How to Plan Effective Conferences and Meetings in Canada

Being a professional speaker since 2009, I’ve seen first hand how conferences and meetings in Canada has rapidly changed. Keynote speeches used to be sixty to ninety minutes in duration. With the increased usage of social media, conference attendees have shorter attention spans (‘squirrel”!) so I’m often asked to deliver a forty minute keynote. The…

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How Employers Can Support Employees During Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak! The holy month of Ramadan begins May 27 for most practicing Muslims. Most non-Muslims don’t have a clue what Ramadan truly is- which is totally understandable. How can employers support employees during Ramadan?  Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quaran to…

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Work-Life Balance Anyone? Abolish New Year’s Resolutions!

  We all want to achieve a healthier and happier work-life balance. Right? Right! However, every January 1 we do this by setting New Year’s resolutions and abandon them around Feb 12. Yes, a somewhat random number but hey- you read this date on the internet so obviously it’s true. The problem with New Year’s…

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How Foreign Workers Diversify an Economy

The Globe and Mail’s six part series on foreign workers is worth the read. In Part 6 of #workerswithoutborders I was very intrigued of the work the towns of Morden and Winkler, Manitoba are doing to attract foreign workers. These towns are small yet they have an 85% retention rate. People move there and stay there-…

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Cultural Differences Define Competition at Workplace

Culture is like water to a fish….a fish does not know water exists until it jumps out of it. I often tell conference participants that they will not know what it means to ‘be Canadian’ until they actually leave Canada. Cultural differences are often only visible ‘below the iceberg’. On a recent trip to Mazatlan,…

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Kindness Key to Building a Positive Corporate Culture

You attract what you put out to the universe. Sounds cliché but it’s seriously true. My company, t Works Inc.,  has been my longest employer at 9 years (it must be the vacation allotment or the great coffee served in-house). I’m finally in a place where I don’t have to do the work I simply do…

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Likeability is Key to Persuasion for Management

According to Dr. Richard Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” when it comes to persuasion, likeability is key. There’s a phenomena called the “spontaneous trait transference” (hmm, sounds like an episode of the Big Bang Theory) Essentially, when you pass along positive comments about a colleague, the listener subconsciously applies those…

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How Important is ‘Small Talk’ in Global Business

Why do we engage in ‘small talk’ in global business? I have an app on my iphone that tells me the temperature anywhere I wish to go yet, when I meet someone for the first time, it’s often one of the first things we talk about, particularly in Calgary where the weather can change on…

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