Personal Development & Upskilling – blog

June 8, 2021Newsletter No Comments

On PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & UPSKILLING There’s no question that we can accelerate our career advancement by focusing on our PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT and strategically UPSKILLING, whether it’s taking a course to acquire formal accreditation, doing a “lunch & learn” workshop at work, or hiring someone to coach you through a “development opportunity” identified in your recent performance … Read More

#78 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Upskilling to Propel Your Career with Cherry Siu

June 7, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Upskilling, or focusing on personal development, can propel your career.  But what skills should you focus on and how should you develop them? Cherry Siu, chief of staff at Deloitte, shares personal development insights from her personal experience and observation of other global professionals. Link to printable shownotes & summary: https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes   CONTENTS Summary Resources … Read More

How to Demonstrate Leadership – blog

May 18, 2021Newsletter

HOW TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP Several listeners and workshop participants asked me for advice on how to “DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP.”  This is a FANTASTIC question! Whether you’re looking to get into an MBA program, get promoted from your entry-level position, or perhaps you’re ready to enter the c-suite, the decision-makers who will decide your fate are focused … Read More

Jill Nykoliation on Leadership & Communicating like a boss – blog

May 3, 2021Newsletter

Meet Jill Nykoliation – CEO of Juniper Park, TBWA Are you leadership material?  Do you COMMUNICATE LIKE A BOSS?  I know someone who does and I’m so excited to introduce you to her! Jill Nykoliation – like a boss! Years ago, Jill Nykoliation and I started our careers together at Kraft foods in brand marketing. About when … Read More

5 Insights to Strengthen Your PERSONAL BRAND

April 27, 2021Newsletter

YOUR PERSONAL BRAND – I’m excited to share 5 insights to help you improve your PERSONAL BRAND! Recently my friend Sharon Mah-Gin and I have been coaching female executives all over the world on Personal Branding and Networking.  Do you remember Sharon?  She’s the energetic executive recruiter who shared her Networking tips with us in two … Read More

Practicing MINDFUL Communication – talk about talk blog

April 20, 2021Newsletter

How MINDFUL are you? Are you focused or are you oblivious?   Yes, I admit that MINDFULNESS is a buzzword these days.  But being mindful, being intentional, can elevate our communication effectiveness and even our life satisfaction. Mindfulness & meditation coach, Swiss renaissance woman, Anne V. Muhlethaler For this episode, I interviewed ANNE V. MUHLETHALER, a true … Read More

#74 MINDFULNESS Practicing our Communication Skills with Anne Muhlethaler

April 19, 2021Podcast Episodes

Mindfulness can elevate our communication skills. Learn how to be mindful in specific communication contexts by pausing, communicating with intention, and acknowledging our inner critic. Anne Muhlethaler (yogi, meditation teacher, podcaster and luxury brand consultant) shares her experiences and valuable insights.   Link to PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES:  https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS Summary Resources Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s … Read More

Practicing with VR Technology – blog

April 6, 2021Newsletter, Uncategorized

Technology, VR, and Practicing our Communication Skills This week we’re going high-tech with VR and communication skills. Two weeks ago we learned why practice does NOT make perfect and how to practice with intention from my friend Dr. Nadine Kelly. Nadine personally practices yoga, podcasting, and the drums, amongst other things! This week I’m excited to … Read More

#73 Practicing Communication Skills with VR Technology – with Robson Beaudry

April 5, 2021Podcast Episodes

Technology entrepreneur Robson Beaudry shares how we can use VR to practice and improve our interpersonal and communication skills. VR can accelerate and improve our practice, beyond alternatives such as role-playing or watching ourselves. Key insights include the power of meta-learning and the impact of listening versus talking… LINK to printable shownotes: https://www.talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes   CONTENTS … Read More

“Practice Makes Perfect”? blog

March 23, 2021Newsletter

“Practice makes perfect.” Right? Maybe not! (Just ask 🏀 Allen Iverson…) “Practice makes perfect” is a cliche. Practice can certainly elevate our performance, be it playing sports, playing a musical instrument, or making a client presentation. It occurred to me recently that while we talk a lot about various aspects of communication (like networking and personal branding and … Read More

