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Rhonda Scharf

Consultant, Speaker, Trainer and Author who works with organizations to save time, money and sanity.

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. <br> <br> 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). <br> <br> She's funny, she's real, and she's ON THE RIGHT TRACK!
Everything You Want, Comes With A Price

Everything You Want, Comes With A Price Tag

We live in a society that always wants more. A better job, a nicer car, a bigger house, a bigger paycheque, a great title, and so on. However, each of these wants comes with a price.
10/05/2016 01:20 EDT
Dealing With Enemies In The

Dealing With Enemies In The Workplace

Dealing with enemies is never easy. Remember that they do have an agenda; they are trying to get ahead, at your expense. Deal with them professionally and consistently, and very quickly they will learn not to mess with you.
09/27/2016 06:33 EDT
Are You An Email

Are You An Email Hoarder?

Your inbox is where your email arrives -- it's not where it is supposed to live. Some of those emails are well past their due date. Yet we still keep them in our inbox.
09/12/2016 03:08 EDT
You Might Be A Princess At Work

You Might Be A Princess At Work If...

You may be the one who is always making the new pot of coffee, unjamming the photocopier, replacing supplies, helping out in emergencies, always available (even when on vacation) and generally giving 100 per cent back to your organization and team. But there is always one princess who doesn't do any of that, doesn't feel even remotely guilty but seems to get the same rewards as you.
09/02/2016 02:35 EDT
Are You An Armchair

Are You An Armchair Critic?

We criticize the athletes' outfits, the colour of their hair, their body art and especially their performance. "Oh, he planted his foot too early on that hurdle!" or "She needs to get a better start so she doesn't fade in the last 20 metres!" and so on. What gives us the right to criticize them? Why do we assume that we "know better"? And more importantly, why do we do this at work, too?
08/26/2016 09:47 EDT
Do You Actually Know How To

Do You Actually Know How To Relax?

My definition of relaxation may not be the same as yours. Right now the peace and quiet is fantastic, but I wouldn't want to relax this way every day. I do enjoy people (I'm a wee bit social as you probably know), so once in a blue moon, I do like to relax by myself and listen to nothing. Other times I like more action in my life and I find that relaxing too.
08/19/2016 09:10 EDT
Have You Lost Your Credibility At

Have You Lost Your Credibility At Work?

Credibility is one of those invisible skills that we have quite a bit of control over. It can affect every aspect of your life including your professional life. Luckily, there are many ways you can control your credibility.
08/15/2016 10:17 EDT
The 2016 Professional

The 2016 Professional "Hall Of Shame" Awards

Every day, we see people whose photos should hang in the Professional Hall of Shame. People who are simply awful at their jobs, and who somehow manage to get away with bad behavior. They never get fired, but they give their profession a bad name.
07/27/2016 10:15 EDT
This Is Your Body When You're In Danger Of Burning

This Is Your Body When You're In Danger Of Burning Out

When do you know you're under too much stress? When do you decide to 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. When we do, it is usually because our body has given us no choice in the matter.
07/19/2016 11:24 EDT
Receiving Hurtful

Receiving Hurtful 'Feedback"

We need air in those situations. When someone knocks the wind out of you, you need to get your wind back before you do anything else. To respond to those situations in anger or frustration only makes matters worse.
07/12/2016 12:21 EDT
Strategies For Working With Difficult

Strategies For Working With Difficult People

Who is the most difficult person you work with? Does it feel to you like they spend each evening plotting and planning on how to ruin the next day for you? Does it drain your energy just thinking about this person? You're not alone.
07/04/2016 07:44 EDT
'Wear Pantyhose' And Other Dated Fashion Rules Our Moms Taught

'Wear Pantyhose' And Other Dated Fashion Rules Our Moms Taught Us

I think it's important that we don't cling to the rules our mothers taught us "just because that's the way it's always been done." If your legs look better with hose, wear hose. If you find that brown and black is not a good combination for your skin tone, then don't wear it. Don't be a slave to fashion rules -- old or new.
06/24/2016 06:12 EDT
Take Pride In What You

Take Pride In What You Do

I keep my house clean, my car clean and my desk clean. I know that whether they mean to or not, guests and coworkers will judge me and my abilities on what they see. I don't want my guests to be afraid to eat my food, or my coworkers to think that I can't do my job properly because of the way I have presented myself. I take pride in all aspects of my job.
06/16/2016 03:45 EDT
Healthy Ways To Deal With Emotional Pain And

Healthy Ways To Deal With Emotional Pain And Grief

How do you deal with emotional pain? The kind of pain that sits in your heart and occasionally (sometimes without warning) breaks your heart just a little bit, and you feel an overwhelming urge to cry. Many of us can relate to that.
06/10/2016 06:18 EDT
How To Handle Gossip In The

How To Handle Gossip In The Workplace

Gossip. It happens in every workplace and in every family. For some reason, we just love to talk about others. Perhaps it makes us feel better about ourselves, and maybe it reassures us that no one is perfect. Whatever the case, it can make for some pretty interesting lunch conversation.
06/02/2016 04:28 EDT
When It Comes To Success, It Isn't About

When It Comes To Success, It Isn't About Luck

It all comes down to accountability. It isn't about luck. It is about effort, attitude and willingness. Stop giving yourself excuses why you are where you are, why you don't have what you think you should have, or why you don't have what others have.
05/19/2016 10:00 EDT
Where Everyone Knows Your

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Take five minutes today to do something special for a customer, a coworker, a client, or even a stranger. You'll be amazed at how well it works.
05/10/2016 11:53 EDT