Saturday, December 31, 2016

21 Connections; Happy New Year all the best in 2017!

    Huge thanks to everyone reading this blog from all over the world!

Happy  new year from Jim pagiamzis


Book Review: Six Pixels of Separation

   Jim Pagiamtzis Review:
            An amazing books we so many strategies,tips and stories that will help define the connections you will build and work with in the 21st Century!  

  Book Synopsis:
       Is it important to be connected? Well, consider this: If Facebook were a country, it would have the sixth largest population in the world.

The truth is, we no longer live in a world of six degrees of separation. In fact, we're now down to only six pixels of separation, which changes everything we know about doing business.

This is the first book to integrate digital marketing, social media, personal branding, and entrepreneurship in a clear, entertaining, and instructive manner that everyone can understand and apply.

Through the use of timely case studies and fascinating stories, SIX PIXELS OF SEPARATION offers a complete set of the latest tactics, insights, and tools that will empower you to reach a global audience and consumer base-and, best yet, you can do this pretty much for free. Digital marketing expert Mitch Joel unravels this fascinating world of new media-but does so with a brand-new perspective that is driven by compelling results. The smarter entrepreneurs and top executives are leveraging these digital channels to get their voice "out there"-connecting with others, becoming better community citizens, and, ultimately, making strategic business moves that are increasing revenue, awareness, and overall success in the marketplace-without the support of traditional mass media.

Everyone is connected. Isn't it time for you and your company to connect to everyone? SIX PIXELS OF SEPARATION will show you how.    

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Movie for 2017: Guillermo det Toro - The Shape of Water

Guillermo Del Toro

Another secretive project from a top director, The Shape of Water will be Guillermo del Toro’s tenth feature film. Billed as a fantasy adventure– like nearly all his works– Water will tell the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at a laboratory during the Cold War. Elisa encounters an “amphibious man” who has been captured and kept for study, whom she then falls in love with and conspires with her neighbor (Richard Jenkins) to set free. The plot is not dissimilar to a dramatic version of Splash (1984), but it’s safe to assume that del Toro’s skill as a storyteller will push the film into more emotional territory.

The Shape of Water will also follow in the grand tradition of del Toro films that mesh fantasy with real world concerns. In this case, being America circa 1963, issues of gender, equality, and communism will undoubtedly come into question as Elisa follows her heart. A release date has yet to be set, but the film’s cast of Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones definitely looks compelling.

Jim insights

 I playing a 1960's Ad Man in the is film in couple of days of shooting in Hamilton,ONT and Scarborough,ONT in October 2016. Had the great pleasure to meet the director.

Special Guest post: Looking for job is not what it is cracked up to be!


When I made the decision to go to look for a job, I never knew what I was getting into! I sent out resumes, cover letters and went on many interviews.

 My experience is not new, but the companies that I interviewed with from Fortune 100 to small mom and pop companies really opened my eyes to the craziness out there. I did some crazy work to prove myself also and met some wonderful people.

 I also met some certified crazy people. Just because I have owned my own business in the past and currently does not mean I am too over qualified or under qualified.

 I just want a chance to be me!

That does not give you the opportunity to belittle me or others.

 I am not better than others! I just want a chance. I bring a lot to table.

If I had a wish list it would be to work for a not for profit or Charity in communications and marketing (my speciality along with sales)

The non-response I have from companies are just plain rude. I am a good person and have a great work ethic.

 Please hire me! #Jobhunting #Careers #jobs #recruiting

 Written by Tina Gaisin

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jim Pagiamtzis Blogumentry Sept - Dec 2016

  It has been an amazing year of sharing,learning and socializing. Check out the videos below







Gordon So, Jim Pagiamtzis andTony at Team Europe vs Czech Republic














Journey to make a Hip Hop video

             What an amazing way to end 2016 with a HIP HOP video called HIP HOP is dead!

            I got to play political commentator Bill O'Reilly with cameos  Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake

             stay tuned for the video..


Top 3 movies of the year for 2016 are.....

                 It was amazing year of movies that his the silver screen. Below are my top Jim Picks.

               at the bottom are Sujit Picks

                Look forward to 2017





My Top 3 Movies of 2016:

3) Captain America: Civil War

2) Doctor Strange

1) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Looking forward to #WorkHardPlayHarderTO in 2017

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Jim Pagiamtzis journey of success (article written by Centennial College student)


Education is a lifelong journey and some people don’t want to stay still. At Centennial College, we set our alumni up with transferable skills that let them move around, if that’s what they wish to do. That was the case with Jim Pagiamtzis, who graduated from Business Management in 1994 and moved on to varied successful careers in areas as diverse as marketing, public speaking and even acting. He used his business knowledge as a platform to pursue a variety of interests on his long, colourful journey and regularly uses his skills to give back to Centennial College, the school that help set him up. Here’s his story.

