The Power of Your Personal Appearance

By | March 8th, 2016|Member Contributed|

By your very presence, your appearance makes a statement - first, to you and then, to others. Another word for “appearance” is “image.”  Your image is constantly at work.  It can work for you or against you.  It can be a major asset in achieving your goals or, it can be a tremendous liability that [...]

10 Etiquette Tips to Shine at Your Office Holiday Party!

By | December 10th, 2015|Member Contributed|

'Tis the season to be jolly! However, being too "jolly" at an annual office holiday party could potentially impact your career. Remember that the annual office holiday party, though wrapped in a social context, is still a business function. How you behave will be observed and remembered by someone whose opinion can impact your job.  [...]

Maximizing your Potential as an Entrepreneur

By | December 7th, 2015|Member Contributed|

This year, my company, the urban element, celebrates 10 years of business. As I look back at all we have accomplished, I am also looking forward and wondering... what next? I find this is a common mentality for many entrepreneurs. The wheels are constantly spinning and as visionaries we're primed to keep things moving forward. However, [...]

Rake Without the Ache

By | October 15th, 2015|Member Contributed|

Fall in Canada is a spectacular season full of colour but it can also mean a lot of work around your home. Raking is necessary before the snow arrives whether we like it or not. On the plus side, raking is a great way to stay active outdoors and have fun this fall! Raking can [...]

Setting up a space for homework

By | September 23rd, 2015|Member Contributed|

As a child, I remember doing my homework on the kitchen table with my parents. As I got older, more concentration was required and I moved my homework space into my bedroom where a desk was set up. It was just my books and I for several hours every night. That was before computers were [...]

Budgets and your brand: what’s YOUR number?

By | July 13th, 2015|Member Contributed|

No, it’s not some cheesy line from a commercial on TV. It’s my take on the topic of budgets, money, and how they affect your brand. This month's theme is planning, mindset and goals, and there's no time like July to take a step back to think about marketing and your brand. As business owners, working on [...]

Business Card Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts

By | July 8th, 2015|Member Contributed|

How you present and use your business card is an important part in building professional and profitable relationships. Your business card is part of your visual communications package.  It is also a reflection of your professionalism. You should present your business card in such a way that it is remembered and kept by the recipient, [...]

Tips to Manage your Time: Organize Your Day to Support Your Business

By | July 7th, 2015|Member Contributed|

  As the owner of a human resources consulting firm, often supporting numerous clients at any one time, it is imperative I’m always on the ball and organized, “crossing my t’s and dotting my i’s.” But the challenges I face in getting organized, are often the same complaints I hear from my clients. Have you [...]

Stress Less and Discover Your Inner Superhero

By | June 16th, 2015|Member Contributed|

Stress Less and Discover Your Inner Superhero We love to talk about it. It’s the “S” word I hear the most in my practice. It spares no one and it comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s at work, about money or at home, IT is usually present. S.T.R.E.S.S is a six-letter word that [...]

To Stay or To Go – Aging in the Right Place

By | June 16th, 2015|Member Contributed|

To Stay or To Go – Aging in the Right Place Although our company, Next Step Transitions, helps people to stay in their existing homes, it is still the most common question we are asked: “should we stay, or should we go?” And the answer is as variable and unique as the individuals who pose the question. [...]

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