Experience communications: Before the story is told

A team of people white water rafting

No doubt, the art of storytelling is a great way to hook attention and influence people to take action. In business communications, there’s a lot of focus on sharing compelling stories rather than just pushing information at people or telling them what to do and how to do it. I don’t disagree, but I also […]

Choosing happy

Choosing happy, blog post by Roshan James

On a cool October day in 2012, I made a choice to follow an inkling of an idea. I can’t say it was a big dream, or that I even had a clear picture of what I was aiming for. It was the kind of now-or-never moment when a single step in a new direction […]

Saying ‘hello’ – it doesn’t hurt

Quill and Curio welcomes Neel Aggarwal as our first-ever guest blogger. Neel is the owner of Aggarwal Financial Solutions Inc. located in Kitchener, Ontario. Neel is in the business of building relationships to help people define short and long-term goals, establish a plan and achieve lifetime financial security. Neel was born and raised here in the […]

Showing up

I really love my drive to work and my morning ritual of puttering along country roads to my closest Starbucks drive-thru on the periphery of Waterloo – venti, dark roast, three sugars. It’s not the healthiest breakfast (fitness friends, was that a sigh of judgment?), but this is a pick-me-up as I start my day […]

I’m still a girl

“And she’ll promise you more Than the Garden of Eden Then she’ll carelessly cut you And laugh while you’re bleedin’ But she’ll bring out the best And the worst you can be Blame it all on yourself Cause she’s always a woman to me.” ~ Billy Joel I’m a mom, wife and professional with a […]

Find your “inside out” by asking “why?”

How would you like it if your brain was turned inside out? What about your life? Would you feel uncomfortable? Liberated? Scared? Awesome? All of the above? When I have a conversation with someone who is able to open my mind, reach in and expose my limbic system, I take notice. Understatement. I believe with […]

Serenity now!! Where do you find your personal strength?

Digging deep to discover personal strength via quillandcurio.com

As a mom, and now as a new entrepreneur, I’ve had to dig deep countless times to keep myself motivated and energized over the past couple of years. And not even for the really big things or big projects. Sometimes it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other to get through a […]

My first podcast about experience communications…and the backstory

Experience communications, business storytelling, a new way to look at storytelling in communications

I was ecstatic when Donna Papacosta invited me for an interview on her Trafcom News Podcast program. Donna and I met on LinkedIn after I shared about Experience communications in an IABC group discussion. Here’s the link to Trafcom News Podcast 115: A new way to look at storytelling. You can also download the podcast […]

Augmenting my reality in the Waterloo Region

A female face imprinted with technology, looking to a bright future.

*snap, crackle, pop…pop, pop, pop* This is my brain on Felt. Last Friday, I found myself in artsy/techie heaven. I will never be able to look at the real world in the same way again thanks to a brain-exploding, idea-popping tour of the Felt Lab at the edge of St. Jacobs, Ontario. Launched in October […]

From cubicle to “couch”

I’ve imagined this day a bunch of times and it usually involved a lot of fist-pumping and high-fiving. But today I’m feeling excitement as well as melancholy, with a good dose of end-of-the-year nostalgia. After eight and a half years of working for a large Canadian insurer, with the past year spent on maternity leave, […]