Slow and steady wins the networking race

Networking tips from Michael Hughes

How do you network when you can’t leave the house? Michael Hughes knows how. Michael Hughes is North America’s undisputed networking guru. For over 25 years he’s taught executives and professionals how to accelerate their careers and businesses through networking. On a CAPS Atlantic Zoom call he shared valuable tips on networking for success without leaving home or …

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The world has changed: are you ready for the new one?

Zoom makes remote working easier

100 days, and our world has changed. 100 days ago we had no idea what was about to engulf us. So much has happened in such a rush lately, it’s hard to believe it’s only 100 days since the first person fell ill with what we now call Covid 19. Loss, fear, stress, uncertainty… we’ve …

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Sticky storytelling: the key to being remembered

sticky storytelling

If you really want to make your messages memorable, turn your words into images. If you’re delivering a speech or presentation, it’s probably not the mass of your words that will convince an audience to march to your drum. More likely, it’s the few telling images that your words evoke in the minds of the …

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Elevator pitches: 10 words to change the world

Polish up your elevator pitch

How’s your elevator pitch? Is it working well for you? Does it need freshening up? Do you even have one? Maybe it’s time to take a lesson from how your favourite movies and TV series get launched. It’s long been said that Hollywood screenwriters only get three to five minutes to propose an idea. But …

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The hastily-scribbled lines that echoed round the world

Just three lines scribbled on a piece of scrap paper helped turn Jacinda Ardern into the embodiment of how a politician should respond to a crisis. New Zealand’s Prime Minister found herself thrust into the international spotlight after the massacre of 50 people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. …

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Do you have the right mindset for an interview?

Get into a messaging mindset for any interview

Whether you are facing a media interview, or just about any interview for that matter, here’s one way to improve your chances of success. Instead of going in with a mindset of ‘answering’, switch your mindset to ‘messaging’.  First of all, consider why you are doing the interview. It’s because you have something to say …

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Why mission statements harm your message

Energy is essential for speakers

Forget about your corporate mission statement… at least when you are trying to convince an audience about your product or service. Most mission statements are earnest expressions of good intentions. And great cures for insomnia. Here’s an example of how deadly dull they can be:  “The mission of the National Outdoor Leadership School is to …

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Media interviews: accentuate the positive

Get into a messaging mindset for any interview

A popular Johnny Mercer song from the 1940s began: “They said we better, accentuate the positive… Eliminate the negative… Latch on to the affirmative… Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.” That’s great advice for anyone doing media interviews. Reporters are trained to ask challenging questions; CBC veteran Linden MacIntyre described his approach to interviews as ‘skeptical …

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