INTRODUCTIONS, How to Introduce Yourself, Writing Your Bio

January 19, 2021Newsletter

On INTRODUCTIONS – Every week in these newsletters, we focus on improving our communication skills.  Let’s back up.  What about INTRODUCTIONS?  Well, clichés exist for a reason… “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” “A first impression is a lasting impression!” “Hi.  I’m Andrea!” Read on to learn all about INTRODUCTIONS: How … Read More

Top 3s from 2020 – blog

December 28, 2020Newsletter

2020 – What a year, right? With just a few days left in 2020, I thought I’d share with you some insights and recommendations, including: the top 3 trending Talk About Talk podcast episodes the 3 most clicked-on Talk About Talk newsletters 3 key communication insights from 2020 3 things we will be focusing on … Read More

Talk About… SMALL TALK

October 27, 2020Newsletter

On SMALL TALK – online & IRL! Recently I read a comment about making SMALL TALK on Zoom calls. Interesting, right? Video-conferencing has become so normalized that phenomena like small talk applies.  The SMALL TALK advice and insights below apply whether you’re communicating online or IRL.  Read on to learn: What is Small Talk? 5 … Read More

Communication Superpower: Listening, Confidence & Storytelling

September 29, 2020Newsletter

This week we’re focusing on COMMUNICATION SUPERPOWER. ?‍♀️??‍♂️ Communication Superpower as in the most important things we should work on to communicate more effectively. The communication skills that will get us noticed for the right reasons… (image: Unsplash @ cassar_photography) What do YOU think are the most important communication skills? Please ? reply to this email to let me know!  … Read More

Boost Your CONFIDENCE in the moment – blog

September 22, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

How to BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE– in the moment, when you’re onstage or chit-chatting with strangers…. You know, when you need to boost your confidence? When you suddenly feel the butterflies?, a shot of adrenaline and you’re very self-conscious?!? This week we learn how to Communicate IN THE MOMENT, when you need to boost your confidence… (image: … Read More

#59 COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE: Part 2 – In the Moment

September 21, 2020Podcast Episodes

Communicate with CONFIDENCE – in the moment:  Learn the 5 step formula to communicate with confidence in the moment when you feel that nervous energy. The 5 steps include asking a question, breathing, acting confident, focusing with no distractions, and listening, using your ears.  You got this! Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS – Confidence in the … Read More

What is CONFIDENCE?

September 14, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

What is confidence? When we define what is confidence, we think of amazing things:  Thankfully, confidence can be learned!  Let’s BOOST our CONFIDENCE! Last week we focused on how to MENTALLY PREPARE for a big event – when you really need to COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE.   This week we focus on understanding: WHAT IS CONFIDENCE? Simply put, confidence … Read More

#58 COMMUNICATE WITH CONFIDENCE: Part 1 – Mental Preparation

September 5, 2020Podcast Episodes 5 Comments

Communicate with confidence: There’s the mental preparation, then there’s confidence in the moment.  In this first of a two-part series, we focus on the 4P’s of mentally preparing to communicate with confidence: Practice, as in rehearsing; Proverb, as in adopting a mantra; Pep talk; and Pirate, as in copying that confident feeling.   Printable SHOWNOTES: … Read More

CRISIS LEADERSHIP & LEADING VIRTUAL TEAMS – blog

June 30, 2020Newsletter

This week we focus on two specific leadership contexts, CRISIS LEADERSHIP  and leading VIRTUAL TEAMS. How’s that for timely? Whether you’re managing a corporation, leading a project, coaching a sports team, or parenting your children, chances are you can improve your leadership effectiveness.     ? The Podcast: CRISIS LEADERSHIP & VIRTUAL TEAMS Executive coach Heather Stark is back to … Read More

Talk About LEADERSHIP – blog

June 16, 2020Newsletter

This week it’s all about LEADERSHIP. My Dad always had a sign on his desk that said, “LEAD, FOLLOW or GET OUT OF THE WAY.” It’s not quite clear who said this first, but we all need to know our role, right? If you ever play the role of LEADER, this blog is for you. … Read More

