Part 1 and Part 2 of My Interview with CTV

Part 1 and Part 2 of My Interview with CTV Please follow these links to view my interview with Leanne Cusack of CTV Ottawa, News at Noon. Video 1 Video 2

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Civility Is…

Civility Is… Civility is:  taking time to appreciate your surroundings and being grateful to be in the moment. I recently returned from a vacation and visit with my family in St. John’s, Newfoundland.   Growing up there, I did not appreciate it’s beauty.  Now, when I go home, it is all I see - like the ocean, the jelly-bean row houses, the majestic colours, the rugged landscape, and the salt-of-the-earth people.  I was blessed to have grown up there, and feel an incredible sense of pride and privilege whenever I go home for a visit. There was one particular moment that my husband captured in a photograph which I have shared in this blog.  I am sitting on the ocean deck at Atlantica restaurant in Portugal Cove, NL.  The sun is setting and I am looking out, onto the ocean, where a whale was feeding and surfacing from time-to-time. A spectacular vision. It is here that my family and I enjoyed a cocktail before dinner, which was being prepared by revered chef, Stephen Vardy.  During a conversation, I made a comment concerning an incident that I felt could have been better handled by our server. I ...

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How to Craft a Great “Elevator Pitch”

August 06, 2012  |   Advice for Students,Blogs,Business Etiquette   |     |   0 Comment

How to Craft a Great “Elevator Pitch” An “elevator pitch”, or positioning statement, is a brief business description of what you do and why someone should do business with you. The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately 30 to 60 seconds. At a networking event, when asked, “What do you do?”, if you take longer than 30 to 60 seconds to answer this question, a person’s mind starts to wander and he or she stops listening to you.  You only have one chance to make a great first impression - so use your “elevator pitch” to your advantage and grab the person’s attention. Your elevator pitch should be clear, concise and credible.  There should also be some kind of “hook” that leaves the person, or group, with whom you are speaking wanting to learn more.  You may have different pitches depending on your objectives and the audience at a networking event. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your value.  The core elements of your elevator pitch should explain: 1.  Who you are, your title, and your business/where you work. 2.  The kind of people ...

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