Have you mastered how to give or present a 30 second pitch that will get you noticed ? What you do and what you have to offer or sell is an important  networking skill!. I can tell you firsthand that it takes an extreme amount of invested practice to get it right. However if you want to know the truth this article is about pitching as in Baseball. I’m talking about the duel between  CC Sabathia and  Justin Verlander  possible MVP Pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. It’s all about Baseball for the next three weeks so don’t even talk to meet about “Roll Tide” or the “Thundering Herd” for that matters whom would never fit into the same sentence or conversation.

 Verlander is absolutely hot … (12-1 after the All Star break) well you know what I mean…a definite over 20 something game winner. It wouldn’t be fair for me to reveal which of these teams I truly follow because it would skew and dampen your interest in the game that’s about to begin later this evening around 8pm EST. You got to be jumpin out of your seat because economically and socially the Tigers and the folks in Detroit can revel in excitement even though each team will have to make it through the ALCS playoffs to get to the World Series. I really hope you’re into sports because if not I have probably lost you from the start!

I got to get out of here so I can get ready to watch some Baseball with my friends somewhere in downtown Washington DC but before I go let me share what I really do…

 I coach and consult women and men seeking to increase performance and succeed in matters important in their personal and professional lives using industry assessments, feedback, and client-focused collaborative dialogue.

 What am I pitching here? Enjoy the Baseball Playoffs!

Curt Canada works as a coaching consultant in Washington DC helping clients manage their time, be more successful, increase their level of performance,  adapt to sudden challenges they face in the workplace and at home.



Two weeks ago I found myself in a sea of job and career seekers looking to be hired for one of no more than about 150 positions in areas of administrative support and IT related jobs featured by local universities in Washington DC. I would estimate that at least 2,500+ persons attended this Job Fair!

I happened to ask a couple of young men very much unprepared for this occasion “are you looking for a job or a career?”

I noticed within seconds a blank stark-like response enveloped on their faces as if I had said something wrong.

To my amazement they both replied,” I really don’t have a response for you.” My conversation led to sharing with them the definition for each word.

It really makes a difference about what you are seeking when attending a Job Fair. These companies and institutions are going out of their way to seek potential employees. Keep in mind that they are bringing the jobs to you!

Career (as defined in Wikipedia) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a person’s “course or progress through life (or a distinct portion of life)”. It is usually considered to pertain to remunerative work (and sometimes also formal education).
The etymology of the term comes from the Latin word carrera, which means race (as in “rat race”.

A Job (as defined in Wikipedia) is a regular activity performed in exchange for payment. A person usually begins a job by becoming an employee, volunteering, or starting a business. The duration of a job may range from an hour (in the case of odd jobs) to a lifetime (in the case of some judges). If a person is trained for a certain type of job, they may have a profession. The series of jobs a person holds in their life is their career.

It doesn’t matter how much time and money you invest in your résumé because if you have not defined for you what you’re attempting to carry out then you’re not going to be one of those successful candidates attending.

Quite frankly, I want you to get hired and to get noticed at you’re your next Job Fair visit.

Let me suggest a few tips for being competitive and successful in your approach to getting hired:

* Research job and career trends

* How does your skill set(s) match with the job posted

* Think long-term

* Re-educate an update your training for that specific posting if necessary

* Ask the employer about other job possibilities that may be coming up that’s not advertised at this particular Job Fair.

* Are your values congruent with the position you’re seeking?

* Stay positive and don’t ever give up

* Seek advisement from a career coach or counselor

Lastly, make sure you get your questions answered at those Job Fairs and leave on a positive note because now you have learned and you are much closer than you were before today to getting hired!

Curt Canada is Executive, Career, and Leadership Development Coach at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC. He holds a MSW in Social Work from the University of Iowa MAT in Teacher Education from the American University. Mr. Canada is a member of International Coach Federation and Christian Coaches Network.

I suppose that I have written this blog for the past two years perhaps but I seem pressured almost every time I go to post my next entry. I don’t know why that happens , perhaps its stage fright or its human.

So when was the last time you said thank you to someone and really meant it? Tough question ,huh, especially in today’s world ,where we may begin our day thinking, what have you done for me lately or what’s in it for me. Surprisingly enough ,it feels good when its coming from another person. Better yet try counting the several times you publicly hear someone saying Thank you. You might be amazed of its frequency.

Elvis Presley actually coined the phrase of politeness by adding two more words, very much. Thank you very much was evidenced often to the many audiences during his unforgettable performances!

I’m about to reach over 970+ hits to my page and quite frankly I would probably have more but it’s not about the measure but I hope a message or a sentence that was inspiring and uplifting and which built confidence when there weren’t any around.

I found something from the book ” The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne” about showing a little gratitude and how much power it possesses if you were to do this daily. Here’s how it goes….

“Be grateful for what you have now. As you begin to think about all the things in your life you are grateful for, you will be amazed at the never-ending thoughts that comes back to you of more things to be grateful for. You have to make a start, and then the law of attraction will receive those grateful thoughts and give you more just like them. You will have locked into the frequency of gratitude and all good things will be yours.” Don’t take my word for it .try it , I suppose.