#52 COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF EFFECTIVE LEADERS with executive coach Heather Stark

June 15, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Effective leaders are effective communicators.  Executive coach Heather Stark shares how to improve our communication skills and why leaders need to be good listeners, authentic, proactive, inclusive, intentional and mindful. CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: Communication Skills for Effective Leadership  The #1 Communication Skill: Effective Leaders are Great … Read More

Talk About CONFIDENCE ONSTAGE – blog

April 21, 2020Newsletter

This week, we focus on CONFIDENCE ONSTAGE. I wonder if Brené Brown still feels nervous when she goes onstage?  I’m guessing she would say YES…  Did you watch any TED Talks over the past week? There is one TED Talk in particular that Talk About Talk podcast guest experts frequently reference. Do you know which one … Read More

#48 PRESENTING WITH CONFIDENCE with Andrew Musselman

April 20, 2020Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

On presenting with confidence. Learn how to create a compelling presentation, then present it with confidence. Tips for your body language (posture, feet, hands), remembering to pause, projecting strength, warmth, authenticity and passion, and sticking to your one key message. ? PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES WITH SUMMARY: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Shownotes-48-PRESENTING-WITH-CONFIDENCE-with-Andrew-Musselman.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion … Read More

Talk About… TED Talks & Presentation Skills blog

April 13, 2020Newsletter

PRESENTATION SKILLS and TED Talks Based on your positive feedback, I know many of you have already listened to last week’s ? podcast on COMPELLING PRESENTATIONS with Andrew Musselman and you’re looking forward to next week’s episode on PRESENTING WITH CONFIDENCE.  In case you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s the link again. In last week’s … Read More

Talk About… Compelling Presentations blog

April 6, 2020Newsletter

Do you know how to create and deliver  COMPELLING PRESENTATIONS? This week we move on from NETWORKING and BIOHACKS to another communication skill, but this time where YOU are centre stage!   (Unsplash | @ miguel_photo) Let’s do this! First – ?The PODCAST This ?episode is focused on the skill of preparing and delivering COMPELLING PRESENTATIONS or speech. As in – you standing in … Read More

#47 HOW TO DELIVER A COMPELLING PRESENTATION with Andrew Musselman

April 6, 2020Podcast Episodes

Do you know how to prepare and deliver a compelling presentation? Guest expert Andrew Musselman shares presenters’ most common mistakes, what to do if you think you’re losing your audience, and how to successfully incorporate video clips, humour, and storytelling into your talk.  PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Shownotes-47-COMPELLING-PRESENTATIONS-with-Andrew-Musselman.pdf CONTENTS References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s … Read More

#45 NETWORKING with executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin

March 9, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Are you good at networking? Executive recruiter Sharon Mah-Gin shares her advice on how to be a better networker, including why it’s critical to attend events, how to thrive at small talk, how to leverage LinkedIn, and the ideal networking mindset. CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: NETWORKING MINDSET … Read More

Talk About… How to be a good NETWORKER

March 8, 2020Newsletter

Do you know how to be a good networker? I remember when I was in business school, I kept hearing how we all need to become a “good networker.“  What exactly does that mean? Coincidentally, my personal New Years resolution for 2020 is to “get out there with real people in real life.”  Apparently, that … Read More

Talk About …. Introverts and Extraverts

February 17, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

This week we focus on the Introvert/Extravert scale. When I asked Dr. Nadine Kelly, the guest expert from last week’s podcast, “Are you an Introvert or an Extravert?”, she said, “I think a good solid mix of both. I used to think I wasn’t extraverted but I don’t think you can be a podcaster and … Read More

Talk About… Posture and Breathing

February 11, 2020Newsletter

Hello Talkers! This week, we focus on POSTURE and BREATHING, things that affect our nervous, circulatory, muscle and other systems, our stress levels, and our communication skills! Let’s do this! First – The PODCAST For this episode ?on posture and breathing, I interviewed Dr. Nadine Kelly.  Dr. Kelly, or Nadine, as she likes to be called, is a … Read More

