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Articles about Canada and the Canadian Experience

By world traveller and Canadian Motivational speaker - George Torok

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Canada Day, July 1, is Canada's birthday. Canada was formed on July 1, 1867.

These articles were originally published as part of a Canada Day Celebration by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

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Open Sesame: I'm from Canada


Washington DC, the seat of the government of the United States of America. I was overwhelmed by the importance of this city and it's inhabitants. It was a strange place to realize the power of being Canadian.

Attending a convention, I arrived a few days early to enjoy the city and make some business contacts. As a Canadian professional speaker I thought I would just drop in to say hello to some of the association offices. There are over 1,000 in Washington and many of them hire speakers for their conferences and seminars.

Not sure of my schedule, I did not prearrange meetings nor in most cases even have a contact name. I showed the limousine driver the list of addresses and told him to drive. I was surprised to discover that you could not simply walk into an office building in Washington. Each lobby was guarded by a security guard that screened all visitors. This was pre-Sept 11, 2001. And even if I could sneak by the front desk there were no index boards in the lobby to tell me which floor my target was on.

For the first two stops I had a contact name to gain entrance. But on the next stop I walked up to the guard and was stymied when he asked me, "Who are you here to see?" I stammered, "I don't know, but I am from Canada." Suddenly his face lit up, "From Canada? Let me find someone to see you." He placed a phone call and moments later someone appeared to greet me and introduce me around. "This is George Torok and he is visiting from Canada." Wow, I felt like royalty. I used this same introduction for the rest of the day and it worked like a charm every time.

At the end of the day I felt pretty good about myself, about Washington DC and about being Canadian.

© George Torok is a world traveller and Canadian motivational speaker. He is the

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Open Sesame I'm Canadian

Contact George Torok: 905-335-1997  Toll Free 800-304-1861 

Visit main website: www.Torok.com

Canadian motivational speaker, Canadian bestselling author, Canadian business speaker

Canadian Motivational Speaker George Torok