Responses to TABOO TOPICS – blog

July 27, 2021Newsletter

RESPONSES TO TABOO TOPICS Here’s a Q about responses to taboo topics. Have you ever been seated at a table, perhaps at a business luncheon or a conference, when someone starts talking politics or gun-laws, something TABOO, and you realize people are literally squirming in their seats?  image unsplash Baptista Ime James What do you … Read More

Talking about TABOO topics – blog

July 20, 2021Newsletter

This week we’re talking TABOO!  “Taboo topics” are fascinating, aren’t they? I’m a big fan of stand-up comedy, and I love watching how comedians use taboo topics to entertain and shock their audiences – be it talk about sex, relationships, money, profanity, I could go on.  Have you ever noticed that taboo topics are also commonly … Read More

#81 Talking TABOO Topics

July 19, 2021Podcast Episodes

Taboo topics are sacred or prohibited based on morals, religion or social norms. Learn how to respond to taboo topics and the significance of context when it comes to taboos. What’s considered taboo depends on the time in history, the generation, the person, the setting, even the medium. People seem to feel more comfortable reading … 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

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

Asking for HELP – blog

August 25, 2020Newsletter

On ASKING FOR HELP This week we focus on ASKING FOR HELP, for example when you: aren’t sure how to do something, but you know someone who has the expertise are working towards a tight deadline and you need help to get it done in time need to increase your budget – you need to … Read More

#57 HOW TO ASK FOR HELP with researcher Gretchen Barton

August 24, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

HOW TO ASK FOR HELP? Consider the 3Ms: Mindset, Motivations and Metaphors. Researcher Gretchen Barton of OZA shares her expertise, including insights from a recent Gates Foundation project on “Understanding Perceptions of Poverty” in America. Asking for help- be it expertise, time or money – isn’t easy, but you can learn to seek help with … Read More

APOLOGIES: How to say I’m sorry – blog

August 18, 2020Newsletter

APOLOGIES: How to say I’m sorry – blog This week we focus on APOLOGIES – and how to say I’M SORRY. Based on my research for this blog, it seems we have some work to do when it comes to apologies. Mea Culpa! Come on people! Read on to learn: How to say “I’m sorry” (do’s … Read More

Talk About Open Source Strategy & Competition – blog

June 1, 2020Newsletter

This week we’re moving on from EMOTIONS and NEGOTIATIONS to COMPETITION and Open Source Strategy! Read on to learn about: Podcast #51 – COMPETITION with open source strategy expert Dr. Mekki MacAulay (Un)Healthy Competition – and what to do about it! Open Source Strategy 101 – your primer! You can skim this blog or click … Read More

Talk About… NEGOTIATION – blog

May 25, 2020Newsletter

Negotiation. It’s something we all do, be it negotiating our salaries, a sales price, or our childrens’ bedtimes!  Read on for:  5 little-known negotiation tips 3 master negotiators negotiating quotes from familiar names  Let’s do this! 5 LITTLE-KNOWN NEGOTIATION TIPS 1️⃣ Don’t Be Selfish! It’s certainly advisable to come prepared to a negotiation knowing what you want and … 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 Parenting & Online Schooling – blog

May 4, 2020Newsletter

This podcast ?episode is focused on ONLINE LEARNING and  COMMUNICATING WITH OUR CHILDREN and specifically our role as parents or guardians in our children’s education. We are very fortunate to have learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres with us for this episode.  Kimberley is a career educator who has worked with students around the globe, be it in the … Read More

#49 PARENTING TEENS & ONLINE LEARNING with learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres

May 4, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres helps us in this time of physical distancing and online schooling with parenting philosophies and online learning tactics, including optimizing our children’s workspace, setting boundaries, and celebrating! LINK to printable SHOWNOTES: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Shownotes-49-PARENTING-TEENS-ONLINE-LEARNING-with-Kimberley-Acres.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: PARENTING TEENS & ONLINE … 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… INTERVIEWING

February 24, 2020Newsletter

This week’s podcast episode ?is focused on INTERVIEWING – as in conducting a job interview, an information-seeking interview, a journalistic interview, or a podcast interview! In the future we will also cover how to rock-it in a job interview.  But this week it’s all about when you are in the driver’s seat, INTERVIEWING, as in conducting the interview. As … Read More

Talk About … GOOD news and BAD news

January 20, 2020Newsletter

This week we focus on “the good news and the bad news.”  Which would YOU rather hear first? Let’s do this! Which do you want to hear first? The GOOD news or the BAD news? Most people want to get the bad news out of the way. According to academic research, 78% of us prefer to hear … 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… 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… Our Mental Health

November 6, 2019Newsletter

It’s November!  I hope you enjoyed the extra daylight-savings hour last weekend!  ⏰ Did you have a chance to listen to last week’s podcast ?TALKING MONEY?  If yes, had you had any conversations with your parents or your partner or your children about money? Thanks to guest expert Kelly Harper for sharing her advice to make … Read More

#36 Talking YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH with Nicole German, founder of The Maddie Project

November 5, 2019Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Youth mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression are common. Nicole German, founder of The Maddie Project, shares her experience and thoughtful advice to parents, family members, coaches, teachers, anyone who interacts with youth.  We need to step-it-up with awareness, empathy, and advocacy. “Anything we can do is goodness.” Doing little things and doing … Read More

