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The Value of “Failing Spectacularly”

By Mary Jane Copps | October 4, 2020
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This past week I had the great privilege of spending six hours with five new business owners determined to increase their sales. At the end of our time together, they were prepared to connect with prospects and explore possibilities by inspiring great conversations. They were all a bit … Read more

It’s Time to Explore!

By Mary Jane Copps | April 19, 2020

As a child, I loved exploring. It was so much fun. Our backyard merged with the bush and I spent hours, with friends or by myself, looking for treasures – everything from pyrite to ripe blueberries. And in the depths of winter, I would head down to our … Read more

Please, Introduce Yourself!

By Mary Jane Copps | January 5, 2020
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My sister chose a perfect Christmas present for my husband, David. Canadian Pie is a collection of essays by Will Ferguson, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and three-time winner of the Leacock Medal of Humour. Needless to say, he’s very funny. We are reading the entries together … Read more

#1 Question for Exposing Assumptions

By Mary Jane Copps | November 9, 2019
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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 me to figure … Read more

Celebrating 32 Years of Non-Stop Learning

By Mary Jane Copps | October 19, 2019
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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 embracing new skills … 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 of the best … Read more

One Word for 2018

By Mary Jane Copps | December 31, 2017

I’m on my way to a place where I never dreamed I’d be, and that’s perfection. – Mary J Blige Two years ago my colleague and friend Jeanie Burke, President of Home Instead Senior Care Halifax, shared with me the concept of one word – choosing one word … Read more

Opportunity Awaits Even Though It’s Summer

By Mary Jane Copps | July 9, 2017
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When you’re going on vacation: All of us hate reaching lousy voicemail messages. All of us are capable of creating great ones. There are a few basic tactics that will serve your clients and prospects well … while you embrace every second of your well-deserved time off. Here’s … Read more

The Sound of Opportunity

By Mary Jane Copps | August 11, 2013

“Stay open to opportunity — you never know where your next important connection will be made.”  Nicholas Boothman   The telephone makes an appearance in two books I’m currently reading. In Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, there’s a reference to President Rutherford Hayes and his reaction upon first seeing a … Read more

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Phone phobia, or telephobia, has been getting a lot of attention in the news recently. See what Mary Jane has to say about it...
Margins of Error with Harry Enten
CNN's Harry Enten asks why we’re avoiding phone calls and whether we can be coached through our telephone-related nerves in this Margins of Error podcast featuring Mary Jane.
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