Lead Online Meetings – blog

February 23, 2021Newsletter No Comments

Do you encourage engagement when you LEAD ONLINE MEETINGS? I have a quick STORY for you… Recently when I was leading an online corporate workshop, I noticed that about 1/2 of the participants had their cameras turned OFF. (For the record, I prefer cameras are on, but it’s not necessary.) The workshop went well and the group was interactive, especially … Read More

#70 ONLINE MEETINGS 2: Engagement & Leading

February 22, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Leading online meetings (virtual meetings) is a challenge. Staying focused and encouraging others to participate is a huge challenge!  Learn 4 tactics to encourage engagement in others, plus tips on what we ourselves should be doing during virtual meetings. Link to Printable Shownotes HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS Summary: PARTICIPATING: What to do during online meetings LEADING: … Read More

Combating Zoom Fatigue – blog

February 16, 2021Newsletter No Comments

Combating Zoom Fatigue In last week’s ? podcast episode we focused on how to PREPARE so we can excel in online meetings. In this week’s newsletter, let’s shift to combating “ZOOM FATIGUE.”  Have you noticed more and more people complaining about feeling exhausted? Fortunately, there are habits we can adopt to overcome Zoom fatigue!  Based on some research (e.g. HBR … Read More

#68 Communicating Your PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE (2)

February 10, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Actionable advice on how to communicate your personal brand online, including 3 KEY PRINCIPLES of personal branding, plus instructions for how to UPDATE, PARTICIPATE and MONITOR your personal brand online. LINK to printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/68-COMMUNICATING-YOUR-PERSONAL-BRAND-ONLINE.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Transcript SUMMARY: Communicating Your Personal Brand ONLINE Personal Branding = Proactively Managing Your Identity Personal branding … Read More

Online Meeting Preparation Checklist – blog

February 9, 2021Newsletter No Comments

Your Online Meeting Preparation Checklist ONLINE MEETING PREPARATION… do you know what to do? Virtual meetings are now the norm. That goes for both professional as well as personal communication. image: Unsplash @ becihannah In 2020,  Zoom was the #1 most downloaded app in the App Store and the #2 most downloaded app overall (after TikTok)! Nowadays we … Read More

#69 ONLINE MEETINGS 1: Prepare for Success!

February 8, 2021Podcast Episodes No Comments

Here’s your online meeting preparation checklist! We cover technology requirements and recommendations, your physical space, and your personal appearance. Preparation can fuel success in virtual meetings. Link to Printable Shownotes HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes Link to Printable “Meeting Prep Checklist” HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/69-ONLINE-MEETINGS-Preparation.pdf (see pg. 3) CONTENTS Summary Online Meeting Prep Checklist Resources Transcript SUMMARY: PREPARING FOR ONLINE … Read More

ONLINE Personal Brand – blog

January 25, 2021Newsletter

On COMMUNICATING Your ONLINE Personal Brand –  QUESTION: Do YOU have a “Personal Brand”? ANSWER:  Of course you have a personal brand.  We all do!  The real question is: how actively are you managing it?  PERSONAL BRANDING is reputation management or impression management. Ideally, your personal brand transcends both personal and professional contexts. Managing your personal … Read More

Networking Online Blog

January 12, 2021Newsletter

These days, we’re all NETWORKING ONLINE.  Read on to learn: general networking advice reasons you should be optimistic how to approach people when you’re networking online tips for following up with people when you’re networking online Let’s do this! ? THE PODCAST For this timely podcast, I interviewed Sharon via Zoom.  Sharon has so much positive energy! Sharon … Read More

#67 ONLINE NETWORKING with Sharon Mah-Gin

January 11, 2021Podcast Episodes

Online networking is the only networking these days! Executive recruiter Sharon-Mah-Gin shares advice on how to approach people when networking online, how to follow-up, as well as general networking advice. There are many reasons to be optimistic! Just remember: “With true networking, it’s really not about you. It’s really about building relationships with like-minded people. … Read More

focus-blog

January 5, 2021Newsletter

Let’s focus. 2021 has the potential to be an amazing year. Certainly, there are some things we can’t control, but many things we can. It just takes a little FOCUS. Read on to learn how you can leverage your awareness and ability to FOCUS. FOCUSING can help you succeed in many contexts: focusing your New Year’s … Read More

