers wounded me with their words, making certain I knew that if I continued the lawsuit against my coach that they would announce my sexual orientation to the media. Maybe that doesn’t sound so awful to you today, but in 1988 if you were a known homosexual, you would never be able to coach on a high school or college campus.

Coaching was my lifelong dream.

Parents of high school and college athletes thought that you would turn their child into a lesbian. Yep, I possessed a magic homosexual wand, which upon my incantations would “turn” young women into loving other women.


But the strange thing was that people once believed that I could!

They believed I was a horrible human being incapable of normal human emotions. We’ve come a long way since those days, yet LBGTQ people are still being judged for their sexual orientation. The moment we stop educating people about who we are—our connection to them and their human frailty—is the moment that the recognition and acceptance we have achieved will slide backwards.

There are still people who see us as dirty, sinners, scum of the earth, and sexual predators.

The reason they see the LGBTQ community this way is because they don’t know who we are. We are as diverse, complicated, soulful, and emotional as they are. We have families, values, jobs, friends, children, and feelings. Yes, we have feelings. People who don’t know us, judge us, because it is easier to judge from a distance. More than that, they have been taught that judging another human being is okay and even righteous. 

I was fired from my assistant national team coaching position in 1988, because I was courageous enough to stand up against the head coach who was sexually harassing me. BUT I wasn’t strong enough to remain in the lawsuit when I knew that my personal life would be exposed. Afraid of hatred, judgment, vengeance, and most of all, the fear of not being able to do what I loved the most—coaching—made me retract the lawsuit.

I am thankful for those noble LGBTQ people before me and behind me who had the strength to stand up for their rights, to walk holding hands in cities, malls, and restaurants, and who have advocated for the right to be recognized as marriage partners. When I was a teenager, there were no television characters who were gay. If an actor or singer was gay, they hid their personal lives. I had no role models to let me know that I was okay.

My father disowned me.

Friends abandoned me.

For two years the only way I could date a woman was to get drunk enough, so that I could blame my actions on alcohol.  

I was ashamed and embarrassed that I loved other women. I couldn’t even say the word, “lesbian.” The word sounded dirty to me. I thought about suicide. I held a gun under my chin with my finger on the trigger more than once. There are still young LGBTQ people out there who feel judged, hated, and wounded, and who turn to drugs, alcohol, or cutting, because they don’t know that they are okay. Some of those people will pull the trigger.

My prayer for us is that we continue to learn to love and accept ourselves so that we will not allow the judgment of the ignorant to determine our happiness or worthiness.

Coach Winn is a Two-Time Olympian and an Award-Winning Speaker and Author, who speaks on diversity, leadership, team building, and communication. Her diversity speech is titled: “From Tailspin to Olympian: A Made-For-TV Movie That Was My Real Life.” You can find her at or contact Metropolis Management at 877-536-5374.

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Pop music standard “You Always Hurt the One You Love” has been performed by many artists over the years, each putting their own unique spin on the tone of the message. But when it comes down to it, far too often, the sentiment is unfortunately true. Many people do hurt the ones they love the most. But the question is why?

Here are several possible reasons for why the saying rings true:

  • We have much greater access to the ones we love. It’s more access than we do with our friends, neighbors, colleagues, and of course, strangers. Since we interact with them more often, and more intimately, it gives us additional opportunity—be it intentional or unintentional—to hurt them.
  • We know them well. Over time, as we’ve grown closer to them, we’ve been exposed to their strengths, weaknesses, opinions, victories, defeats, and political stances, and as such, we can say and do things we know will annoy, anger, agitate or disappoint them.
  • We know their hot buttons and how they will react when pushed. We know what words, actions, and experiences would hurt them the most, and we can decide whether or not to use that information against them.

So, how do we break the cycle?  By choosing to make purposeful decisions. By choosing to live with one heartbeat. By choosing to love, respect and admire the ones we love and care for instead inflicting pain or hurt upon them. It means we must exercise intentional self-control at the precise moment the choice faces us —to hurt, or not to hurt, and make no mistake it is a choice. The more we model this behavior for others, the more it will become the norm and possibly cause a change to the name of the song to, “We sometimes hurt the ones we love” because no one is perfect and mistakes will be made, even when we have the best of intentions.

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The Making of American Stand Up Comedy

The Making of American Stand Up Comedy

Laughter has been around as long as anyone can remember. While we can rely on laughter to continue to be part of everyday life, the things we find funny have gone through some major changes over the years. Stemming from the amphitheaters of ancient Greece where ironic and humorous stories and plays were created to speak about the realities of the time period without censorship. Sounds pretty familiar, right? Well, fast forward a bit to the 1800’s to a time where Americans were considered “as being of a dull and gloomy character” and “certainly not a humorous people”  as said by Charles Dickens (Gee, thanks a lot Chuck).

Early Americans did have humorists but the comedy of the time still relied heavily on lengthy stories and country life. It wasn’t until the turn of the century that the brand of comedy that the stand up comedian we know and love today was created. Historians trace the origins of stand up comedy to a very specific time and place: the Variety and Burlesque shows that flourished in New York City’s vaudeville theatres.

It was here that comedy started to catch up to the fast paced life of the growing cities.

Vaudeville performers refined their materials using basic setups and punchlines we recognize now a days. It is said that the first real stand up comedian was Charley Case, an African-American vaudeville performer. He was the first to break the mold and perform comedic monologues without the use of props or costumes (or pies in the face for that matter).

One notable joke from Charlie was a quick funny story in which Case and his brother Hank are sleeping in a bedroom with their father and they hear a noise downstairs.

“I think there’s a burglar loose in the house,” the father tells Hank.

“You should go down and find him.”

“I haven’t lost any burglars,” replied Hank. “Make Charley go down.”


And there you have it, the birth of American stand up comedian and the modern joke set up. We’ve come a long way from being labeled as dull and gloomy and from there created the most popularized form of comedy known around the globe. So it looks like we get the last laugh after all.

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