Rhonda Scharf
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Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious ☺ … words that are often used to describe Rhonda Scharf. A speaker/consultant with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different.

Rhonda is a Professional Speaker, Trainer, Author and Consultant, based in Ottawa. She has worked with tens of thousands of people in 13 different countries. In 2004 Rhonda served as the National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), has served on the Board of the Global Speakers Federation and is named in the current edition of “Who’s Who in Professional Speakers” (where she has been listed since 1998).

She's funny, she's real, and she's ON THE RIGHT TRACK!

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The 7 Deadly Sins Of Business Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2017 | 12:44 PM

Meetings are the number-one time waster in the workplace, according to a study by Verizon Business. They say that the average executive spends approximately 50 per cent of their time in meetings. The average middle manager spends about 35 per cent of their time in meetings.

When conducted effectively, meetings...

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Imaginary Arguments In Your Head Will Only Get You So Far At Work

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 3:52 PM

A former colleague holds complete conversations in his head with people with whom he is angry. He rarely speaks directly with the other person. This anger in his mind continues to build because of his frustration, yet he never lets the other person know that he is frustrated and subsequently...

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Preventing Burnout Is A Choice We Should Make Every Day

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2017 | 3:01 PM

When do you decide you're under too much stress? When do you call in sick and take a mental health day? When do you put you at the top of your to-do list? Not often enough, I say -- and when we do, it's usually because our body has given...

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I've Fallen (But I Can Get Up)

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2017 | 2:08 PM

I was so discouraged all I wanted to do was cry.

Just a few years ago my New Year's resolution was to get into shape (again)! I started running and quickly managed to become addicted to it. I looked forward to my runs. I planned them in advance. I...

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Unplugging From Your Phone Is More Rewarding When It's A Choice

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2017 | 1:29 PM

I was able to cross off an item on my bucket list this week, as I was fortunate enough to attend The Masters in Augusta GA. It was everything I dreamed of and more.

Before I even went to Augusta, I knew the rules stated that I...

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All-Or-Nothing Approach To Success Makes Failures Of Us All

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 12:19 PM

Is life about winning and losing for you? Are you the kind of person who bets it all on one roll of the dice?

I am a reality TV fanatic. I like the competition, the relationships, the plots and even the backstabbing on some of the shows. I am...

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Overcome Your Shyness To Work The Room Like A Seasoned Schmoozer

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 3:11 PM

Are you shy?

According to the Shyness Research Institute, about 50 per cent of Americans are shy (which is up by 10 per cent in the last three decades). The number of people who say they are situationally shy is even higher. Are you shy in social situations?...

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How To Have A Difficult Conversation

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2017 | 4:58 PM

Have you ever had to tell someone that they need to shower more, find somewhere else to live or they're too loud at work? Those kinds of conversations can be incredibly uncomfortable.

According to a recent study, the average employee spends 2.8 hours a week dealing with conflict,...

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Can you ask for help?

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2017 | 1:34 PM

Can you help me?

I'm a pretty black-and-white thinker. I'm all about an action plan, a solution, a strategy. I provide solutions to my clients, my friends and my family. I can always come up with solutions to other people's problems.

It's my issues that are the problem. Sometimes my...

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The Award For Grace Goes To 'La La Land' Producer Jordan Horowitz

(11) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 12:43 PM

When something goes wrong it can be handled with grace, style, and class; or it can be handled with blame, finger pointing, and a definite lack of class.

Late Sunday night at the 2017 Academy Awards show we saw a little of both as the Best...

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How To Limit Distractions When You Need To Focus

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2017 | 4:12 PM

Help Me Rhonda,

I can't seem to focus at work. I have so many things that I have to be doing daily, and I just can't seem to get one thing done at a time. I am always distracted by something else that needs to be done.

Signed Lacks...

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What Tom Brady Can Teach Us About Popularity

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2017 | 9:24 AM

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New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady reacts after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo: Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Tom Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl ring. He is...

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It's OK To Give Up On The Difficult Person In Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2017 | 12:57 PM

There may come a time in your relationship with your difficult person when you realize it is never going to work out. You are never going to reach a middle ground. You are never going to change their behaviour.

Is it OK to give up? Absolutely!

I ended a friendship...

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New Supervisor Worries

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 8:33 AM

Help Me Rhonda:

I'm new to my company, in my first supervisory position. I don't want to step on anyone's toes and I want to be seen as a friendly boss but I feel like I'm being tested every day by my new staff members. For example, two of them...

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Should Meryl Streep Do That Again?

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2017 | 3:45 AM

Should Meryl Streep, Jimmy Fallon, the POTUS, or even an average person (such as yourself) take the opportunity to speak your mind when you have an audience?

"That depends" is the right answer. There are times that yes, it is appropriate, and there are times when it is not. Knowing...

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How To Handle An Angry Outburst In The Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2017 | 2:56 PM

Have you ever been so angry you couldn't speak? Have your buttons been pushed so that your detonation switch was triggered?

I can relate. I have been so angry that I have lashed out like a two-year-old. I have avoided people after saying something I deeply regret. I have lived...

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At What Point Does Being Helpful Become Complaining?

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2016 | 7:11 AM

We have a home in Florida that we use as a vacation rental. We do our best to keep it looking and operating at peak efficiency and comfort. We have great guests, and people seem to enjoy their time while on vacation.

Ed and Gretchen were excited to spend a...

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Avoiding Confrontation Is Not The Answer

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2016 | 6:43 AM

I'm dealing with an avoider. I find it very frustrating.

Every once in a while you will encounter a situation where you want to deal with it in a calm, professional manner, and the person with whom you want to deal with, does not want to deal with it at...

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How To Love Your Job

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2016 | 4:43 AM

Are you a Meg or Lupita?

Her name was Meg, and she had a head full of beautiful silver hair through which she routinely ran her hands. She had a smile that was genuine, and ever present. Her bubbly personality was contagious and enhanced our enjoyment ten-fold. She was...

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I Just Turned 51, But I'm Not Done Learning Yet

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 9:56 AM

It feels like a just a few years ago that it was my turn to enter into kindergarten.

Mrs. MacIntosh was my teacher and hero, and Mrs. MacDonald kept me safe on the bus ride to and from school. I still remember how nervous I was. And I remember...

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