Social media great new tool in disasters

Communications during an emergency is one of the themes of a disaster management conference organized by the Canadian Red Cross in Halifax, NS. Tim McInerny spoke of the lessons the Australian Red Cross learned from the devastating flooding in Queensland earlier this year, after torrential rain and a subsequent cyclone. He talked about the need …

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Podium helps Toastmasters celebrate anniversary

Congratulations to the members of the Sears-Halifax Toastmasters’ Club, who celebrated their 55th anniversary at the weekend. Podium’s Neil Everton was honoured to be keynote speaker, talking about how the TalkitOut™ Technique creates better speakers. He talked about the importance of speaking the script out loud, before you write it out. Here’s part of his …

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Election slip highlights cost of spelling mistakes

Carelessness diminishes credibility. Whether you are crafting a business proposal or squeezing a message into 140 characters for a Tweet, your writing says a lot about you. In the current Canadian federal election, a Conservative candidate in Nova Scotia sent out a flyer promoting the visit of his party leader (and outgoing Prime Minister), Stephen …

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Lessons we can learn from courage of Mukhtaran Mai

She’s beautiful. She’s strong. And she’s been grievously violated. First she was raped by 6 men. Then her cry for justice was belittled and denied by the supreme court of her land. Yet despite her horrific ordeal, she found her voice. More than that, she spoke up for herself and the women of an entire …

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Politicians failing the ‘what’s in it for me?’ test

Politicians have been criss-crossing Canada in a national election campaign. But according to one university student, they’re missing a big point. When asked for his opinion on radio, the student replied all the leaders ever talk about is themselves. Their campaigns were the ‘I’m-better-than-the other-guy’ variety. The student’s basic complaint was they never answer the …

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Was Blackberry boss right to pull plug on interview?

An interesting mix of reactions to the BBC interview with the boss of Research in Motion (RIM), where the RIM executive pulled the plug on the interview because he didn’t like a question. Opinion on online sites was divided. There was a fair amount of criticism of RIM’s co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis for refusing to …

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Harper’s weird but effective debate strategy

The English language election debate was televised last night in Canada. Four political leaders debated the issues of the day but one dominated, because of his body language. Conservative leader Stephen Harper stuck to conventional political debate wisdom – speak to your audience not your opponents. Each time he was challenged or asked a question, …

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Assert your way to success and health

assertive or aggressive

Time to ‘fess up. Are you assertive? Or are you aggressive? Some people think they are acting assertively when they are really being aggressive. And some people think if they assert themselves others will interpret their behaviour as aggression. There’s a world of difference between assertive and aggressive, so let’s start with a definition. Assertive …

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