The July Resolution

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 and stick to them. Most resources I found [...]

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Conquer 2019

I'm willing to bet that you've either heard someone say those words - Conquer 2019 - or something like them in the past few days or maybe even weeks. As we approach the end of [...]

Why now?

What makes you or me (or anyone) take action? There's a need, and then there's a reason that the need surfaced now. In other words, there's a "why" and a "why now". Not [...]

Holy Cow – Dan Pink has a podcast

I don't know if you've heard of it, but the 1-3-20 podcast with Daniel Pink is out there, it's free, and it's just plain awesome. Daniel Pink is my favorite author, and [...]

Author Whitney Johnson

"Disruptive movement must come from within" - Leo Tolstoy This week I had the opportunity to attend a conference near Washington DC, and the guest Keynote on the first [...]

How’s the Pepsi tasting?

I've had the opportunity to hear Dan Rex, the CEO of Toastmasters International, speak this weekend at the District 26 conference in Denver Colorado. In speaking about the [...]

2018 – is it too late to resolve?

A friend of mine threatened to unfriend anyone who wished her a "Happy New Years" because "it's singular"..."New Year!" That made me think, why do some people do that? [...]

2017 Toastmasters Convention Prep

The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and once again I can’t wait to be there! There will be great speakers, awesome contests and lots [...]

Shoshin – Beginners Mindset

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few" - Suzuki Diana Kander gave the opening keynote at the Gartner PPM Summit in [...]

Don’t tell me how I’m not getting the whole thing

I was sitting in a session recently where the duration was scheduled to be 4 hours, and the introducer let us know this was normally a 6-8 hour program they run. By [...]

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

For Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches to better develop my skills for the job interview process. In Part 2, we looked [...]