Say hello to Sarah Higgins

  One piece of advice Sarah Higgins imparts to her students is the same piece of advice she received when she started as a salesperson nearly 14 years ago. “This older REALTOR® in my office came up to me and said, ‘Sarah, bank your first cheque’, and he was right because you don’t know when … Continued

The Long and the Short of It

Such is our crazy busy life that even our short messages are viewed as too long. We are immersed in a world of communication laced with abbreviations and emoticons. While ‘U r ok’ messaging is the new graffiti, let’s not delude ourselves that it replaces poetry or that instant messaging is the toll bell of … Continued

Portrait of an Effective Teacher

I’m just not into James Joyce.  I never managed to read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I’m told it’s an awakening and rebellion against religious conventions—not the stuff of dramatic import that I would find intriguing. One basic Joyce theme does ring true, the notion that an epiphany can dramatically alter … Continued

Education Begins With A Needs Analysis

All education must begin with a needs analysis. We must deliver what the students need to perform and apply the requisite knowledge and skills in an ethical and professional manner. Adult education is not intended to correct shortages in motivation, remedy personal inadequacies, or alter deficient value systems. These are the purview of Dr. Phil, … Continued

Leadership 100 course now mobile compatible

We are delighted to announce that our popular online course On the Path to Leadership: Leadership 100 is now mobile compatible. If you’re on the road and find yourself with an hour or so to spare, you can learn about how associations work and what role you can play.  If you are a real estate association volunteer or are considering volunteering, grab … Continued

Yes We Can

I remember during a visit to the Vatican, our tour guide proclaimed that Michelangelo saw a statue in every block of marble. Also, I remember reading a statement by Oliver Wendell Holmes asserting, “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Indeed, I remember my very old martial arts instructor … Continued

Play, forget work

Work is necessary, but it is such a tedious task. Indeed, work can be numbing. Playing, on the other hand, is pleasurable but arguably unnecessary. From a learning perspective, I do not accept either sentiments. Look at young children reveling in pure play. They are curious, connected, and hard at work in unadulterated fun. They … Continued

Words are worth a thousand pictures

Believing that “a picture is worth a thousand words” may be what’s wrong with your ability to learn. In today’s fast-paced society, digital pictures, videos, e-maps, and graphics flood the information channels. The art of writing, on the other hand, appears to be on a steep nosedive aimed at Shakespeare’s grave. Snapshots have displaced words, … Continued

Visualize your message for more impact

Why say it when you can show it? That question was the driver behind our recent leap into the infographic world here at the OREA Centre for Leadership Development (OCLD). Now instead of explaining the OCLD learning path for volunteer leaders, we’re showing it. More and more you’ll see organizations use graphics to illustrate messages, … Continued

Less is more

For all the years I’ve designed training programs, I’ve often caught myself trying to teach too much in a session. Turns out, that’s quite common. We trainers often feel that if we add more content, people will learn more. In fact, it’s more likely that they will learn less. That’s because when we jam too much content into … Continued