Toastmasters: You’ve finished your DTM, now what?

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Are you a Toastmaster who has completed their Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, or are getting close to doing so? Are you wondering, “what’s next?” Good question. I’ve heard and given a number of answers to this question, and here are some that I’ve found to be best: 1. Speak outside of your club more. Take […]

If you like me, I’ll like you

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Recently, I received requests from two people I know to write them recommendations on their LinkedIn profiles. My first thought was, “I haven’t done one of those in a while, and I’d be glad to.” It was a couple of days before I went back to do it, and I noticed something interesting. When I […]

Toastmasters: What does YOUR club need?

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Have you ever gone into a situation expecting a certain outcome, and found that you misjudged the situation completely? Recently, I ran a brainstorming session (Facilitating Discussion manual, project #2) at my Toastmasters club. The problem we were discussing was “Toastmasters Training”, and I was looking for input on what they, our club members, were […]

Secrets of the Secrets of Storytelling

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What are the three most common ways to learn anything? 1. Figure it out for yourself (difficult, time-consuming, and a high probability of failure/quitting) 2. Learn from experts on your own (Books, Videos, other “learn at home” courses) 3. Learn from the experts directly The first method is the slow, painful, learn-from-every-single-mistake method that has […]

What’s the best word?

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Each New Year I post something about setting a resolution, and I receive a variety of comments that fall into three varieties: 1. I don’t believe in resolutions, I set goals. 2. I don’t believe in resolutions, no one keeps them. 3. I don’t believe in resolutions. Why do you limit yourself? Let me rephrase, […]