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Vicki Noels-Cornish

Inspired by #firstsevenjobs trending on Twitter, I got thinking about my first few jobs.  Some of them were menial but served the purpose of generating an income to gain purchase power as a teenager. Others were necessary to save for the pursuit of higher education.  Still others just paid the bills. Regardless, every job I had gave me skills and attributes that have molded me into the leader that I am today. 1.  Snack Bar/Gas Attendant My father landed me my very first job.  It was working at a variety store/snack

When you see someone you know approaching, do you say “hello” first?  Or do you wait for him/her to initiate the salutation?  If you walk into a busy store and spot someone you knew in high school, do you pretend not to see them? Or do you act surprised when they greet you?  If you said yes to either of these statements then I challenge you to consider breaking out of that comfort zone.  Start saying “hello” first. Here’s why: Confidence Even if you do not feel confident, being the first to say

Comparing my young life to that of my 11 year-old son, Ethan’s,  I am struck by the parallelisms between the two.  After finishing grade 3, my family had moved.  Permanently changing schools gave me the fear and the excitement of leaving behind the familiar and journeying into the unknown at such a young age. Likewise, at the end of Ethan’s grade 3 year, we moved.  He too, had to adapt to life in a new school. When I changed schools, I went to a school that was so new, it was only

Life, Lessons, Leadership I keep a journal (several actually) where I record thoughts, ideas, memories and dreams. On one page, I jot down lessons that have been key to keeping me centred and grounded. Here are three lessons that I want to pass on to future generations of leaders: Keep your chin up I don’t mean this in the proverbial way of getting through tough times (although that is great advice too). I mean it literally. When walking or sitting, look up. Show people your eyes, look at the world,

I just got back from a lifetime vacation to 3 Disney parks in Florida and a Disney cruise.  I’ve done Disney before and my sister used to be a Disney Cast Member. I also prepared a final project on Employee Retention for a Graduate Certificate course based on Disney values so I feel like I know something about Disney.  Having just spent the most wonderful 2 weeks immersed in Disney culture, it gave me the opportunity to hold a magnifying glass to the practices that make Disney such a preferred

We all have those days where we wake up and the thought of leaving the comfort of our cozy beds is unthinkable.  Laying quasi-awake anticipating the day, you have to make the decision of what you will wear and that just makes the bed that much more appealing.  The choice to wear the “old stand-by” comfortable or familiar outfit, is the easiest one.  It isn’t a “power suit”, it doesn’t have a statement, no one typically comments on it ever but it gets you by when you don’t feel you

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.” Zig Ziglar Your wardrobe choice, how you put it together and how you carry yourself, can make a difference in how the world perceives and treats you. Watching how a person’s life can be transformed by making some wardrobe, style and behaviour adjustments, has been the inspiration for many a Hollywood flick. Here are a few of my favourite “clothes-make-the-man (or woman)” movies: Pretty Woman A story of a love affair that begins when a prostitute is

Youth Get a Bad Rep Listening about a new program coming to the educational institute I work for, my attention was peaked when the coordinator said there would be a class to teach “tact and diplomacy”.   I was intrigued because I am in the business of image, etiquette and leadership in my side hustle, VNC Image and Leadership.   Tact and diplomacy are things I teach or talk about. In my opinion, the basics of manners, protocol, image and respect (the precursors to tact and diplomacy) are in demand

When I am researching for articles, posts or material for VNC Image & Etiquette, I have many words that I will use in my search that are related.  I’ve included them here.  Let me know of words that you might think of and include them in the comments below. Etiquette Manners Image Wardrobe Style Fashion Look Leadership Career Success Civility Kindness Courtesy Mentorship Career Politeness Positivity Optimistic Friendliness Thoughtfulness Respect Self-esteem Confidence Congeniality Social Grace Charm Protocol Butler Poise Elegance Class

  I’ve been working for many (many, many) years towards getting a business off the ground. The vision began with a joke between a friend of mine and myself. We were both career counsellors at an employment agency and were commenting on the need for some of our clients to understand the importance of their attitude, wardrobe, manners and behaviour choices. We thought it would be funny to have our own etiquette business to teach these necessary but absent skills. After some time and several clients later, I began to

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