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So far Nadine Riopel has created 274 blog entries.

How To Talk To Jerks

We’ve all met our fair share of jerks. They’re loud, they’re angry. They’re pretty sure they know what’s wrong, and who’s at fault. And they’re more than happy to spout off about it.

I meet jerks in networking environments, in my work to help people … Read more...

By |August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How and Why to Ask for Anything

Asking Can Lead to Success

Many years ago, I had a summer job as a server at a high end hotel. The management decided to run a contest. Whoever could get the most comment cards filled out would win a sweatshirt.

As I write this, … Read more...

By |August 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Make or Break: Culture vs. Strategy

When things aren’t going well with a group or team, the first instinct is often to reach for the strategy toolbox:

  • If meetings are a mess, we tinker with the agenda
  • If we feel like we’re going in a million directions at once and not
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By |July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

People Don’t Buy What You Do, They Buy Why You Do It

Which one of these elevator pitches do you find more interesting?

  1. My name is Nadine. I’m a facilitator. I offer team building services and consult on how to make events more engaging. I also have a monthly meetup group about networking, and a blog. Sometimes
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By |June 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Using Connection

Be A Connections Rock StarAfter teaching a workshop at an event the other day, I ran into an acquaintance and we got to talking. He brought up something he struggles with and when I responded that I often struggle with the same thing, he seemed astonished.

“You?!” he said, … Read more...

By |May 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

If You Want Success, Learn Conversation

Behind every success story, there’s a crowd. Whether you define success professionally, personally, financially, or some other way, nobody does it alone.

Behind most stories of epic failure, there’s also a crowd. Rarely can the blame for a catastrophe truly be laid at the feet … Read more...

By |April 13th, 2016|Building Your Relationships|0 Comments

You Don’t Have to Hate Meetings Anymore

Do you hate meetings?

Really? You hate getting away from your desk to spend time with real humans? You hate the opportunity to get multiple perspectives on an issue and make a decision on the spot, together? You hate learning things about your colleagues and … Read more...

By |March 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Why Are We Making People Network?

Face it: Networking Sucks.

Everyone hates networking. It’s awkward, it’s uncomfortable, and it takes a special combination of skills, personality and confidence to do it successfully.

So why do we as event organizers keep making them do it? We not only include networking time in … Read more...

By |February 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Purpose and Safety: Your Best Friends When Talk Gets Tough

Last month, I reviewed what is, for my money, one of the best communications resources out there: Crucial Conversations. I promised to share one of my favourite insights from the book in my next post, and here it is.

The authors tell us that the … Read more...

By |January 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

My Favourite Tool for Tough Conversations: Book Review

It’s late December, and although I really love this season, it does add a lot to everyone’s plate. We’ve all got the shorter days, the holiday hubbub, and the onset of truly cold weather to deal with.

It’s a high risk season for interpersonal relations, … Read more...

By |December 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments