Sunday, March 31, 2013

Book review: Who's the driver anyway?


 Who's the Driver Anyway?: Making the Shift to a Collaborative Team Culture
  There has been many books written on the leadership for Jim -Collins Good to Great and John C  Maxwell- 360 Degree Leader.  John Kuypers book stand beside those as testament  for the 21st Century leaders to learn do and apply the principles of  success.

  There are some many great tool and stories shared that you will be able to relate and understand, from John's personal stories to examples how you make a team succeed no matter what the challenge.

    " John Kuypers has written the Leadership book for the 21st Century, his insights and experience make this book a tool for leaders to take ownership and make it happen for them"  Jim Pagiamtzis

     For more information on book click on the link below
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Constant Contact Events for April inToronto

TORONTO: The Power of Email Marketing & Getting Started with Constant Contact
Saturday, April 20th, 10:00am- 1:00pm
Microsoft Store - Yorkdale
3401 Dufferin Street, Unit 305 Toronto, ON M6A 2T9
Cost: FREE 
Come and join us for great morning on the Power for Email Marketing and Getting Started with Email Marketing using Constant Contact.You will learn:
Power of Email Marketing
-How to use email as a marketing tool to create engagement
-How to create a newsletter that attracts attention with a call to action
-How to increase open rates through engagement strategies that work
Getting Started with Email Marketing:
- How to put together your email campaign
- How to add links, pictures and videos to your emails
- Strategies to creates campaigns that get high open rates and click throughs
Will also be sharing Get started in Your Business (new presentation)
TORONTO: The Power of Email Marketing & Getting Started with Constant Contact
Saturday, April 27th  10:00am- 1:00pm
Camaraderie Coworking
2241 Dundas Street West. Toronto ONT M6R1X6
Cost: FREE 
Free Parking across the street
Come and join us for great morning on the Power for Email Marketing and Getting Started with Email Marketing using Constant Contact.You will learn:
Power of Email Marketing
-How to use email as a marketing tool to create engagement
-How to create a newsletter that attracts attention with a call to action
-How to increase open rates through engagement strategies that work
Getting Started with Email Marketing:
- How to put together your email campaign
- How to add links, pictures and videos to your emails
- Strategies to creates campaigns that get high open rates and click throughs
Will also be sharing Getting Started in Your Business (new presentation)

Peadpod Live at Property Show

 It was great to see the Peapod life  at the Property show in Toronto on March 30. This amazing concept is going to change the way we look at our downtown core today.

 Ideal for condominiums and store fronts. For more information click on the link below.

                                                        Attila Lendvai and Martina Ernst

                                                              Peapod Life banner

                                               Attila Lendvai and Jim Pagiamtzis

                                               Attila Lendvai sharing Peapod Life  project

 For more information on Peapod Life click below
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Persistence Pays Newsletter- Over Comming Barriers

Persistence Pays

Over Coming Barriers
March 2013

Dear Jim,
I wanted to share an article that appeared in the Spectator on March 22nd. It shared some great advice that I think all of us can learn from. You see in all my years of working with people, so many have shared about unresolved issues that happen in their business and personal lives. In times of stress, arguments seem to rise to the surface and then it is a tug of war as to who is going to apologize first. Life is too short to hold on to anger and not love with our whole hearts. As we head into Easter, Passover and Good Friday, I thought the timing of forgiveness was perfect for this article.

The article was called Barriers to Making Up After an Argument by Jeff Herring and Maritza Parra.

Arguments, disagreements, fights. They come to all relationships, no matter how good the relationship may be.

It's been said that the best part of arguments is the making up.

True, yet there are so many things that can get in the way of making up. Let's take a look at the top three barriers to making up and what to do instead.

Make up Barrier 1 - You go first! Out of pride, you think that you must wait for the other person to apologize first before you can make up. Put two strong personalities together and this strategy can lead to lots of silence.

What to do instead: Compete to see who can be the first to apologize. Yes, really. Only for the strong of heart.

