Month: September 2009

The Need

How does the public speaking rule that you need to know your audience translate into a useful job interview skill?  If you haven't interviewed in a while, it [...]

Small Business Set-up

Tomorrow I'm going to the SCORE workshop here in Wichita. It's a session on starting and growing your own small business. In my case, a one person consulting, [...]

The need for stories

The more I read, the more I hear, the more I listen, and the more I say, two things become more and more evident to me. First, great speakers and great [...]

One Thing

Do you remember the movie City Slickers with Billy Crystal (as Mitch) and Jack Palance (as Curly)?  There is this point when Curly tells Mitch about the [...]

The Callback

I have it on good authority that proper use of callbacks when giving a presentation is one of the most powerful tools you can use to connect with your [...]

Focus on Marketing

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I'd like to make one new best friend everyday for the rest of my life!" ? Why not? At the very least, it's not sustainable. [...]

Tell a Story

I recently heard a wonderful answer to the question, "Do I need to tell a story to get my point across?" The answer: "No, unless you want your audience to [...]

Other people’s Ideas

When you watch someone stand on the stage presenting a training session, or just speaking in general, do all of the ideas presented have to be their own? I ask [...]

Prepping for the day trip

One facet of my involvement in Toastmasters is that I periodically attend meetings as a member of our District 22 leadership team. Tomorrow, we're having our [...]

The need to compete

If you're in Toastmasters, you probably know that the fall contest season is in full swing. If you're not familiar, Toastmasters has two contest seasons, one [...]