Coming to Centennial
“I go to my guidance councillor and say, I want to become a scientist. She says scientist? Science doesn’t pay.” Jim says about his unusual path into Centennial College. He’d eventually come and take Business Management at our Progress Campus, something he calls “a logical choice.”
“It was a cool program because of how I’d go to school and learn on the go, at that time Centennial College was one of the first schools where a new co-operative was being tested.” He’d take part in two co-op placements, working in the field while he took classes.

“I went to school, and I worked for a company called Oshawa Foods,” he explains “I go to work for four months there, and made some really good money, so I did two co-op work terms.”

“I had to compete with other students to get into the program,” he continues, discussing how in-demand the position was.” Three people interview me for Oshawa Food position! There a lot of competition. I’m grateful that I had that choice, because it helped me later on to understand the world of business, and it allowed me come out of college with no debt!”

“My work ethic definitely improved from being in business, understanding numbers and accounting.” He says, reflecting on what he learned that would later benefit his career. “My accountants loved me, Understanding numbers, expenses and investments helped me.”

“Later on , I realized working independently and working with a team were two of the greatest assets.” He adds “When you don’t have a strong team, things can fall apart.”

A varied career

“I just started working with Digital Marketing here in early June.” Jim says, before that though, he had a long varied career, always trying his hand at new things. From the conventional to the unusual, all grounded in what he’d learned in Business Management at Centennial College.

“After Centennial for ten years, I worked as shipper/ receiver for a couple of computer stores.” He says “Then from 2003 to 2011 I worked in the logistic industry for FedEx Freight, and at that time, I started to get mentored that had a big impact on me personally and professionally, and then in 2007/8 I wrote 3 articles for the Toronto Public Library on mentorship, marketing and volunteering.”

Jim’s passion was always in public speaking, though he’d finally get to do in 2012, after leaving the logistic industry.

“I go hired by social media company Constant Contact.” he continues, “I spoke on email marketing, in that industry for about two years in Toronto, which was my dream to speak full-time and get paid to do it.”

His love of public speaking would also motivate him to bring the Public Speakers Association to Toronto in 2013 which he calls ‘another adventure into itself” The organization currently has chapters in Niagara falls, Calgary and throughout the United States. “It let me do something bigger than me, by giving me speakers to learn from and community they could learn and make impact” he says.
“In 2016 some great thing happened.” He adds, “I taught at a private school in Richmond Hill, ONT teaching the future leaders between the ages of 8 and 13 the power of presentations skills through speaking, It was an awesome experience!”

“After that in May I got back into the acting industry.” He says, surprisingly he did background acting and appeared in few documentaries, even got a small supporting role in “A Girl without a song” in September 2014. It later premiered in Asian Film Festival in October 2015 in Toronto. Then in May he got speaking role in Matt Damon movie Downsizing which will debut in theatre December 2017. “ I got to go behind the scenes, and see how things work in big budget movies.” He says “ I have goal in directing my own movie in the near-future.”

“Then I got hired by digital marketing in June.” He says, closing the loop. “and it’s be a great experience to come in every day and enjoy what I do. The stuff I do doesn’t take a lot of my time, but all things I’m passionate about!”

“People want to succeed, but you have to listen and learn.” He says his advice to anyone looking to  pursue a similar path. “My three area of what I live for is Learn, Speak & Socialize leads to monetize $, I’m constantly learning, always reading, I read multiple books every month. Being a great communicator and ability to socialize and network effective with professionals. Try to understand social media. We didn’t have LinkedIn or Facebook in 1994! There were only phones and McDonalds! We didn’t have this social connection. That’s the biggest difference I share from stage. Now there are some many different types of medium to connect and share.”

                                              The Medium is the Message - Marshall McLuhan
Giving back to the college

“I’ve done a lot of great with Centennial College over the years.” Jim says.  “I constantly run into alumni on my journey, and I continue to look for opportunities to give back to Centennial College.”
“I’m grateful to go back and do what I do.” He explains, “I encourage others to do the same, It’s the least you can do to help your fellow alumni.”

“In 2008 I reached out to Centennial College Alumni Association and I did a couple of articles for Centennial’s Ascent Magazine for the Athletic Wellness Centre that was being built from the blueprints!”  he says explaining some of the things he’s done. “I have spoken to a few classes on social media and networking and participated in Speakers Event in 2011, I went to Family Day and I have met Centennial College Grad in my networking journey over the years.”
Jim Pagiamtzis at Centennial College booth at Canada Job Expo June 2016

Philosophy on success

“I was working evening shift at FedEx Freight, during that day I had nothing to do, so I made myself do something.”  He says explaining why he was involved in so many ventures. There more to it than that, though.

“It’s all about making the time.” He says “It sounds like a lot, but it happens over the years, It didn’t happen all this year, it didn’t happen all last year, it happened over time. You got to make time to do things, and I’m glad I did make the time, It allows me to empower others and share the vision of what Centennial college is doing now.”

“We all go on a journey, and we make decisions, and I happened to go on a journey that set me on a extraordinary path, but there’s nothing wrong with a regular path.” He says. Life can’t be exciting every day, but I try to make it as fun as can.”

Jim Pagiamtzis is Author, Speak and Trainer. Part-time actor  Check out to learn more about him.

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