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 […]

Shoshin – Beginners Mindset

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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few” – Suzuki Diana Kander gave the opening keynote at the Gartner PPM Summit in Orlando and spoke on The Expert Trap. In this, she talked about the importance of Shoshin, which is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning Beginners Mindset. […]

Throwback Thursday – Toastmasters Club VP of Education: Key to Membership Retention

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You may not see it in every club, but one key member to the success of the club is the Vice President of Education. How can the VP of Education help with membership retention? Here are a couple of ways (some of these are things you may already be doing): 1. Speak to your members […]

2013 TI Convention – Sam Davidson educational session

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This is the only educational session I could make time for at this year’s convention. Sam Davidson was very entertaining last year, and I’ve been waiting for this since I heard he was speaking months ago. His title: What’s your Cannonball? – Leading for Maximum Impact Sam gives two very important pieces of advice to […]

Where Leaders are Made – District 16 Conference session

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George Yen, our International President-Elect, held an educational session titled Where Leaders are Made George talked about the “Be…Do…Have” triangle – referring to who you are, what you know and what you do. Leadership is like fatherhood. There are a lot of books, but experience is the best teacher. 3 essences of leadership success Being […]

What makes a club stand out – District 16 Conference session

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Matt Branstetter’s session – Want makes clubs stand out above the others Matt asked, “Raise your hand if you’re a member of the best Toastmasters club in Oklahoma” – about 75% of the hands went up “Statistically, some of you are wrong” 7 critical roles every club meeting needs to be successful – speaker(s) – […]

Leading by rolling up your sleeves

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Are you a leader that will roll up your sleeves, get in there and make things happen? More importantly, do you know when to not get in there and muck about? I had an instructor once who spoke about the difference between delegation and abdication. She really helped me understand the difference between rolling up […]

Willie Jolley in Nevada, MO

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I had the good fortune to be passing through a town called Nevada Missouri last week. Nevada has a population of about 9,000, and this evening in late April they were +1, thanks to Willie Jolley. About 200-300 people filled a local church to here Willie speak on attitude. Specifically, Willie talked about the need […]