How to Become a Great Communicator

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist The definition of communication is giving, receiving, or exchanging ideas, information, signals, or messages through appropriate media, enabling individuals or groups to persuade, seek information, provide information, or express emotions. When I was in high school, I believed that communication was purely the exchange of words, either through verbal or written means. I wasn’t the strongest student within my English class, nor was I among the strongest presenters. I used…

Fictional Languages and Where to Find Them

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator Late last year, with the airing of The Mandalorian, Tusken Sign Language was introduced to the public. Accompanied by the unbearable cuteness of ‘Baby Yoda’ and the attention it brought to the Deaf community’s contributions to the film industry, the series and Tusken Sign Language trended online, adding a new member to the family of fictional languages. Fictional languages, familiar to fans of sci-fi and fantasy genres, have a…

The Role of Body Language in Communication

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Body language is the use of physical behaviour, expressions, and mannerisms to communicate non-verbally. Non-verbal behaviours can allow people to be at ease, build trust and connections with others. However, they can also confuse others, generate tension, and even create an uncomfortable environment. Being able to understand one’s body language has always been interesting for me personally, as I have been in situations where, despite what one person says, their body…

Enhancing Productivity and Improving Attention Span

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist After a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals are still learning to live with the stress, anxiety, fear, frustrations, and uncertainty. People have to constantly adjust to the changes in rules and regulations and adapt to the personal circumstances occurring in their lives. Feeling less productive and having a shorter attention span is common during these times. Research shows that concentration, memory, and cognition suffer when people are under stress…

In Recognition of Outstanding Women at MCIS

By: Deanna Nemeth, Communications and New Business Development Manager Over the past decade, there has been a push to celebrate women and their achievements on International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8 every year. However, the origins of International Women’s Day date back way earlier, right to the early 20thCentury, and stem from labour and socialist movements. Why, though, are we limited to officially celebrating women on only one day of the year? I…

Diversity of Languages in the World

By: Cheryl Lu, Social Media Coordinator We all know it’s hard to learn a new language. Transitioning from one language to another is way more difficult than transitioning from using the system of a Windows PC to that of a Mac laptop. The realm of languages is so vast and diverse that it’s almost impossible for one person to master them all – the about 7,000 languages spoken in today’s world, and the 180 spoken…

The Ongoing Hardships with Small and Medium-Sized Business enterprises due to COVID-19

By: Ashley Tulio, Communications Specialist Small and medium-sized businesses across Canada continue to face challenges due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses have had to adapt to the circumstances by creating an online presence, developing new business models, reducing hours of operations, laying off staff, applying for government funding, and seeking rent relief. However, numerous businesses have been unable to fully reopen as they only offer partial service, alongside businesses that have…

Inuktitut Language Milestones

By: Ashley Tulio, Communication Specialist Inuktitut is an Indigenous language in North America spoken in the Canadian Arctic. It is just one part of what is known as “the Inuit language” spoken in Alaska in the west to Greenland in the east. In Canada, there are several Inuit regions aside from Nunavut, including the Inuvialuit region of the Northwest Territories, Nunavik in Northern Quebec, and Nunatsiavut in Labrador. In 2016, Statistics Canada reported 39,770 Inuktitut…

4 Ways to Improve Team Communication

Organizations at every level should aim to improve team communication. As the article on the ‘Importance of Team Communication Skills’ explains, excellent communication among team members helps in setting and attaining clear goals, promoting greater efficiency and better problem-solving, cultivating positive relationships, reducing and diffusing conflict, and creating a culture of celebration. Excellent team communication, though, is something teams need to work on as part of a comprehensive and continuous professional development program that team managers anywhere…

Getting Loud on Mental Health

By: Sanah Matador, May 2019 Updated by: Ashley Tulio, December 2020 **MCIS originally posted this blog in May 2019 to bring awareness to Mental Health Week. Given the ongoing pandemic and an increase in mental health crises around this time of year, we felt that it was important to repost this article with some updates.** COVID-19 has brought many changes within our lives, forcing us to adapt and integrate ourselves from within our homes. The…