Communication

Is Ghosting an Appropriate Way to End a Relationship?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In this era of being super-connected through our technology, the most shocking thing we can do today is to totally disconnect from another person. It's impossible to know why Charlize chose ghosting as her way of dealing with Sean, or even if that's actually what she did, but it makes me think about the whole idea of making a clean break from someone in a world that's all about connectivity.

12 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About sex

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

This well-intentioned and much dreaded talk can quickly become complex, complicated and extremely awkward. Parents often avoid the topic, or approach it as if it is an item on the "to do list" that must be done as quickly as possible and then checked off.

4 Ways to Help Everyone Find Their Inner Scientist

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Everyone has a budding inner scientist with natural curiosity about the world. Science offers a way to find answers to the questions we had as kids and may still have as adults. Helping kids nurture their inner scientist and encouraging them to develop the skills needed to investigate and understand the world around them will help them become scientifically literate adults.

5 Ways to Motivate Your Team to Succeed

Evan Thompson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Successfully motivating business teams has been so frequently compared to coaching a winning sports team that I thought twice about using the popular sports metaphor in this post. But business success is driven by a united team whose members respect one another and recognize that each has very different roles -- and strengths.

It's Called NetWORK For a Reason

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Business
Kathy Buckworth

"I'll just text them." The key word in this sentence is the word "just." Texting is a terrific way for your tween to ask you for a ride from a frien...

Is Social Media Making You Soulless?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

We don't need an official study to tell us that digital media affects our relationships, although there are many. When we're online 24/7, it's pretty clear that it's going to influence our offline lives too. Digital media is creating a huge disconnect between us that's not going away.

Good Communication Can Prevent a Breakup

Marcia Sirota | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

We make three fundamental mistakes around communication that can really jeopardize an otherwise viable relationship, and there are three important communication skills that can make the difference between an unhappy break-up and an ongoing, happy relationship.

Great Interpersonal Skills Can Be Learned

Evan Thompson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

If you feel you just don't have that gift of natural connection, don't worry. Great interpersonal skills can be learned. You can become aware of others and engage them more naturally and easily than you think. You first need to get over your belief that you're "just not a people person" and that it's not your responsibility to foster teamwork -- just results.

Are Businesses Ready for True Reinvention?

Hessie Jones | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Business
Hessie Jones

The organization, at large, will eventually need to wake up and realize the very structures that have lasted for decades are inhibiting them and stifling their ability to effectively understand and pay attention to their customers. This is what the market demands. Yet, companies continue to operate under the guise that what's worked for decades can and will subsist.

How to Prepare for Your Company's Next Crisis

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

It's not just the rise of the Internet that has changed the way we communicate; the evolution of social media has fundamentally altered the way companies respond to crisis.The power of social media makes it harder to control the conversation.

How Offering Shorter Summer Hours Can Increase Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The concept of summer hours first became popular in New York as the week wound down to ease rush hour Friday traffic flows out of town during sweltering summer days. Why wait until Saturday morning when you could leave your desk at noon on Friday, or even earlier?

5 Ways to Stop Yourself From Interrupting People

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

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.

We Must Let Go of Our Fear of Rejection

Marcia Sirota | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Human beings are communal animals. We thrive when we're connected; when we feel a sense of belonging and interdependence. We hate the idea of rejection because it plays on our primal fears of being alone and perhaps unable to fend for ourselves.

Are We Pushing Innovation in Communication Too Far?

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Rapid innovation in communication has led to a communications crisis, fueled by the obstacles that create a challenge for professionals when trying to build both business and personal relationships. These obstacles include short attention spans and a need to interrupt to move a conversation along.

Do Your Children Listen to You?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

"You're lucky your kids listen to you." As she said this to me, I had to think about what my appropriate reaction should be. It could go a couple of ways. First of all, I'm not entirely convinced that my children listen to me when I'm regaling them with stories of my work day.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

Do You Sound Credible?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I've had a recent attraction to all the Law & Order-type shows that seem to be on television right now. I like to pretend I am the investigator; I pay...

How I Fixed My Foot-in-Mouth Moment

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

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!

The Do's and Don'ts of Following Up on a Business Pitch

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The pitch you spent days or weeks preparing for is over. You think you made a good impression. After scanning the room and looking for feedback from your prospective clients, you get no sense of whether you have won the business.Thank them for their time, shake hands and make a decisive but gracious exit. The real test begins.

Learning to Fight Fair Can Bring You Closer Together

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

This is your journey and your lesson and if you miss this information you will remain unaware. Do not be too proud to apologize, as an authentic apology can liberate everyone involved. This is the opportunity for conflict to become the vehicle for a deeper and richer relationship.

7 Common Mistakes Couples Make On Valentine's Day

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jacqueline Whitmore

We don't see it much these days, but chivalry still matters, especially in the beginning stages of a relationship. It's always nice if a man opens the door for his date, offers his jacket on a chilly night, pulls out her chair, picks up the tab, and walks his date to the door and gives her a gentle kiss on the cheek (with no other expectations).

This Shift From Christmas Giving to Getting Boxing Day Deals

Carlos de Torres | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

As the chill sets in the air for the foreseeable future, it's clear that it's that time of year again -- holiday shopping season. With holiday shopping in the rear view, many consumers are likely to have shifted their purchasing attention to finding deals for themselves.

Three Words That Could Change Your Christmas This Year

Anne Day | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Day

"I love you," "I am sorry," and "Please help me." How often do you say these words? When I was asked, I first thought, I am pretty good at shelling ou...

Companies Must Act Responsibly When Using the Power of Suggestion

Nick Cowling | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Since trust plays a big factor in listening to what we're being told, corporations have the responsibility to provide messages that are both accurate and in the best interests of their audiences. Time and time again, however, we see the power of suggestion being used in a misguided and sometimes even destructive way.

PR Lessons From Jian's Failed Attempt at Spinning His Story

Bart Egnal | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Business
Bart Egnal

This abrupt about face looked terrible because his retreat stood in stark contrast to his initial proactive "openness." Had he only made the second post, he would have come across as someone seeking to present his story through the appropriate channels. Yet the contrast with his first post made him appear as someone who was fleeing accusations he could not refute.