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Crafting Hope in Havana

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There is something about art that brings out the child in all of us. Maybe it is the guiltless self-expression or the limitless creativity – whatever it is, we are lucky in Canada to have access to arts programs and supplies wherever we go. Currently, many young students in Cuba are not as fortunate as we, and our children, have …

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Hit Send – The Odds Are In Your Favour

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I’m not certain if there is a general rule to this – but if there isn’t, let’s create one. When you’re at a networking event and someone offers you help, whether it’s a meeting or simply a coffee, make sure you follow-up. Odds are, you’ll actually end up learning more than you would have otherwise. How do I know?  Experience.  …

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Why Public Relations is Alive and Well

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Originally posted on AQ Blog and Grill. There are many skeptics out there who believe that public relations is a dead industry. Experts, like our guest Melissa Durrell, know better. Yes, the digital age is transforming the landscape of public relations, but that doesn’t mean any Joe Blow off the street can get your word out like a PR expert …

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4 Great Tips for Planning Your Summer Soiree

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Take advantage of the best season of the year by planning a corporate event. After months of subzero temperatures and snow, it’s needless to say that once summer arrives Canadians can’t get enough of the outdoors! This is probably biased, but I believe that summer in Southern Ontario is particularly beautiful: abundant in sunshine, smiling faces, and of course, incredible …

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Spring Cleaning Your Electronic Space

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Nothing says spring has started like one day of beautiful blue skies, followed by week of precipitation that is somewhere between ice, water and what my cat threw up last night. What does this infamous weather tell us? It is time to get our sticks together.   When most people think ‘spring cleaning’ they think cleaning a physical space in …

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How to Create a Newsletter in Four Easy Steps

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Can you imagine what it was like trying to communicate 50-100 years ago? Without the amazing invention of “the internet”, it must have been a pain relying on word of mouth or snail mail to get in touch with people. Luckily, we have since adapted,  giving us the ability to send out information by the simple and satisfying click of …

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Six Steps to Staying on Task

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Whether you’re struggling with a slow workday or you work in an office that’s filled with rich conversation, there are many distractions that keep you from staying on task. Especially if you are anything like us and your focus wanes without your daily dose(s) of coffee! Nevertheless, there are many ways to keep your focus at work! These simple changes …

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What a Winner Says

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And the winner is… It’s awards season, and admittedly I’m a speech wonk. There is nothing better than a perfectly worded acceptance speech that makes you smile, fill with pride and genuinely happy for the winner. This week, the KW Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Business Achievement Awards Gala. It’s arguably the biggest awards ceremony in Waterloo Region and …

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NHL Learns a Hard PR Lesson Early in 2016

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1.194 million people watched a highly anticipated televised event Sunday night—no, not Grease Live the NHL All-Star Game. Tweet was the word as audiences discussed one of the most controversial events the NHL has ever hosted. Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me explain what happened. In case you missed it, some folks on the Internet decided to have …

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Why Social Media Isn’t Just About The Numbers

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Higher stats equals more business, right? Wrong. When it comes to the quality of your social media following, it is important to analyze the numbers in the correct way. Be able to separate the number of followers you have from the quality and relevance they bring to your brand—whether it be personal or corporate. Yes, analytics are an important aspect …

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