ConnectUs Communications Canada
The connector - a newsletter about making the right connections



March, 2005
Volume II, Issue 6

Donna MesserIt's 2005 and it's time to look at the world with a new perspective. Where are you and where do you want to go in the next 12 months? Have you set your goals, designed a plan and are you ready to move forward?

Don't you just hate all those questions! Most of us will continue to do what we've always done and hope that we will continue to get what we have always gotten– providing that's what we want! We are looking forward to being part of the new Professional Series being offered by the Learning Annex – I will be offering a workshop. So, for those of you who live in the GTA – this is a great opportunity to get your networking skills honed!

For us at ConnectUs, we are not going to do what we've always done – we are going to move forward with the launch of several new initiatives. We won't change our RISE philosophy, we will continue to build Rapport, exchange Information, find Solutions – Ethically. BusinessWoman Canada is on hold, but can be brought to life as soon as we have the advertisers to support the publication. Hayden Bradshaw, the publisher has launched a new publication this month called Enterprise , I'm pleased to say my articles will continue to be part of the new publication.

We've been talking with so many people who want to know where we find our resources – the truth is – we listen, we learn and we share what we hear. There is a new portal for women – it's awesome, check it out! It is a one-stop shop to almost anything connected with women in business. For those of you who want to become board members – check out or for provincial government appointments –

FloWork - networking for informationFloWork, our networking system, is available to all our ConnectUs members. We are holding introductory workshops across the province and are calling these workshops “The Power of ONE ”. We have recognized that while networking involves interaction with others, it is really a personal choice on how we maximize our networking skills – The Power of ONE, helps you concentrate and utilize your own inherent ability when it comes to building the rapport you need to succeed. We know that there is a push from most major corporations towards relationship building – FloWork is a system that will help you recognize the opportunity before you begin to build.

Ask DonnaWe have documented that many of the emails we receive ask similar questions – so we are going to begin posting answers to as many of those questions as possible on our ASK Donna Forum. I love acronyms! Answers, Solutions and Knowledge.

Examples of questions currently being asked –

  1. I'm a foreign trained professional, a new Canadian, how can I find a job, or a volunteer position, where I will have a chance to show my skills?
  2. I want to work outside the country, where should I begin looking for leads and opportunities?
  3. I'm a student – is there a process I should go through to maximize my networking opportunities?
  4. I want to volunteer – how do I find the best place for my skills and talents?
  5. I want to be on a government board – how do I go about it?
  6. I have a new business and I need a mentor – where can I go to find one?
  7. I want to know how to become an expert, what do I need to do?
  8. How can I find out more about developing a brand.
  9. I am in transition, where can I go to find a job that fits my talents.
  10. Which organizations should I join? How can I maximize the money I invest in this?

Power of One audio seriesWe are going into the audio business! We believe that people need to “hear” as well as “see” what is out there. If you are a coach, a trainer, a speaker give us a call – our studio is state of the art! All of our workshops will be available on CD. We will be doing a series of interviews which will be posted on our Web site. The interviews will be similar to the articles we wrote for BWC. We will be contacting many of you to become part of our Power of ONE audio series.

We've promised ourselves that we would publish all the wonderful stories and articles we've written over the past few years. Like many of you, we've written and forgotten what it was we wanted to say. In 2005 we will publish the following books:

We Choose CanadaWe Choose Canada – the stories of men, women and children who choose to live, work and raise families in Canada. Let us know if you have a story we haven't included in our Web site,

Cycles – The continuing life and times of Donna Messer.

Art of effective networking
The Art of Effective Networking –
all you need to know about networking.

The Flowing Point - when an individual has reached their Flowing Point, they have maximized the number of contacts in their network who can provide information that leads to a solution. Co-authored by Dr. J.P. Hatala and Donna Messer.

Acronym Soup - is a rich compound that provides growth of new life forms - words with new meanings. It is my goal, to increase your capacity to remember the words and the importance of their message. I've included a sample bowl.

Effective Networking Strategies – revised (pdf) . The Canadian best seller updated.

ConnectUs Community RevitalizationAs most of you know, we have been very active within our community and have spent the last 3 years developing a model/template for community redevelopment and revitalization. The model has been completed and documented and will soon be available to communities across the country that need revitalizing. We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with ACE Sheridan and will soon have an animated version of what the ConnectUs Community Improvement Alliance has accomplished. The video, called – A Community in Motion” will be a template for small towns in need of revitalization anywhere in Canada. We continue to host our Network to Get Work events each month on the 3rd Wednesday and we are documenting the successful connections that are being made – if you have attended a Network to Get Work and it has helped you to grow your business or raise awareness to you or your product or service – let us know and we will feature you in one of our newsletters.

We continue to host our Network to Get Work events each month on the 3rd Wednesday and we are documenting the successful connections that are being made – if you have attended a Network to Get Work and it has helped you to grow your business or raise awareness to you or your product or service – let us know and we will feature you in one of our newsletters.

I look forward to an exciting 2005 with plenty of new strategic alliances, and lots of joint ventures. Talk to us, send us your questions – and we will try and provide you with the resources you need. We are proud of our company and the relationships we've built with our clients.

We include a number of articles that we feel are valuable – they come from our clients and from our government connections. Stats Canada is a wonderful resource – the studies that are done are often relevant and timely for us and our readers.


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