Pitch Perfect: Helpful Presentation Tips

Below are some helpful tips for better presentations from Pitch Perfect by Bill McGowan: Keep it short.  After 10-18 minutes the listener loses interest. President Obama’s inauguration speech was 18 minutes. Hardly a coincidence. Display delight. Even if you need to fake it. Be enthusiastic. Be warm in your delivery. The audience is usually rooting for … Continue reading Pitch Perfect: Helpful Presentation Tips

Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

The brain seeks out novelty.  And multitasking feeds that addiction. How many times today did you check your phone while doing something else? Did you just check it? Did you get some “important” text? In “The Organized Mind”, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains that multitasking is an illusion. When we are multitasking, we are really shifting quickly between tasks. … Continue reading Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

Living with “Option B”: Sheryl Sandberg’s New Book

With the rise of social media, everyone’s life on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat etc. looks perfect. Everyone appears to be living an “Option A”, idyllic kind of life. But life is never perfect. “We all live in some form of Option B. This book [Option B] is to help us all kick the shit out of … Continue reading Living with “Option B”: Sheryl Sandberg’s New Book

Smarter, Faster, Better

In Smarter, Faster, Better Charles Duhigg writes about the secrets of productivity in life and in business. Below are a list of some intriguing insights: In a study by MIT, the researchers noticed that the most productive workers in firms shared a number of traits. The first was that they tended to work on only 5 … Continue reading Smarter, Faster, Better

Candid Conversations with Supreme Court of Canada Judges

On February 6, I had the honour to attend the program “Candid Conversations on the Challenges and Seizing Opportunities in the Practice of Law Today”, held by the Ontario Bar Association. It was an honour to hear from Justice Moldaver, Justice Cote, and Justice Wagner of the Supreme Court of Canada. Program participants were divided … Continue reading Candid Conversations with Supreme Court of Canada Judges

The Pursuit of Mastery

With a new year comes new resolutions. 2017 is no different. But what really motivates us? Is it money, status, fame, or something deeper?  In the book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink writes that deeper motivation comes from the pursuit of mastery, autonomy, and purpose. “The most successful people are not directly pursuing conventional notions … Continue reading The Pursuit of Mastery

Lessons from the Advocates’ Society Fall Forum

This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Advocates’ Society Fall Forum in Collingwood, Ontario. Below are a few of my favourite quotes and lessons from the conference: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” This was my favourite piece of wisdom from the weekend. It’s so true and all too easy to fall victim to. … Continue reading Lessons from the Advocates’ Society Fall Forum

Sheryl Sandberg’s Perfect Commencement Speech

Sheryl Sandberg’s commencement speech to the graduating class of Berkeley is powerful. In her speech, she describes the lessons learnt from the death of her husband, stating that: “It is the hard days—the times that challenge you to your very core—that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, … Continue reading Sheryl Sandberg’s Perfect Commencement Speech