Ahhh, summer…

Now that summer is here, some of us may head off to the beach or a cottage, some may be working in the heat of summer, while still others may be getting comfortable near a fan. As noted in the acrostic above, summer is an opportunity for us to do a few things to keep...

Saying It Again

Last year we spoke how to gain confidence in public speaking with some thoughts on how to help make it through your next speech confidently.  We looked at: Changing your worry to excitement by going into it with a positive outlook, and regardless of the outcome,...

Deciphering Information – News Overload

I think it would be an understatement to say there is a lot of information from the news out there, at our fingertips through the newspaper, magazines and the internet, in our ears from the radio and as we sit to relax in front of the television. Recently a friend of...

Listening, Advice and Growth

When do you know you need to take a step back, take a breath and take a long look in the mirror to refocus?  Give it a try any time!  Refocusing to reflect on the bigger goals in life and in business can happen at any...

Practicing Mindfulness

Someone once asked a friend if they would learn to practice mindfulness. Their friend responded with a definitive “no”, claiming they already had enough to think about.  Not a very funny joke but does open up the need to define mindfulness for some. Realizing...

“Un-plugging”: The New Necessity

In May 2016, we discussed un-plugging from the virtual world including from media, and from work, as I do in the summer to take some much-needed time off at a cottage in the remote Quebec countryside for a week of peace and quiet.  Upon my return, everything is still...

Ever Have One of Those Days?

Who doesn’t have a bad day? We all do sometimes, and these days it seems like there are a lot of them.  A recent bad day was experienced by a friend of mine, let’s call her “R”. Picture this: After a restless night’s sleep, “R” wakes up with an incredible...

Spring Cleaning!

It’s that time of year when many people consider opening the windows to get some fresh air, cleaning up the house and getting organized now that winter is over. This Spring, many of us are staying in, to self-isolate, so why not take the time to get a jump start on...

Dealing with the winter blues: “re-boost”.

About a year ago we released a WUT? (Wednesday’s Useful Tip) addressing the Winter Blues and provided some tips to stay motivated during the winter months. As we are still in the grips of winter, it felt appropriate to bring these tips to the Virtual Works Blog! Are...

Working in the Original Cloud(s): Revisited

 In one of my 2016 blog articles, I touched on the ability now provided to professionals working in the actual white fluffy clouds from airplanes via the “Cloud” of cyberspace. As mentioned in that article, for seasoned business travelers working in the cloud(s)...

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