Top 3s from 2020 – blog

December 28, 2020Newsletter

2020 – What a year, right? With just a few days left in 2020, I thought I’d share with you some insights and recommendations, including: the top 3 trending Talk About Talk podcast episodes the 3 most clicked-on Talk About Talk newsletters 3 key communication insights from 2020 3 things we will be focusing on … Read More

#66 Trending Communication Topics, Insights & Recommendations

December 27, 2020Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

Top 3 lists from Andrea and Talk About Talk, including the top 3 Talk About Talk podcast episodes and newsletters, Andrea’s favorite podcasts, plus communication insights from 2020 and focus areas for 2021. Printable shownotes with links: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS • Summary & Resources • Transcript SUMMARY & RESOURCES Top 3 most downloaded Talk About Talk … Read More

Step-it-up in online meetings – blog

December 8, 2020Newsletter

Step-it-up in online meetings – A few weeks ago I was participating in an online meeting, actually a “Communicating with Confidence” presentation to an organization via Zoom.  During the Q&A at the end, a young, ambitious manager asked me, “As a junior person who isn’t leading meetings, I have limited opportunities to be heard in online … Read More

Online Meetings – blog

November 24, 2020Newsletter 1 Comment

ONLINE MEETINGS Online meetings as in “remote meetings,” “Zoom meetings,” “virtual meetings”… Remember this?  ? image: Unsplash @ febrianzakaria Questions for you: Have YOU ever “multi-tasked” when you were supposed to be focused during an online meeting? Checked your email or social media? Do you ever wonder whether the people with their cameras turned off in online … Read More

The Future of Learning – blog

November 17, 2020Newsletter

This week we’re focusing on THE FUTURE OF LEARNING.  Rapid adoption of educational technology is one silver lining of the otherwise devastating COVID pandemic.  Read on to learn: 5 ways that online educational platforms help students and educators 5 things I wish I knew before I started teaching! What type of advice we should accept (and … Read More

#63 COMMUNICATION FOR EDUCATORS & THE FUTURE OF LEARNING with Chris Besse of Edsby

November 16, 2020Podcast Episodes

Learn 5 key communication insights for educators, including the positive impact of technology in the classroom.  Chris Besse shares how edtech platforms like Edsby make education more student-centric, they enable communication and collaboration, they enable accessibility and immediacy of information, and they encourage students to learn how to learn. Link to Printable Shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS … Read More

Update your personal brand online – 10 steps

November 10, 2020Newsletter

Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to COMMUNICATE YOUR PERSONAL BRAND ONLINE. (image: Unsplash @ samish_18) Let’s do this!   10 Ways to Communicate  Your Personal Brand ONLINE!   FIRST – KNOW YOUR PERSONAL BRAND Personal branding is a popular term these days.  But identifying your unique personal brand can be overwhelming. … Read More

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile – blog

November 2, 2020Newsletter

OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE – Top to Bottom! Recently I interviewed my friend, social media guru Andrew Jenkins about how to optimize our LinkedIn profiles.  Immediately after the interview, I opened my laptop and started making some changes! I hope this newsletter has the same effect for YOU!  Read on to learn: now more than … Read More

#62 HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE with Andrew Jenkins

November 2, 2020Podcast Episodes 3 Comments

Step by step instructions on how to optimize your LinkedIn profile. Volterra founder Andrew Jenkins shares how to use LinkedIn for creating your personal brand,  networking, thought leadership, marketing, and job-searching. Printable shownotes: https://talkabouttalk.com/podcasts/#shownotes CONTENTS SUMMARY REFERENCES ANDREA’s INTRODUCTION TRANSCRIPT ANDREA’s CONCLUSION HOW TO OPTIMIZE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE Section-by-Section LINKEDIN PROFILE GENERAL ADVICE Consider your … Read More

Podcasting Learnings after 60 episodes – blog

October 19, 2020Newsletter

Podcasting learnings from the first 60 episodes of Talk About Talk! Read the top ten communication insights to-date:    Some of these insights are things that I’d read or heard before, but never experienced directly.  Others are completely new learnings for me.  ALL of them are things that will help us be better communicators! Let’s … Read More

