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Every Wednesday, I gather together a collection of five blog posts that I found around the Internet and I share them with readers of Beyond the Rhetoric. This is my little way of giving back to the blogging community. This week, we look at some awkward professionalism.

The speedlink starts off with Buzz Bishop describing the awkward non-professional life of a radio host. He doesn’t have to dress up in a suit-and-tie and his typical working hours aren’t like most. If he thinks radio hosting is different, he should try the unconventional path of freelancing and professional blogging too! That 15-second commute is a definite perk.

Next, we have Thursday Bram offering her guide on in-person networking. Yes, we do a lot of networking online through sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, but there’s something to be said about shaking someone’s hand and talking to them face-to-face. That’s part of the reason why I attend events like Freelance Camp and CES. The most important thing is to follow-up, because a stack of business cards is quickly forgotten.

Speaking of networking, we turn to The Network Hub‘s blog, which recently featured an interview with Paul Davidescu of Tangoo. Taking a different approach to the social dining scene, Tangoo organizes a night of restaurant hopping for a select group of people, making it easy to have a good night of good food and good company. Who said Vancouver was a “no fun” city?

The Christmas season can be filled with all sorts of clutter, so Leo Babauta is providing his guide on how to enjoy a clutter-free holiday. It starts with clearing out some of your existing clutter and minimizing any additional clutter that you may add. You also have to consider the gifts that you may receive, perhaps encouraging your friends and family to give consumables or gift certificates to services instead. Donating to charity in lieu is a great idea too.

History isn’t always what you think it is. Joseph Planta interviewed author and activist Greg Malone about his new book, Don’t Tell the Newfoundlanders: The True Story of Newfoundland’s Confederation with Canada. While it may have seemed that Newfoundland was more than happy to join Canada as its ten province in 1949, that may not have been the case. There’s an untold story involving how Canada and Britain worked together to pervert the political process for their own personal gains.