May 2012

May 31 2012
The Coachable Moment for the week ending June 1, 2012  Building a Strong, Agile Self and Team Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | QBlog Helping smart people & organizations communicate & LEAD forward smarter, faster & h... more...

May 31 2012
I have heard it said that most women do not reach their full potential until their fifties. It seems for many women, it takes five decades of living to develop self-confidence or self-worth. It also seems to take that number of years to develop an attitude of not being concerned about what people think of [...] more...

May 30 2012
“Image enhancement is not optional; it is an imperative element that is vitalto your personal and professional success.” – Joanna Parris For the record we are not talking about plastic surgery or injections, but about your appearance, communication and conduct! … Continue reading more...

May 30 2012
Kevin O'Leary dropped by Speakers' Spotlight HQ to vlog about his presentations. more...

May 30 2012
We, in North America, live in a society that demands things get done faster, cheaper, & better and everyone wants it NOW…or yesterday. No matter what industry you are in, I guarantee you, that you need the help of others to       a) do your job, b) have a job, c) make a [...] more...

May 30 2012
How do we balance the effects of stress? That’s been the focus of a majority of my clients lately so I felt it time to share some thoughts on this incredibly important subject. You see, most of us have grown up with the idea that Self Care is Selfi... more...

May 29 2012
Today the dogs and I went for a walk. We wandered around our little town discovering new sights, and for the dogs, new smells. We had just had a proper downpour complete with thunder and flooding in the streets so … Continue reading more...

May 29 2012
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”-Tom Stoppard Making an entrance is all about first impressions. You have a 5 second opportunity to take glimpse of the homeowner’s unique style and taste and flare. A well executed foyer should literally leave you begging to see more. Creating a sense of anticipation with what lies beyond. Entrances […] more...

May 28 2012
   Leadership Means Developing a Community of Purpose™ ©Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | QBlog Helping smart people & organizations communicate & LEAD forward smarter, faster & happier   Leadership means bui... more...

May 28 2012
There is hardly anyone who would argue over the impact that search, social, and mobile technologies have had on the customer buying process over the last five years. However, while many companies worry about keeping ahead of their competition, they act... more...

May 27 2012
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend Jeanne Beker’s interview with the designer duo Rodarte, hosted at The Room in The Bay on Queen Street. Beker gave us Rodarte fans insight into how the siblings became interested in fashion, what is was like working on Black Swan, the inside scoop on their newest collection and [...] more...

May 27 2012
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. Phyllis Diller I know, I know, don’t throw things at the screen.. Its not sexy, glamourous or fun. But certainly Fun-ctional- we all have dust bunnies. It drives me wild to see grunge formulating in those […] more...

May 26 2012
With the London 2012 Olympic Games around the corner, athletes from across the country are putting in every last effort for training and preparation. Recently I had the chance to meet Synchro Canada’s senior national team members: Jo-Annie Fortin, Tracy Little, Karine Thomas and Erin Willson. I caught up with these young women at the [...] more...

May 26 2012
“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” -Walt Whitman Its a wonderful weekend everyone- Take some time and be inspired by the wonders of the world. Today my inspiration is grass- plants – flowers and in general a few images of incredible inspirational settings “Gardens” Although sadly […] more...

May 25 2012
By Pat Mussieux When was the last time you felt fear about something in your business? Have you ever really thought about where/how that might be holding you back? One thing you need to know is that we ALL feel fear about one thing or another but, as S... more...

May 25 2012
Our mood is an ever-changing entity. It will continue to change throughout our lifetime, based on a variety of factors. When you are depressed, you can often feel as if you are in a dark tunnel, with no light at … Continue reading more...

May 25 2012
Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste Renoir were not the only Frenchmen revered for their impressionist art! On Sunday May 27, PFW Silver Members Ramona Carmelly will be singing one of her favourite works, Ravel’s marvelous exotic vocal chamber master... more...

May 25 2012
We moved in August. The summer sun was hot, the wind was strong, the mood was pleasant as we slugged and hauled and carried furniture into, and then out of, our new home. We had no floor plan, it was … Continue reading more...

May 25 2012
”Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein Before’s and afters- the journey- the experience – the end!! You know it never ceases to amaze me – the few elements in life that truly bring me the most joy. Yes of course my family, my amazing kiddies and […] more...

May 24 2012
Not Far From The Tree has been visiting high schools as of late. Marc and I spoke at three Earth Day assemblies (North Toronto Collegiate, Parkdale Collegiate, and Humberside) and I had the privilege of giving the keynote at the TDSB’s Youth Food... more...

May 24 2012
“There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. . . / Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass- Ralph Waldo Emerson Going Rogue When I first heard this expression- I immediately chuckled. As I heard the story, I completely fell into a fit of laughter!! ( No I […] more...

May 23 2012
How Much Money Do You Want To Make? “Know first who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly” -  Epictetus  What you wear and how you wear it can determine how far you will go up the corporate ladder or … Continue reading more...

May 23 2012
Great Read Book Review & Excerpt | Irene Becker | www.justcoachit.com | Qblog Helping smart people & organizations communicate and lead forward smarter, faster & happier Managing with a Conscience (2nd edition) by Frank K. So... more...

