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 too long ago, I started a Data Science program at Rockhurst University. When someone asked me "why?" I told them the true answer; it is a topic that interests me and I want to learn [...]

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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 [...]

2017 – It’s a New Year

If there's one resolution I can keep year in and year out, it's my resolution to read. Here are some of my favorites from 2016, and some on my list for 2017: Read in [...]

Toastmasters: Getting your DTM through Pathways

Recently, I added an update to the District 22 blog on Pathways. That FAQ has some useful information on the new program, and it has led to a number of questions [...]