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It's very easy to judge another. Everyone does it. On Friday, we went to grab a bite at Wendy's. Ahead of us, there was an impatient woman, waiting to be served while a confused, older gentleman was...
This has been top of mind for me since we unveiled Primus' new brand last fall. Having spent a considerable amount of time serving the telecom needs of many small businesses, I realized that there are lessons from our own experience that are helpful to any entrepreneur trying to stand out from the pack.
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On January 17, the Conservative Party of Canada held its only French-language debate of the leadership race. For anyone who believes that the French language should be an intrinsic part of the political life of Canada, it was an exercise in frustration. Of the 13 candidates who had the guts to participate in this sorry show, less than half were able to show the basic ability to debate in Canada's other official language.
Whether you're using PowerPoint, Prezi, Sway or Keynote, the winning formula contains visuals that support your spoken content. Well-produced visuals add impact, guide the story along, and deliver that story in a concise and captivating way.
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For some of us, when we are receiving feedback, it can put us in a state of panic. If you tend to be an anxious person, such as I once was, it is very easy to go to a dark place that makes you feel bad. Over the years, I have learned to not only accept feedback, but welcome it.
When I explained to a journalist standing next to me on the red carpet, about to interview such-and-such star at a premiere, that I was a freelancer covering the event on my own dime, he was a bit dumbfounded. "Ah, so you're a backdoor journalist, then," he concluded. As much as the label bothered me, he was right.
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When we think of the best teams, many people aim for collaboration as the most desirable trait in the members and the leaders. While a collaborative approach targets the best win/win scenario that everyone can hope for, there are times where leaders need to step away and adopt a more directive stance.
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Have you ever tried fooling a dog into getting excited for the wrong thing? Perhaps testing their instincts by offering something boring to the tune of a tasty treat? It turns out that while they may very well be excited by the amped up sound of your voice, they are most likely on to your trick.
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Leaving it up to the minister in charge to decide what is acceptable and what is not, or what is lawful and what is not, is far from a democratic and accountable model. We need review mechanisms with the necessary autonomy, independence and structure to create true accountability.
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The desire to have better, stronger communications with one another at all times often fuels progress, but are we taking full advantage of the technology at our fingertips? As our capabilities evolve, we also create opportunities for improvement.
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The purchase of a car is a significant expense for anyone, especially money-conscious millennials who are saving for the future and entering the phase of their lives with many large purchases ahead. Turns out, millennials are changing the scope of car ownership.
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Going from corporate keener to lone crusader takes more than courage and vision, it takes a new form of motivation, a new way of working; relying solely on yourself to get things done. When you decide to strike it out on your own, nothing even remotely resembles your corporate gig. Basically, your world has lost its safety net - until you create it again.
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Stats show that millennials prefer to use debit cards to credit cards for their purchases. Millennials are the first generation to grow up with debit cards, which may explain this pattern. Several findings prove that this generation isn't fond of credit products. The reasons for this may be many, but the top may be controlling spending and fear of debt. This lack and hesitance to use a credit card among millennials is causing them more harm than good in the long run.
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When you need information or want to build a relationship with a client, colleague, team member, manager or stakeholder, it is really all about the questions you ask, how much you let the other person talk and how you listen.
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Not that many years ago the first time you were seen by other professionals and colleagues was in an interview, the first day on a new job or in a social setting. Now, it is common for people to Google you or find you on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to gather up a first impression of who you are before job interviews, as your new position in a company has been announced, or after hearing about you from someone.
Our world has some incredible non-profit organizations that are working to solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. Unfortunately many of these organizations are not equipped to effectively articulate their story to the public, potential donors and supporters, thought leaders, and politicians.
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You or your business may not have 18 million followers on Twitter, but the lessons from this impulsive online exchange can serve as a lesson for anyone who has an online profile. When you communicate instantly through social media, it's easy to find yourself caught up in an emotional exchange with another user who is criticizing you or your brand.
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One of the most challenging things for small business owners to grapple with is how to get publicity for their business. With so much "noise" out there with competitors clamoring for media profile, how does a small business get their voice heard above the din?
There are three phone numbers on my business card: my cell, the landline and, a fax number. In my fifteen years of professional working life, no one has ever faxed me. Speaking of business cards, they're done too. Social media profiles are the new business cards.
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If you want to know where to find millennials on social media, it is without doubt on Instagram. As a generation, millennials have a longing to share their experiences whether big or trivial. Instagram allows them with a platform to do so by posting and sharing photos. It's quick, it's easy, and for many it seems to have become a hobby.
The true test of the Trudeau team's openness will come when actual decisions are being made, when real people start to object, when the human beings running the place start making mistakes. The national press gallery may be charmed for now, grateful that the Harper years of cold war are over. It will not last. Parliament Hill reporters are top professionals who will be ready to pounce when things inevitably go off the rails. When that happens, will the smiling ministers of day one remain available to be interrogated, challenged, or even hectored?
These are not necessarily bloggers, media or experienced writers but instead someone who is active online and who has developed a large, high quality following and engagement with online communities.
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Social media has enabled people to do so at a great capacity and velocity. Today, you can hear about something, like it, and tweet about it within minutes and the news spreads like digital wildfire. Joining this social media crazed phenomenon and somewhat new to the game, is Periscope.
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Take a look on social media on Oct.31st and you will see posts on house parties to events happening across various venues, and from the most mundane to the most creative of costumes. Taking part of this craze feels almost like a must to many millennials.
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When you think of millennials and fashion, the first thing that may come to mind is big brand names. After all, millennials are hard-working, successful individuals who go after what they want and indulging in that high-end designer item may be their way of treating themselves. However, recent findings are proving otherwise.
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Having been on the consultancy side of the business for most of my adult life, I can unequivocally tell you that clients who are pleasant, respectful, collaborative and open-minded will get primo work from their agency.
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I've offered full-time employment to almost 80 per cent of those who have interned at my firm. If you just landed an internship, take the advice from someone who has seen the best and worst of interns. If you are trying to make this internship roll over into a full time gig, keep these points in mind.
Millennials, the generation who are always one step ahead when it comes to knowing what they want and how to get it. They are the generation who value experiences above anything else and it's likely because of how much information they have at their fingertips.
I wasn't born with the DNA of an entrepreneur, it was more of a learned and progressive journey. I think becoming an entrepreneur comes from a deep emotional desire to do your own thing. Period. It isn't motivated by money, either. That's just what people think and they couldn't be more wrong.
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In the constantly evolving and socially driven society we live in today, the very definition of a workplace has changed. Coworking has become a global movement where work is done outside the confines of a traditional workspace and is instead in a shared working environment either in an office or other public space.
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If you aren't aware of your clients' changing needs, how can you make sure you're still meeting them? You need to make sure you are helping to solve your clients' business problems rather than just selling them your products. And how does your product offering stack up against a saturated market? Do you stand out?
Just as the lights, the decorations, and the overall glow of the season offer a breath of fresh air against the dull weather outside. So too do our favourite brands -- if they make an effort to stick out.