Category Archives: Workshop Insights

The Motivational Power of Guilt

Guilt didn’t play a big role in my upbringing: I was never discouraged from having sex in order to prevent my mother from having a heart attack, nor was I warned to do well in school to compensate for any … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead

… of the news story, that is. It’s a great strategy to increase your likelihood of publication: if you know that a research report, government announcement or legal decision is about to be released, and your informed opinion about the … Continue reading

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WTF???

The confession made by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies doubled as both a great tip and the best laugh of the day. Last week during one of three Informed Opinions workshops I delivered in Winnipeg (thank you, Jane Ursel, … Continue reading

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Hacked Informed Opinions website temporarily offline

On Thursday last week, Informed Opinions discovered that our website had been hacked. As a consequence, we’ve had to take it offline temporarily while we fix the problem. Our apologies to all of those who wish to make use of … Continue reading

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Most Common Errors Made by Aspiring Op Ed Writers – part 1

Whether you’re picked last for the ball team, get rebuffed on the first date, or fail to elicit a positive response from an editor, rejection stinks. That’s why Informed Opinions offers online editing feedback (free to our workshop participants, but … Continue reading

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Getting to “yes”

  “I’m happy to try to help you.” These are the words I’m now recommending women train themselves to utter when reached by a journalist looking for context to a story. Although the default response for many remains “I’m not … Continue reading

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Think “outcome” when crafting an op ed

In the middle of delivering an op ed writing workshop recently to a very engaged group of United Way staff and volunteers from across Ontario (organized through Sean Moore‘s fabulous Advocacy School initiative) I was reminded again of the value … Continue reading

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