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Five Steps to Overcoming Public Speaking Nerves

Brilliance, without the capacity to communicate it, is wasted. I learned this in grade 10 chemistry from the intellectually-gifted, but communicationally-impaired Mr. Philipps. Sadly, that’s about all I learned (and it wasn’t the lesson he was intending to teach). Although my parents may have been disappointed that I dropped sciences in grade 11, I’ve never […]

Conversations that matter: For women in media, it’s still a man’s world

Vancouver Sun by Stu McNish 08 April 2017 This week’s Conversation That Matters features Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions, which strives to amplify women’s voices to ensure women’s perspectives and priorities play an equal role in Canadian society. Graydon regrets that in 2017, women remain under-represented, as experts in the media, while men provide the lion’s […]

Whose attention would you most like to attract?

  Gloria Steinem… senior bureaucrats… somebody who funds the kind of work you do? Whose attention would you most like to attract? In recent years, Canadian women writing timely, engaging and persuasive commentary have elicited responses from all of the above. Others have sparked international conversations, investigative journalism, and a reversal of government policy. And […]

New database seeks to amplify women’s voices in the news media

J-Source by Michael Ott 30 March 2017 “We couldn’t find any expert women,” cannot be an excuse. That’s the mantra of a new website dedicated to amplifying women’s voices in Canadian news media. ExpertWomen seeks to create a database of women from across the country who are experts in their fields. Shari Graydon, the founder […]

How to get others to recognize your brilliance – without bragging

Once upon a time it was possible to claim with confidence: Nobody likes a braggart. Now you have to qualify the statement: “unless he’s a billionaire, promising to turn the clock back to the 1950s, and Russian hackers are spreading fake news stories about his female opponent.” It was crushing for many women to be […]

Why I’m happy my doctor doesn’t think she knows it all

Has your family doctor ever consulted a reference book while you were present? The first time my GP did so, I was stunned. Even though I’d sought treatment for a wide range of issues from a slew of doctors over the course of more than 40 years, this had never happened before. And it seemed to […]

Why we’re celebrating the addition of Viola Desmond to the $10 bill

    Is putting Viola Desmond on the Canadian $10 bill crass symbolism or a significant step forward? Just ask Adrienne Clarkson. When she served as Governor General, Chinese Canadian girls across the country suddenly experienced a future of expanded possibilities. A refugee who looked like them serving as the head of state suggested there […]

You’re introducing a speaker: can you channel Leonard Cohen?

By Rama – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, Link   Leonard Cohen’s passing offered us all an occasion to re-visit his art and impact. In my fantasy of this singular man, he is introducing me. I don’t even have to be on the stage with him. Or even in the concert hall. I just […]

Less is more (how your mobile’s stop watch will improve your speaking)

My cabinet minister client was a speechwriter’s dream: She had deep knowledge of, inspirational passion for, and a lifetime of stories relevant to her portfolio. She also had a great sense of humour, and a strong and unique voice, which I could hear in my head as I wrote. Because she was a minister, and […]

Trump May Be The Women’s Movements’ Best Recruitment Tool Yet

  Originally published October 17 2016 on Huffington Post Donald Trump may be the best recruitment tool the women’s movement has ever had. That he remains standing as the Republican nominee for president, continuing to enjoy the support of millions of Americans, makes clear that the fight for women’s right to be respected and treated […]