Oh you’re in communications…so what do you do exactly?

The one and only reason I wish I were not in the field of Communications is because it’s not one of those one-word answer job descriptions like doctor, lawyer, accountant. The conversations tend to go something like this: Inquirer: “So what do you do?” Me: “I work in communications,” I said and then brace myself for the next never-fail question. Inquirer: “Soooo what does that mean exactly? Do you like…

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Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – Social media strategy & Row80

Working in Communications and being a writer and blogger, I’ve heard my fair share of theories on social media numbers and klout. I’ve been blogging for over two years now and I’ve been actively using Facebook and Twitter to engage with other bloggers and writers for over a year, and it’s time to look at growth opportunities. My (new) strategies for gaining klout and a dedicated blog readership I think…

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Communications Today: How people come across in writing and ROW80 check in

People communicate in so many ways through writing these days that different forms and even “languages” have been created. I think how someone writes reflects on their person whether for good or bad and some people seem to forget that others are only meeting their “writing persona”. As a communications professional and a writer, this dichotomy has interested me lately. Twitter – Shortcuts to fun, engaging content People use so…

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Book Clubs and ROW80 check in

So I was chatting with a friend over dinner and we got onto the topic of what the other was reading. We both said how we would love to be in a book club or to start a book club. I like to be in book clubs where I would read stories that I normally wouldn’t pick myself and maybe some difficult books that I’d love to read in conjunction…

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7 Tips for creating a PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint Presentations can be a useful tool and also a huge boredom flag! I was invited to be a speaker at the University of Alberta’s International Week on January 28, 2013. So for this presentation titled “More than Belgian Chocolate: The ultimate payoff for working abroad“ I needed to prepare something because who wants to hear someone talk about travelling and working abroad without some sort of visual? The writing…

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