Job Hunting Tips: Don’t repeat one year twenty times

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For some, 20 years of experience is 20 years of continuously learning new skills, gaining experience and becoming a seasoned specialist in your area of expertise. For others, it’s doing the same work each year for 20 years. In other words, one year of experience repeated 20 times. If there’s a down-turn, who gets laid […]

2012 TI Convention – The WCPS Timer’s Perspective

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This year, I had the honor of serving as an Official Timer for the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking. That’s right, front row center, baby! In a change this year, TI is using a laptop to serve as the official timing device, which seemed to be a PowerPoint programmed to display a green […]

2012 TI Convention – Lisa Panarello education session

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Lisa Panarello gave a presentation called CPR Strategies for Successful Networking. I really liked the depth of information and the specific tips she gave. Her approach of Connect, Pitch and Reciprocate is easy to remember. Myths of networking Having hundreds of friends or twitter folders Having dozens of people like your Facebook page Sending and […]

2012 TI Convention – Sam Davidson Education Session

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I’m so glad I went to this session! Sam Davidson was very entertaining and presented a session relevant to any Toastmaster looking to make money speaking. Although some material was information I was familiar with, hearing it presented in a different way helped reinforce some great ideas and the session was a lot of fun […]

2012 TI Convention – Chris Ford Leading from the Middle

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In the first education session Friday, Past International President Chris Ford spoke about Leading From the Middle. Chris opened with an interesting story contrasting his beginnings in the Canadian Armed Forces and the parallels to work and volunteer leadership. I really liked how he gave a bit of his experience, and then related it to […]

2012 TI Convention – Semi Final Contest Results

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Here are the results (winners) of the semi-final contests – I’ll post the official link later tonight Contest 1 – D37 Brian Corey Contest 2 – D73 Andrew Kneebone (I saw him…he was awesome) Contest 3 – D83 Diane Parker Contest 4 – D51 Palaniappa Subramanism Contest 5 – D46 Mario Lewis Contest 6 – […]

2012 TI Convention – Jock Elliott’s Session

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2011 World Champion of Public Speaking Jock Elliott presented the first education session of the convention. Titled The Journey, how to win the world championship of public speaking in thirty five years or less. Jock opened with some good humor: The only way to be sure of dying in bed is to never get out […]

2012 TI Convention – Thursday EDGE Breakfast

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Thursday morning started off with a free EDGE event for members of the World Champions EDGE. Mark Brown, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix, Jim Key, Lance Miller and Jock Elliott answered questions from speakers who want to improve their skills. I caught a couple of the questions and the champs answers below: How do I focus […]

2012 TI Convention – Accredited Speaker Panel

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The accredited speaker panel was one of my “must dos” for this event. Hearing from five existing accredited speakers really helped clarify how the program works, and why I should be pursuing it. Spoiler alert – there are changes to the program for next year, and many of them are listed in this post. Note: […]