When Angela Podolsky first came to Canada from Israel 10 years ago she found work in her chosen profession as a ballroom dancing instructor. Taking a tip from a client who said she was really good at reading people, she switched gears and found a way to make a career out of this talent.
For the next two years she travelled the world, meeting with experts in body language and non-verbal communication. Now, a year and a half into this venture, she is working with small and large companies such as Rogers, Belair Direct, W Hotels and Sun Life, as well giving classes at McGill University. She was recently recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year at the annual Jewish Chamber of Commerce Promie Awards.
Angela’s company, Kinesic Consulting (www.kinesics.com), specializes in “hearing what isn’t said.” Her clients learn how to exceed their negotiation efforts, sales, interpersonal connections, and public speaking skills. To give back to the community, she mentors and judges entrepreneurs at events such as Startup Weekends, as well as at business incubators. She is founder and president of Entrepreneurs Toastmasters, co-chair of Technion Generation Next and Mentor at YES Montreal.
“As professionals, everything we do influences our business,” says Angela, “which is why we must do everything meticulously and conscientiously. The things we do, how we do them and their eventual outcome will be reflected in our bottom line. Even the way we move can affect our business relationships.”
MUSICIANS OF THE WORLD: The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra will perform a special holiday concert, entitled Joy To The World, this Friday evening, Dec. 8 at The Notre Dame de Grace Church on NDG Ave near Prudhomme. Conductor Joseph Milo says this is a fund raiser for the orchestra, featuring tenor Sean O’Brien and Nathanie Pang on piano. Music will include excerpts of Tchaikowski’s Nutcracker, Mozart & Rachmaninov pieces. Ticket info: www.musiciansoftheworld.ca and you can buy at the door.
SENIORS PRE-CHANUKAH BRUNCH: On the eve of Chanukah, B’nai Brith Canada’s Quebec Region is stepping up with a wonderful project to get seniors aged 65 and over out of their homes in the winter. Under the leadership of Community Volunteer Services Chair Joanne Cutler, the first Musical Brunch will take place this Sunday, December 10 (10:30 am) at the Adath Congregation (Adath Israel Poale Zedek Anshei Ozeroff) in Hampstead. Elizabeth Frenkel will provide the music. “There will be singing, dancing, eating and schmoozing,” Cutler smiles. Admission is only $10 and those interested must call The Adath office at 514-486-7533 and reserve ahead of time.
COHEN CHATTER: B & M Restaurant has shut down its Sherbrooke Street West location in NDG and moved its entire operation to a revamped Somerled spot. The latter is only open for takeout and delivery until a grand opening likely next week…The Auxiliary of the Jewish General Hospital Holiday Gift Sale will take place Thursday, Dec. 7 (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) in the main lobby. Drop by for great prices on jewelry, handbags, clothing, scarves, gloves, hats, sports novelties, tech accessories and much more..... Hope and Cope of the JGH has launched its Palliative Care Holiday Gift-Giving Program. Volunteers load up a trolley with unwrapped items and allow patients to select a gift for their loved ones. The program is still looking for new gifts or a “re-gift” in good condition, as well as Dollar store gift bags and tissue paper. For many patients, this will be the last Chanukah or Christmas that they will spend with their families and it means so much to them not just to receive, but to give. Contact Rifka Hanfling at 514 340-8255...Cookie Lazarus, Tim Raines, Mitch Melnick and Mathieu and JP Darche will be honoured at the Cummings Centre Sports Breakfast. See my blog.