Talking MONEY (and other scary topics)

October 28, 2019Newsletter

Happy Halloween!!!  This week we’re talking about a very spooky topic: MONEY! ? You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more. Let’s do this… ? The Podcast: “Let’s Talk About MONEY with Kelly Harper” Andrea & Kelly For this week’s ?podcast episode focused on “TALKING MONEY,” I interviewed Kelly Harper, an … Read More

#35 LET’S TALK ABOUT MONEY with Kelly Harper, experience strategist

October 26, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Why is it so difficult to talk about money? Does your family have a budget? Do you have an updated will?  What about a power of attorney?  Listen and learn as experience strategist Kelly Harper shares strategies for talking to your partner, your parents, your children and your friends about money.  ?PODCAST: https://talkabouttalk.com/35-money ?SHOWNOTES in PDF: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SHOWNOTES-35-TALKING-MONEY-with-Kelly-Harper.pdf … 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 & learn about … How to give NEGATIVE FEEDBACK

September 18, 2019Newsletter

This week we focus on negative or constructive feedback – “softening the blow,” as they say.  You can skim this short blog or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this…. ?PODCAST EPISODE #31: HOW TO GIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK You ASKED for it … One of the most common Qs that I receive is, “how can … Read More

#31 HOW TO GIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK with Dr. Andrea Wojnicki

September 18, 2019Podcast Episodes 3 Comments

Giving negative feedback is challenging and stressful. You will learn the mindsets, do’s & don’ts, and frameworks to help you give negative feedback effectively. Be constructive. Don’t make it a surprise, don’t joke around, don’t threaten the person. Be empathetic (compliment in public, criticize in private), be objective and professional, and LISTEN. Make sure that … Read More

Talk & Learn About…. CHANGE

August 27, 2019Newsletter

I hope you enjoyed the  3-episode ?Talk About Talk series focused on on SELF-TALK!  In case you haven’t had a chance to listen to all of them, here they are: #25: BUILDING RESILIENCE with Tosca Reno #26: SELF-TALK & MINDSETS with yours truly #27: POSITIVE SELF-TALK & the 3Es of WELLNESS with Tosca Reno Thanks again to Tosca Reno for sharing her … Read More

#28 COMMUNICATING CHANGE with professor & author Ellen Auster

August 27, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Communication is a critical skill for effective change management, whether you’re leading change for an organization, a department, or for your family.  Professor Ellen Auster shares five common mistakes and 6 success principles for effective change communication, including embracing the politics, collective visioning, using mantras, building change fitness and focusing on relationships. SHOWNOTES Contents Key … 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…. ASKING QUESTIONS

July 24, 2019Newsletter 1 Comment

Have you had a chance to listen to the PROFANITY podcast yet? Several of you told me that you learned a lot.  ME TOO!  I was curious to see the ratio of downloads between the explicit and the clean versions of the profanity podcast.  FYI – it is about 2:1 explicit:clean.  Hmm… ? Moving on….  … 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

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

Talking… with your DOCTOR !

June 11, 2019Newsletter

I hope you had a great week. Over the past two weeks, we’ve Talked About “Supporting our Grieving Friends” and “Friendships.”  This week, we focus on ourselves, and learn about HOW TO TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. (You can skim this short email or dive in to the many links to learn more!)  ? PODCAST #20: HOW TO TALK TO … Read More

Talk About – COACHING – blog

February 21, 2019Newsletter

This week we Talk About Coaching! ?FIRST – THE PODCAST Getting an hour of Elite Camps founder Stephanie Rudnick‘s time for a podcast interview was a coup. Stephanie agreed to do the interview when our sons were practicing basketball at a high school.  We looked for an open classroom in the high school, but alas, the … Read More

#8 COACHING – with Elite Camps founder Stephanie Rudnick

February 20, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

Good coaching means effective communication. Elite Camps founder Stephanie Rudnick shares advice about ego, consistency, managing the ups-and-downs, and playing favourites. For parents, we learn about the ill-effects of helicopter parenting and how young athletes prefer to hear about our epic fails. Whether you’re a coach, a teacher, a manager and/or a parent, Stephanie has some … Read More

Talk About Online Reviews – blog

February 6, 2019Newsletter 2 Comments

In this week’s Talk About Talk blog newsletter, we talk about online reviews, Super Bowl ads, and 3 short quotes worth TalkingAbout. First – online reviews.? I can’t imagine buying much online if it wasn’t for online ratings and reviews. Can you? However, according to some sources, up to 50% of online reviews might be … Read More

Talk About Public Relations & Cause Marketing – blog

February 1, 2019Newsletter 1 Comment

This week, TalkAboutTalk is talking about P.R. or “Public Relations” and Cause Marketing I promise that once you’ve listened to this week’s TalkAboutTalk podcast episode focused on Public Relations, you will be a savvier consumer of marketplace communication. This week, I researched Public Relations and interviewed PR expert Graeme Harris. I learned so much!  Graeme worked in the PR industry for … Read More

#5 PUBLIC RELATIONS with PR expert Graeme Harris – podcast

January 30, 2019Podcast Episodes 2 Comments

We can learn a lot from the PR industry.  For example: be very careful about your declarations. It is risky and oftentimes false to declare that something has never and could never happen. PR professionals do more than crisis management and issuing press releases! They also manage investor relations, internal corporate communications, speech writing, and … Read More