Month: July 2011

Waiting vs. Failing

Have you ever told your boss, "I'm waiting on [somebody] to get back to me?" The question is, can the boss tell the difference between you waiting and you [...]

Get Motivated – Bill Cosby Style

At the Wichita Get Motivated seminar, Bill Cosby one one of the featured speakers of the day. Much of what he said was fantastic. But was really unique was who [...]

Live an interesting life

If there is one thing that clearly applies to both speaking and writing, it is that you need to tell interesting stories to be successful. This may lead you to [...]

Your Audience is not an Abstraction

Have you ever thought of your audience in the abstract, such as " group of students", "job seekers looking for advice" or "managers needing training"? Of [...]

Primer: Make a to-do list

Tonight's exercise: Make yourself a big audacious to-do list. No. Not a "get the groceries, wash the car, do 17 push-ups" kind of list. Instead, spend the [...]

Speaking about what should you talk about

At my Toastmasters Club tonight I gave a speech on my recent post about "What should you talk about?" Below is a cut-out of the handout I gave during the [...]

What should you talk about?

Editors Note: I spoke about this topic the day after writing this post, and the handout info is here: [...]

Are you out of Ideas?

This post is second in a series about using writing prompts to improve your writing, or to reach non-writing goals. The first post is here. The next prompt in [...]

Acknowledge that it is hard

Is there something in your life that you are avoiding? Too many times, we like to place blame somewhere for why we aren't doing the thing(s) we know we should [...]

Good Toastmaster Lessons

Here's three important lessons you should know about Toastmasters: 1. Toastmasters has the flexibility to let you choose your path to success. Many [...]