Broadcasting Happiness

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I had the great fortune to hear Michelle Gielan speak at a recent IT conference. Her topic was based on her book, Broadcasting Happiness. First, let me say that Michelle is a phenomenal speaker. Her style, presence and ability to connect with her audience made decide to order the book before the presentation even finished. […]

The July Resolution

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For a Toastmaster, July 1st is the start of the new program year. Just like the start of the calendar year, conversations drift to “what is your Toastmasters new year’s resolution?” When I ever talk to anyone about resolutions, they seem to fall into one of 3 categories: The few – those who make resolutions […]

Holy Cow – Dan Pink has a podcast

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I don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but the 1-3-20 podcast with Daniel Pink is out there, it’s free, and it’s just plain awesome. Daniel Pink is my favorite author, and on top of having some incredible books, he also interviews other outstanding authors for his podcast. According to his page: “In each episode, […]

Author Whitney Johnson

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“Disruptive movement must come from within” – Leo Tolstoy This week I had the opportunity to attend a conference near Washington DC, and the guest Keynote on the first evening was delivered by author Whitney Johnson. Whitney’s trademark phrase is Disrupt Yourself, and in her keynote she gave some eye-opening thoughts about Disruption as well […]

How’s the Pepsi tasting?

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I’ve had the opportunity to hear Dan Rex, the CEO of Toastmasters International, speak this weekend at the District 26 conference in Denver Colorado. In speaking about the importance of serving our member clubs, and supporting our members through Club Excellence, Dan made an interesting comparison between the brand of Toastmasters and another well known […]

2018 – is it too late to resolve?

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A friend of mine threatened to unfriend anyone who wished her a “Happy New Years” because “it’s singular”…”New Year!” That made me think, why do some people do that? One reason, I think, is because of the New Year’s Resolution. Of course you might say “new year resolution”, but that wouldn’t be grammatically correct. New […]

2017 Toastmasters Convention Prep

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The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and once again I can’t wait to be there! There will be great speakers, awesome contests and lots of seeing good friends again for four full days. Here’s the schedule of events – https://www.toastmasters.org/Events/2017-International-Convention/Schedule If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options (Did you know there’s a photo contest […]