Rebecca Todd

Learning Styles: What Emoticons Can Teach Us

By: Rebecca Todd | November 21, 2013 | 
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by Rebecca Todd I really don’t get emoticons. And before you start texting me an endless stream of them (*ahem* JSki), please allow me to explain. I am not passing judgement here, I am truly trying to bridge a chasm betwixt learning styles. I read constantly, and am rarely without a paperback in my bag, along with my ubiquitous sticky-flag highlighter pens to mark my favorite [&hellip... Read More
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Leadership Lessons from Outer Space and Cmdr Chris Hadfield

By: Rebecca Todd | October 15, 2013 | 
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By Rebecca Todd One of my favorite science fiction authors, Robert Heinlein, always writes his male heroes with the same general stats – extraordinarily smart, handy, manly men, who are also romantic and passionate. Total swashbucklers. No wonder then that, like Lazarus Long, I find Chris Hadfield so captivating. He has the smarts of an engineer, the fearlessness of a test pilot (*ahem* Woodrow Wilson Smith), and [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Dogs on Banjos, RDJ, and Really Hot Yoga!

By: Rebecca Todd | September 13, 2013 | 
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By Rebecca Todd Will it surprise any of you to learn that I rode the short bus? (Editor’s Note: Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Naw, somehow I didn’t think so. As I’ve gone on about in the past, I am from a small town. So small, in fact, it is not a town, but a hamlet. Not a “to be or not to be” [&hellip... Read More
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Business Lessons Learned: The Meeting I Completely Blew

By: Rebecca Todd | August 7, 2013 | 
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By Rebecca Todd Whilst reading Lindsay Bell’s post today, I realized I could put this off no longer. Ladies, Gentlemen, Crazies…here are the business lessons I learned, and the story of The Meeting I Totally and Completely Blew. Picture this: It is late fall of 2011. I am on my first sales road trip in my new role at Ivey Publishing. My agenda was aggressive, to say [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Dogs, Dancing, Divas, and The Daily Mail

By: Rebecca Todd | August 2, 2013 | 
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By Rebecca Todd My Saturday morning tradition dating back to my childhood is to wake up slowly, watching some classic Canadiana on CTV. At 9:00 and 9:30, CTV2 plays back-to-back episodes of The Littlest Hobo, otherwise known as The Greatest Canadian TV Show of All Time. If you don’t know of it, a quick search on the YouTubes (or clicking above) should sort you right out. [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Snakes, Dogs, Cats, and Pigs Oh My!

By: Rebecca Todd | July 12, 2013 | 
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By Rebecca Todd The shelves are eight feet high, packed tightly in no apparent order. The aisles between have stacks upon stacks of books of all sizes and descriptions. In order to gain access to the heart of it all, you must ask permission, and directions. When I do so, she parts a few of the stacks and points me on the right path. I pick [&hellip... Read More
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Life on the Road, the Upward Spiral, and the Spin Sucks Community

By: Rebecca Todd | June 4, 2013 | 
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The night is late. The sign reads “Blondie’s Wet Spot Bar” and I am seated between two very handsome men. I probably do not need this vodka in front of me, but Bacchus needs appeasing. There is a taqueria. We came here on the BART. I really do not know where I am. This is not unusual for me – I often do not really know [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Inspiration Edition

By: Rebecca Todd | April 19, 2013 | 
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I awoke to my sister shaking my shoulders, holding me at the top of the stairs saying “Becki! Run! RUN!” I ran down the stairs with her hot at my heels. I had just turned 9 at the time, and while my memories of this fateful night are disjointed, they are also crystal clear. My big sister Heidi running outside to take the car and get [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Dedication Edition

By: Rebecca Todd | April 12, 2013 | 
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Let’s go back, waaaayyy back, back in time… It is Sunday night, and your pre-teen self is sitting in your bedroom, listening to the local radio station. You hear the DJ dedicating songs to listeners from other listeners, wishing and hoping that your name will be called. Maybe you even pick up the phone and call in a dedication of your very own… “And now, here [&hellip... Read More