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Etiquette – Things You Learned in Kindergarten

Posted on May 6, 2014

Over the years, I have  helped many clients prepare for their first meeting with a legislator. I have seen presidents of national and multinational corporations, men with billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees break out in a sweat at the thought of presenting their organization’s perspective to a Minister.  I have also had clients […]

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Remember Your Manners – A True Story

Posted on April 2, 2013

Bad manners in business are about as useful as feathers on a fish and as memorable. The following story is based on something that happened while I worked on Parliament Hill. An executive working in the regional office of a manufacturing company was contacted by his superiors and told that it would be in the […]

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7 Tips For Meeting with a Member of Parliament

There is no such thing as a typical meeting with a Member of Parliament (MP).  While all MPs may share the same job, and some share the same party membership, that’s about where there automatic resemblance to each other starts and finishes.  It’s not that you can’t have similar meetings with various MPs, but if […]

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Know When To Fold Them – Managing Meetings That Have Gone Wrong

So it’s one thing to reflect on communications from the comfort of your office, but what happens when you do all of the right things and then because of the personality quirks of the person you’re meeting with, things get weird anyway? A colleague of mine once took a client to meet with a member […]

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Every Contact Counts – First Impressions

Ever start off to do what looks like a simple piece of communications or engagement only to find that you have actually achieved something very different? Well the two young men in the following story set off to deliver some tickets, what they accomplished was some bad government relations and some very effective, albeit negative, […]

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