cover of How to build connection book

There has never been a more important year to build connection.

Yet these are tough times to build connection. It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog and I’ll be honest, I just haven’t been inspired, in part because of the crazy times we’ve been living in.

Unfocused and divided

We’ve been through a year that’s felt in many ways like a decade. And it’s so easy to feel depleted, divided and unconnected. Easy to focus on only the negative, all the things we’re no longer able to do, travel to places on our bucket list, and that we’ve missed out on so much. But in many ways these past months have also provided a silver lining. Time to catch up on my passions which include reading, binge watching favourite shows and spending more time in nature. But also forced me to reach out virtually to build connection or reconnect with people.

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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!

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Office Party Mistakes Victim Dog

Holiday Party Etiquette Tips and Tricks

Office party mistakes are a hot topic at this time of year. So I have put together my 7 biggest office party mistakes and some tips to avoid them.
Click below to listen to recent Christmas Party Etiquette Tips interview on 770 CHQR Radio (Calgary)

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

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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.

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