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10Jan

RECAP Mike Vardy, The Productivityist: The True Speed of Time Management

The Grand Connections community was thrilled to meet Mike Vardy and here for the first time his new talk “The True Speed of Time Management”.

Mike Vardy shared his passion and enthusiasm for crafting time as the Productivityist. He is truly on a quest to help us to stop “doing” productive and start “being” productive. He shared his practical approaches to TimeCrafting with strategies and tactics for developing task and time management.

The world is moving at a breakneck pace. We are inundated with information 24/7 and are expected to deliver the goods at both work and home while digesting everything that comes our way. It’s a challenge for us to keep up with everything we need to do – let alone get ahead so we can spend time on the things we want to do.

08Jan

Interview With Mike Vardy The Productivityist on TimeCrafting! Grand Potential Podcast

A productive mindset can make all the difference in achieving your business goals. We were honoured to interview Mike for our upcoming podcast, The Grand Potential. This interview held so many productive gems that have already helped us start the year off right. Enjoy!

In this talk Mike gives us advice on how to make time to fit in a writing a book and yoga! Ideas that can apply to all projects … PLUS hear Mike’s journey from Costco to comedian and writing parody, to becoming an expert on Productivity. And discover his nickname from high school, his fav podcast too and more about the art of managing your time.

Mike Vardy is a writer, productivity strategist, and the creator of the methodology and philosophy known as TimeCrafting. He has a popular podcast and is the author of several books, including The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want and the upcoming TimeCrafting: A Better Way to Get The Right Things Done.

04Jan

Podcast Interview on Focus and Freedom with Val Low – History of the Internet

I am honored to have been a guest on the podcast Focus and Freedom with Val Low. Val’s very practical podcast helps entrepreneurs find focus and productivity in their business.

In this episode, we took a trip down memory lane with online changes over the last 20 years. I started my first business in 1991 the year the internet was first announced. I welcome you to join us for a fun look at changes over the years and some practical tips for staying connected in business.

On Apple iTunes – Click Here
On Stitcher – Click Here

22Dec

DEEP DIVE with Mary Charleson – 13 Pandemic Behaviours, Trends & Opportunities

Susan and Carolyn took a further deep dive with Mary Charleson as a follow up to her presentation on November 20th 2020 | 13 Pandemic Digital Marketing Trends: Finding Opportunity During COVID-19. Our Grand Connection with our guest Mary Charleson was so well received that we asked Mary to expand upon the talk for use all to get more practical ideas on how to take these trends a step further to grow our businesses.

23Nov

Jan 8 Level Up Your Productivity in 2021 With Mike Vardy, “The Productivityist”: Discover the True Speed of Time Management | Grand Connection

Level Up Your Productivity in 2021 With Mike Vardy, The Productivityist: Discover The True Speed of Time Management

2021 is the year of productivity. Business has shifted, we have worked hard to navigate change and now its time to start managing our time better to make more room for the things we care about.

The Grand Connection is thrilled to have as a guest Mike Vardy, a well know expert in the productivity space join us to share his wisdom. and teach us the one simple thing he did over a decade ago that empowered him to run his days instead of letting his days run him.

23Nov

Jan 22 Real Time Connections Wellness Event: Healthy You, Healthy Connections, Healthy Business

Join us to learn how to live healthier, feel better and keep healthy habits active. When you take care of yourself, you have the energy and health to be successful in your business… a healthy you = a healthy business!

We are excited to be partnering with Your Holistic Earth,  Wellnessnews Canada and The Holistic Chamber of Commerce

The pandemic has led us to many unhealthy habits that have impacted our lives and businesses. This has been a period of high anxiety for all of us. We can change that! Start your year off strong by meeting businesses and health practitioners to get advice and collaborate with! 

Everyone is welcome to this free networking event. Invite your friends so we can all be inspired on our wellness journey together.

At real-time connection we connect, create and collaborate by practicing introductions in small breakout groups. You will get to meet new business owners in many groups to fine tune your pitch and make new connections. We will move from group to group to speed network in this fun, lively event on zoom.

23Nov

Feb 5 How To Attract Clients Online Through Video Marketing With Sheryl Plouffe | Grand Connection

If you’ve been having a hard time figuring out how to create videos to attract more clients and customers during the pandemic and you need to create social media content fast, then this training is exactly what you’re looking for!

In this training you’ll learn:

  • The two must-have videos you need to effectively market online in 2021
  • The order in which to produce your videos for maximum momentum and results
  • The universal video script to create any video, anywhere, anytime!

Sheryl Plouffe is an entrepreneur, international speaker, and former Canadian TV broadcaster. She has been seen by millions over the course of her twenty-five-year career in news media, has produced thousands of videos, and has broadcast over 20,000 hours of live television. Sheryl lives and works in Ontario, Canada.

21Nov

Feb 19 Real Time Connection Partner Event

Connect, create and collaborate by practicing introductions in small breakout groups. Our guest networking experts will share valuable tips that we get to practice. You will get to meet new business owners in many groups to fine tune your 30 and 60 second pitch. We will move from group to group to speed network in this fun, lively event on zoom.

Date: Feb 19, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PST
Location: Zoom
Price: FREE

21Nov

March 19 Real Time Connection Partner Event

Connect, create and collaborate by practicing introductions in small breakout groups. Our guest networking experts will share valuable tips that we get to practice. You will get to meet new business owners in many groups to fine tune your 30 and 60 second pitch. We will move from group to group to speed network in this fun, lively event on zoom.

Date: Mar 19, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PST
Location: Zoom
Price: FREE

20Nov

Grand Connection Fundraiser for Project Somos in Guatemala – Dec 2020


The Grand Connection and members are proud to be supporting Project Somos as the charity we will support for the Dec 4th event.  Please register here for the Grand Holiday Business Networking Party – all welcome!

Canada and the USA will receive a tax receipt if donations are made through the following links. Please put “Grand Connection” in the message box so we can track your donation and send you the prizes.

20Nov

RECAP Nov 20 – 13 Consumer Behavior Trends during the Pandemic with Mary Charleson

Mary Charleson shared with us the 13 consumer behavior trends during the pandemic with her observations on how to best adjust our approach to digital marketing.

#1 Motivations have changed.

#2 Workplaces have shifted to home.

#3 Online shopping increases where we’ve seen years of growth happen in literally seven months during the pandemic.

#4 Increase in online media usage where we’ve gone from spending an average of three hours a day to over 10 hours a day when we take a look at our, our media for work as well as entertainment.

12Nov

RECAP Nov 6 Real Time Connections Partner Event

We were thrilled by the opportunity to be a part of this collaborative virtual business networking event with these three great networking organizations: 

Paulette Durepos at CafeLifestyle Socials from Toronto Canada

Blaney Teal from MBX events from Baltimore Maryland – USA

Pinky Ghadiali at Netwomen.co – Scotland

We all built better virtual networking skills and formed new business relationships as we listened and learned from our presenters and moved around from room to room. 

Many opportunities were provided to meet new potential collaborators and customers and practice our introductions with the intention to connect, create and collaborate. 

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