Book Review: The Harper Book of Quotations

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Every now and then, a good book may be a reference book you can turn to again and again. If you are a person who writes or speaks, you need to have a reference of great quotes handy all the time. Seriously. The Harper Book of Quotations, Third Edition was published too early to include […]

Speaking Tips: 3 myths that hold you back

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You may find yourself held back by these common myths. Each of these applies to any type of speaking, as well as speaking in Toastmasters. Read on, and learn how to identify and conquer these speaking flaws: Error #1: Every speech has to be different. – In professional or business settings, you wouldn’t want to give […]

Book Review: Not everyone gets a trophy

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Reading this book was a result of seeing and meeting the author at the Toastmasters International convention in August. Bruce Tulgan gave a great presentation as he talked about the unique challenges in managing people from different generations. Not Everyone Gets a Trophy – How to Manage Generation Y, is probably not a book I would have […]

The Cost of Losing Business

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What happens when you make things too automatic for your customers, and an annoying error occurs? Answer: You could lose the sale. In the last few months I’ve been reading some great blogs, and decided to try one of the products I saw. There was a product that was touted as something that would help me see […]

The Power of Coaching – the speech

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Tonight’s speech was called The Power of Coaching, and was directed at Toastmaster members looking to help out their clubs, and help other clubs be more successful. This speech is based on my recent District Marketing Post. Because of the length, I had to split the video into two files. This is the first part, […]

Planned Spontaneity – the speech

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Tonight I gave a 9-minute speech on the subject of planned spontaneity, or the art of being ready to speak off-the-cuff. This was based on my post a couple of weeks ago on that subject. However, I modified it enough that I wanted to post the overview, since the speech included some new material. This […]