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Common Causes for Miscommunication in Texts, Emails and DMs

By Miriam Jobin | December 16, 2019
young woman reading text message

I’ve spent a lot of time observing and researching miscommunications lately and something that I can’t seem to satisfy is the thought that we spend SO much time looking at each other’s words on a screen instead of listening to each other through a phone … Read more

The Phone Lady’s Best Advice in 2019

By Mary Jane Copps | December 14, 2019
woman reading blog posts on laptop

As I’ve shared in many posts over the years, I love the business numbers, the statistics, the metrics. Technology allows all of us to look closely at the numbers behind so many of our activities. Take this post for example … I can now see … Read more

A Hockey Legend’s Inspiration

By Mary Jane Copps | December 7, 2019
making a sales call

In our house, CBC Radio is on most of the time. Sometimes I listen intently, sometimes bits of information enter my consciousness while I’m focused on other things. This is what happened on November 28. The Current was on and a panel was discussing the … Read more

How To Support a Family Caregiver

By Mary Jane Copps | November 30, 2019
senior couple

As many of you know, my husband received his Alzheimer’s diagnosis about two years ago. At this moment, we are “rockin’” dementia, as he has retained his amazing sense of humour, I am able to be quite flexible with my work schedule, and friends and … Read more

Your Job Search Super Power – Step 5: Brush Up On Your Phone Skills

By Miriam Jobin | November 28, 2019
phoning about a job

Picking up the phone and speaking with the appropriate managers and supervisors at the companies you’ve researched is the best way to tap into the hidden job market. But it can be a big challenge. When I send texts, emails and DMs, not only can … Read more

Overcoming Call Reluctance (Part II)

By Mary Jane Copps | November 23, 2019

“While not every phone conversation I’ve had has resulted in a sale, every sale I’ve made started with a phone conversation.” Mary Jane Copps Thirty-two years ago, when I first sat down at a tiny kitchen table set up in the living room of our … Read more

Overcoming Call Reluctance (Part I)

By Mary Jane Copps | November 15, 2019
man talking on the phone

There was great feedback during my recent Dial In webinar on call reluctance. The one that stands out for me the most was from a participant who commented that they didn’t realize other people were struggling with the same issues around picking up the phone. … Read more

#1 Question for Exposing Assumptions

By Mary Jane Copps | November 9, 2019
man sitting at desk thinking

Like everyone, I have a healthy dose of imperfections. Some of them, I’ve learned to live with and found ways to compensate. For example, I’m quite physically awkward, uncoordinated. (If my friend Sean is reading this,  he’ll be laughing. He witnessed the month(?) it took … Read more

It’s Time To Be “Camera Ready”

By Mary Jane Copps | November 3, 2019
laptop on desk

There’s a vague image in my mind of standing in the middle of our high-ceilinged, converted-industrial-space office at Adelaide and Spadina in Toronto listening to a news story about future technologies. I’m guessing this was the mid-90s and the newscaster was saying that soon all … Read more

Celebrating 32 Years of Non-Stop Learning

By Mary Jane Copps | October 19, 2019
talking on the phone

On October 5, I celebrated 32 years as an entrepreneur. Yes, that’s a big accomplishment and what most stands out for me is how much I’ve learned – and continue to learn – every day. Owning and running a business is about constantly acquiring and … Read more

The Journey (so far) of Miriam Jobin

By Mary Jane Copps | October 13, 2019

Dear Readers and Phone Lady fans: First, thank you so much for taking the time each week to read and share this post. It is an amazing gift that I don’t ever take for granted. That’s why I need to update you on a change … Read more

To Listen and Learn … Press Mute

By Mary Jane Copps | October 5, 2019
phone conversation in office

It doesn’t seem to matter how many projects I do as The Phone Lady, I still get incredibly excited when I’m on a discovery call with a new client. As they start sharing their challenges with me, my brain shifts into high gear and I’m … Read more

Job Search Super Power – Step 4: Who Ya Gonna Call?

