Category Archives for "Networking"

Jun 29

Reading Books Boosts Your Empathy

By Joanne Blake | Books , Conversation Topics , Networking

The Lost Art of Reading Books

Why reading books makes you a good conversationalist and more empathetic.

P.S. and it can even help you find love.

Why books matter in a distracted time

We recently attended a fascinating lecture by David Ulin, former book critic of the Los Angeles Times and author of nine books including The Lost Art of Reading…Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time. Speaking on all aspects of books, writing and reading this was a fascinating evening. David was lively, entertaining, and not surprising, very well read. I couldn’t wait to read his latest book!

Reading books or eBooks

An audience member asked if he felt if there is a difference between reading a hard copy of a book versus reading eBooks on a device. David’s response was that it really didn’t matter. It depended on the person’s preference; the important thing was just to read!Continue reading

Dec 17

7 Biggest Office Party Mistakes

By Joanne Blake | Etiquette & Manners , Image & Dress , Networking

Office Party Mistakes Victim Dog

Holiday Party Etiquette Tips and Tricks

Office party mistakes are a hot topic at this time of year. CBC radio interviewed me on Christmas party etiquette advice. So I have put together my 7 biggest office party mistakes below and some tips to avoid them. (Click here to listen to the 6 minute Canadian Broadcasting Company clip)

Office Party Mistakes #1 – No Show?

The biggest mistake is not attending the party – Go Go Go.
Skipping the party may suggest that you’re not invested in the organization or that you’re not a team player. Even if you’re a confirmed party-pooper or shy, at least Continue reading

Apr 30

7 Tips to Increase Your Visibility to Get Ahead

By Joanne Blake | Networking

Sad Dog with Tips to Increase Your Visibility

When I asked an aspiring leader what she was doing to advance her career, her response floored me.

I was coaching a client; an accountant in her mid-30’s who is brilliant at the technical part of her job. More than anything she would like to be a manager and eventually a partner in her firm. But she sees others getting promoted ahead of her in spite of her talent. So I asked her, “What you are doing to increase your visibility and be seen as a leader?” Her response floored me.Continue reading

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