The Power of Asking Questions

How to Stop Giving Advice and Start Helping

Do you ever feel the urge to give people advice? Even when they don’t ask for it? I… um… ahem…no… ahhh… I never do that. (insert photo of my nose growing like Pinocchio).…

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3 PowerPoint Practices That Make People Cringe

Technology is Great… When You Know How to Use It

Don’t turn people off when you present. These annoying habits will distract people. Build slides that help instead of hurt your message.

Here are three unfortunately common mistakes and how to fix them…


1    Speaking Notes on the Slides
     What the audience is thinking:  I can read.…

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Write an Executive Summary People Will Love

Or They Won’t Read Your Report

Your Executive Summary is arguably the most important section of a document. It gives the reader a quick view of the report, proposal, or strategy. 

In fact, the Executive Summary is your elevator pitch.

People often start with the Executive Summary, so you have to catch their interest quickly.…

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New Year’s Resolutions are Stupid

Here’s How You Create Change

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? Become a more effective manager. Become a better listener. Lose 20 pounds. Those are tall orders.

Have you kept those resolutions all year?

By mid-February, most of the New Year’s resolutions are usually gathering dust, and all you have is the guilt of not succeeding.…

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They’re Talking About Me Now

So Be Authentic

In the past year, I have lost over a foot of hair and let my lovely locks grow au naturel.

Why am I writing about my short, silver hair?

Because people are talking about me anyway so I may as well do as I like.

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3 Questions No One Wants to Talk About

Mental Health and Business

This morning our Business Mastermind group met to have a conversation about something that even we as good friends avoid. Mental Health.

We don’t want to be seen as weak or broken. We sweep it under the rug and try to power through it – whether it’s addiction to food, drugs, gambling, or shopping, anxiety and depression, or bipolar disorder.…

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Courageous Change

What’s your next big scary step?

courageous changeThis week nearly 50 engineering, human resources, training, sales, and other professionals from all over the world graduated from the MBA program at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

I am proud to have played a small part in their development as one of their instructors. 

These MBA graduates came from Armenia, Jamaica, Jordan, Taiwan, Nigeria, Vietnam, and more.…

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Communication Lessons from Movers

Teamwork is Key

Last month I moved into a new office at 89 Canterbury Street. If you’re like me, packing, lifting furniture, and unpacking isn’t up there on your list of favourite things to do. But I was extremely grateful for the strong arms, careful movements, and communication skills of the gentlemen from the moving company.…

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