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

Somebody needs you
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You know what? You're a bundle of value, just waiting to be unleashed on the world. You have something to offer. Probably a lot, actually. Most people you meet might not realize this. Most people probably don't appreciate it. That's perfectly understandable and normal. I mean, do you go around lo...
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For super strong contacts, start here
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Do you want some really strong contacts? Close friends, trusted colleagues, people who know you and trust you enough to give you jobs and contracts and responsibilities and whatever other kind of help and support you need? This post isn't about them. But it is about how you get them. Bottom line:...
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Why you’re getting so much side-eye
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Why you’re getting so much side-eye
Bad news: not everybody trusts you. Maybe you've noticed that some people, when you try to be friendly, act like you're really out of line. Their eyes say, "Who the h#!! are you and why are you all up in my grill?" and "What do you want from me, you creep? Go away before I call [...]
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Lessons from an 8th grade reject
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These days, I might act like I've got this socializing thing all figured out, but there was a time when I was the lowest of the low on the social ladder. I mean, I was a loser with a capital L. At thirteen, I was so unpopular that my whole class conspired to play a [...]
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The networking risk that pays off
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You love your people, but... What happens when you know a ton of people, and like them, and relate to them, and know you can call on them for whatever you need, but somehow, they never seem to have what you need? What if your 'great' network just isn't helping you get where you need [...]
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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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