It’s all about the GROWTH MINDSET

May 10, 2022Newsletter

It’s amazing how so many clients nod their head when I start talking about a GROWTH MINDSET.   It seems that everyone has a growth mindset… Or do they?   Image by designer491 from Getty Images Pro What exactly IS a growth mindset? Here’s how I define a growth mindset: it’s all about knowing what … Read More

#100 Andrea’s Top 3 Communication Insights

May 2, 2022Podcast Episodes

Andrea’s top 3 communication insights after 100 episodes of the Talk About Talk podcast. These are the under-rated insights that Andrea encourages us to focus on, regardless of your profession or seniority. 1.) Keep it short.  2.) It’s not about you. 3.) Adopt a growth mindset.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST   CONTENTS Summary Resources Transcript … Read More

Are your “SABOTEURS” out to get you? – blog

April 26, 2022Newsletter

What do you call those voices in your head that prey on your insecurities and fuel the dreaded imposter syndrome? For some people it’s “the judge.” For others, it’s “the crow on your shoulder.” I recently learned another term for this that I absolutely love: “SABOTEURS” Image from Canva   Isn’t that a great word?   … Read More

Are you a “SAGE Leader”? – blog

April 19, 2022Newsletter

Are you a SAGE LEADER? You might be sitting there thinking, “I don’t know… Am I? And what’s a Sage Leader, anyway?”  That was my reaction when I first heard the term. Are we talking about a plant?  Is this about archetypes?   Image by Melpomenem from Getty Images   Have no fear! Answers await! When … Read More

#99 Communicating as a SAGE LEADER with Angie Alexander

April 18, 2022Podcast Episodes

Are you a Sage Leader?  Sage leaders are inclusive, they are mentally fit, and they listen. Sage leaders are exceptional communicators. Learn how to communicate as a sage leader from executive coach Angie Alexander.   PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST   CONTENTS Summary Resources Transcript   SUMMARY Three Key Communication Skills of Sage Leaders … Read More

#98 The Power Of PERSONAL BRANDING

April 4, 2022Podcast Episodes

Personal Branding is important, yet it never seems urgent. Dr. Andrea Wojnicki shares 3 specific reasons why we should all take the time and effort to develop our personal brand, plus she shares a variety of resources to help you develop your personal brand: a new online course, podcast episodes, newsletter blogs, and more.   … Read More

Take your PERSONAL STYLE to the next level!

March 29, 2022Newsletter

Every day, each of us has a decision about what to wear… image: unsplash @ anniespratt Feeling uninspired?!? Before you grab the same old suit/dress/shoes, ask yourself this: What can my PERSONAL STYLE say about my PERSONAL BRAND? Last week I introduced you to my “Fabulous Fashionista Friend,” the “Swiss Renaissance woman” Anne V. Muhlethaler. This week I want … Read More

What’s Your Personal STYLE?

March 22, 2022Newsletter

Recently, I was coaching a senior marketing executive with a vivacious personality. This woman is BOLD. As we were running through the various ways she can communicate her bold personal brand, she asked: “Andrea, what should I WEAR?” At the time, she was wearing a black suit jacket over a beige shirt. No accessories that I could see.  Lovely … Read More

#97 PERSONAL STYLE & Your Personal Brand

March 21, 2022Podcast Episodes

Your Personal Style provides an opportunity to communicate your Personal Brand. People often see you before they hear a word you say! Learn a technique to help you define and cultivate your Personal Style, plus a simple tip to help you decide what clothing to buy and what to leave in the store. Thank you … Read More

Strike A Power Pose!

March 17, 2022Newsletter

Let’s “Power Pose” Let’s talk BODY LANGUAGE. Picture someone powerful and confident taking the stage. Maybe it’s a politician or business leader. Maybe it’s an Olympic athlete or a celebrity. What is it about them that conveys a sense of power and confidence? Is it the words they are speaking, or is it their BODY LANGUAGE?   Image: … Read More

It’s not WHAT you say, it’s HOW you say it

March 10, 2022Newsletter

Do you ever scan your Body Language? When you were growing up, did your parents ever lecture you about your posture? “Stand up straight!” “Don’t slouch!” “Keep your hands out of your pockets!” It may have felt like nagging at the time, but it turns out our parents were actually doing us a favour.  That’s … Read More

#96 The 3 Point BODY LANGUAGE Scan

March 7, 2022Podcast Episodes

Body language is a significant element in our communication. Here’s a 3-point body language scan to help you optimize both how you are perceived and how you feel. Perhaps you’re not sure what to do with your hands? Or perhaps you catch yourself slouching and your mind is wandering. Think: “3-Point Body Language Scan!” Suddenly, … Read More

GENDER STEREOTYPES in Communication (Yes, we’re going there!)

