When is the worst time to write a blog post? I’m not sure if this is the top one, but sitting in a hotel lounge in Kansas City with a group of Toastmasters at our Spring Conference while one or two folks have a light refreshment and laugh, tell stories and network. Acually, this is […]
I’m starting to see why so many blogs fail in that critical 6-12 month timeframe. At first, it was tough to see; there are so many blogs with a short span on content. I could easily list a dozen, but what would be the point? Since August of 2009, you have been able to read […]
Have you ever found yourself in a room with some folks you wanted to talk to, and you can’t get everything done you hoped to? You’re working the room, where possible, then the next thing you know the event is over and people are filing out. How do you fix this? Two steps: 1. Have […]
The night before a big event, how do you prepare? – Sleep: more, less or normal? – Food: eat or fast? – Practice: yes or no? What is your best practice?
Are you struggling for a topic for your next college paper, staff meeting, or pending speaking opportunity? One of the ways to get a number of ideas on the table is to do a brain dump. Now, don’t confuse this with simple brainstorming, which is very similar. This type of brain dump won’t be about […]
When you are using a PowerPoint show, or other item that the audience will be reading, be sure to stand to their right of the projection (as much as practical). Since we humans (at least Americans) read left to right, the audiences eyes will finish on you…right where you want them.
Authors, trainers and other random humans have made a living talking about what is wrong with corporations and their bureaucratic processes. One fan favorite – the hows and whys of corporate meetings. As a professional project manager (PM), I’ve experienced the best and worst in how to run a meeting. If you are a person that finds themselves […]
What important things have you learned about Public Speaking, Leadership, and Networking this last year? Were there any pieces of advice that turned out to be misleading? Here are my top three lessons learned, and the three things that I feel need to have their myths busted: 1. Thanking the Audience: Myth: “Don’t thank your audience […]
Matrin Lindstrom has put together an intriguing study of how we think with regard to our purchase decisions. Using some state-of-the-art medical technology, Buy-ology: Truth and Lies About What We Buy sheds light on how advertising affects our decision making process. What’s great about this book: Many interesting examples of why we make the types […]