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Rhonda Scharf

Consultant, speaker, trainer and author who works with organizations to save time, money and sanity.

Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious ☺ … words that are often used to describe Rhonda Scharf. A speaker/consultant with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different.

Rhonda is a professional speaker, trainer, author and consultant based in Ottawa. She has worked with tens of thousands of people in 13 different countries. In 2004 Rhonda served as the National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), has served on the Board of the Global Speakers' Federation and is named in the current edition of “Who’s Who in Professional Speakers” (where she has been listed since 1998).

She's funny, she's real, and she's ON THE RIGHT TRACK!
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How To Have A Difficult Conversation

If I am going to have a conversation about washing bodies and clothing, my goal is that my employee (or co-worker) will agree to wash their clothing and body on a more regular basis. Perhaps you want them to take home any clothing they have stored at work, for a washing. Maybe you want them to stop wearing cologne. Perhaps you want them to shower after using the gym at lunch.
03/21/2017 04:58 EDT
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How To Limit Distractions When You Need To Focus

I occasionally suffer from "bright shiny object" syndrome, or like a dog who suddenly veers off when he spots a squirrel. When I'm working on one thing, something else will grab my attention; I drop the thing I'm working on and jump to the other. I know that isn't efficient, yet I sometimes don't realize how distracted I have become.
02/22/2017 05:12 EST
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What Tom Brady Can Teach Us About Popularity

Tom Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl ring. He is the most successful quarterback in NFL history, he has what appears to be a perfect life, has more success than anyone can imagine, yet he is not loved by all. He is not seen by all as the best, and he is not the most popular player in NFL either. Why not?
02/07/2017 10:24 EST
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Should Meryl Streep Do That Again?

If you are sitting and having lunch with coworkers you most certainly have the right to your opinion and the right to free speech; but should you use that "audience" to tell them your feelings on what your boss did this week, the company's policies, or why they should go to church on Sunday? Do they have the ability to "turn off" the conversation if they want to?
01/12/2017 04:45 EST
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At What Point Does Being Helpful Become Complaining?

I am a consultant, but unless someone asks me for feedback on things, I don't offer that. When I attend a conference, I focus on the positives, not what they could do differently. When I am at a friend's house, I compliment my host, not offer decorating ideas, and when I am working with a coworker, I don't assume I know the best way to do things; I appreciate there are many ways to get things done properly, and my way isn't always the best way.
12/20/2016 08:11 EST
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How To Love Your Job

Let's assume you work in a big city and take some form of public transit to work. Instead of complaining that your company is downtown and that working so far away is inconvenient, focus on the fact that you get one hour a day of complete relaxation to read a book or spend on social media. Don't complain about the location; focus on the benefits that getting to that location gives you.
11/29/2016 05:43 EST
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We Need To Build Bridges, Not Walls

The U.S. election has unleashed a style of aggression, anger, and hatred created like no other. There have been friendships lost, families torn apart, and relationships that will take a very long time to repair. If they even can repair. Sadly this type of situation happens all the time in the workplace.
11/09/2016 01:52 EST
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How To Regain Balance In Your Life

I run out of time every day. I sometimes wish there were 34 hours in a day because that extra 10 hours would allow me to do some of the things I want to get done. When I don't get those things done, I feel I have let people down. I'm currently struggling to balance my work time, my family time and time for me as well.
11/07/2016 04:25 EST
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Are You On Autopilot? Wake Up!

Have I started doing my job on autopilot? Have I started taking my relationships for granted, not giving them my full attention? I applied it to my eating habits, my exercise, my sleep... even the way I clean my house. I realized that unless we get scared into paying attention to what we're doing, we often think we are committing 100 per cent to a task when we are not.
10/31/2016 08:48 EDT
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Why 3 To-Do Lists Are More Efficient Than 1

According to experts, every minute spent in planning saves you 10 minutes in execution. I think that if we have a list and follow it, we are saving substantially more time, and stress as well. If we create and use our Daily List of five tasks, we will save ourselves many hours of frustration just by being disciplined.
10/19/2016 11:39 EDT
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What Do Past Employers Remember About You?

What you remember about your past employer isn't nearly as important as what your past employer remembers about you (and passes on to anyone who asks about you professionally). Are you burning bridges, or learning to deal with difficult situations with tact, professionalism and calm?
10/14/2016 03:22 EDT