LimeLight Communications Group


Gayle Hallgren-Rezac & Judy Thomson

Networking and Communication Experts
Vancouver, British Columbia

What Gayle & Judy is Passionate About

Face-to-Face and the Digital World 

Get the top tips for face-to-face networking & social networking.

The most effective way to build a network is using face-to-face connecting in combination with social networking. A conference is the best place to make those powerful personal connections and social networks are great ways to stay connected. Tactical and practical conference networking tips (using the 28-second rule, having business cards, using the Glowing Introduction, etc.) and then connecting by LinkedIn means you will maximize trade show experience.

LEAPSTART!™ CONFERENCE OPENER 

Make this the first session of your next conference, get people networking from the very first coffee break. This energized session will change the dynamic of your conference, regional or national meeting by getting people connecting and networking like they’ve never done before.

THE POWER OF POSITIVE NETWORKING® 

When companies ask employees what kind of training they want, it’s often networking. People have anxiety when it comes to networking, plus they want the skills. This session offers a seven-step process to becoming a better connector and helps people enjoy networking more, even introverts. Tactical and practical skills from two of Canada’s top networking experts!

THE ENGAGED WOMAN LEADER™ 

A great keynote for a women’s conference or a hands-on workshop for an internal women’s network. Finding the time to network, creating great first impressions, handling small talk, building immediate rapport, being an engaging conversationalist and circulating with ease in any networking situation–these are skills that make an impact. “Cool, savvy. By women, for women.”

POSITIVE COMMUNICATION™ 

Build better, happier, more effective teams by giving them the essential tools of communication. Participants will learn to avoid jumping to conclusions, to ask questions more effectively, be more aware of mental models and learn how to keep a conversation from going off track. This is an excellent team-building experience.

CONNECTING THE DOTS™ 

Gayle and Judy are excellent masters of ceremonies for your conference. Excellent at the podium and facilitating roundtables and panels, they keep people connecting throughout your conference, with tips, exercises, stories and audience interaction. “Gayle Hallgren-Rezac and Judy Thomson have a special way of connecting with their audiences Not only that, but they get their audiences connecting with one and other!”

Why You Need Gayle & Judy

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac and Judy Thomson are two of Canada’s top networking experts and co-authors of the best selling book, “Work The Pond! Use the Power of Positive Networking to Leap Forward in Work and Life”. They teach the ‘world’s best definition’ of networking, Positive Networking®. With over a decade of experience giving top-rated presentations, they offer a fresh approach as co-presenters: “I love the interaction between the two of you.” “You finish each other’s sentences, it’s seamless.”

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac is entrepreneur (founder, Cookies by George) and a recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction award. Gayle is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and has spent over two decades observing and writing on networking around the world. She is a member of the Davos Circle, having attended the Annual World Economic Forum over eleven times. She is also an expert on the “art of conversation”.  Gayle and Judy have given hundreds of presentations to corporations, associations, governments, and have worked extensively with university students from undergrads to MBAs and PhDs. They have had the privilege of presenting on the same stage as Dr. Oz, Joy Behar, and others through the Power Within and Power of Women series

Judy Thomson is a chartered accountant who has held executive positions in human resources and administration with global companies in Canada and Asia. She was also part of the start-up management team of the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer Railtours. Judy is an honoured alumniof The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle® advisory council (after serving six years as vice-chair), sits on the board of directors of the BC Women’s Enterprise Centre and is a director of a publicly-traded mining exploration company. Judy and Gayle’s list of corporate clients include RBC Financial Group, RBC Dominion Securities, ScotiaBank, Microsoft, Penguin, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, TD Canada Trust, TELUS and many more.

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Why You Will Love Gayle & Judy

“You reminded me that networking was not about remembering names but about listening and looking for opportunities to help thus inspiring growth personally as well as professionally. Thanks for helping me grow and become more confident in my networking skills!”

MPI Member, Greater Calgary Chapter

“I learned so much, in fact I went to a function tonight and found myself stepping outside of my shell and introducing myself to strangers.”

Insurance Services Manager, Envision Financial

“The conference “is over… and guess what, no wall flowers… no Klingons 😉 And funnily enough no odd elevator rides anymore. So I have to say, job well done!”

Project Manager, NAV CANADA

“You do a wonderful job of taking a traditional subject and giving it a fresh, informative perspective, with a very entertaining approach. I quickly flipped through the conference feedback forms this morning and it’s clear that you had a tremendous impact on our delegates!”

Executive Director, Boating BC Association


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