This Christmas Give the Gift of Time

November 12, 2013

Here it is mid-November, stores are well-stocked for Christmas, and seasonal ads are everywhere in the media. What does your Christmas shopping list look like? What will the list look like in another month? Retailers would have us believe we need to spend, spend, spend to avoid comparisons to Ebenezer Scrooge. However, we can give a […]

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Create Your Own Free Lunch and Learn Sessions

November 8, 2013

What do you do with your lunch hour, hang out with the gang in the lunch room, go for a walk, take a nap or continue to work? Most of these are not bad ideas (though working through lunch can be counter-productive). Here’s another idea. Why not use one lunch-break per week as a lunch-and-learn […]

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Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

November 1, 2013

  Mark Twain said, “There are two types of public speakers: those who are afraid and those who are liars.” For anyone who fits into one of those two groups, how do you overcome the fear and become better speaker? You’re not going to eliminate the fear factor, but you can learn to get past the fear. Here […]

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Effective Employee Orientation

October 28, 2013

How to complete effective employee orientations Hiring the right candidate is a challenging process. Once you’ve found your successful candidate, you need to make sure that they are effectively equipped to hit the ground running in their new position. A good orientation program can take time and preparation. The pay-off  is employees who are ready to make […]

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Top 5 social media tips for small businesses

October 9, 2013

(NC) – Limited by time and resources, Canadian small business owners often view having a presence on social media channels as a daunting task. However, with over 18 million Canadians on Facebook alone, setting up a page for your business is a simple and cost effective way to be more discoverable, build relationships with new […]

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8 Tips to Help You Clean Off Your Desk

October 7, 2013

Make an appointment – Don’t just hope you find the time to clean up, set a calendar entry and stick to it. Use the right tools: Set a timer for the length of time you have decided to work on this project. Boxes or storage containers to use for sorting. Garbage/recycling bags or box for shredding. Organizer (paper or electronic) to enter to-dos, addresses […]

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9 Habits of Successful People

October 4, 2013

Leo Tolstoy starts the novel Anna Karenina with the line, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” There’s a measure of truth in that idea, which applies to successful people. Successful people exhibit common traits, while the habits of unsuccessful people are all over the place. Here are […]

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7 Steps You Can Take When Your Best Isn’t Good Enough

September 30, 2013

Traditionally, Canada does not place well in the Olympic Summer Games. (The winter games is a better story.) Canadian athletes competing often surpass “personal best” results or break Canadian records for their sport. However, that’s not always good enough on the world stage. You’ve trained and prepared, you’re motivated and ready, but you end up […]

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10 Christmas Organizing Tips

September 23, 2013

I know. It’s still September. However, we’re less than three months from Christmas. Getting an early jump on the planning can make a world of difference on how well things go in December. Have you been a bit stressed during past Christmas‘s? Does it seem like the holidays bring too much to do? By organizing Christmas this year […]

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4 Ways to Stimulate Your Creativity

September 12, 2013

Self Motivation – If you want to make new things happen you need to be able to drive yourself. Most people have the misconception that creativity is exclusive to those with special skills or some sort of genetic predisposition to creativity. Nothing is further from the truth. Creativity is a muscle that needs exercise to […]

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