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2 years ago

"A Letter to a Friend"

Randall Burns · (Here's an email that I just sent to a friend of mine, I hope that you enjoy it.) · Hello Graham, · I hope that you're well. · I'm at the place where I need to "lay all of my cards on the table." This will either get you thinking, (Which is my intent), or it will alienate you, fo ...

2 years ago

This Could Blow Over.

Robert Cormack · A short story about fathers and shame. · “When you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.” Ernest Hemingway · The two men were standing by the schoolyard fence, waiting for the police to arrive. One was the principal, a tall, pock-marked man named Macey. The other ...

3 years ago

Fulfilling a debt obligation... a win-win

Graham🐝 Edwards · I’m not really sure if what I’m about to say is reflective of anything in particularly or just an example of me trying to be helpful — I would like to think it may offer some insight into the importance of strategic social media thinking, networking and the moral imperative that ...

4 years ago

Pushing Past Fear

Renée 🐝 Cormier · Welcome to Part Three of a collaborative blog series I am writing with my friend Graham Edwards about how to get things done. Graham and I both thrive on action and being able to help others meet their goals. If you missed it, here is the link to my last post about staying on tra ...

4 years ago

Decision Time: Best Practices for Getting Unstuck

Renée 🐝 Cormier · A few weeks back, my friend Graham Edwards wrote a blog about how to get things done. We decided to take things a little further and do a blog series about it. As I read Graham’s blog post it occurred to me that one of the things that keeps us stuck is not being able to figure ou ...

4 years ago

Ooh! A Getting it Done Blog Series!

Renée 🐝 Cormier · I really like getting things done, so when I saw my friend, Graham Edwards’ blog post called, Three Simple Steps for Getting Things Done, I was hooked. I had to see what Graham’s approach would be. I envisioned seeing a quote by Socrates or Plato and some instruction around putti ...

4 years ago

"Don't be bold..."

Graham🐝 Edwards · I was with some long time friends and telling a colourful story when someone happened to infer what I was talking about was "bold". To that someone else offered up a detail from my past that I had forgotten, "Remember when your mom used to say, 'Graham don't be bold'". · It broug ...

5 years ago

My 12 Rules for Work

Renée 🐝 Cormier · My pal, Graham Edwards asked me to write a response to his blog about his 12 rules for work. Graham is very “first-born child” in his nature, meaning he is more driven to perfection and even a bit bossier than this last-born child, who really just wants to have fun. So here are s ...

5 years ago

How to Give Feedback Without Being a Jerk

Renée 🐝 Cormier · As part of our messaging series, Graham Edwards wrote a post on accepting feedback where he provides some great insight to readers. Receiving feedback can be really hard to handle if your performance isn’t perfect, or if you are too attached to your ideas. The ego is a fragile th ...

5 years ago

The messaging of an idea... working with feedback — PART 5

Graham🐝 Edwards · I thought I would stay with the theme of feedback a little longer for a couple of reasons — I received some "solid feedback" on my last blog, and more importantly, the topic of feedback is so important for an idea to flourish and develop, and that of course supports the evolution ...

5 years ago

The messaging of an idea... The video critique

Renée 🐝 Cormier · This is my response to Graham Edwards’ last post about messaging an idea. In his post, Graham showed a marketing video which is a PowerPoint presentation with a voice-over explaining a financial product. Graham was interested to get my feedback, as well as the feedback of others ...

5 years ago

The messaging of an idea... solutions and problems — PART 3

Graham🐝 Edwards · As Renée Cormier and I continue to dig deeper into "The messaging of an idea" (which I might add Jerry Fletcher called an arduous task), we have been spending a fair bit of time discussing and debating how to approach it — because as Jerry suggested it's a big and meaty topic. I' ...

5 years ago

Six Manipulation Tactics Everyone Should Learn to Recognize and Manage

Renée 🐝 Cormier · As part of the communication/ messaging series I am doing with Graham Edwards, I thought it would be interesting to write about manipulative communication. If manipulators had horns, they would be easy to recognize. Quite often, the biggest manipulators are people who are very pe ...

5 years ago

Face-to-Face Communication for the Conflict Averse

Renée 🐝 Cormier · This post is part of a messaging and communication series by Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards. Check out our beBee blog pages to get caught up! · The digital age we live in makes it easy for us to distance ourselves from the emotional impact of our words. Thanks to digital commu ...

5 years ago

The messaging of an idea... granularity — PART 2

Graham🐝 Edwards · Well it seems my friend Renée Cormier is finally getting out from underneath the flu she was fighting and has started to jump on "The messaging of an idea" bandwagon — I actually think this is a big topic with much more discussion yet to be had. Here is the link to her latest pos ...

5 years ago

A Pragmatist's Approach to Pitching an Opportunity

Renée 🐝 Cormier · In response to Graham🐝 Edwards. · My approach to everything I do with Graham always ends up as a how-to. Graham might say that’s because I’m bossy, and he could be right, but I prefer to think that my natural teaching instincts just come into play whenever I write about sales, m ...

5 years ago

The Communication Conundrum: A Five-Part Collaborative Series

Renée 🐝 Cormier · By Renée Cormier and Graham Edwards · Graham and I had so much fun writing our last series, Questions to Help You Mind Your Business, that we thought it might be good to do another. We meet regularly and from our discussions we often find things we can write about. We’re all abo ...

5 years ago

Moments — käməˈrädərē

Graham🐝 Edwards · "Graham!"  "It's <insert name of brother>. I'm at Pearson airport and I'm hammered — so of course I thought of you."  · "I just wanted to say I love you very much and I hope everything is going really well. I'm just coming back from Kansas City after seeing the total eclipse... a ...

5 years ago

Reflections on Collaboration, Blogging and Other Stuff

Renée 🐝 Cormier · Recently Graham Edwards and I finished our blogging series, · Ten Questions to Help You Mind Your Business. It was an interesting and enjoyable experience that taught me a few things about myself and proved a few things I already knew. Below are some thoughts on my experience. · ...

5 years ago

Questions to Help You Mind Your Business — A Summary.

Graham🐝 Edwards · A little while ago Renée Cormier and I were discussing business opportunities, the evolution of business, and the natural transition of start-ups and small business to keep pace — somewhere in all of this the idea of ten questions that should be asked was born. Over ten weeks we ...

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