Email Communication Tips – blog

October 13, 2020Newsletter

Email Communication: Let’s take a few minutes to optimize our EMAIL COMMUNICATION.  More and more of our communication is shifting to the ONLINE world these days, including social media, video-conferencing (Zoom!), and email. (image: Unsplash @ samish_18) Read on to learn important email communication tips: How to nail the title Signing off with style The #1 … Read More

Video-conferencing and Improving our Zoom Skills

September 1, 2020Newsletter

Zoom Skills: How to improve your VIDEO-CONFERENCING skills.   How are your video-conferencing / Zoom skills?  (image Unsplash @ visuals) Since COVID-19 was declared a world-wide pandemic in March 2020, Zoom has become: one of the most downloaded apps one of the fastest growing companies part of our common vocabulary, a generic term for video-conferencing in … Read More

Communication skills now more than ever – blog

May 11, 2020Newsletter

“Now more than ever.” Now more than ever. Is it just me, or do you too keep hearing those words? This week I’m sharing 5 UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES that we have during this pandemic to focus on our COMMUNICATION SKILLS.  Now more than ever, we have a great opportunity. And I’m not just talking our Zoom skills.  … Read More

Talk About Parenting & Online Schooling – blog

May 4, 2020Newsletter

This podcast ?episode is focused on ONLINE LEARNING and  COMMUNICATING WITH OUR CHILDREN and specifically our role as parents or guardians in our children’s education. We are very fortunate to have learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres with us for this episode.  Kimberley is a career educator who has worked with students around the globe, be it in the … Read More

#49 PARENTING TEENS & ONLINE LEARNING with learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres

May 4, 2020Podcast Episodes 4 Comments

Learning strategist & parenting coach Kimberley Acres helps us in this time of physical distancing and online schooling with parenting philosophies and online learning tactics, including optimizing our children’s workspace, setting boundaries, and celebrating! LINK to printable SHOWNOTES: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Shownotes-49-PARENTING-TEENS-ONLINE-LEARNING-with-Kimberley-Acres.pdf CONTENTS Summary References & Links Andrea’s Introduction Interview Transcript Andrea’s Conclusion SUMMARY: PARENTING TEENS & ONLINE … Read More

Feeling Inspired during COVID-19 – blog

April 28, 2020Newsletter

You’ll be inspired after reading this blog!  Read on to learn: How to rock it in ZOOM meetings Inspired COVID-19 projects undertaken by past Talk About Talk podcast guests ROCKING THE ZOOM A few of you asked me to share some ZOOM tips. Here are 5 Zoom pointers that stand out for me: 1️⃣ Use the MUTE Button … Read More

Talk About… Social distance

March 17, 2020Newsletter

This week, let’s focus on SOCIALLY DISTANT COMMUNICATION. We’re working at home, school’s being taught online, and events are postponed until further notice.  As in: working from home effective video-conferencing thriving in a socially distant world being POSITIVE… (think Lori Ryerson, Italian balcony singers, and Zion Williamson!) We could use some POSITIVE, yes? Let’s do this! WORKING FROM … Read More

Talk about…. Communication Media

November 19, 2019Newsletter

This week we’re talking about which Communication Media we should employ. If you’ve listened to the Talk About Talk podcasts, you know that I ask every guest expert 5 Rapid Fire Qs, including “what is your go-to communication medium for personal conversations?”  The answers vary widely – from face-to-face, to phone, to text, and more. … Read More

Talk & Learn about… how to Conquer your EMAIL INBOX!!!!

September 26, 2019Newsletter

Hello!!! Last week we tackled a rather negative, but very important topic:  how to give negative feedback….  (NOT like this!) This week, we tackle another topic that Talk About Talk listeners suggested: How to conquer your EMAIL INBOX!   You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more! Let’s do this…. ?PODCAST EPISODE … Read More

#32 HOW TO CONQUER YOUR EMAIL INBOX

September 25, 2019Podcast Episodes

How many emails do you have in your inbox? Need some tips on how to conquer your email inbox? You can increase your productivity and reduce your email anxiety by doing three things: (1.) making behavioral changes; (2.) employing technology hacks; and (3.) effectively managing our sent mail! The first thing to do is to … Read More

Talk & learn about “being heard”: USING YOUR CONSUMER VOICE!

