Thursday, 31 October 2019

Why Relationships Matter in a Toxic World Swept by Negativity and Rats

Do you feel the rats are winning the rat race?

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Communication is what you say, how you say it and interpreting how it is received. Next comes connecting which leads to relationship. At that point, the focus shifts from you to the other person. 

Relationships are fast tracked when when there is clear authenticity and transparency. Each person demonstrates that they value each other and their opinions. That’s when the seeds of positive relationships are sown.

On the other side, relationships don't happen when we only engage people because we want something. Don’t you hate it when that happens? We’ve all had the call from the guy we haven’t heard from for 10 months. They always have a great opportunity … which in the end benefits them. 

Relationships form when there is a mutual exchange of ideas, time, respect and an offer of help even if it is not requested. Knowing what really matters is the starting point for quality relationships. 

On the job or in the home, when we begin to see others as friends rather than enemies, we begin to grow the seeds. 

We see others as friends and colleagues
Others are more than ‘tools’ used for crafting our own success 
We have a vested interest in our mutual journeys

Chronic Bad Behavior

Every day we are exposed to the worst examples of how not to build relationships. In fact, it is worse than the worst!  Constant negativity has created a toxic atmosphere reinforced by multiple replays on mainstream and social media.

How do you stay positive when there is so much negative energy in the air? Are you feeling you have been drawn so far into the swirling vortex of negativity that you have no choice but to follow along?

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Do You Know What is Your Body Language is Saying That Your Voice is Not?

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Your body language is a big part of your personal brand. And, that’s important because your brand is what others think it is.

1.    What is your body language saying about you?
2.    Do you know what subliminal messages you send?

Why Body Language Matters

Knowing can be the difference between being taken seriously or not. Strong body language speaks to credibility and trust. Shifty eyes, slouching, wild gestures and the failure to listen intently signal the direct opposite.  

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Top 10 Brandit Posts of the Past Year - Branding, Sales, Inspiration

Every summer I publish the Top 10 Brandit posts for the previous year. Whether you own an established business, are bootstrapping a startup or just looking for a good read, there is something listed below for you. I Am Honored

More that 70,000 people have read one or more articles since we launched Brandit. Most live in Canada but many are in different parts of the world.

My goal is to help you grow your business or personal brand. Thank you for your loyalty and placing your trust in my content. Please reTweet or Facebook any you find helpful! Also comment with any ideas the posts give you . 

Thursday, 27 June 2019

15 Reasons Why I am Proud to Be a Canadian

Written by Robyn T. Braley

I can't believe another Canada Day is near. For many Canadians, July 1st is also the official launch of summer. 

Many reading this do not live in Canada. You may have observed that Canadian's aren't usually pushy or loud about being Canadian. However, we feel our patriotism deeply. We just don't always talk about it.

We love our nation and are proud to be Canadians. What moves me the most is listening to the stories of new Canadians – either recent or from decades ago - explaining what it means to be a citizen. It is easy to take for granted the many benefits and blessing offered by our country.   

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Time for a Spring Checkup? 10 Tips to Kick-start Company Growth in Uncertain Times

Spring time is the perfect time for a brand check-up! How is yours performing? 

Written by Robyn T. Braley  

What shape will your business be in by this time next year? Is there risk? Is there reward? 

What steps can you take to make this year the best it can be in spite of economic and political circumstances?

With unpredictable global economies, political and business leaders, many investors lack confidence making future planning is difficult. If you don't have investors to worry about, you have bankers!

However, you can only operate your company based on what you know today! You can hope for a better tomorrow but you can only control what you can control today.

Don’t get me wrong, we have clients who’s businesses are excelling and setting all-time sales records in the midst of a sluggish economy. But we also have clients who are struggling. 

I've written about survival strategies before. Whatever your circumstance, it's never a bad idea to review your brand and marketing performance. Is there a different way to look at your situation? 

1. Begin from Where You Are

A mentor of mine shared this simple but profound truth. ‘Begin from where you are!’ It sounds simplistic, but when you think about it, it makes sense. 

Today you KNOW you have a PROBLEM or OPPORTUNITY. You know that you do or don't have the tools needed to address it. It's that simple. 

Can you MOVE forward based on what you know today about your realities as they are right now? 

  1. What is the problem or opportunity!
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weakness?
  4. What do you know for certain?
  5. What DON'T you KNOW that you SHOULD?
  6. How will you address that?
  7. What is your plan?

Friday, 16 November 2018

The 11 ‘P’s’ for Social Media Success

I know you’ve heard it. Perhaps you’ve even said it. "Forget Social Media. It’s just a passing fad!" 
The next time this idea enters your consciousness, take an Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil. Then, lay down and rest until the idea dissolves into visions of kittens or lambs!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Yahoo! What You Need to Know to Survive the Stampede 2018 Corporate Networking Marathon

Written by Robyn T. Braley

Networking happens everywhere at the Calgary Stampede

First impressions are everything. But so are last impressions. Make sure both are the best that they can be! Don't be known as, "That guy or gal who ..."

Throwing up on the boss’s spouse during an awkward attempt to hit on them, their son or daughter is not how you want Stampede 2018 to be remembered. It's just not!

It’s billed as the greatest outdoor show on earth. It's also a city-wide networking marathon. 

Stampede is hard to describe to people who have never been there. The Calgary Stampede is more of an all-encompassing fully engaged experience than an event confined to a geographic location.

While 1.3 million+ will pass through the Stampede Park turnstiles for the 10 day exhibition, all star rodeo and agricultural fair, a celebration of western heritage and community spirit will spread like wildfire through the city.

Jessica and Jeff Roy ready to network at Stampede events!
Companies spend thousands of PR dollars to make their event one to remember. Being on the invite list gives access to people you would never otherwise meet.

Company presidents join 100’s of employees wearing cowboy hats, shirts, blue jeans and boots. Stampede is a time for building relationships with employees, clients, suppliers and the community.