Contributor Archives: Julie Gaier

Thank you for reading this blog

My mother is the queen of the thank you note.

Growing up in our house, it was a requirement to send thank you notes to anyone who did something nice for us. Birthdays. Christmas. You name it. We kept Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service in business because of our undying gratitude toward others. Continue reading


Chad Ritterbusch featured in the Waukesha Freeman

Chad Ritterbusch was featured in the March 18th edition of the Waukesha Freeman. The article focused on time off and how it is important for both employees and employers to take advantage of it. The first part of the article is below or you can find the full article here.

The importance of time off for workers — and employers

A break from the job is mutually beneficial

For years we’ve been informed that Americans are some of the hardest workers in the world and tend to not use all of their paid time off each year, leading to burnout and stress. But what are the effects on their employers? Continue reading


Operation Christmas

While all of southeast Wisconsin was wrapped up in the first major snowstorm of the season, more than 350 military families – undeterred by the wintry weather – gathered at the War Memorial in downtown Milwaukee on Saturday, December 10th for USO Wisconsin’s Annual “Operation Christmas” celebration. Continue reading


Serving Milwaukee’s Hungry

When The Ritterbusch Group’s Aileen Smith moved into her home in Wauwatosa in 1993, the family she bought the house from mentioned the front porch was a drop-off and pick-up spot for the St. Ben’s Community Meal program. The family asked if she would consider continuing to lend the porch to the cause. Wanting to be a good new neighbor, she said yes. Continue reading


Headlines that make you go…Hmmm

A favorite regular feature on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno back in the early 1990s was the funny headlines that people would send in from newspapers across the country.

Here are a few of the memorable ones:

Most doctors agree that breathing regularly is good for you”

“Senior luncheon will no longer include lunch”

“MSI owner denies lying, admits not telling the truth”

“Turkey, manure pass through Senate” Continue reading


If you hate blogging, read this post

Jump on the “Bloggity-Blog Bandwagon” and enjoy the ride

In late January, The Ritterbusch Group hosted a wonderful group of professionals in our office for lunch and conversation in the latest installment of Food with Friends, “Seven Ways to Jump Start PR and Marketing in the New Year.”

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Just How Mindful Are You at Work?

So, how do you begin the work day?

Perhaps you dive in to check emails first thing. Or you might scroll through your Twitter feed.

A few months ago I attended a seminar, “Cultivating Mindful Focus in the Workplace,” and among the facts we learned? The primary distractions for workers on the job these days are email and social media. Continue reading


Presenting Like Captain Kangaroo

Remember watching something on TV that captivated your imagination so much that you didn’t want the show to end? People in the entertainment world have that kind of appeal, using eye contact, humor and improvisation to leave the audience wanting for more. Continue reading


Three simple suggestions for better media relations

Developing and maintaining a connection with members of the media is a lot like any relationship. Establishing a good rapport helps build a solid partnership. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so it’s important to adapt as needed while you wait for feedback on a news release or story pitch. Continue reading