Speaking off the cuff

One of the fun parts of a Toastmasters meeting is something called Table Topics. With Table Topics, you get to speak for one, sometimes two minutes on a topic you’re not prepared for. It’s an exercise geared to practice impromptu speaking — speaking off the cuff. Knowing how to organize your thoughts quickly can comeContinue reading “Speaking off the cuff”

Polishing the talk

If you had asked me years ago, if I wanted to become a communicator, I would have said no. Becoming a good communicator takes work and frankly, I didn’t know what that entailed. As it turned out, the more experience I gained, the more I loved communicating. It’s now one of my favourite things! GoodContinue reading “Polishing the talk”

Stepping out of your comfort zone

We all experience it. Those moments when we’d rather hide than face an uncomfortable situation. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not always easy, but when you do, you’ll feel really good about it. You’ll expand your reach with new confidence and experience. It’s important to understand what makes you uncomfortable. If you’re providingContinue reading “Stepping out of your comfort zone”

Conflict resolved

We all experience conflict in one way or another. Think of the times when you were party to a difference of opinion or the times when you were responsible for guiding a conversation to an agreeable resolution. Conflicts can be as small as deciding what colour to paint the walls in your new home —Continue reading “Conflict resolved”

Add a little variety

Have you adapted to a certain way of writing? Do you feel compelled to follow a set of writing rules? There are a lot of thoughts about how you should write. Writing in plain language is one of them. It’s a clear, concise and organized way of writing that makes it easier for your readersContinue reading “Add a little variety”

Your business — It’s more than a passion

I have a passion for writing and finding the right communication solution to deliver a message. But it takes more than passion to achieve success when you’re a small business owner. Running your own small business can be challenging, exciting and rewarding. For Dundee Services, plumbing is what taps into exciting challenges so that gettingContinue reading “Your business — It’s more than a passion”

Radio thoughts

Although digital advertising solutions are plentiful, from time to time, my small business owners ask me if radio is a good place to advertise. My answer is never definitive. Ponder these thoughts. Keep in mind, a good marketing plan will include a variety of tactics to deliver the message. Radio may just be one ofContinue reading “Radio thoughts”

Professionalism builds trust

It’s always nice to have new followers, so I was intrigued when I received this notification from a “Facebook ad expert.” [Haynes on Communication] social media manager, facebook ads expert is now following your blog… Interested in what they had to offer, I started to scroll through their website only to find a number ofContinue reading “Professionalism builds trust”

When is it time to hang up the hat?

You’ve put a lot of sweat and tears into building your business and you’re proud of your accomplishment. But, how do you know when you’re ready to move on? There are so many questions to ask yourself. For me, my business was sparked by my passion for writing. It grew from my desire to helpContinue reading “When is it time to hang up the hat?”

A good leader

This morning, I watched kids play a simple game of connect five with wiffle balls. Each had an idea of how the game should be played. There were disagreements, there were stronger voices and (thank goodness) there were compromises. This got me thinking about leadership. In any business, you can find leaders — individuals whoContinue reading “A good leader”