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

Top 6 Business Card Design Mistakes

There are two points in time when your business card will be of most use to people you give it to: When you first give it to them. First impressions are an opportunity that people give you to make a lasting impression. If you don’t make the cut in your first encounter with a potential client, you’ll have to work that much harder. Your business card is no exception and it needs to look professional. Anyone can print a business card on their home ink-jet printer but someone who is committed to their business is more likely to have gone … Continue reading

Finding fun and play in your work

Anything you do can be fun and meaningful to you. It’s all a matter of how you look at it. Wayne Dyer says that when you change the way you look things, what you see changes and what you do as a coach is no exception. I have experienced this firsthand. Start by thinking back to when you first thought about becoming ,. Why it was important to you? What did you think it would be like? Who did you see yourself helping? Write down your answers. After each answer, keep digging deeper by asking why, or what does that … Continue reading

How to Feng Shui Your Cubicle

If you’re going to spend eight hours a day sitting in a space not much bigger than your average bathroom, employ feng shui to turn your cubicle into the ch’i-attracting environment it needs to be. After all, if there’s one place where you need to maximize good fortune and minimize bad luck, it’s at work. Things You’ll Need Cleaner and cloths Medium to Large Mirror Plants Something purple Something black Instructions Cleaning crews may come in, but aside from an empty wastebasket and the odd dusting/vacuuming, it’s usually hard to tell. Bring in your own cloths and cleaning solution–not only … Continue reading