Public Speaking: 6 Tips for a Successful Presentation

February 6, 2017 / no comments

Public Speaking Doesn’t Have to be Scary

Sweaty palms, heavy breathing, that uncontrollable handshake you just can’t seem to get under control: these are a few signs of either too much caffeine consumption or pre-presentation nerves. For some, public speaking is a chore, while for others, it’s a breeze. Rather than picturing the audience in their underwear (which 9/10 times DOES NOT work), hone your skills with these 6 tips and tricks to hit a presentation home run. Continue Reading…

Your Social Media Cheat Sheet

January 1, 2017 / no comments

As a millennial it may seem crazy that someone may not be able to use social media; however, it is quite common. Anyone who grew up in the 20th century may struggle with grasping the concept of social media – I know it took my mom quite a few years to understand social media to some extent. Yet, social media is becoming a way of constant communication and people who struggle with it are always looking for ways to improve their social media knowledge. There is a lot to learn, and even those who are the masters of social media still may be lacking some skills in the social media department. Continue Reading…

Why Companies Are Still Ignoring Your Emails

May 1, 2015 / no comments

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Emails for Emails

It can be extremely frustrating to email out canned response emails every day, or even just a simple email that requires an immediate response (one that you’ve been waiting for, for weeks now). So why are they ignoring you?

When someone ignores your email at work it can be easy to take this personally, but you have to realize that many people receive hundreds of emails a day. Your email might have been labeled as “unimportant” or disappeared into the black hole of the ‘Inbox’ folder. So how can you make sure that someone looks at and responds to your email in a timely manner?

Tricks to Get Your Email Noticed

There are different tricks that you can use to make sure that your email stands out from the rest. Although a quick response is never guaranteed, at least you can improve your chances.

Five tips to perfect your emails are:

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1. Make sure the subject of your email is in CAPS

If the subject of your email is written in capital letters, it will stand out in an overwhelming mail inbox.

E,g, Details about the marketing campaign VS. DETAILS ABOUT THE MARKETING CAMPAIGN

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2. If your email is extremely important or requires an immediate response, make this clear

If you have an email that you need answered ASAP: let the CEO, employee, client or secretary know. Label your emails accordingly.

E.g. IMPORTANT: INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRIP

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3. Make sure you personalize the email

If you are sending out canned responses or multiple emails throughout the day, your emails might lack personality and personalization. This is key in order to entertain the reader of the email and show that you’ve been paying attention. People like it when you get their name right. They also like to see that you’ve been paying attention to their company.

Try adding something you read about the company recently in your email if you are trying to pitch a company, or comment on a recent conversation you had with the person you are emailing.

E.g. “Hey Jane, I remember when we last spoke you said that you were having a big dinner at your house for the holidays — hope that went well! I was thinking about you and your company and how you’d be perfect…”

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4. Keep the email short and sweet

When you are trying to get a hold of a busy person you have to be aware that a long email is extremely overwhelming for them to look at. Keep your emails as brief and as clear as you can make them so that you get your point or question across effectively. People are more likely to respond to your email faster if you cut straight to the point.

E.g. “Hey Sue, I was wondering if you could take a look at the Facebook account for B-Incorporated today. Please make sure that everything is seamless and in-line with what you were looking for. Thanks, A.”

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5. Create a quirky email signature

Sometimes it’s the little things that really grab people’s attention when it comes to emails. Try spicing up your email with a daily quote at the bottom or a mantra of yours. It can really personalize your email and give the person you are emailing a hint of who you are as a person. In the end, an email is reaching another human being – not a robot. You can also add a picture or cartoon of yourself too.

E.g. Jane Retter

“Art is anything you can get away with.” -Andy Warhol

So if your emails are getting ignored, don’t take it personally! People are people and we all lead busy lives. These are five tips that you can use on a day-to-day basis in order to perfect your email skills and get the timely responses that you were looking for. Change up your email style to see what works for you and always remember that you are emailing a human being, like yourself. What would make you open and reply to an email on a busy workday? Ask yourself this before you click ‘send’ and good luck!

How to Make the Best of Your Morning Commute

March 27, 2015 / no comments

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A morning and evening commute is everyone’s least favourite part of the day, but it’s really what you make of it. You can complain about how noisy, uncomfortable, slow and smelly the bus, subway or streetcars are, but do you feel any happier about it?

Here are a few tips that will make your morning commute more bearable:

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1. Bring a book

Reading a book on your morning commute seems like a relatively simple thing to do, but getting lost in a story really helps distract you from what’s going on around you. You also don’t have to make awkward eye contact with anyone around you.

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2. Bring a sketchbook

If you are the creative-type, bring a sketchbook and sketch the people around you (without being too obvious about it). It can start the creative juices inside of you and you might be inspired to create new ideas at work.

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3. Meditate

It may sound impossible to do, but if you close your eyes and focus on your breathing, meditating can be a great way to relax and de-stress on your commute. It takes practice, but you commute every day so there will be lots of time for that!

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4. Listen to music

Create a few awesome morning playlists to give you the energy to begin your workday and zone out and into your beats. Music can be a healing tool – especially when you’re trying to cancel out the screaming kid sitting beside you.

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5. Play Angry Birds

Angry Birds, or any other mindless game on your phone, will really allow you to focus on the task at hand (throwing birds in this case). It’s also a fun way to spend your time instead of starring at the bald guy across from you.

So these are five tips to zone into art, games, meditation, music or a book for the time you have to spend on your morning commute. Complaining does nothing for you and we’re all in the same boat. So make the best of your travels and start and end your workday in a positive frame of mind!