Make up Barrier 2 - The right to be right. This is a nice cousin to pride. Fighting for the right to be right can cause people to argue and say things they don't even believe, just to get to be right.

What to do instead: Realize that fighting to be right means you get to be right at the expense of the relationship. Giving up being right is the act of a strong person.

Make up Barrier 3: I don't know what to say. Some people don't know how to make up because they don't know what to say. So instead they stay stuck and wait, depending on the other person to make the first move.

What to do instead: Say: "I really don't like it when we argue. I'm sorry, let's make up. And then let's talk about how to have this not happen again."

The next time there is distance in the relationship due to any of the barriers above, grab the tips above and get ready to make up. McClatchy-Tribune

This article really spoke to me. You see I have been at the hospital almost every day since the third week of January. A dear uncle of mine fell and broke his hip and passed and two days after the funeral my mom went in the hospital as she was misdiagnosed for two months and walked on a severed alkalis tendon which required surgery and she will be in a cast for four months and they are waiting to put her in a rehab facility and we are not sure how long she will be there. When families go through stresses such as these, emotions are high and intelligence is low. Some handle stress by blowing up at others and some handle stress by staying quiet and keeping it all inside. I'm not sure where you are right now in your life; however, if there is someone you are angry at or have unsettled issues with, why not break one of those barriers today. Trust me; you will feel so much better when you do. My sister and I never fight and over the last week or so things got tense and we had not spoken for over a week. So when I read this article I picked up the phone and called her and read it to her. We both had some tears and said I'm sorry. It doesn't matter what the issues are, it can be a small thing that blows out of proportion. They key is to acknowledge the upset, say sorry and forgive.

Women In Leadership & Business Conference
 Advance Your Career, Grow Your Business.
You are a successful, established business woman who knows who she is, knows her direction, but understands that success is never final. Business and career growth are an ongoing process of moving forward, taking risks, continuous learning and setting goals to reach the next level. The 2013 Women in Leadership and Business Conference (WIL-B) proudly presented by Results Continuum Inc., is Canada's 2-day national learning forum designed for leaders, managers and entrepreneurs who want to advance their career or grow their business by proactively pursuing their own professional and personal development.
  • Strengthen your leadership skills
  • Have greater influence and impact in your role and team
  • Market your skills and your business
  • Be heard in meetings
  • Get noticed by clients, peers and your industry
  • Gain valuable influencing skills
  • Grow your business and market share by differentiating
  • Increase your likelihood for promotion
Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Register by April 5, 2013 and receive $600 off a full conference ticket (promo code: PERSISTENCEVIP)
To learn more about the conference or to register click on the link;

"It's a New Year, a New Day, and a New Way. We have entered the 'Decade of Community'. And if there is anyone who understands the power of a village to change the world, it is Women. Grail Lady Faire 2013 will not only be a colourful feast for the eyes, but a feast for the heart, mind and soul." 
 Madeleine Marentette, Producer
Save the Date: June 24th to 28th, 2013
Bancroft, ON
For more information about this event, please click on the following link.

Lori's Cable 14 TV Show                   

Lori's local Cable 14 TV Show Persistence Pays airs on Wednesdays at 4:30 and 10:30pm.
To see previous shows, click on the following link;

 Lori Out and About



March 14, 2013 - Lori was speaking for the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of HRAI (Heating Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Institute) at the King's Court Banquet Centre, Burlington, ON

Up Coming Speaking Event:

DesignersConnect Conference
April 17, 2013
The Boulevard Club, Toronto

Tune into my on line TV Show.....Persistence Pays TV. If you have an interesting story on persistence be sure to email me at You could be a guest on the show.

To view previous shows you can go to and click on Shows. You can also watch them on YouTube...

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To find out more about Lori's sales training programs or how Lori can contribute to the success of your future sales meeting, convention, team building event, etc. please contact her personally at:

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Persistence Pays

Better Health, Better Life!


Better Health, Better Life!

