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Strategic Planning Checkup

No Comments 21 July 2014

Summer is a great time for association leaders to review processes, plans and procedures with an eye to improving them. One of the most important things an association leader can review is how well the board of directors advances the strategic goals of the association. These are the goals that help your association achieve its […]

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Handling Media Interviews with Confidence

No Comments 02 June 2014

If there is anyone who can teach you to shine in a media interview, it’s Laszlo Szabo. A former CBC journalist and federal press attaché, Laszlo teaches new real estate association presidents how to get their messages across. View a short interview with Laszlo Szabo on Handling Media Interviews with Confidence.  What Laszlo teaches is […]

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Training for new volunteers – just-in-time

No Comments 21 April 2014

When someone volunteers to sit on a committee or board of directors for the first time, it’s likely that person will be on a steep learning curve. Take our industry, for example. The knowledge required to be a successful REALTOR® is quite different from that which is required to be a successful committee member at […]

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Leadership

Ratchet Down Conflict

No Comments 14 April 2014

We may not want to admit it, but sometimes we’re the reason why small conflicts escalate into much bigger ones. Conflict escalates when we don’t do enough to try to understand the other person. That’s just one of the insights shared in a recent interview with Lise Hebabi, a change consultant with the Intersol Group. […]

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Leadership

Kick up your Leadership Style

No Comments 21 March 2014

Strong leaders self-assess. They regularly ask themselves, How am I doing? What can I do better? What strengths can I build upon? Signs of an Effective Leader Self-Assessment is an assessment tool that we use in our leadership programs. It focuses on some of the most important areas of leadership that have stood the test […]

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

No Comments 14 March 2014

In a recent interview I conducted with David Coulombe, he mentioned that the number one fear in Canada is public speaking. Does that ring true for you? I have a friend who is so afraid of speaking in public that she doesn’t even want to participate in a training session for fear she’ll have to […]

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Putting the Future into Focus

No Comments 07 March 2014

At the OREA Centre for Leadership Development, we often encourage association leaders to keep on top of emerging trends, plan for the future and shape their associations to serve members in a changing world; yet we know that’s not an easy task. I recently read an article from our Leadership Library that provides some very […]

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Video Blog for Trainers: Facilitating Large Groups

No Comments 21 February 2014

Over the years I’ve often been asked to increase the number of participants at our leadership courses. The way the courses are designed, the ideal number of participants is 20 – 30.  With groups larger than that it can be challenging to get the same results. Despite my hesitance, there are times when it makes […]

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When Presenting, Just Be Yourself

4 Comments 14 February 2014

I recently attended a presentation that taught me a valuable lesson in making powerful presentations. At a learning conference I attended, one of the speakers went on stage looking uncomfortable and awkward. I prepared myself for another boring presentation being read from slides and notes. Instead I was blown away! Not because this speaker was […]

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Leadership

Going Paperless

3 Comments 07 February 2014

When you talk with John Ross Parks, it’s clear that John loves being paperless. No more filing cabinets. No overflowing inbox. No ragged calendar book. I learned more about John’s journey to becoming paperless when we conducted a short video interview with him  at our Executive Officer’s Professional Development Seminar where he made a presentation on What’s […]

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