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I am an ESL Instructor, Communications Specialist, Career Coach and Novice Writer specifically for your communication/ career goals, and establishing your brand. For over 11 years, I have led leadership/communication workshops (and now online sessions ) on developing leadership skills, enhancing creativity, creating a work/life balance, and many other subjects for the Toronto Board of Education, and in the non-profit and corporate sector. My approach teaches the vital importance of clear, motivational, yet caring communication. I have recently written a journaling workbook for my students/clients that contains weekly reflections with activities. It has been used by life coaches, career consultants and communications instructors. Here is the link for those who wish to learn about my journalling workbook and to purchase it.. http://tinyurl.com/serendipityjournal I’m currently working on my second workbook – a unique guidebook for traveling your career pathway. For more information about my upcoming other workbooks, email me at: d.wri3420@gmail.com

Monday, May 9, 2016

Free Word Plug In

For those who are auditory learners or process  info. better through auditory means... here is something below that may be of help. 



http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/home/  ---   reads Microsoft Word aloud. but Windows only.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

To Honour International Women's Day

Sisters of the heart

Where ever you are
 You are with us
 No matter the race, religion, or creed.

 We  are  all one in spirit in womanhood.


 Let us  not forget how truly fragile we are
 without the bond of Sisters of the Heart.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Some educational and career resources

Great place to learn new stuff for those life long learners out there- Independent Learning Centre-- www.ILC.org


For career resources and educational resources go to iTunes and Youtube  educational libraries

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Books for inspiration and for motivation

eading the right book at the right time can bring you  to a new level to understanding yourself, others and the pathway you are meant to travel in your career pathway.  Good luck and Enjoy !



Books for  Personal Motivation and Inspiration: Some of my Favorites:

Living the Seven Habits :  Stories of Courage and Inspiration by Stephen R.
Covey
Yesterday I Cried:  Celebrating the Lessons of Living and Loving by Iyanla
Vanzant
Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The Woman's Book of Soul by Sue Patton Thoele
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and it's all small stuff by Richard Carlson

The Power of Optimism by Alan Loy McGinnis
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Life's Little Instruction Book Series by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Five People You will Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

For One More Day by Mitch Albom
The Anatomy of a Spirit by Carolyn Myss ( to identify your spiritual path)


Books on Tapping into your Creative Soul:

Julia Cameron’s Books:  

The Artist's Way.
Walking in This World.
 The Vein of Gold
 The Right to Write

two.
Book on Multiple Intelligences:

" Seven Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing your Multiple Intelligences."  2nd edition.... by Thomas Armstrong.  The publisher is Canbook. You can try ordering it online at www.abebooks.ca.- textbook section. This site has some good prices for gently used books and some new ones too.


Books on Connecting with the Right Brain By Betty Edwards

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Paperback)
by Betty Edwards

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Seven Lessons to Enhance Creativity and Artistic Self Confidence



Friday, February 27, 2015

Recommended books for writing

Here are some  English text books someone recommended to me that may prove useful in writing your resume and portfolio.    The  proper use of punctuation and grammar go a long way in impressing people.  They are oldies, but goodies... 
 

McGraw-Hill Handbook of English-- Canadian Edition:

Mind the Stop: a Brief Guide to Punctuation

Thursday, November 27, 2014

More tips for making positive impressions in meetings and introductions

1-     From a personal perspective, I now these make the  following recommendations :

a.      Clothing-wear the high -end clothing from your wardrobe. Prior to the important introduction, try the outfit on first and wear it front of a full-length mirror… Practice sitting down and shaking hands as well in front of this mirror to see how your clothing presents itself.   Also, men and women, bring a stain away pen for emergencies to remove stains and spills on your clothing, just in case something happens before you meet this person(s).
b.     Smile, but not excessively during your introduction.  Before the introduction,  please check a pocket mirror or car mirror to see that nothing is between your teeth , and  that there are not any pen marks, dust particles, etc.. are on your face, either.
c.      Eye contact- Try to not to stare intensely( eyeball- to- eyeball—maintain very direct eye contact long enough to note their eye colour), but focus on the space between the eye brows. Shift your gaze  to  the person’s eyebrows  after a few seconds  so they know they have your interest. But do not lose their attention by having your eyes wonder during the introduction.
d.     Body scents-  Both men and women  should not  wear  any scented deodorant,  cologne or perfume as a lot of people have allergies/ chemical intolerance these days.
e.      Breath-  Always carry and use breath mints or breath spray.  Don’t use gum to freshen your breath as you may forget you have it in your mouth.
f.      Tone of voice- watch that your voice is even toned- not harsh or anxious Try to avoid having any dairy products before such an introduction as they tend to create more mucus and congestion, and you may end up coughing, or sounding raspy or harsh.  If you are thirsty, drink water for hydration. .
g.     Posture- don’t hunch over or slouch.  Your posture gives away your attitude and confidence level.. Remember that your stance portrays how you feel about yourself.
h.     Content of introduction- try to be articulate and not ramble on.  Say what you have to in a concise manner. 

i.       Listening.- shut off your own  noisy thoughts in your mind and focus on their words - not yours. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Key tips for introductions and meetings-- part1

Attending a seminar several years ago re: persuasive communication skills for business Owners" with Suzanne Sherkin, CPO Highborn Communications on ”The Power of Presence” has given me some lasting thoughts on this subject. Introductions are one of the best opportunities to make that lasting impression, because quick judgments are made in the first few minutes of the encounter. 1- Practice and hone your personal technique for making that professional first impression. 2- People will remember how you make them feel- not what you say…Treat them like they are the most special person in the world- like they are the CEO of the company. Try to honor and respect them in a genuine and caring way. 3- Timing is critical in the introduction - it starts/ begins with (and your chance can be lost right there by their first impression of you), simply by failing to ignite a spark of dynamic interactivity between you and the person. 4- Pay attention to what takes place in the dialogue following the introduction. I recommend you get to know their agenda- do your research about them before introductions happen re: their interests. Google them first to research their involvement in the business sector/ industry, community involvements, achievements, publications written, etc… and familiarize yourself with them so you can bring these topics up in the discussion at the appropriate time. 5- According to Sherkin, the most critical factors we must keep in mind during the first few critical minutes of an introduction are: • Messages are sent out consciously and unconsciously. • “Communication Key Tells” are always the major non -communicative events. They are the interpersonal signs that you give out more often than you ever thought possible.