February 2017 News & Events

February is shaping up to be an exciting month as we prepare for our upcoming speaker salon and workshop. We are also excited to announce that two of our friends have big announcements!

Get all of the details below.


Children’s Aid Foundation: five14 Talks Speaker Nominations

Know a leader or changemaker in child welfare who’s working to better the lives of vulnerable kids? The Children’s Aid Foundation wants to know about it! Nominate them to be a speaker at this year’s #five14Talks. This year’s theme is Commit. Connect. Nominations end on Sunday, February 5, 2017



Salon Series: The Future of Work

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Innovation is inescapable, and yet we still spend an average of 90,000 hours working over the course of our lives and over 70% of us are disengaged from the work we do. How is this possible? It’s time to challenge the status quo, force it into submission and shape the future of work. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “…all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

With this in mind, join us for an evening of food, wine, and conversation as we explore the Future of Work and the question Being unreasonable will shape the future of work, but can we tolerate it?

Featured Speakers

Mary Donohue

Dr. Mary Donohue
CEO of Donohue Learning
Speaker and Best Selling Author

Marianne Lefever

Marianne Lefever
Innovation Strategist / Futurist
Reshape Innovation



Workshop: Storybuilding – Develop Your Talk

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Do you love to watch TED Talks? Do you marvel at the ease with which some speakers present complex information, making it easy to understand? Do you wish you had that same speaking ability so you could apply it to your business or personal speaking requirements?

This workshop, facilitated by Andrea Sampson and Nick Kindler seasoned TEDxToronto Speaker Coaches, will provide you with the basics of how to write and present short, powerful and engaging talks that will increase your presentations skills and give you the confidence to get up and deliver YOUR own talk!

Participants of this half day workshop will learn:

  • The essentials of giving a powerful talk
  • How to use story/metaphor/analogy as tools to create understanding and lasting impact
  • A proven framework that can be used to develop any presentation long or short
  • Performance techniques that create connection with your audience
  • Tips and tricks for remembering your talk with minimal use of visuals

This workshop is a MUST attend for anyone who is interested in speaking publicly or who gives presentations on a regular basis. It will definitely change the way you approach writing and giving talks. Snacks, coffee, tea and water provided throughout the day.



Congratulations, Lisa Taylor!

Congratulations to our good friend, Lisa Taylor on the release of her book, Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Businesses.



Managing Across Generations for Stronger Teams

Talk Boutique’s speaker, Dr. Mary Donohue has launched her new course, Managing Across Generations for Stronger Teams at the Schulich School of Business.

“This new program will teach managers how to shift their approach for workers of each generation in order to bridge the workplace communications gap.”



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