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Tait shares it's yummy staff recipes

One of the best parts about working at Tait is the monthly home-made staff lunches! This month’s theme was, of course, IRISH!! We had Irish Stew, Colcannon, Irish coffee and Guinness Cake - which were all AMAZING!

Roxane on a weekend facilitation

Helping to Build a Culture of Facilitation

I am getting excited about attending the International Association of Facilitators North American conference in April. Perusing the program made me think about how much I want to help build a culture of facilitation in the NWT. It would be transformative for our territory if people automatically thought about using facilitation techniques to create dialogue, solve problems and develop plans. I am amazed how often I facilitate and groups tell me… “Wow, I have never done anything like this before.

The travelling photo/video show in Deline

Over the past four years, I have had the opportunity to travel around the territory a lot with our former resident photographer Kelsey Magill. Below is a photo of us at De Beers Snap Lake Mine in 2011, waiting for our flight to pick us up. It was a long day as we waited for the weather to clear up over Snap Lake Mine.

Better Brainstorming (as inspired by HOW Magazine)

Last week I picked up the latest copy of HOW magazine at a local shop, and was really inspired by an article on brainstorming. The article was called “8 Ways to Brainstorm Better” and was written by Bryn Mooth, and let me tell you, it was kind of an eye-opener.

As a professional designer and filmmaker, the stage of idea generation is (I would say) the most important part of any creative work I do. But until now, I’ve been probably doing it the same way as everybody else, casual, unsystematic and probably wrong, to be honest.

Adding to your communications toolbox

As a professional communicator and facilitator, I spend a lot of time thinking about how people communicate and how to improve the outcomes of communication. I am fascinated by how people can create healthy connections through communication and, conversely, how communication between good people can sometimes go so wrong.

Back-to-school resolutions

Many people make New Year’s resolutions each year. I make back to school resolutions.

Tait wins APEX 2013 Award of Excellence

It looks like there’s another reason to celebrate at the Tait office. Our work on Det’on Cho Corporation’s quarterly newsletter has won an APEX 2013 Award of Excellence!

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence is an annual competition for publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, web, electronic and social media. Our award is for excellence in employee and benefit communications.

Michael Gilday named to Canadian Olympic team

As you may have heard, short track speed skater (and Yellowknife’s own) Michael Gilday suffered a pretty scary head injury earlier this month at the Olympic team selection event in Montreal. If the injury wasn’t bad enough, there was a chance that, despite all his hard work and success, he may have missed the Olympics because of a freak accident.

ENGAGE tip: become a better listener by watching your body language

Being a great communicator requires a lot of skills but, luckily, those skills are easy to break down into smaller pieces.

One of the greatest skills for effective communication is active listening. And one of the easiest things you can do to improve your active listening skills is to keep an eye on your body language.

We communicate a lot through body language, often without even realizing it. For a speaker to feel like you are engaged in what he or she has to say, it’s important not only to hear the words, but also to show that you are listening.

ENGAGE tip: don’t use complex words when simple ones will do

If you want to communicate effectively, your message has to be understandable.

The point of plain language writing is to make your message clear. It’s about using language your reader can understand, and making the read easy and enjoyable.

Try the suggestions below for some easy ways to make your writing clearer.