May 23 2012
June 1st AM Relieving Stress with Humour Women In Business Network Toronto June 1st Afternoon Relieving Stress with Humour PMI 2012 Leaders Summit Niagara- On- The- Lake June 9th Relieving Stress with Humour Govt of Alberta Vitalize 2012 Telus Conventi... more...

May 23 2012
June 1st AM Relieving Stress with Humour Women In Business Network June 1st Afternoon Relieving Stress with Humour PMI 2012 Leaders Summit Niagara- On- The- Lake June 9th Relieving Stress with Humour Govt of Alberta Vitalize 2012 Telus Convention Centr... more...

May 23 2012
9 to 5 has never interested me. I am a freelancer, who for years was never free of fear. Sure I got taken care of always, ... more...

May 23 2012
It’s blooming season. Lots of exciting things are taking place on the Playground of Connoisseurs of Life and many of them stemmed from an obstacle, inconvenience, or something that didn’t go as planned/expected. I encourage all of you to embrace obstacles and inconveniences as they are just opportunities (many times AMAZING opportunities) in disguise.   [...] more...

May 23 2012
Just when I was feeling so up on all forms of electronic communication, Lois Creamer, social media expert, asked me, "Are you attending the Tweet Chat tonight? You know, the hashtag-speakerchat-tweetchat." (Yeah, try saying that three times fast!) "... more...

May 23 2012
At Rent frock Repeat, our customers are as diverse as our dress selections, and we try to cater to everyone’s needs by helping them find the dress best suited for them. When searching for the perfect frock, some criteria to consider is the occasion, price, and colour. However, one of the most popular questions is: [...] more...

May 22 2012
How to break a habit…great book! Critics are comparing this to Freakanomics. more...

May 21 2012
On May 19, 2012, Shriya Shah-Klorfine became the first South Asian woman from Canada (and the fourth Canadian woman) to summit the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Today, we received sad news that Shriya will not be coming home. She died on the descent.                 The life of [...] more...

May 21 2012
  I was so frustrated writing my screenplay that I started knitting.. I figured lets do two things badly.I am not a knitter. I failed 4-H ... more...

May 19 2012
It is not often one gets the opportunity to interview a woman who runs a 700 year-old institution. That is what Frances Cairncross does as Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University — the first university in the English-speaking world. Frances Cairncross, an award-winning journalist and author of The Company of the Future and The Death [...] more...

May 18 2012
Happy May 24 Weekend RfR Members! We’re experiencing such a beautiful weekend to kick off the season, and as we move into summer, everyone is looking for the perfect thirst quenchers to serve at parties. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a late night pool party, spending the weekend at the cottage or planning a [...] more...

May 18 2012

Rashmi Biswas

Rashmi Biswas interviewed on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner

Executive Vice-President, Lake & Associates Canada

Do you make rash decisions? Find out what Rashmi Biswas, Executive Vice-President, Lake and Associates Canada, and author of "Rash Decisions" has to say about it in this interview. more...

May 18 2012
I’m excited to share a cool collaboration that I was part of on behalf of Not Far From The Tree. @smarturbanstage invited me to submit a question about the future of the city and they would pluck an artist from around the globe to answer it. Here... more...

May 18 2012
Ray Zahab dropped by Speakers' Spotlight HQ to vlog about his presentations. more...

May 17 2012
Let me ask you a question. Do you have to see something to believe it to be true? Or, do you believe something to be true having never seen it? It’s not a trick question and there is no right … Continue reading more...

May 17 2012
PFW Gold Member, Andrea M. Winn, the dream whisperer, is offering a complimentary 3-part teleseminar, Forming Your Bridge to Abundance. Here’s what you will get out of this transformative series: Experience a safe space to begin to tame your fears so... more...

May 17 2012
In the winter semester, seven student teams from different classes and universities devoted their class projects to improving some aspect of Not Far From The Tree. A GIS team from Ryerson’s Geography Department was one of those creative teams: Th... more...

May 17 2012
I don’t always understand. I’m not always understood. I am perfectly imperfect. Each day is a blank canvas and wonder and awe are my paint brushes. The finished painting at the end of my day is my experience. I see potential in problems. I see opportunities in obstacles. I see Love and the longing for [...] more...

May 17 2012
What Is A Community of  Purpose™ and Why Do YOU Need One? ©Irene Becker | Just Coach It-The 3Q Edge™ | QBlog Helping smart people & organizations communicate & LEAD forward smarter, faster, happier Purpose is the only sustainabl... more...

May 16 2012
Bitter experience has taught us how fundamental our values are and how great the mission they represent. Jan Peter Balkenede Hello everyone, Ive missed you!! As you know I love design.. I gather after all of my posts this last year this is not exactly a secret?! Regular readers may have noticed the last couple […] more...

May 15 2012
Join Lisa Delorme, Co-Founder and CEO, and CRAVE at the next CRAVE chat: Online Moneymakers. Connect with some of the best and brightest intelligentsia and enhance your network with fabulous new resources! These days you can fulfill all your shopping desires with the click of a mouse. You can purchase those new shoes or the [...] more...

May 15 2012
How do you avoid lengthy and costly miscommunication? Why is it that some businesses have the same clients for life? What are the most common misperceptions about marketing a small business? In this informative and action packed session, you will learn... more...