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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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Here's How You Can Find Joy Each Day

Joy is a deep-rooted feeling of ultimate contentment. Joy shows itself on your face, and in your actions. How often do you feel joy? Do you even think about it? What brings you joy? What causes you to feel peace and contentment? I recently made a commitment to search out joy in each and every day.
09/04/2015 01:10 EDT
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Do You Have a Donald Trump at Work?

My comments on Donald have nothing to do with his political aspirations. It has to do with the damage that a personality like Donald's brings to the workplace. Bullies don't go away. Donald Trump's attack on Rosie O'Donnell last night came out of the blue. There was no reason for him to say what he said, yet he did.
08/07/2015 05:02 EDT
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Here's Some Business Advice for Cecil's Killer

While I make my living turning challenges into opportunities for business, this advice may not be what he wants to hear. My advice isn't going to save his practice, nor turn around his reputation. What I'm hoping is that it will save those affected by his practice; his employees, his community, his family and Zimbabwe.
07/30/2015 05:30 EDT
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Are You Better Than a Goldfish?

According to a recent study by Microsoft, the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000, down to a pathetic eight seconds today. Believe it or not, a goldfish can concentrate for nine seconds. Why can't we focus?
07/02/2015 07:54 EDT
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5 Ways to Stop Yourself From Interrupting People

I admit I have a very bad habit that is incredibly annoying. OK, so I have many annoying habits. But today I'll talk about just one: I cut people off when they're speaking. I don't intend to be rude; I just seem to think that I know where the other person is going and that I can get there faster.
06/22/2015 12:26 EDT
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Caitlyn Jenner Proves Taking Risks Can Help Your Career

What was the biggest risk you've taken with your professional life? Caitlyn Jenner took a risk that could have cost her the money that comes with being a public figure. She had no idea if the public would accept her, if she would be a "celebrity" or not. The risk was worth it for her, even if the risk sent her into obscurity.
06/04/2015 08:08 EDT
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The Danger of Reality TV

We should really ban reality shows from television. For starters, they aren't that real, are they? The creators are extremely good at editing so that we see whatever they want us to see -- whatever wi...
05/25/2015 10:00 EDT
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Yes, You Can Multi-Task Effectively

I can organize my desk while speaking with a client on the phone. I can skim through my email (and potentially even send out a quick response) during a conference call. I can make dinner while watching the news. In each of these cases, the quality of my work doesn't suffer. My efficiency doesn't suffer. And I get more accomplished.
05/11/2015 12:23 EDT
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It Pays to Pay Attention to Details

Do you know how many emails you get each day that you shouldn't be receiving? When I teach my time management programs, I ask this and very rarely does anyone know the answer. For those of you allergic to details you are probably wondering why these details matter. They matter because they add up to a more efficient use of your time.
04/26/2015 10:32 EDT
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How I Fixed My Foot-in-Mouth Moment

Sometimes all we need to do is wait for the entire message to make it to our brain before we share what is on our mind. However, sometimes we aren't that patient and when we mess up, we must own the misunderstanding and we must fix it. Then, don't do it again!
04/12/2015 08:48 EDT
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Tired of Negativity? How to Become an Optimist

Some people are born optimists and some people are born pessimists. Fortunately, that doesn't mean you can't change and become more optimistic. Although the world these days seems to encourage pessimism, it doesn't mean you have to be that way, and it doesn't mean you have to stay that way if you are already pessimistic by nature.
04/04/2015 10:46 EDT
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Take This Seven-Day Politeness Challenge

Recently, I was in the grocery store spending what I considered to be a large amount of money. I am friendly, chatty and polite. My cashier wasn't interested at all. When I paid her and said, "Thank you," all I got back was an "Un-huh." For the next seven days, make a point to be polite and use manners that would make your grandmother smile.
03/29/2015 10:53 EDT