By Miriam Jobin | September 28, 2019
talking on the phone

When looking for a job, listing companies of interest is a great start. Then you need to move to the next step – phoning them. But the next question is… who ya gonna call? In my last post, we got started on your research journey. … Read more

The #1 Reason I LOVE Phone Calls

By Mary Jane Copps | September 22, 2019

A few months ago an executive approached me about working with her sales team and we arranged to meet. She came to my office and we had a wide-ranging conversation about many aspects of her business and the specifics of the problems she wanted to … Read more

How the “Slow Poke” in a Costco Aisle Left Me Thinking

By Miriam Jobin | September 15, 2019
mother and daughter in grocery store

Earlier this week, I was walking down the frozen food aisle in Costco. You know, the one that comes after the huge bags of chips, fresh fruit and then frozen burgers and … full frozen pigs?  Well, after trying to get ahead of a slow–paced … Read more

7 Questions to Maximize Your 77 Days

By Mary Jane Copps | September 1, 2019
planning

Welcome to September! While it does have that “fresh start” feeling, it’s important to recognize that, for most of us (depending on your work week and upcoming vacation days), there are approximately 77 days until year-end. January has that “I have a whole year” feeling; … Read more

How to Save $1.04 Million

By Mary Jane Copps | August 24, 2019
making a phone call

When listening to the news, there are moments I feel discouraged and often wish I had quick and easy solutions to the many situations and challenges that exist in our world. So on August 15, while doing the evening dishes and hearing a familiar scenario … Read more

Your Job Search Super Power – Step 3: Research Begins

By Miriam Jobin | August 17, 2019
doing research

Can you think of a company that is not yet online? Neither can I because very few exist. And this is good news because you can now easily gather all the necessary details to craft the perfect pitch for when you call your potential employer. … Read more

A Tale of Two Texts

By Mary Jane Copps | August 11, 2019

I’ve been a bit scattered this summer. While disciplined at keeping and working with a detailed to-do list, a few things have slipped away from me. If I had to choose the one that made me the most uncomfortable, I think it’s this … I … Read more

Your Job Search Super Power – Step 2: Making Your Company List

By Miriam Jobin | August 4, 2019
logging into LinkedIn

It was October 13 – my birthday. I was seated at a candle-lit table at the rotating restaurant in the Calgary Tower with my beautiful mom and a view of the entire city. The next day she would be dropping me off at a huge … Read more

What Will You Do With Your 100 Days?

By Mary Jane Copps | July 28, 2019

Are you responsible for meeting a revenue goal this year? Well, depending on your vacation plans for the rest of this summer, and allowing for Thanksgiving and Christmas, you have about 100 days left in 2019 to reach that goal. I’m not saying this to … Read more

Your Job Search Super Power – Step 1: What Do You Want?

By Miriam Jobin | July 21, 2019
phoning about a job listing

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”― Mark Twain As a child and adolescent, I must have had the same conversation with adults hundreds of times. You know the one: “What are you going … Read more

Mind The Gap!

By Mary Jane Copps | July 14, 2019

Three years ago, sitting in an audience listening to musician, artist and innovator will.i.am at Dreamforce 2016, I was pushed into a new reality. He described what motivates some of his philanthropy. In short, he recognized that children from schools with minimal funding and, therefore, … Read more

Our Aging Customers: Are You … and Your Staff … Prepared?

By Mary Jane Copps | July 7, 2019
senior customer

This week’s post is from Rosanne Burke, a dementia care consultant, trainer and speaker. She offers dementia training workshops for business owners who want to learn how to make their business dementia-friendly and helps family caregivers feel more confident and competent by creating a personalized … Read more

Inspiring Conversation with Popular Posts

By Mary Jane Copps | June 30, 2019
using mobile to read

I had two thoughts collide in my head on Thursday morning and the result is this blog post. The first thought, familiar to all bloggers, was, “Oh my gosh, it’s the weekend again already – and not just the weekend but the Canada Day long … Read more

Please … Remind Me!

By Mary Jane Copps | June 23, 2019

Many of us worry about whether we are “pestering” our prospects and clients. They agree to a follow-up conversation but when should we call? And how often? Two recent events provided me with answers to these questions and they may eliminate these concerns for you … Read more

What Astronauts Know … and You Should Too!

By Mary Jane Copps | June 16, 2019

My life as “The Phone Lady” is filled with amazing moments and opportunities. One of these arrived as a thank you a few months ago from Lee Babin, CEO of Gingerly.ai. It was a one-year, all-access pass to Masterclass, an online learning platform featuring some … Read more

How Does Summer Impact Business Phone Calls?

By Mary Jane Copps | June 9, 2019

With temperatures rising, children finishing school, cottages beckoning, and family visits being organized, there’s no doubt that some of our attention is turning toward summer vacation. As entrepreneurs and independent professionals, we need to give some extra attention to our phone communication. How are we … Read more

5 Steps to Igniting Your Job Search Super Power

By Miriam Jobin | June 2, 2019
job search

You may not be on the search for a job, but the truth is … we’ve all been there at some point in our careers. Whether you’re fresh out of school, leaving a job, looking for something more, or maybe unexpectedly finding yourself out of … Read more

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