Communication

Three Words That Could Change Your Christmas This Year

Anne Day | Posted 12.07.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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.

Five Key Lessons the Over 90 Generation Can Teach Us

Beverley Golden | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Documenting and preserving their stories, their legacy, is so crucial now as a way to offer younger generations a chance to learn from them. My fear is they might become a generation reserved for casual historical mentions of the times they lived in, their memories and lessons forgotten and lost forever.

How Do You Know When to Ask for the Business?

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

While seemingly daunting at first, asking for the business is a necessary occurrence if you are to grow and profit. You may not always hear "yes," but you won't know unless you ask. So what are you waiting for?

How to Have a Caring Conversation with Someone Difficult

Deri Latimer | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

Do you work with someone whose behaviour is challenging your energy and enthusiasm for work? Maybe it's a family member, who you find yourself avoiding because he or she is a real "downer" at family gatherings. Remember these simple tips as you prepare for your conversation.

The Myth About Online Shopping in Canada

Nick Cowling | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

On September 19, tens of thousands of Canadians lined up outside Apple stores as the much-desired iPhone 6 was released to the public. Despite pre-orders being available, many Canadians would rather pick up their new device in-store, rather than buying online.

5 Steps to Successful Business Networking

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

You've just been invited to a high-profile business function, and you know it could be a great opportunity to network and meet potential clients or perhaps make a good impression on a job prospect. It is all about putting your best foot forward and you can make this networking opportunity work for you by following these five tips.

These Two Words Can Jeopardize Your Relationship Forever

Tamika Schilbe | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Tamika Schilbe

Often spoken with absolute authority, "I disagree" places itself firmly in opposition to the other. It carves an opinion in granite, hinting that further discussion is irrelevant. In personal relationships, these two words can instantly zap the life out of open communication. The opposite of "I disagree" is exploratory dialogue. Open discussion may create more connection.

Want to Understand the Modern Man? Forget Gender Roles

Carlos de Torres | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Carlos de Torres

In the world we are living in today, the modern man is complex and if we cannot make the effort to understand them then how will we ever start to get there? Is it just about selling product, or can advertising now be a tool for which we guide lifestyles? Can we show the modern man that he can share on social, that he can be a stay-at-home father and that he can evolve his role?

Do You Use All Three Forms of Communication?

Mary Donohue | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

If you can master this skill our research demonstrates that you can increase trust in leadership by 9 per cent in as little as 13 weeks. What does this mean to business higher productivity? Less churn. What does the mean to politicians, the difference between losing and winning, especially in a horse race election like Ontario's.

Want to Climb the Corporate Ladder? These Skills Are a Leg Up

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

In today's highly competitive business world, climbing the corporate ladder takes more than a good education and solid job experience. You need to have an edge -- and being a strong communicator can help. But business communication isn't just about public speaking and writing.

How I Survived 21 Years of Marriage and Still Want More

Mara Shapiro | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Mara Shapiro

Ever wonder how they do it? I mean the older couples you see in the park, at the store, holding hands in the mall? What makes it last? How do they get there, how do they survive each other? Soon, my marriage turns 21.

How Social Media Helped Keep This Terminal Cancer Patient Alive

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

In September of 2013, Jocelyn Leda Simard was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and bone metastases. Her family was told that she would likely not survive to see Christmas. Shattered, but strong, her family members refused to give in to despair. It was then that her son, Justin, came up with an inspiring idea.

Businesses Should Bow to Creator Culture

Carlos de Torres | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

Providing the resources and platforms for consumers to create has become an embedded part of how people consume. Organizations, no matter the industry, cannot ignore the importance of collaboration and co-creation. We are no longer the experts who can dictate what people want. We are now the apprentices to a very large population of mentors.

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
Bobby Umar

Words can be a powerful expression. So too can a personal brand be a powerful beacon for you and others. But most of all, each of you can be a leader. You just need to know who you are, know what you want and then ultimately make that positive impact with your brand, your promise and your legacy.

How Cheaters Can Get Themselves Caught

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Researchers found there are two independent channels working together to enhance our engagement with these sudden looks. Without the movement, the gaze would not be as powerful. And the movement alone would not elicit the same response.

Millenials, Communication and the Curse of Social Media

Ken Rabow | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So, my iPhone 5 went on the fritz. I called AppleCare and got a really professional, organized, thoughtful millennial who helped me. We did a diagn...

5 Ways to Communicate Better with Your Elderly Parents

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

In today's world of fast paced communication, it is helpful to go back to basics and try to remember how our elders communicated back in the day. Communication is the critical factor in any good relationship and communicating effectively with the elderly can smooth many a rocky and frustrating relationship.

Just Because I Can Live My Whole Life Online Doesn't Mean I Should

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I stopped journalling because I got online. I don't think that's a bad thing, but I am realizing that reconnecting, thinking how to package myself and my experiences in a palatable way, and "making memories" is getting in the way of actually living them. That is the one thing that today's technology has taught me. I may be able to get information and companionship instantly, but it doesn't mean that I should.

Civility at Work Is Over, But Productivity Is Through the Roof!

r/ally | Posted 12.11.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

We may be institutionalizing rudeness, but increasingly it's the only productive way to work. Time to get past our misgivings about being rude and determine the proper etiquette of managing multiple conversations, on multiple devices all at once.

A Question of Identity and Communication

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 12.03.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

The controversy in Quebec over religious apparel has reminded me of my very first entry on Huffington Post. In This Kippa Doesn't Mean What You Think ...

Five Strategies for Dealing With Difficult People

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

Unfortunately, what tends to happen is that when they get triggered and react, we respond in kind. And it gets ugly. Welcome to the human race. In an ideal world, we all strive to staying rational when confronting, or confronted by, a difficult person, especially in the workplace. Here are five strategies that come in handy especially if your boss "goes medieval" on you.

Corporate Conundrum: To Text or not to Text?

Sue Jacques | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

Welcome to Corporate Conundrums, a weekly column providing practical advice for readers who need help dealing with workplace challenges. From handling incivility and unprofessionalism to learning how to how to work with a jerk, no topic is off-limits.

How to Communicate Yourself to Businesses

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

Connecting with people is a gift of mine. Pretty bold opening statement. I re-visit it to say that connecting with a certain type of person is a gift...