Deskercises to rejuvenate your wellness resolutions

Posted on: March 9th, 2017 by Leah Kirkpatrick

It’s 11 weeks into 2017 — how are those exercise resolutions coming along?  Whether you’re sticking to your plan or you’ve slipped back into old sedentary habits, you still know the importance of moving more. But, it can be tough to motivate yourself especially if you work from home; it’s just you and your willpower! Certified personal trainer and Pilates instructor Debra Kirsch is here to help. Recently, Debra brought her 18 years of fitness expertise to the Felicity team.…


Unlocking the “brains, not bricks” virtual PR agency advantage

Posted on: March 2nd, 2017 by Amy Laski

Have you ever had an “A-HA!” moment, where suddenly the solution to a problem you’ve been facing becomes crystal clear? I’d like to say that the idea for my virtual PR agency, Felicity [Inspiring Communications] came to me in such a flash of brilliance. But, in truth, it was the confluence of two “UH-OH” moments that were the genesis of Felicity. One when I was the lone Coca-Cola employee at the Dietitians of Canada national conference. The other when I…


Learning to love your lurkers

Posted on: February 13th, 2017 by Rachel Segal

I consider myself a digital native. I was fortunate to grow up with a laptop for learning.   I know computers. I’m comfortable on the internet. While I have mixed feelings about posting family photos on Facebook, overall, I embrace that this is the ‘go-to’ for sharing infrequent captures of my littles as they grow up. So why is it taking so much to get used to the expirable nature of Snapchat and Instagram Stories? I get it. I understand…


A little inspiration

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Allison Daisley

Despite its predecessor, and a precarious beginning, there is somehow still a feeling of optimism for 2017. Perhaps 2017 is more open to new perspectives and in need of individuals with a super-charged notion that they can make small yet impactful steps to move this big orb that we live on in a positive direction. And the optimism that a new year brings doesn’t have to be a January flash in the pan — it can endure.  I was reminded…


Cost-effective ways to stay connected when working overseas

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by Alyssa Schwartz

As an independent travel writer, the question I’m asked most often – after “do you need someone to carry your bags?” – is “how many days a year do you travel?” The answer is, I don’t keep track. In the last three weeks alone, I’ve been on eight airplanes and have spent all of 3.5 days at home, and my “office” has ranged from a terrace overlooking the Costa Rican jungle to an Edmonton boardroom (guess which I liked better?).…


Five organizational tips to help achieve work-life balance

Posted on: January 5th, 2017 by Aly Ruiz Tsourounis

Image via Pexels The public relations industry is built on smart thinking, strategic planning and excellent client service. As seasoned communicators, we pride ourselves on being nimble, problem-solving powerhouses. But what do we do when we feel like there is no separation between work-life and home-life —  a common problem when you’re working in a virtual agency! While the new year is still fresh, I wanted to share with you the five simple organizational tips which have helped me achieve…


The Giving Season

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by Dale McIntosh

Photo credit It started when I was a teenager — my involvement in charities that is – and my passion and commitment to giving has continued to grow over the years. Once I became a mom, I joined forces with my friend Savannah to start a charity called  The Diaper Bank. Throughout the year, we collect open and new packages of diapers and monetary donations to support agencies throughout the city.   Becoming involved with a charity is a personal choice.…


Opening our new “coffice” with some holiday “sip and schmooze”

Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by Amy Laski

The Felicity team gathered to ring in the holidays with a “sip and schmooze.”  The event doubled as an opportunity to break in a new collaboration space we will be using going forward. As a virtual organization, our clients invest in “brains, not bricks.” But we know there are some things that are best done in person. Our Hack-a-Thon in the fall identified the desire to have a designated space and time where the team could come together to meet,…


Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Line of a Media Revolution

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Amy Laski

I was fortunate to have recently taken part in the Disruption Expert Speakers Series at Rotman, featuring former Globe and Mail editor-in-chief John Stackhouse. John wrote his book “Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Line of a Media Revolution” following his exit from that post, and prior to starting his current role as senior VP in the office of the CEO at RBC. As a business person and communications professional, I find myself dually in awe of and scared by…


Say Good-Bye To Your Office Cubicle: Four Reasons Why You May Want to Work Remotely

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by Lisa Klein

Picture yourself on a hot summer’s day sitting on the deck at your cottage looking out at the lake…Wait!  It’s Wednesday. You’re not on vacation. Your laptop is humming on your lap while you work on the latest version of the presentation on the cloud, your Bluetooth headset connects you to your team on a conference call with people from around the globe for the last WebEx before this all goes to the CEO. You may be at the cottage,…


An Astronaut’s Guide to PR: Chris Hadfield’s Three Essentials For Navigating New or Challenging Situations

Posted on: September 26th, 2016 by Leah Kirkpatrick

photo courtesy of chrishadfield.ca My son and I held hands with an astronaut. Ok, really we placed our hands over bronze casts of Colonel Chris Hadfield’s hands. But it was still cool! Hadfield has been on my mind again recently. Not only will he be speaking in Toronto in November, he’s also launching a new children’s book this fall, The Darkest Dark. I am giddy with excitement about sharing my love of books and Hadfield’s engaging yet straightforward brand of…


Three Unexpected Business Lessons I Learned While Making The Most of Summer

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 by Amy Laski

It’s hard to believe that it’s September and nearly the end of summer. Leading up to this summer was an especially busy time for Felicity. We organized  our second annual [Wo]Man Cave brand experience lounge featuring nearly 25 brands and attracting more than 75 media and creators, hosted our 4th annual team urban retreat, and launched  our new Content Collective signature offering, at the cornerstone of our new website. Fellow entrepreneurs will be able to identify with the fact that…


Ideas Worth Spreading: An Insider’s Guide to Delivering a Powerful Presentation

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by Suzanne Rappaport-Cho

Tips from TED Talk President and Head Curator, Chris Anderson For some, the art of delivering an impactful and powerful presentation comes naturally.  For others, the act of public speaking can be a terrifying feat. I recently had the opportunity to hear Chris Anderson, President and Head Curator for TED Talks, give a speech at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on how to deliver a powerful presentation. What struck me right away was how natural Chris was…


Beyond Celebrities, Kids & Selfies: Harnessing the Power of Instagram for PR Success

Posted on: August 11th, 2016 by Leah Kirkpatrick

I started using Instagram recently and I can’t get enough. My thumb pushes that rainbow app icon at least five times a day. My heart delights at every new food photo, #OOTD (outfit of the day), milestone, or random bit of awesome shared by my favourite chefs, celebrities, brands, and friends. Very quickly, following others wasn’t enough. My fingers itched to get in on the action and I started posting photos too. Want to see what adorable thing my kids…