The Unread Book Challenge

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I found an interesting site, www.thehopefullibrarian.com where there are a plethora of book reviews. I also found an interesting challenge: The challenge: read those books sitting around your house, apartment, room, or other domicile that have been waiting to be read for days, months or years. Called the “To Be Read” or TBR Stack. If […]

The value of appreciation

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Last week I had the opportunity to hear author Paul White, coauthor of the book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace with Gary Chapman. His presentation was titled, The True Value of Diamonds. He started by discussing the value of diamonds. Looking beyond the shiny and pretty, you’ll find Diamonds are used extensively in […]

Book Review: Running the Gauntlet

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Running the Gauntlet: Essential Business Lessons to Lead, Drive Change and Grow Profits by Jeffery Hayzlett is my kind of book. I like books about leadership, handling and overcoming obstacles to change and generally getting off your … and getting things done. More than once I had to put the book down to make some […]

Be Great like Kathy Griffin

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I just saw Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-list) perform here in Wichita. In short,  she Rocks. However, my point here isn’t to go on about her (which I would be happy to do). Instead, I want to convey the great example of how a professional presenter can be successful. Here are a couple […]

Toastmasters: Don’t overdo it

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As the Toastmasters contest season is progressing, I’ve seen some speakers do a few things that may have cost them the win in their club contests. Of course, one or two corrections won’t make you world champ, but if your making some of these mistakes, you won’t even be club champ: 1. Don’t add words. […]

You must get them involved

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When you speak to a friend or your boss, do you simply talk for 30-minutes without a pause? Do you ask a list of questions and proceed without hearing any answers? Do you read slides to him/her the whole time? If you answered “no”to these questions, you’re probably normal in that regard. But, would the […]

Managing your Network

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How do you manage your network of friends, professional contacts and other acquaintances? Maybe a better question isn’t how, but simply do you? And if not, should you start? Social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and others allow us to maintain our networks and stay in touch with those that are important (or not-so-important) to us. […]

Toastmasters: The advantage of cutting content

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Way is one of the most powerful tips you can learn as a speaker? Would you believe that how to say less can be as valuable of a skill as knowing what to say? Have any of these happened to you? 1. Slow down your speaking. Have you ever been given this advice? You might […]

Toastmasters: Prepping for your contest

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This is a follow-up to my previous post, Why you won’t win your contest, which is getting more attention as the Toastmasters contest season begins. Recent experiences have taught me a few things that may help you see more success as a contestant: 1. Get feedback at every level. Ask someone, in advance, to give you an evaluation. […]