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Are you paying attention?

When did you know you were a writer?” The podcast interviewer asked me.

I chuckled before answering.

“Even though I started writing stories when I was a child, I never thought of myself as a “writer”. The first hints happened when I overheard a work manager say how much she was struggling to write a memo. It was then I realized writing was never hard for me.  I suppose you could say that’s when I realized that I had some writing skills. It took a few more decades bef…

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My Introvert Networking Cheats

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I used to have extrovert envy, especially at networking events until…

I discovered two invaluable introvert networking cheats.

 I’m convinced that the networking “rules” that most of us have been taught, are written by an extrovert! You know, where successful networking is marked by speaking to as many people as possible over the course of an event.

Which, as an introvert, I never pulled off, instead watching in amazement as my extrovert friends moved about the room like the queen of the ball…

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Speak Your Way to Business Success

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It's Your Stories People Remember

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“Nobody ever asked me about the girls” she said.

I’d stumbled across an interview with author Lori Robinson, a music journalist.  

Intrigued, I listened to the author talk about being sent on assignments to interview the “big name boys” in music. Despite all the amazing women on the music circuit, as the title of her book points out, nobody ever asked about the girls.

Which leads me to think about my mom.

May 2nd marked the 20th anniversary of her passing and I think of all the things I didn…

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The Secret Power of Your Stories

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There are some conversations and some people you just never forget.

Like Natalina.

I met her when volunteering in an adult ESL literacy classroom. She was from Sudan, a senior, brought to Canada to rejoin her family. She was quiet, but there was a sparkle in her eye and ready laughter during our lessons.

One day, during a lesson on families, we all brought and shared pictures of our families. As usual, we smiled and laughed a lot as I taught the words for son, daughter, father, mother.

Nat…

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How does your business garden grow?

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Over time of course.

Only Jack of the Beanstalk fairy tale fame plants a seed that grows magically overnight into the clouds.

Online, there’s a lot of promises about magical growth and magical formulas.

…Which might take you down a misleading path lined with flawed promises and embarrassing expectations.

An inexperienced gardener, misled by the smoke and mirrors of internet promises might be tempted to do things like –

Dig up the seed, throw it away and try a different one.

Forget about th…

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