Networking

Overcome Your Shyness To Work The Room Like A Seasoned Schmoozer

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Are you shy in social situations? Do you get nervous about the thought of attending a professional social situation where you don't know anyone? You may never love entering a room and not knowing a soul, but at least you are willing to do something about it!

Abusing LinkedIn Endorsements Can Backfire If You're Not Careful

Melody McKinnon | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Business
Melody McKinnon

LinkedIn is being corroded by the abuse of this feature. It's not intended to be used as nonchalantly as Facebook likes. Its purpose is to provide a professional, legitimate endorsement of someone for whom you would actually write a recommendation letter.

Leverage The Office Christmas Party To Build Your Network

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

Before you walk through the door, however, create a target for how many new connections you plan to make. Perhaps push yourself to meet 10 new contacts, or exchange 20 business cards. Are you hesitant to approach someone you do not know? Consider asking questions to break the ice.

5 No-Nos For Business Networking

Sue Nador | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada
Sue Nador

This week I was on a panel at a professional association to talk about business networking. In my mind business networking is really no different than...

6 Tips To Come Out On Top At The End Of The Year

Jane Blaufus | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

When one is in business it can sometimes feel like you are on a desert island; alone, adrift and not quite certain what the escape plan should be. What used to seem like plenty of time nine months ago is now a case of, "Holy you-know-what! I only have less than three months left of the year!" and one or more of the following issues is raising their ugly head

Are You Career Hacking Or Job Slacking?

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Your time is the biggest resource that you have. How you manage it, is the value you offer your organization. Being productive is important and this is often measured by management in the output you document in performance reviews. What doesn't get documented however is the way you achieved those results.

Advice For Business Travellers: Socialize For Success

Booking.com | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Booking.com

The meeting has ended and it's time to relax a little. The last thing you want to do now is lose the admiration of colleagues with inappropriate behaviour. Some social downtime to experience new cultures is one of the things business travellers enjoy most -- but the wrong behaviour can make or break a deal.

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
G(irls)20

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 01.26.2017 | 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 12.10.2016 | 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 12.03.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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.