Networking, Real Human Connections & Travel With TEDx Speaker Michael Bociurkiw | 100 Cups of Coffee

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Michael Bociurkiw is a two-time TEDx speaker. His career’s track record includes a spokesperson role with UNICEF, work with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, and Forbes. And Michael runs a travel website, for those who want to escape the tourist bubble. We recorded this interview late last year, and I am excited to finally be posting it.

In store for you are: an awesome story, an excuse to feed your wanderlust, and advice on nurturing professional relationships (the right way). Every time I read through it I find a new bit of gold. Continue reading

Intern’s Quick Tips for Acing Emails

IMG_1508Sending emails was pretty much reserved for a) inviting people for 100 Cups of Coffee interviews b) asking my professors about assignments. It just wasn’t a big thing in my life. Can you relate?

Fast forward to the end of my internship – four months – and I’ve sent more emails than I have in my entire life. Since we organized events where I worked, I sometimes spent days inviting people to come out, to partner with us, etc. Entire. Days. And I’ve picked up a few interesting tricks. Continue reading

Let’s Catch Up + Montreal Photo Dump

Thanks for checking back.

Finally back on the Waterloo campus after a very enlightening internship and can’t wait to share the lessons learned.

Warning: the lessons picked up weren’t wrapped with a pretty bow presented free on my desk every morning. So enjoy as I make my experiences and self a case study over the next few weeks.

P.S. What do you guys think of doing a book giveaway? Read a couple awesome ones, but there’s no point hoarding them. Shoot me a twitter (@danathexclass) message if you want a new book to read!

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What Happens When You’re Sick (As A Dog) In A New City

12660409_10206905032298772_1999707270_nMy childhood best friend (from the hide-a-tamagochi-in-your-desk days) called me out on not updating The X Class last week. As you know I moved to Montreal earlier this month for a rockin’ internship opportunity, so I’ve been a little preoccupied. What you don’t know is that I got really sick when January started. Not to worry, all is fine now, but I did learn some things I’d like to share about the experience. Continue reading

Moving To Montreal

The new home is straight out of a winter fairy tale. #Montreal #snow #winter

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I woke up with a splitting headache from the night before. We hadn’t been drinking, but waking up at 6AM after a night with friends which ended only three hours earlier isn’t exactly fun. When you have a train to catch, you do what you have to do. Continue reading