#43 POSTURE & BREATHING with Dr. Nadine Kelly, YogiMD

February 10, 2020Podcast Episodes 3 Comments

Proper posture and breathing can make us better communicators! Dr. Nadine Kelly (YogiMD) shares breathing and posture tips, relaxation techniques (deep breathing, alternate nostril breathing,  combining breathe with a mantra), differences between the parasympathetic (rest & digest) versus the sympathetic (fight or flight) phase, and why nasal breathing is healthier than mouth breathing.   Podcast: https://talkabouttalk.com/43-posture-breathing-with-dr-nadine-kelly-yogimd … Read More

Talk About… Introductions

January 6, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

An INTRODUCTION to the New Year! Did you have a restful break? Are you feeling inspired about 2020? I am so excited about 2020. ? My plan is to continue to focus on upping our COMMUNICATION SKILLS with: weekly email newsletters, bi-weekly podcast episodes, some new things that you will be the the first to hear about though this email blog! … Read More

Talk About… Dealing with Difficult People

December 17, 2019Newsletter

This week we’re talking about a topic that was suggested by several of you: “How to Deal with Difficult People.” You know – the difficult ones, the grumpy guy, the trolls, the “NO man,” the toxic-types…  You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more. Let’s do this… ? The Podcast: “How to … Read More

Talk About…. CONFIDENCE!!!

November 23, 2019Newsletter

Hello Talkers! Quick:  ☎️ What’s your first reaction when your phone rings?  Do you love it or loathe it? Thanks again to Talk About Talk listeners for suggesting last week’s ?podcast topic: Communication Media: Phone or Email?  Many many listeners have told me since that this is a very important and useful topic. ? Thanks as well to HR … Read More

Talk About… Communication Skills & Behind the Scenes

November 12, 2019Newsletter

Lots of great things to share with you, including: Communication Skills Talking Mental Health Confidence The ABCDEs of Communication Interviewing Behind the Scenes at Talk About Talk Upcoming episodes  HotDocs Podcast Festival As always, you can skim this email or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this!    TALKING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH Downloads … Read More

Talk About… an IMPROV Invitation, WHY We Talk, DISAGREEMENTS & YouTube!

October 22, 2019Newsletter

More on IMPROV & a Monkey Toast INVITATION… Understanding WHY We Talk How to Talk When We DISAGREE and more! You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this…. ? More on IMPROV & an Invitation… Did you have a chance to listen to last week’s ?podcast: Lessons From the IMPROV Stage with improv comedians, … Read More

Talk & Learn About…. Lessons from the IMPROV STAGE !!!!

October 17, 2019Newsletter

Hello!!! Have you had a chance to listen to the podcast on AUTHENTICITY yet?  With federal elections coming up in both Canada ??and the U.S.??, a few of you told me this podcast helped you evaluate political candidates in terms of their authenticity!  This week we shift gears and look to the IMPROV STAGE for some lessons on … Read More

#34 LESSONS FROM THE IMPROV STAGE with Sandy Marshall & Sandy Jobin-Bevans

October 16, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Lessons from the Improv comedy stage can help us improve our communication skills! Comedians Sandy Marshall and Sandy Jobin-Bevans share their expertise – and a few laughs – including playing the scene you’re in, the beauty of mistakes, knowing your audience, testing your audience, “YES-AND,” burning a suggestion, and more! Whether you’re pitching for business, … Read More

Talk About… AUTHENTICITY

October 9, 2019Newsletter

This week we focus on “AUTHENTICITY” (a.k.a. “the real deal,” or “not putting on airs”).  Authenticity is critical for effective communication, whether we’re talking PERSONALLY or PROFESSIONALLY, managing a brand. You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this…. ?PODCAST EPISODE #33: COMMUNICATING AUTHENTICITY AUTHENTICITY.  It seems like a … Read More

#33 Communicating AUTHENTICITY with Ana Serrano

October 8, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Authenticity is important for both people and for brands. But what does it really mean to “be authentic”?  Ana Serrano (CFC chief digital officer) shares her expertise on authenticity, including how the digital realm has amplified the performative nature of authenticity and how inauthentic “green-washing,” “art-washing” and “social impact washing” on behalf of brands can backfire. Printable (PDF) … Read More

