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Last night at my monthly WINC meeting, I had the opportunity to hear the very talented and inspiring Susan Cranston speak about time management and goal setting skills. What really caught my attention was Susan’s ideas about effective and ineffective workflow. It’s a simple theory; putting urgent things first creates and ineffective workflow, while putting important things first creates an effective workflow. The analogy she presented was how business owners often put the clock before the compass, leading to stress, poor time management and a sense of urgency in your life. In order to find a good balance, you need to put the compass before the clock; understand where you are going, what your short term & long term goals are, and focus on what’s important vs. what is urgent.

Susan also shared some helpful tips on taking a look at your life the way it is, and comparing it to how you want it to be. What things do you want to start doing? What things will you stop doing, re-prioritize, or delegate? Understanding what your core needs are can assist you in shaping the life you want to live.

It seems Susan’s advice comes at a great time for me. My business turned 2 years old on the first of this month, which has opened my eyes to all that I have achieved in these past two years, but has also made me realize where I need to improve. Moving through 2014 I plan to work on some long term and short term goals, as well as my time management skills.

What are some of your goals for 2014 and beyond?

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Brittany StagerWhy hello there. My name is Brittany. I’m glad you have found your way to my corner of the internet. So, where should I start? I guess we can head back to the beginning.


As a child I loved to talk. From what my parents tell me, the only time you could get me to shut up was when we were playing the “Quiet Game”… I rarely won. Communication and story telling quickly became my favourite activities. I wrote tons of short stories, starred in several elementary school plays, and even won a public speaking contest. My speech topic was “Life as a Shoe.” I was in grade 6.


It wasn’t until high school when I started to experience the internet. And it definitely wasn’t the internet we have today. This was dial-up. But even then, I became fascinated.


I studied Advertising & Marketing in college. Although internet marketing was on the rise during that time, for some reason we learned very little of it in school. My passion for online media, led me to websites, forums and blogs, all teaching me how to do everything from set up a website to creating Adsense campaigns. That was it, I was hooked.


Upon graduation I took my first job and began my professional career. For close to 6 years, I had the freedom to try everything from TV advertising to billboards, and everything in between, but my passion was still online. Eventually the idea of social media stuck with my company, and I was able to put everything I had taught myself to the test. I created a blog, a twitter account, and facebook page, and started building relationships.


It wasn’t until December of 2011 when I came to the realization that running my own business could be attainable. So with a stomach full of butterflies, and a head full of ideas, I set out to make it happen.


Specializing in social media management and marketing was almost a no-brainer, it’s where my passion lies. I had run the social program at Mushrooms Canada for three years, and authored my own personal blog and twitter accounts for almost five, and loved it. But could I really make it happen? Can you start a business on pure passion? Lots of advice, business trips and meetings later, GroupTalk was born.


I start this new year confident, proud and excited. I hope that I can be helpful in some way to your business, and I can teach you how to leverage social media to make you successful.


Cheers to a new year! Cheers to your success!


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