It’s always a beautiful end to my year, the annual conference for my professional speaking association (CAPS). This year I was not on stage and I did not have a big volunteer role, mostly I was there to learn, share, grow and belong – the four words that encapsulate our … Continue reading Ay Caramba
Imagine flying home to help your beloved partner pass. You don’t want to talk to a soul but your seat mate on the plane is excited to go see her grandchildren and she wants to chat. Finally you snap at her, you tell her your situation and that you don’t … Continue reading Your Choice + Your Actions = Your Life
It’s funny sometimes how you already know things but when a stranger says them out loud it suddenly sinks in. It’s funny how your parents, your partner, your kids can tell you something over and over, but when an unbiased third party says the same thing, it feels more … Continue reading Permission Granted!
I noticed her in the background standing alone. Other people took turns speaking with me after the program and she was patiently waiting her turn – not in line – in the background behind the line. When I was alone, she approached. “I really enjoyed your talk; I wondered if … Continue reading Impact and Influence
It started off as a business meeting but it was to be in an unusual setting, you see Frances worked from a home office and her home was on a private island. Toad’s Landing as it was affectionately called was a nearby piece of paradise. Measuring out at just over … Continue reading A Grateful Heart
Today’s going to be fast but important. You want to have a better relationship with… anyone? It’s really simple, make people feel good about themselves! Coming from a place of being genuine, real, truthful … Continue reading Better Relationships…
On the first of the month I sent an email to Jeanne, letting her know I would be speaking in her town on the 23rd if she wanted to connect. On the 24th I had not received a response, the event came and went and I did not see Jeanne. … Continue reading Do you give people the Benefit of the Doubt?
Dig deeper. What do you get at Wendy’s for $5? One of my favourite parts of speaking is actually listening. It’s when audience members come up and share a little piece of themselves with me after the program. And so it was on this day… I was speaking in North … Continue reading Good Question!
I don’t remember how long I’ve wanted to attend, but it had been a long time for sure. Today was the day! I dressed up for the occasion and I happily went on my own. The auspicious occasion was a citizenship ceremony where 80 new Canadians from 60 different countries … Continue reading I Swear
I will never pass a construction site the same way again. I will never pass by without a little nod of gratitude for the skilled folks on the job. To say I helped build a waste management site might be a bit of a stretch. To say I provided the … Continue reading Excavate This