immigrating from south africa

Immigrating from South Africa

I met Andrea Davis initially at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Calgary Chapter) of which I’m currently serving my third term as President. Andrea, originally from South Africa, is a survivor of the Costa Concordia tragedy of 2012. I consider Andrea an esteemed colleague and dear friend. Such a dear friend that when she…

Feelings of Isolation and Inadequacy

Feelings of Isolation and Inadequacy are Real for Women in Male Dominated Occupations Feelings of inadequacy and isolation are very real for women working in traditionally male dominated sectors. In honour of International Women’s Day where this year’s theme was #ChoosetoChallenge it’s important that we all challenge the status quo by ensuring everyone is seen,…

Why do Sikhs wear Turbans?

Why do Sikhs wear Turbans? Gurprit K. Randhawa Since the time of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, the turban has been a key, distinguishing article of a Sikh’s identity and faith. The turban holds significant historical, social, and spiritual significance for Sikhs. During the birth and development of the Sikh faith from the 15th…

Likeability is key to Persuasion

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…

Why Understanding Cultural Differences is Important for Women in Business

  As a woman in business, you may need to be prepared for culture-specific expectations and practices in business situations. Understanding cross-cultural differences and having an understanding of cross-cultural communication will definitely further your career goals.  You may realize that building close business relationships with people from other cultures might often be more difficult for…