The Savvy Do Gooder Blog

My name is Nadine Riopel. A lifetime of searching for the best way to make the world a better place has led me to the conclusion that the best path for me to do that is to help others make their giving more engaging and effective. Making 'doing good' work better - for everyone.

Recent Blog Posts

How to argue over holiday dinner….and still enjoy dessert
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Ah, the holidays. A time to come together with loved ones and not-so-loved ones. Many of us dread the annual encounter with that one (or more) relative whose views clash with ours. Today, I'm going to share with you a guiding principle that can help get us through these tough conversations. The k...
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Suicide prevention for the rest of us
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Suicide prevention for the rest of us
The nightmare scenario I have a recurring nightmare in which someone I know kills themselves and I'm forever haunted by the idea that somehow, some way, I should have done something to prevent it. Although no one can control the choices and behaviour of another person, I think this is a pretty co...
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Selling loneliness
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The forces of evil want you to be alone. Let's take a look at an evil side effect of capitalism: consumer culture. Consumer culture needs us all to buy, buy, buy. So it works really hard to keep us buying stuff and throwing stuff away and storing stuff and buying more stuff. There is another [...
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Is networking manipulative?
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I really creeped out my friend at dinner recently. We were talking about some of the stuff I teach in my We Hate Networking courses (this), and it totally rubbed her the wrong way. "What?! You're saying you would deliberately ask someone to help you with something to make them like you? That's so...
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How to get $#!+ DONE
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Do you want to be the kind of person who makes things happen? Who can go from idea to reality at lightning speed? The go-to person when something needs to get done like, yesterday? If you said, "YES! OMG, THAT WOULD BE AWESOME", this is the post for you. In my experience, there are two [...]
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Coffee Meetings 102: Ready or not
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It's go time, folks. You're in a coffee shop facing the actual human you've got a coffee date with. It's a golden opportunity to make a doozy of an impression and maybe even a supporter for life. So... how do you do it? Captain Obvious says: make it about them Most expert types (including me) ...
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Coffee Meetings 101: Are you ready?
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Are you giving good coffee? Coffee meetings are great, even if you're like me and don't actually drink coffee (don't start with me, caffeine heads - it keeps me up all night long). Seriously, though, meeting one on one to figure out what the deal is with another person is networking at its finest...
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Battle of the Sexes: Networking Edition
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Is networking different for women and men? How do issues of gender play into the history of networking? Does it matter? I believe there is a of yin and yang to networking. Whether because of history, or convention, or natural inclination, there are networking activities that are more strongly ass...
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In Defense of Small Talk
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Too much, too soon Picture this: at your cousin's wedding reception, a friend of the family approaches you; someone you've never met. Smiling, he says hello, then asks if you plan to have children and if not, why not, and if so, how soon. Or imagine this scenario: there's a new hire at your offic...
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Top 5 People To Keep In Touch With
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Most of us come in contact with a lot of people in the course of our lives. By the time we reach adulthood, we've met hundreds, if not thousands of them. But we don't stay in touch with everyone. In fact, we don't even stay in touch with all the ones we like. There's a [...]
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