May the world overcome bigotry and prejudice, and find peace, love and acceptance in 2016

Respect for others seems to be a fleeting quality at times… but then, just when you least expect it, the best in people comes out restoring faith that things can change. There will always be bad apples out there and people need to stop associating good folks with the bad just because they might share some physical or cultural similarities. May the world overcome bigotry and prejudice, and find peace, love and acceptance in 2016. Best regards, Michael Milette … Continue reading

It’s not about the nail

There was so much conflict in the world this year (2015). At an early age, I was taught to use my words instead of aggression. What if people all around the world started talking instead of fighting and trying to blow each other up? It still wouldn’t help unless we learn to really listen to what others have to say. In this brilliant video entitled “It’s not about the nail”, can you see past the hilarious interaction and really get as a man from her perspective and as a woman from his perspective?   … Continue reading

Figuring Yourself Out with Self-Discovery

Been on the road to self-discovery for a while? Don’t be too hard on yourself. People are always changing as a result of their life experiences, whether they realize it or not. So don’t be too surprised if, shortly after you think you’ve figured yourself out, you discover that you didn’t get it quite perfect. This goes for trying to figure out other people as well. — Michael Milette … Continue reading

The Power of Hello!

HELLO! Do you say “Hello!” to strangers when walking down the street? You can even be fancy and say “Good morning!” or “Good evening!”. Time and time again, I have seen the unfriendliest looking face turn warm and friendly using that one simple almost magical word. It’s like “please” and “thank you” Try it and be amazed. When you get a strange look or people just ignore you, smile and know that you have given them something to think about… perhaps a glimmer of hope that the world need not be a hard and cruel place. It may not feel comfortable at first. … Continue reading

What is Your Perception of the Economy?

It’s a very interesting question. Down in the U.S. and even in most parts of the world, the economy has taken a beating over the past several years. While not immune, according to the Invest in Canada Factsheet, this has actually effectively positioned Canada as having one of the strongest economies in the world. In times of reduced sales, many businesses tend to downsize. The reality is, this is the time to build strategic partnerships, develop relationships with clients and come together to innovate and find new opportunities. I’ve seen the cycle has come and go before. The most successful … Continue reading

Bestest, fastest, easiest ways to proof your writing

If you write blogs, content for a website or even just status updates on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, readers of your content will consider this a reflection of who you are and the quality of your work. While this may or may not be important to you when your friends are reading your blurbs, what will you want your future employers or your loyal followers to think? Here are a few suggestions on ways you can improve the quality of your public writing. Get a Proofer or Copy editor Give a deadline for everything you … Continue reading

Business Telephone Message Scripts

An effective voice mail message is actually a well crafted script. Although you will have to substitute certain words such as the name of the person, you can actually  create a script which comes across as confident. An effective script starts by: Establish Credibility Introducing yourself and when you are calling. If the voice mail box is generic, be sure to mention who the message is for. Peak Their Curiosity (but don’t give it all away) State the purpose of your call Provide the person with a call to action — what are your expectations? Close with Confidence Leave them … Continue reading