Emery Law Office March 2019


and you can also use star-shaped cookie cutters for your desserts. For your libations, you can serve cocktails from famous films and make a martini even James Bond would approve of. 3. TICKETS GALORE! The ticket price for the first motion picture ever shown at the oldest American movie theater cost 15–25 U.S. cents, depending on the location of your seat. Nowadays, the price of watching a film is astronomical. Fortunately, there are ways for you to create the feeling of watching a film premiere

If you’re a big film buff, then there’s a good chance you set aside one important night each spring to watch the Academy Awards. A great number of memorable moments have happened during the Oscars, such as the 2017 “La La Land” best picture mix-up, the 1974 streaking incident when a naked man ran across the stage, or the 2013 falling accident when Jennifer Lawrence tripped as she walked on stage to receive her award for best actress. The Academy Awards is an event you don’t want to miss out on. Here are three ways you can get the most out of Oscars night. 1. PLAY TRIVIA Everyone loves a good trivia challenge. If you and your family watch the ceremony live, you can use the commercial breaks to test your knowledge. Pose questions about the best picture winners over the last 90 years or the actors selected for different categories. You can also find printable Oscars prediction charts and offer prizes to whoever has the highest number of correct answers. 2. THEMED FOOD If you’re throwing an Oscars party, serving some tasty dishes is a must. But why not kick it up a notch and keep your entrees and hors d’oeuvres in line with the blockbuster theme? There are multiple recipes for Oscars-party popcorn online, I have to be honest: I’m the furthest thing in the world from a football expert. Keri, who knows her way around a fantasy football draft, was recently telling me how boring the Super Bowl was this year. “From my perspective,” I told her, “they are all equally boring.” That being said, our office does rely on a concept from football to kick off (sorry for the pun) our day. The first thing we do when everyone gets in the office is hold a morning huddle. It doesn’t take long — we cap it at 15 minutes — but it puts everyone on the same page for the day. Unlike a football huddle, there isn’t one person who calls the play. Instead, we all share three things. First, we share a win from the previous day, whether that’s settling a case or proving one of our clients wasn’t at fault in an accident. Second, we say our top three priorities, which lets everyone know the cases we’re working on. Third, we mention anything we need a hand with. I can’t tell you what a difference it’s made for us. If somebody is swamped and needs a hand, we know to check in with them throughout the day. When I’m totally booked solid, the huddle is where I can tell my

or Oscars ceremony from your own home. Find printable tickets online to distribute to your guests before the showing, and encourage them to dress like they are heading to the red carpet.



team that I’ll be unavailable for nonemergencies. It’s just incredibly helpful for everyone on staff to share what their plans are for the day.

The best part of the prework huddle is that you can benefit from it no matter where you work. Maybe you won’t be able to get everyone on staff together, but you should at least try it with the people you collaborate most closely with. I would highly recommend asking your manager or boss if you can start hosting these huddles. It won’t take long for them to take root. Odds are your entire workplace will be adopting the strategy in not time. You can also set up a huddle-style meeting at home, perhaps at the dinner table. You can have everyone share the best part of their day, what their top three activities are for the next day, and any struggles they’ve encountered. It may sound a little formal, but I promise it’s mostly just fun. Everyone is busy at work. Taking 15 minutes to simply share your plan for the day may not seem like the most productive use of time, but in my experience, the time you spend in a huddle will allow you to operate more productively and efficiently. That is the definition of time well spent.

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