Motivational Quote: The Value of Challenge

“Challenge is one of the greatest human motivators.” -Jim Harris, Speaker/Author http://www.jimharris.com/

Why you should always vote

My head hit the pillow but I still couldn’t sleep. My body was so exausted, but my mind was racing.

I had just logging 16 1/2 hours for Elections Canada, working as a Central Poll Supervisor (running 2 large polls and leading 7 others) for the Canadian Federal Election at the University of Guelph, but yet I was still juiced.

Now I am not one of those people who follow every move in politics, but I do stay abreast of most of the issues. Although I don’t endorse any one particular party, but I do love the idea that I of all people have a say in who will represent me and my riding in Parliment.

The cool thing about being stationed at the University was that many of the voters were exercising their privaledge to vote for the first time.

These students were excited to be able to have a say in how their country will move forward. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if more potential voters thought this way.

I remember a piece of advice that my Grade 7 History teacher (who was teaching us about politics) shared with us when he said,

“When every you have an opportunity to vote… vote.

Even if you don’t know what the issues are or even care about the issues at that time.

Vote anyway. (Even if you just spoil your ballat)

Because even if you don’t care about the issues then, someday you may care about some issue and you still want to have the privaledge to have your say.

Many countries around the world would love to have this privaledge. To have their voice heard. To be able to influence (even in a small way) the world they live in.

And if we don’t exercise that privaledge, we may find that one day that privaledge may be taken away from us. “

I have never forgotten that advice and I am proud to say that I have voted in every election that I have been eligable for.

And although this Canadian Election is over, there will be others (ie. United States Presidential Election and other Federal Provincial and Municipal Elections) and I hope many more young people exercise their privaledge to vote.

Communication Skills on the Election Campaign Trail

Well it’s official!!!

It was just announced that Canada is going to the polls on October 14th, 2008 in order to elect a new government.

Now with election campaigns running full steam ahead on both sides of the border (Canada and United States of America) we have an amazing opportunity to experience more leadership speeches and debates than ever before.

Whether it is Stephen Harper or Stephane Dion,  John McCain or Barrack Obama, in order to be able to lead effectively, you need to be able to clearly communicate and sell your agenda.

This experience will allow us to experience just what a difference communication skills will make.

Stay tuned as we wait for the results.