#27 POSITIVE SELF-TALK & the 3Es of WELLNESS with Tosca Reno

August 19, 2019Podcast Episodes

Positive self-talk can make you healthier, happier, and more successful! Tosca Reno, Eat Clean founder and master wellness coach shares her advice for positive self-talk, including the Three Es of Wellness (Eat Clean, Exercise and Emotional self-care), her rituals, her mantras, and even her tattoos! SHOWNOTES Contents Key Learnings References & Links Andrea’s Commentary Interview … Read More

Talk About…. SELF-TALK 3of3: Tattoos, Mantras & more!

August 19, 2019Newsletter

Here we are with the 3rd & final episode in our Talk About Talk ? series on SELF-TALK: (Self-Talk 1of3 Ep.25) – Two weeks ago, we focused on BUILDING RESILIENCE with Tosca Reno (Self-Talk 2of3 Ep.26) – Last week I summarized some research on SELF-TALK & 5 MINDSETS we should seek to adopt (Self-Talk 3of3 Ep.27) – This week, Tosca Reno is back with us, with POSITIVE SELF-TALK … Read More

Talk About… SELF-TALK 2of3: MINDSETS

August 14, 2019Newsletter

I hope you had a chance to listen to episode #25: “BUILDING RESILIENCE: Sets & Reps – with Eat Clean founder & master wellness coach Tosca Reno! A few of you told me that you’ve read her books and even participated in her wellness programs.  She is so inspiring, isn’t she? Well GUESS WHAT?!? Tosca … Read More

Talk About… SELF-TALK 1of3: BUILDING RESILIENCE

August 7, 2019Newsletter

Did you have a chance to listen to episode #24“The ABCDEs of Communication” ? If not, I encourage you to do so – or, if you prefer, you might want to read about it in the LinkedIn paper I wrote.  Here is your cheat-sheet again with the 5 steps: This week we kick off a 3-episode ? series on SELF-TALK.  … Read More

#25 BUILDING RESILIENCE: Sets & Reps – with Eat Clean founder & master wellness coach Tosca Reno

August 7, 2019Podcast Episodes 6 Comments

Resilience: the capacity to recover from adversity. Meet Tosca Reno, “the woman with 9 lives,” Eat Clean founder, and master wellness coach.  In this, the first in this 3-episode series on Self-Talk, Tosca takes us through the “set and reps” necessary for resilience, including seeking challenges, positive stress (or eustress), taking ownership, practicing gratitude, and … Read More

Talk About … Effective Communication Skills! (& a few Qs….)

July 29, 2019Newsletter

Hello!!! Are you an effective communicator? Have you had a chance to listen to read last week’s blog on asking questions? If yes, you are one step into this week’s topic: The ABCDE’s of EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.  Yes, step one is “A” = ASK Qs! Speaking of which, I’m planning a Q&A podcast episode where I answer listeners’ … Read More

#24 The ABCDEs of COMMUNICATION SKILLS with Dr. Andrea Wojnicki

July 29, 2019Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

 Do you have effective communication skills? Are you a confident communicator? In this 20 minute podcast episode, Dr. Andrea Wojnicki teaches you the 5 simple steps that will improve your communication skills. It’s as simple as ABCDE! SHOWNOTES Contents Summary – “The ABCDEs of Communication” References & Links Andrea’s Commentary Summary Page (see the shownotes … Read More

Talk & Learn About… Being FUNNY!

July 4, 2019Newsletter

This week – it’s all about being FUNNY… I know I’m not very funny.  Maybe I can be clever sometimes – maybe. But I would like to be funnier.  And I love comedy!  Let’s do this! ? PODCAST #22: FUNNY TALK with stand-up comedian & business school professor Hillary Anger Elfenbein So in this podcast episode, we learn some … Read More

The A-B-C-D-E’s of Table Talk

June 26, 2019Newsletter

This blog is a little different from previous blogs and podcasts.  This week, we talk & learn about “TABLE TALK” – or what to say and do when interacting with others around a table.   For this blog more than any other, I would really appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to tell me what you … Read More