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Career Chat with Teca-Episode #11: Mental Health Is Our Business

Hello Ambitious Leaders,

Last week’s episode of Career Chat with Teca, I spoke about our Mental Health. Today is World Mental Health Day and I want to keep the conversation going.

Have you ever struggled to cope with stress at work and experienced anxiety or depression?

Many people have but they are too afraid to talk about it. Listen to this talk as I share tips on how to protect your mental health.

Social Media and Self Esteem-A Talk with Young Women In Jane/Finch

Pictured with the Summer 2018 Girls Cohort of the Success Beyond Limits Program. Image Credit SBL

Pictured with the Summer 2018 Girls Cohort of the Success Beyond Limits Program. Image Credit SBL

Yesterday I had an opportunity to connect with 30 beautiful young ladies from Westview's Success Beyond Limits (SBL) program. These young women will be attending Westview Centennial Secondary School in the Community of Jane and Finch in North York Ontario.

Thanks to the recommendation by one of my former high school teachers/mentors (Mrs. Pat Saul), I was connected to the SBL program to conduct workshops aimed at helping the young women in the program.

We discussed Social Media and Self Esteem: Staying Focused and Sane in The Age of Selfies and Snap Chat

The young women were an absolute pleasure to serve.

The SBL program has a special place in my heart because it is housed in my former high school, Westview Centennial Secondary School. This is a school located in Jane/Finch and in a community that is often featured in media for the less than stellar 'newsworthy' stories.

What Jane/Finch was for me, was my training ground. The school of hard knocks if you will. I blossomed into the woman I am today because of my experiences growing up in this community.

Though there are common challenges coming out of Jane/Finch that you would find in any other urban community that is faced with economic inequality, social stigmas, adversity, and poverty, it is truly a unique community filled with heart, diversity and an incredible resolve to overcome obstacles.

Within Jane/Finch, you will find plenty of success stories, countless young people who are making a difference, teachers with heart, community members with guts and grit, and a tapestry of multiculturalism that fosters tolerance, love, and respect for shared human experiences.

Jane/Finch made me. When given the opportunity to speak to young people in my community (it will always be home), I feel blessed and honoured.

When I coauthored my book My Style, My Way, these were the young women I had in my vision for how I would use this book and my story to encourage them. Being a motivational speaker is a passion of mine and I use it to serve youth, particularly those who are faced with learning how to rise above adversity. I can relate to them on many levels, as I've lived similar experiences.

Thank you to Ms. Saul and the coordinators of the SBL program for inviting me to conduct these workshops. It was truly an honour.


Do you have a youth event coming up and need a speaker? Visit my speaker page to find out how I can help your group.

May I Ask You A Question? How I'm Using a Quiz to Connect With My Tribe

I'm posting this blog to share a recent feature that I started to use in my business.

Recently I was approached by a company named Interact to see if I would be interested in using their quiz in my business.

When they first reached out, I gotta admit I was a bit skeptical. You know how it is on the innanet...all kinds of strange things can happen. Luckily for me, the contact was legit and the offer was a no-brainer.

I've been exploring many ways to engage more with my audience and to identify and connect with my target client who is in need of my help and who I would love to serve. Then in comes this quiz software.

It's simply amazing. I can customize quiz templates, ask relevant questions of my audience that will help to identify their specific issues and best of all...it has a really user friendly interface.

I've selected my first quiz  and titled it 'Are You Ready To Thrive In Your Career?'.

If you want to find out whether or not coaching is right for you, or if you truly desire to have bigger and better outcomes for your career...this quiz is a must try.

Here is what I love about the quiz:

It's fun. It's informative. It's low risk (for me and my clients) and it's diverse.

Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you think. Expect to see more quizzes popping up from me. It's really cool software. Thanks Jessmyn and crew for letting me test drive your amazing software.