Newsletter 7

April 2013

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April Events

Total Health Show

Metro Convention Centre

April 5th, 6th & 7th

Booth #703

Lecture - North Stage

Healing Inflammationin the 21st Century

Saturday, April 6th at 1pm 


SIAL Canada

Direct Energy Centre

April 30th, May 1st & 2nd

Lecture -- room 101B

Employee Wellness & Profitability

Tuesday, April 30th at noon 


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Calcium - Are you getting enough? 

As we age, our bones leach calcium. 

We are taught that milk contains calcium, but the calcium found in milk is actually very difficult to absorb ... and here's why:
·         According to Frank A. Oski, MD, former physician-in-chief at John Hopkins Children's Hospital, "Only foods with a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of 2:1 or better should be used as a primary source of calcium".  The ratio of calcium to phosphorus in cow's milk is 1:1. This ratio causes the phosphorus to combine with the calcium in the digestive tract, preventing the absorption of calcium.
·         Also, the process of pasteurization causes casein (the main milk protein) to attach to the calcium, forming indigestible calcium caseinate, which cannot be absorbed or utilized by the human body.

You would think that supplementation is the solution - right? Wrong.

Calcium is one of the most challenging minerals to absorb when taking supplements. As a registered nutritionist, I rarely recommend calcium supplementation.

The best way to absorb calcium is by eating whole foods that are high in calcium ... or by drinking herbal tea also high in calcium.

Did you know that red raspberry leaf, red clover and stinging nettle leaves are high in calcium?

Infusion is the best way to ensure you are getting the maximum amount of calcium available in your herbal teas. An infused cup of stinging nettle tea contains approximately 500 mg of calcium, according to Susun Weed, herbalist and author.

To infuse tea, add loose herbs or a tea bag to a tea pot with a lid (a glass mason jar works as well) and pour hot water over the herbs or tea bag. Place the lid on the tea pot or Mason jar and steep for 20 - 40 minutes. Voila ... infused tea.
There are also many foods that are high in calcium, they are:
Almonds                Brazil nuts                  Beet greens                        Broccoli                Chard                        Collards                                   Kale                      Kidney beans            Okra                            Parsley                  Parsnips                     Raisins
Sea vegetables       Sesame seeds            Walnuts

Calcium absorption is also dependent on: protein, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin D. 

Certain foods and medications inhibit the absorption of calcium, they include: excessive intake of oxalates and phytates (found in spinach and unleavened whole wheat products), alcohol, coffee, sugar, diuretics, tetracycline, aluminum containing antacids, and phosphates.  Stress also reduces the absorption of calcium.

You can see that absorbing calcium is complex, however, not impossible.

My advice to get enough calcium ... drink at least one cup of infused herbal tea each day that is known to be high in calcium, switch to almond milk, eat lots of greens like broccoli, kale and collards, and introduce sea vegetables into your diet (as long as you are not on thyroid medication).

There is a great way to grow your own herbs and leafy greens this spring with a unique invention called Tower Garden -- Tim Blank, horticulturist, created this brilliant system for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Check out this YouTube video explaining Tim's journey with Tower Garden.

Tim Blank, developer of Tower Garden
Tim Blank, developer of Tower Garden

For more information on getting enough calcium or Tower Garden contact me at (905) 727-5797 or Carol Fazari .