I’m only expressing my thanks for each of you who have visited my blog here at FindingYourZenith. Not going anywhere for now ….just sharing a little gratitude! I would love to hear what you have to say on the topic!

Thank you, very much!

Curt Canada builds confidence in his clients as an Executive, Leadership, Career, and Life Coach at FindingYourZenith , a private Coaching practice in Washington, DC.

How much is conflict costing your organization, department, team, relationship, and family? What happens when conflict isn’t resolved?

Unresolved conflict in the workplace results in….Loss in sleep, absenteeism, loss of productivity, strained relationships, stress and frustration and anxiety, sick leave, and sometimes workplace violence.

Like taxes, conflict in the workplace is inevitable. This isn’t all bad. Handled well, conflict can strengthen communication, spark new ideas and generate new levels of performance. Handled poorly, however, workplace conflict can damage important relationships and drag down productivity. In fact, many agree that the ability to manage conflicts can make or break a career. Take this Self-Quiz to discover how well you handle conflict in the workplace.

 True or False

1. If the conflict is escalating, I offer to set the subject aside and address it later, possibly in a separate meeting.

2. Defining the problem—and making sure that everyone agrees on this definition—sets me well on the way to solving the problem.

 3. I avoid attacking or criticizing, and I control my language. It doesn’t help any situation to be offensive or raise people’s defenses.

 4. Because good decisions are sometimes reached when everyone gives a little, I keep myself flexible and open to compromise.

 5. I do all I can to NOT get defensive. I listen to what others have to say and honestly evaluate whether their opinions might be valid.

 6. In any conflict, I keep my focus on a positive, solution-based outcome in which all can win.

 7. Even if it feels uncomfortable, I look the other person in the eye, showing respect for that person and for myself.

 8. I try to listen to and understand the feelings and needs beneath the spoken statements of others.

 9. My attention and activities are focused on what I can influence and control, and how I can make a difference.

 10. I explore with myself how my actions might have contributed to the conflict situation.

 11. Taking a bigger view is often all it takes to resolve for myself the smaller problems and irritations.

 12. I recognize that not everyone will live up to my expectations all the time.

 13. Maintaining a sense of humor is an important “tool” in my conflict toolbox.

 14. I work to establish ground rules for how to resolve the conflict.

 15. In conflicts, I take the time to deal with people face-to-face rather than by email. 

 16. I challenge myself and others to be creative about the possibilities for conflict resolution available to us.

 17. I try to deal with regularly occurring conflicts and those that negatively impact my productivity before they escalate to a bigger conflict.

 If you answered true to fewer than 10 questions, you might benefit from learning new communications skills. Please don’t hesitate if you would like to work together to develop these.

Remember, when confronting office conflicts, it’s best to keep the focus on work-related issues, not personality. Doing so can help you keep a cool head—and your career on track. 

 Email me at curtcanada@verizon.net  What’s your story?… Let’s find your Strengths…..Conflict doesn’t have be negative and painful….Take the TKI Conflict Assessment  and a 45 Minute Coaching Feedback session.

 Curt Canada is an Executive, Career, and Leadership Development Coach at FindingYourZenith in Washington DC.    Visit our website at  www.curtcanada.com

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January was never really my favorite month of the year i  guess that’s because it’s associated with leftovers and new beginnings .  The weather for starters exhibit days with moderate to low sunlight, shorter days i suppose, having to wear more clothing, a seemingly lack of spunk or energy, reduction of outdoor activities, and much more.

I guess i shouldn’t be so against January because it presents me with a time to do a little reflection, to start a new project , to re-kindle  a friendship, rumble through last year’s clothing and sundry of household items i no longer use nor desire to use, ponder an increased exercise  program,  alter my food intake from quantity to quality, or plan a garden , read those books i purchased three months ago, or  plan more time with my family and pets.

Quite frankly,there are so many things I could do during January that i haven’t mentioned i.e. games, dancing, monopoly, scrabble, and yes, even puzzles! I think I had better stop right here for the moment regarding bashing January and choose a few things that really resonate with me as I embrace each day of this month that in the past quickly went unnoticed.

my list……

1 while i am walking our dogs, Tanner and Lucky, i will bring along a bag to pick up trash that’s been left along the curb

2  when around my friends, associates, strangers…. take a moment to listen to what they are really saying before i jump in with my response

3 give without thinking about why  and to whom

4 i did say two things but …..this one is most important , at least to me….Giving Thanks to God …..and saying thank you, thank you ,and many more thank yous  to all unknown and known gifts, challenges, opportunities, successes, sorrows , and surprises  i experience!

I think that I am really going to be very engaged this month  if not with so much to do  but with so much to think about what i am capable of doing for myself and for others!

That’s getting through January………….

Curt Canada provides advisement and coaching at FindingYourZenith a personal development, leadership, and executive coaching practice in Washington, DC.  Curt is a member of the International Coach Federation and Christian Coaches Network.