March 1, 2022Newsletter

Gender stereotypes are everywhere. You’ve probably heard the expression, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” This was the title of a best-selling book published in 1992, billed as a guide to understanding the opposite sex. So, are men and women really from different planets? No, of course not! However, men and women often DO have different communication … Read More

Is “SELF-PROMOTION” a good thing?

February 22, 2022Newsletter

Have you ever wondered whether self-promotion has to be “shameless”?  Or when you should (and should NOT) apologize? Or why and how men and women often communicate differently? If you haven’t listened to episode 95 yet, part 2 of my conversation with communication expert Judith Humphrey, we cover all this and more!   Thanks again, Judith! Here’s a summary … Read More

#95 TAKING THE STAGE part 2 – Communication Skills for LEADERS with Judith Humphrey

February 21, 2022Podcast Episodes

Andrea interviews leadership communication expert Judith Humphrey (part 2). Learn about imposter syndrome, communication differences between men and women, effective self-promotion, the leaders’ script, when we should apologize, and what to do when your boss suggests it’s time to demonstrate leadership. This is part 2 of a two-part feature (ep. 94 & 95) on “Taking … Read More

#94 TAKING THE STAGE – Communication Skills for LEADERS with Judith Humphrey – part 1

February 7, 2022Podcast Episodes

Andrea interviews leadership communication expert Judith Humphrey. Learn about imposter syndrome, communication differences between men and women, effective self-promotion, the leaders’ script, when we should apologize, and what to do when your boss suggests you need to demonstrate leadership. This is part 1 of a two-part feature (ep. 94 & 95) on “Taking the Stage: … Read More

Talk About Talk Top 3 Communication Insights and Goals – blog

January 4, 2022Newsletter

Talk About Talk Top 3 Communication Insights and Goals Happy 2022!   In the most recent episode, The BEST OF Talk About Talk, I looked back at the Top 3 most downloaded episodes of 2021.  (Image: Canva – Sergey Nivens)   Have you listened to these episodes yet?  Episode #58: Communicate with CONFIDENCE – Mental … Read More

Talk About Talk Top 3 Episodes – blog

December 28, 2021Newsletter

The Talk About Talk Top 3’s!   2021 is almost over! It’s that time of the year when we look back at the year gone by, and also look ahead to the new year.    (Image: Canva – duckycards from Getty Images Signature)   Personally, I love rankings and “Best Of” lists. In this week’s … Read More

“Accent”uating The Positive – blog

November 30, 2021Newsletter

Do you have an accent? I happen to LOVE accents. I love hearing the tone and the character of a voice. An accent adds unique colour to a voice. Think about someone speaking with your favourite accent. Now imagine them reading tax law to you. Their voice could even make you want to listen! (This … Read More

Reinforcing your Personal Brand with Implicit Communication – blog

May 25, 2021Newsletter

IMPLICIT COMMUNICATION & YOUR PERSONAL BRAND We can think of communicating our PERSONAL BRAND both EXPLICITLY and IMPLICITLY: EXPLICIT as in the words. Overt, direct, unambiguous messages. This includes your resume and how you introduce yourself.   IMPLICIT as in signalling or sending queues. This is less direct, but critically important communication, as in your body language, your style, and lots more… … Read More

#77 PERSONAL BRANDING: Reinforcing your Personal Brand with Implicit Communication

May 24, 2021Podcast Episodes

Personal branding is more than just the words we say about ourselves. Learn to reinforce your personal brand through consistent implicit communication, ranging from your personal style, possessions, affiliations, how you show up for meetings, and more.    Find your printable “Personal Branding Checklist” HERE (ep.77) CONTENTS Your Personal Branding Checklist Resources YOUR CHECKLIST: Reinforcing … 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

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

Gender differences in communication men vs women – blog

March 16, 2021Newsletter

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN COMMUNICATION Certainly, gender differences exist: “Men are direct. Women are emotional….” “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus.”  You’ve probably heard the comments and perhaps you’ve witnessed differences between how men and women talk. Recently a few people asked me about the differences between how men and women communicate. Like you, I’ve … Read More

Personal Branding: Navigating the Authenticity-TMI Tension

March 8, 2021Newsletter

On the tension of PERSONAL BRANDS: There’s a real tension here: Do you bring your whole self to work? How can we be authentic without sharing TMI (too much information)? How can we be transparent without appearing unprofessional?   image: Unsplash @ loicleray Read on to learn: why navigating this authenticity-TMI tension might be easier for … Read More

