Sticky Situation: 10 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Small Talk

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

I know, I know, you don't like networking events, much less the ritual of small talk. Guess what? You are not alone. The vast majority of the other attendees feel just like you about this mandatory preliminary rite.

Sticky Situation: 6 Ways To Prepare For Fall Networking

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

Your summer vacation is over. You are tanned, well rested and full of energizing memories.You are also ready for your children's back-to-school. The long list of school supplies is full of check marks. They have everything they need. Yay, you did it! But are you ready for your back to work?

Why The Word "Failure" Is Not In My Vocabulary

Dina Pestonji | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

The opposite of "success" is NOT failure. If you don't succeed -- you have GAINED a learning opportunity.

I Founded 3 Successful Companies Before I Turned 30

Emily Lyons | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Business
Emily Lyons

When I was younger, I didn't really think I'd end up being an entrepreneur and running my own companies. But seven years ago, I found something that keeps me up at night, gives me butterflies whenever I think about it and is something I'm willing sacrifice anything for.

How To Host A Dinner Party For Complete Strangers

David King | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
David King

Today, we live in jam-packed cities, yet ironically they can feel far more isolating than smaller, rural communities. I always ask people if they know the other people on their floor in their condo building, and generally their answer is: "not really." Everyone has to eat, so why not eat together?

The Power Of Female Leaders: Q&A With Jamilah Taib Murray

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business

Jamilah Taib Murray founded Sakto Corporation, one of Ottawa's foremost property development and management companies. She is a long-time philanthropist with a particular dedication to fostering education for women and children, and female empowerment through promoting participation and leadership skills building

5 Selling Points For Starting A Sales Career After You Graduate

Dave Borrelli | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Not only can a career in sales provide exposure to different industries and emerging markets, it can serve as a launchpad for an intriguing and fulfilling career path and can be a good fit for any personality type. In fact, a strong background in sales could lead straight to the C-suite.

Learning To Embrace The Professional #Humblebrag

Julie Dossett | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Dossett

In a world of selfies and sharing photos of what we're eating for breakfast, it's strange that we still hold back from promoting ourselves: 53 per cent of Canadian professionals admitted that talking about their achievements feels like they're bragging, while 55 per cent said they'd rather talk about their colleagues' achievements than their own.

How To Build A Quality Professional Network

Kelly Lovell | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

Many professionals emphasize networking and strategies to build networks, however, there is little focus on network maintenance. The best networks are the ones we can call on for support when needed. For example, are we comfortable asking for a favour from someone we spoke to once at a party a year ago? In this case, the quality of the relationship is more important than the number of contacts in the address book.

Dear Stranger Who Just Accepted My Friend Request On Facebook

Rebecca Beck | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Beck

Do you feel more safe because it's online? Is it because we are in the same groups so that makes me trustworthy? Or do you accept all friend requests that come your way? I would at least expect a PM asking me why I want to friend you and how you found me.

What To Do If Your Promotion Takes You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

It's finally happened: after working hard, paying your dues and mastering your assigned responsibilities, you've been recognized with a promotion. Having the opportunity to advance within a given company is something that many employees value. But what should you do if these changes leave you feeling overwhelmed?

Tips For Conquering Social Anxiety At Holiday Events

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Does the thought of going to this year's holiday party make you uncomfortable? Do you prefer to avoid those social outings where you don't know anyone (or not everyone)? According to the New York Times, 40 to 75 per cent of people suffer from social anxiety. In fact, it's the number one social fear.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone To Build Your Leadership Network

Lougheed Leadership | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Business
Lougheed Leadership

Effective approaches to leadership now goes beyond the specific qualities of an individual -- a set of objective characteristics, a formal position, or a status the individual possesses -- and into building relational practices and activities which invite sharing. In the 21st century, it's all about building interconnected communities.

Women Must Hone Unique Leadership And Networking Skills

Tracie Crook | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Tracie Crook

If trying to walk and talk like the guys isn't working, it's time for women to be themselves, be confident applying your own strengths, and network with focus, to make yourself heard.

Sticky Situation: Networking Cocktail Quiz

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Whether you regularly attend your local chamber of commerce's breakfast, your professional association's networking cocktail, or like me, meet other solopreneurs at Ladies Who Lunch, fall is the season to get out into the community to build mutually beneficial relationships.

How One Tweet Can Help Launch Your Career

Lina Duque | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

One tweet that I wrote two years ago got me into the office of a C-suite executive and launched one of the most important relationships in my business today. I could have set up my meeting with her the old-fashioned way -- but Twitter helped me bypass potential obstacles and removed hierarchical barriers. Establishing yourself as a thought leader on Twitter can give you an edge.

How to Develop Professional Skills While at University

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

At this stage in the year, your focus is likely on getting through the first few weeks of classes -- but you should also be thinking about what you can do to build your skill set to end the school year with some solid learning.

These Are Ideas Worth Spreading

Matt Ryan | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Business
Matt Ryan

Great ideas have the potential to change everything. However, these ideas need to be shared, discussed and acted upon or they will dissolve and simply not make the impact they were intended to. Crossing a threshold -- whether a breaking point or a boundary, frequently results in a transformation.

It's Called NetWORK For a Reason

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.29.2016 | 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...

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2016 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made of!

How to Network During Your Mat Leave

Kathleen Kahlon | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Business
Kathleen Kahlon

For some women, the prospect of taking one year of maternity leave can feel like a career-limiting move. It shouldn't be, for obvious reasons, but the reality is that despite the laws in place that support a woman's return to work, some women may feel pressure to return to work early, or feel that their absence will result in being passed up for a promotion.

Sticky Situation: Cocktail Networking Tips and Tricks

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.29.2016 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You open your computer and ding! -- another invitation for a networking cocktail enters your inbox. This is the season for professional reunions and get togethers. Like any successful event, a fruitful business networking event also needs preparation. Keep reading for my Happy Hour tips and tricks.

Successful People and Companies Look Beyond Competition

Matthew Held | Posted 06.13.2015 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Successful companies have the creativity and ability to find value in unexpected places where others are not looking. Whether you are a student, a professional or a company, you can take steps to work hard to shape the future you want with a concrete plan of action.

How a New Generation of Travellers Is Finding Employment

Parmjit Parmar | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Travel
Parmjit Parmar

Falling roughly between the ages of 18 and 30 today, the millennial generation is now growing into its peak earning years -- prime time for travel brands to be looking at how they can capture this generation's business. However, one trend we're seeing has some travel companies a bit worried.

3 Reasons Why You Should Actually Network Less

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Networking is all about building relationships, but if you're building relationships with the wrong people, you're wasting your time. Think quality, not quantity. Any time I do a speaking gig I make sure I'm either paid appropriately or that the audience is made up of my ideal clients (who end up hiring me and, thus, I get paid indirectly).