Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters Pathways to Prepare for the Interview, Part II

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For In Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches in a Pathways project to better develop skills for job interviews by determining content and practicing that content in the club. In this segment, we’ll discuss using Project 2, Evaluation and Feedback to further practice and prepare for […]

Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters Pathways to Prepare for the Interview, Part I

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Editors Note: This is a revised version of a previous post for how to use Pathways to help improve your job interviewing skills. When I first joined Toastmasters in 2005, my main goal was to improve my job interview skills. I had served in the US Air Force for nearly 20 years, and had never […]

I don’t agree – and why you should care

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Have you ever wondered what makes certain speakers, writers and even YouTube channels popular, and others less so? “You can always work with readers who say, I don’t agree. What you can’t survive are those who shrug and say, I don’t care.” I found that quote in chapter 16 of The Craft of Research, Third […]

What’s the Big Idea?

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You may have heard (or read) me mention that Daniel Pink and Malcolm Gladwell are two of my favorite authors. Now, they have teamed up with two other awesome authors – Susan Cain and Adam Grant – to create a program titled The Next Big Idea Club. This post is about their podcast, which I […]

Book Review – Range

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My first book of 2020 was Range, Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein. I learned about this book from the Next Big Idea Club, which is a group including authors Dan Pink, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant and Susan Cain. They provide book recommendations every few months, and you can join the […]

The check in – did 2019 matter?

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Let’s talk about 2019. Did you crush it? If you’re like me, you achieved all of your goals in 2019 and even got a few extra things done…Right? Um…ok, reality check. When I wrote Conquer 2019 last January 1st, I really didn’t discuss any sort of resolution or goal setting, but I remember thinking, “it […]

Picking the next book

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I enjoy reading (you may have already guessed that); however, no matter what your favorite genre, it feels like there is simply too much out there to know what to read next. It’s challenging to pick the next “great thing” to read. I wish there was a secret to it, but when someone asks me […]

Broadcasting Happiness

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I had the great fortune to hear Michelle Gielan speak at a recent IT conference. Her topic was based on her book, Broadcasting Happiness. First, let me say that Michelle is a phenomenal speaker. Her style, presence and ability to connect with her audience made decide to order the book before the presentation even finished. […]

The July Resolution

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For a Toastmaster, July 1st is the start of the new program year. Just like the start of the calendar year, conversations drift to “what is your Toastmasters new year’s resolution?” When I ever talk to anyone about resolutions, they seem to fall into one of 3 categories: The few – those who make resolutions […]