#71 PERSONAL BRANDING, AUTHENTICITY & TMI with Tom Megginson

March 8, 2021Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

How can we be authentic without sharing TMI (too much information)? How can we be transparent, bring our “whole selves” to work, without appearing unprofessional? Copywriter and messaging strategist Tom Megginson encourages us to be authentic, but focus on our audience.  Code-switching and filtering are two ways to maintain authenticity without compromising professionalism. PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES … Read More

#68 Communicating Your PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE (2)

February 10, 2021Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

Actionable advice on how to communicate your personal brand online, including 3 KEY PRINCIPLES of personal branding, plus instructions for how to UPDATE, PARTICIPATE and MONITOR your personal brand online. LINK to printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/68-COMMUNICATING-YOUR-PERSONAL-BRAND-ONLINE.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Transcript SUMMARY: Communicating Your Personal Brand ONLINE Personal Branding = Proactively Managing Your Identity Personal branding … Read More

Giving as a means of implicit communication – blog

December 22, 2020Newsletter

On GIVING as a means of communication – It’s the season of GIVING!  Have you ever considered:  GIVING = COMMUNICATING We say a lot when we give gifts, advice, compliments,… Think about the implicit communication associated with what we give, to whom, and how. Read on to learn: 5 different ways we give (beyond gift-giving) what science says about giving 3 ways to … Read More

Your Name & Your Identity – blog

August 4, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

This week we focus on another aspect of our personal and professional IDENTITY: our NAME! Over the past month we’ve covered ARCHETYPES 101,  ARCHETYPES & FEMALE POP STARS, and PERSONALITY.  Are you getting the theme here? It’s all about IDENTITY. What does YOUR NAME say about you? Read on to learn: What your name means How our names affect us … Read More

Conversation Topics – blog

July 7, 2020Newsletter

On what your conversation topics say about you… I’ve been thinking about how our CONVERSATION TOPICS  say a lot about us.  (How “meta,” right? ?) So what do YOU talk about? Two weeks ago I blogged about how RACISM has quickly evolved from a taboo conversation topic to a common conversation topic – something we need to … 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

WORDS MATTER: racism, taboo topics, implicit bias – blog

June 22, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

“Racism.” Words matter more than ever before. Listening may be the #1 most important communication skill. But it’s not enough. Recently I’ve had a few intense conversations (as I’m sure we all have!) about current events including systemic discrimination, police brutality, #blacklivesmatter, protesting and looting. Are you with me? Read on to learn: important definitions your … 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

Getting all EMOTIONAL – blog

May 18, 2020Newsletter

Recently I had the privilege of interviewing an academic researcher about an important communication-related topic: EMOTIONAL EXPRESSIONS. So I’ve got your head ? and your heart ?covered this week. Unfortunately for some people, expressing certain emotions may be taboo. But have you noticed that people (including political leaders) are slowly starting to express their emotions … Read More

#50 EMOTIONS with researcher & educator Tatiana Astray – podcast

May 18, 2020Podcast Episodes 5 Comments

Managing our emotional expressions is critical to effective communication. Emotions researcher Tatiana Astray helps us optimize our relationships and negotiation outcomes by taking responsibility for our emotional expressions. Learn about the difference between feelings and emotions, why we should express enthusiasm, how to manage negative emotions, and all about the positivity ratio. CONTENTS • Summary … Read More

Talk About… the GENERATIONS (Boomers, Millennials & X-Y-Z)!

February 4, 2020Newsletter

This week I thought we would focus on “the Generations.”  Is it just me or are we all talking about “the generations” lately? I keep hearing complaints about “Millennials,” and then there’s the “OK Boomer” thing… Given this cultural discourse, I thought we could all use a generational primer….   Let’s do this! To Which GENERATION Do YOU … Read More

Talk About… Saying THANK YOU!

December 9, 2019Newsletter 1 Comment

On saying thank you! Did you have a chance to listen to last week’s podcast on GIFT-GIVING yet? If not, I encourage you to do so – especially in this season of giving. Are YOU a good gift-giver? Whether we are conscious of it or not, the gifts we give symbolically communicate things about ourselves, … Read More

Talk About… Gift-giving blog

December 2, 2019Newsletter

Hello Talkers! It’s that time of year… ?  Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, we communicate a lot with our gifts, don’t we?  Here’s a Q: How confident are you with your gift-giving? In this email, you’ll get help with both: GIFT-GIVING and CONFIDENCE  ! You can skim this email or click on the links to earn more.  Let’s do this!   … Read More

#38 GIFT-GIVING

December 2, 2019Podcast Episodes 5 Comments

Gift-giving is a highly symbolic form of communication. Are you a good gift giver? In this podcast you will learn how to think about gift-giving more rationally, with research-based tips about what matters and what doesn’t. Here’s a hint: We should worry less about how much money we spend. It’s typically the “low substance, high … Read More