Wishing you good health and excellent calcium absorption,

More Fruits & Veggies! Tips to Healthy Eating Lifestyle!
   By Jon Yaneff

Are you looking to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet? Canada's Food Guide suggests that children eat 4-6, teens 7-8, and adults 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
You may perceive that eating healthy is a particular diet. It's not - it's a lifestyle. Diets fade, yet lifestyle changes will stand the test of time.
Here are some tips to get started:
1) Transition slowly -- drink a green smoothie with your regular not-so-healthy regime.
2) Have courage -- when starting on a healthy eating pattern, there will be people around you that aren't going to be accepting. Having the courage and commitment is very important in your transition.
3) Compassion -- have compassion with yourself and accept that baby steps are the way to lasting change.
4) Be creative - eat the colours of the rainbow. Being creative with your food and trusting your instincts are good methods to help you transition into a healthier life.
5) Change perception -- tradition and culture may play a part in how you feel when consuming certain foods. Chocolate, candy or chips may give you a feel good sensation. As you progress into your lifestyle change your taste buds will change along with you.
6) Be Patient -- when you're starting to incorporate good quality foods into your life, be patient and have fun with it. You'll discover a new food regime soon enough that will appeal to your taste buds - it will just take some time and commitment.

Jon Yaneff is a freelance writer and developer of Wellbeing Stadium Well Being Stadium  

Carol Fazari
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Entrepreneur Speed Networking event in Toronto Huge Success

  It was a great evening at Bassline Bar and Grill we held our Enterpreneur Speed Networking Toronto event.
  Dr.George Grant shared on the importance of health in the workplace and some of the success stories he has has in his 25+ career. He did a session at the event with Lito Magnolito in assisting attendee Ana Mareno relieve  some knee and neck stiffness.

 Patrick Bizindavyi sharing his stories on how he came to Canada in 2003 in less than a year after making a commitment in 2002 with his friend in Burundi. How he used a 5 dollar bill to make it happen!

 Jim Pagiamtzis shared his experience on Appreciation Marketing and the power of sending a card can have powerfull results! 

 For more information on the group go to and search for Entrepreneur Speed Networking and join us for our next event in at the end of April.

                                          Dr. George Grant, Jim Pagiamtzis & Patrick Bizindavy

                                   Dr. George Grant and Lito Magnolito doing therapy for Ana Mareno

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Book review: IN2WIN


     It was in thin book with a powerful message. The importance of taking action towards your goals is important What we tell ourselves in  most cases part of the problem problem!

 Curt Skene has written powerful and simple chapters to explain this point. Colin McClean has created amazing illustrations to prove them. The is saying "Picture is worth a thousand words" Colin Mclean mastery shines with humorous yet captivating cartoon illustrations that will have you thinking and laughing when you see them.

  The are QR Codes throughout that you can scan that will give you additional information on the topics discussed.

 Check out the website below
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Journey of Leadership

In journey of life we come to point in our journey where we ask ourselves questions as to what we want to do in our life and the impact it will make on others.

I had been raised by great parents, gone to school and done very well,  I got to point in early 2003 where I ask myself the question What is my journey all about?  What impact have I made?

So it began the steps of success seeking out people of success who I could learn from. In a few short months I met two amazing men who become my mentors. I would learn about business, life and success in a rapid rate and begin to take ownership of my life, making it not just an ordinary but an extraordinary life!

It has its highs and lows and there were lots of lessons to learn along the way. I began to make great connections with amazing entrepreneurs and professionals who became part of my journey of success.

In 2008 I wrote three articles for the Toronto Public Library on Mentorship, Networking and How to market and promote you, through the encouragement  of entrepreneurial friends I successfully leveraged  the articles into numerous paid and complimentary speaking engagements in Toronto.

As I continued to share my insights on the power of having great mentors and the impact they had made on my journey.  The article on mentorship ended become book “How to attract mentors for business, life and success”  I have shared at career expos, schools and entrepreneurial events.

As my journey continued I came across great book  “360 Degree Leader” by John C. Maxwell and world renowned speaker and writer on leadership and its impact on the world. He shared great insights and stories on leadership all over the world.

In 2012 I got hired by social media company and began speaking all over the Toronto region. It was an interesting moment in my journey evolving and speaking and sharing on other topics as well. I had now become the mentor for many professionals and entrepreneurs.

I had come full circle where I was being the leader and encourage and empowering others to succeed. I had received great feedback that began to get verbally and online regarding the impact I had made on others to succeed in their journey.  

You can also do the same by take steps every day to become a better you in current journey and have the opportunity to lead others to a great future