What’s your Vantage Point

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If you’re human, like me, from time to time you’re going to find yourself in those round-about, back and forth discussions that passionate people have. The kinds where you either release the hulk, or pray to God to help you keep him buried inside. God knows I’ve said that prayer a couple of times.

The truth is, I can be a rather emotional person – when I think my truth, my experiences and my time are being devalued and discredited. Like a warrior I take to the offense, fighting hard to defend my viewpoint. And why shouldn’t I? If I have lived through something, and witnessed it firsthand, no one should be able to discredit it – right? Wrong!

Have you ever watched Vantage Point? If you haven’t, then I recommend you do. Vantage Point, released in 2008, is a political action thriller film, which explored different eye…

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The Gift of Giving: Your Present to the Future

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This past weekend, North Americans celebrated a well-known tradition called, “Father’s Day”. As one might have it, retail stores and outlets promoted products like cologne, golf clubs, polo shirts, watches, and sunglasses aggressively to encourage consumers to buy for the Dads and other male father figures in their lives. In my personal opinion, the best gift that goes the longest way is just a simple and genuine, “Thank You”.

I recently attended Ms. Porter Gale’s talk here in San Francisco on networking where she promoted her new book, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth”. I kept hearing the phrase, “Give, Give, Get” and intuitively, I knew exactly what she meant by it.

In all aspects of my life, I have always been known to give a lot more away than I ask for back or receive. For instance, whenever I met someone new either at a social party, networking event…

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The Follow-Up and Why You Should Do It

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Ever email, phone, or plan something with someone and never have it followed through? Did you think that reaching out again would be perceived as pesky, annoying, or  unwanted?  Think that following up is a waste of time, irritates people, and is unnecessary? I beg you to reconsider and look at it from a more objective point of view.

As someone who emails and pays attention to all my messages at almost every hour of the day, I can safely say that following up with people has always worked in my favour. Looking at this topic from my own lens, there are many instances in which I would appreciate someone emailing, calling, or messaging again to remind me of the things I have committed myself to, say I would do, or forget. Sure, an initial email and first response may work in some cases but in the things that I…

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