PROFANITY: Talking Taboo

July 19, 2019Newsletter, Taboo Topics

I hope you’re enjoying the summer so far – wherever you are! ☀️☀️☀️ Did you listen to the FUNNY TALK podcast with Hillary Anger Elfenbein?  If not, I encourage you to do so.  I promise you will laugh! And you will learn how to make others laugh too!If you haven’t read it yet, here is your primer on … Read More

#23(S2) explicit – PROFANITY: TALKING TABOO with linguistics professor Darin Flynn

July 18, 2019Podcast Episodes, Taboo Topics 2 Comments

(EXPLICIT) Do you ever wonder why some people use profanity and others do not? Linguistics professor Darin Flynn leads us through a fascinating discussion on the taboo topic of swearing, including types of swear-words, how swear words change over time, personality types that are more likely to use profanity, and the risks associated with profanity. … 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

Talk & Learn about …. TRUST (& Body Language & Scams…)

June 17, 2019Newsletter

I hope you had a great week!  Over the past few weeks, we have talked Supporting our Grieving Friends, Friendships, and Talking with our Doctor. This week, we talk and learn about TRUST – an absolutely imperative element of communication.  Trust me! (You can skim this short email or dive in to the many links to learn … Read More

Talk About …. EMOJIs

May 21, 2019Newsletter

This week we talk emojis ! ? I hope you had a great week!  Two questions for you, based on last week’s Podcast and blog on “FONTS“: What is your favourite font? Have you adjusted what fonts you are using?   (You can skim this short email or dive in to the many links to learn more!)  ?All About EMOJIs  … Read More

Talk About… FONTS

May 15, 2019Newsletter

I hope you had a great week!  Two questions for you, based on last week’s blog & featured podcast (“POSSESSIONS“): Have you been thinking more about your “stuff”? Have you been sharing nicely? ?  In this week’s Talk About Talk email blog, we talk and learn about FONTS!  (You can skim this short email or dive in … Read More

#18 (S2) FONTS, TYPOGRAPHY AND EMOJIs with the Font Guy, Patrick Griffin

May 15, 2019Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

Fonts are on our screens, on paper, on the products we buy, and on signs everywhere! When used effectively, fonts can significantly improve our communication. Patrick Griffin (“the font guy”) shares his advice about choosing the ideal font, considering the white space, and emojis! PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES with all the fonts HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SHOWNOTES-18S2-FONTS-TYPOGRAPHY-EMOJIs-with-the-font-guy-Patrick-Griffin-1.pdf SHOWNOTES Contents 3 … Read More

Talk and Learn About… Our POSSESSIONS

May 8, 2019Newsletter 1 Comment

I hope you had a great week!  Based on last week’s blog & featured podcast (“FASHION & STYLE“) – Did you donate any clothing yet? Did you buy anything you will keep for >10years? In this week’s Talk About Talk email blog, we talk and learn about POSSESSIONS (our STUFF!).  (You can skim this short email or … Read More

#17 (S2) WHAT OUR POSSESSIONS SAY with award-winning marketing professor Russell Belk

May 8, 2019Podcast Episodes

What do our possessions say about us? Award-winning marketing professor Russell Belk talks about how our possessions (including our clothing, cars, people, collections, gifts, social media pages,…) become part of our identity –or our extended self. Professor Belk highlights the significance of the sharing economy and de-materialization, cultural differences, and our evolving identities in relation … Read More

Talk & Learn About… FASHION & STYLE !!!

May 1, 2019Newsletter

I hope you had a great week!  Based on last week’s blog & featured podcast (“Artificial Intelligence”) – Did you ask your virtual assistant any of the 10 entertaining Qs? ?? For the record, YES, we have tried all of these Qs (and more) in the Wojnicki household.  Nerds in paradise, I say!    In this week’s … Read More

#16 (S2) TALKING FASHION & STYLE with Toronto Fashion Week’s Carolyn Quinn

April 30, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

What’s your personal style? Carolyn Quinn, executive director of Toronto Fashion Week provides us with insights on fashion trends, environmental sustainability in the fashion industry, and tips on purchasing clothing and pulling together a great outfit! SHOWNOTES Contents 3 Key Learnings References & Links Andrea’s Commentary Interview Transcript Conclusion 3 Key Learnings Two main themes: … Read More

Talk About … COLOUR!

March 6, 2019Newsletter 1 Comment

This week we Talk About COLOUR – colour theory, trends, how we communicate with it, five fascinating facts, colour of the year, and quotes! (you can skim this blog or click on the many LINKS to learn more) ?FIRST – THE PODCAST For this week’s podcast focusing on COLOUR, I interview three talented guest experts whose careers all … Read More