Social Skills

Why Getting LinkedIn Endorsements Doesn't Mean You're Special

Jeff Chatterton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Chatterton

When I get an endorsement "Jeff Chatterton is great at event planning," I know it's the latter. It's just someone trying to curry favour. How do I know that? I hate event planning. I don't do it, because I suck at it, and I know that. Here at Checkmate Public Affairs, if I need to stage an event, I have other people that I know will do a better job than I do the work. I've had one person, who I met at a speech I gave in Iowa, endorse me upwards of 20 times. Another former colleague is running for political office, and I've probably received a dozen endorsements from him. All it does is clog my inbox.

What to Say When Someone Asks 'Can I Pick Your Brain?' And You Don't Really Want Them To

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

We all want to help, but when do we have time amongst our busy lives of work and home? I never want to feel like a jerk and say -- "Sorry man, I am too busy to listen to your life's passion for 5 minutes." That is the thing, every time I had to turn someone down I felt like a jerk... but not anymore baby!

My Autistic Child Has Never Had A Friend

Silken Laumann | Posted 04.16.2012 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Everybody deserves to have friends, a person or people who love and care about them. For a special needs child, this can be the biggest challenge of all.

How to Win Friends and Influence People With Good Food

Jan Scott | Posted 10.11.2011 | Canada
Jan Scott

When it comes to influencing people, offer good food and you'll be surprised just how persuasive you can be. When my 11-year-old is feeling a little insecure about his best friend status, he quickly offers up a playdate complete with road hockey and cookies, which he is certain will set him back on track.