Networking

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 09.30.2015 | 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 09.21.2015 | 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 09.09.2015 | 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 08.12.2015 | 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 07.29.2015 | 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...

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

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 05.29.2015 | 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).

The Rise of the Women Helping Women Movement

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

In case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women's empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. With so many popping up, it makes me wonder: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?

3 Tips to Build Your Offline and Online Network

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Networking events are speed-dating for sales reps. You put on a name tag on, snack hors d'oeuvres and try to grow business. Most people end up with nothing for one important reason...

How to Determine Who Pays for a Business Lunch

Evan Thompson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The rules about when to pick up the tab or let your dining partner pay can be murky, and misunderstanding them can put a damper on a great working relationship. Here are some guidelines based on three decades of experience paying for (or being treated to) business breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.

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.

Making Connections vs. Maintaining Connections: Which Is Worth More?

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Plainly, even if you think you have connections -- you likely don't. It is not unless you have made a connection to someone...you developed that connection through a number of interactions, that you might be able to call them a connection. This matters not though.

WATCH: Mobile Connectivity Charts New Course For Business

Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Business

Dave Wilkin is the founder of Ten Thousand Coffees, a networking site that brings recent grads together with business leaders. He notes in the video a...

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.