What did you learn from the kids today?

by Halina St James Here’s a question for anyone over 50. How do you get along with the kids? Specifically, how do you co-exist and co-operate in the workplace with smart, younger colleagues. Recently at a Global Speakers’ Summit in Vancouver, I attended a workshop called ‘Co-creating With Gen X & Gen Y.’ Generation X, …

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Three steps to creating successful online courses

by Halina St James The big buzz at  the Global Speakers’ Summit in Vancouver was online learning. Speakers were encouraged to turn their content into courses on line. One of the Summit’s platinum sponsors, Adam Witty, from Advantage Media Group gave a practical workshop on online learning, describing online learning as the new frontier. Here …

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17 tips to boost your brain power

Don't let your imagination take a nap

Helena Popovic’s book, In Search of my Father, was inspired by her struggle to support her father as he slipped deeper into dementia. In turn, the book inspired Helena to investigate how the brain works, and how it’s function can be improved. Helena, a medical doctor from Australia, was one of the speakers at the …

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Why nimble feet help with a nimble mind

by Halina St James Why is ballroom dancing better than golf or swimming for staving off Alzheimer’s? And what’s the similarity between ballroom and driving down the 401? They’re just two of the topics I got to explore on Saturday morning with CBC Weekend Morning host Stan Carew. Today I’m trading my presentation skills coach …

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Many lessons for speakers in Presidential address

by Halina St James President Barack Obama used some great speaker tricks in his State of the Union address. He began with his signature measured pauses. The pauses were strategically placed – so the audience could process the information, and get up and applaud if they so desired. The pauses, combined with eye contact, let …

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