September 12, 2019Newsletter

This week we consider how we, as consumers, can exercise or amplify our consumer voices. I interviewed a market researcher who helps firms identify consumer insights by listening to consumers with some very cool technology and techniques.  Can you say INCABOT?    You can skim this short email or click the links to learn more! Let’s do … Read More

#30 YOUR CONSUMER VOICE with Nexxt Intelligence president Kathy Cheng

September 11, 2019Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

Learn 5 ways you can exercise or amplify your consumer voice. Market researcher Kathy Cheng of Nexxt Intelligence talks A.I. and chatbots, how firms can use augmented reality (AR), and the new market research, including why we shouldn’t call these consumer participants “respondents,” but rather partners or co-creators. https://talkabouttalk.com/30-consumer-voice SHOWNOTES Contents Key Learnings References & … Read More

Talk About …. EMOJIs

May 21, 2019Newsletter

This week we talk emojis ! ? I hope you had a great week!  Two questions for you, based on last week’s Podcast and blog on “FONTS“: What is your favourite font? Have you adjusted what fonts you are using?   (You can skim this short email or dive in to the many links to learn more!)  ?All About EMOJIs  … Read More

Talk About… FONTS

May 15, 2019Newsletter

I hope you had a great week!  Two questions for you, based on last week’s blog & featured podcast (“POSSESSIONS“): Have you been thinking more about your “stuff”? Have you been sharing nicely? ?  In this week’s Talk About Talk email blog, we talk and learn about FONTS!  (You can skim this short email or dive in … Read More

#18 (S2) FONTS, TYPOGRAPHY AND EMOJIs with the Font Guy, Patrick Griffin

May 15, 2019Podcast Episodes 1 Comment

Fonts are on our screens, on paper, on the products we buy, and on signs everywhere! When used effectively, fonts can significantly improve our communication. Patrick Griffin (“the font guy”) shares his advice about choosing the ideal font, considering the white space, and emojis! PRINTABLE SHOWNOTES with all the fonts HERE: https://talkabouttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SHOWNOTES-18S2-FONTS-TYPOGRAPHY-EMOJIs-with-the-font-guy-Patrick-Griffin-1.pdf SHOWNOTES Contents 3 … Read More

Talk & Learn About…. Artificial Intelligence

April 24, 2019Newsletter 5 Comments

? FIRST – THE PODCAST Have you seen any of the Matrix movies? (If not, you should!) These movies depict a scary future, where artificial intelligence (AI) has taken over the world and humanity.  Perhaps partly fuelled by this movie, many people are very concerned about our future with AI. Well, after listening to this week’s podcast, I … Read More

#15 (S2) ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: TALKING WITH SIRI & ALEXA with professor & author Avi Goldfarb

April 23, 2019Podcast Episodes

Are you optimistic about our future with ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE? Avi Goldfarb (professor and author of “Prediction Machines”) shares a brief history of AI, various AI applications that are being used in the marketplace, and specific reasons why we should be optimistic about our future with AI. SHOWNOTES Contents Key Learnings References & Links Andrea’s Commentary … Read More

Talk About Social Media – blog

February 14, 2019Newsletter

Social Media expert Andrew Jenkins, Mass Audiences & Your One True Love…❤️ Recently I asked my teenaged son, “Who are the popular kids at your school?”  He named a few names.  Then I asked, “How do you define popularity?”  His answer shocked me.  One word.  “Followers.” (WHAT?!?) Maybe he didn’t understand.  I meant IRL (In … Read More

Talk About Online Reviews – blog

February 6, 2019Newsletter 2 Comments

In this week’s Talk About Talk blog newsletter, we talk about online reviews, Super Bowl ads, and 3 short quotes worth TalkingAbout. First – online reviews.? I can’t imagine buying much online if it wasn’t for online ratings and reviews. Can you? However, according to some sources, up to 50% of online reviews might be … Read More