How can you help those Toastmaster members who have a lapse in attendance? If you tell them that you care and invite them to return, you will make a positive difference in their efforts to improve, and help your club out at the same time.
How do you normally move forward in your personal (or professional) development goals? Here is a thought: Pick an hour to block out one evening a week. Call it your “get a new skill hour.” You may be asking, “What is the point?” Simple: to take some time to look into something you hadn’t tried before, read […]
Sometimes, you need to look at that goal, plan, or new years resolution and renew your commitment. In the spirit of not missing any opportunity, here is a look at some posts that can help you focus on your future in the month where most folks lose that momentum. Are you finding ways to succeed, […]
2009 was a year of ups and downs for many people. How do you plan to improve things in 2010? If you have some SMART goals for 2010, then you’re on the right track. If you don’t, you shouldn’t try to rush out a “New Year’s Resolution” just to say you do. Take your time […]
Have you ever had a boss tell you they couldn’t (sounded like code for wouldn’t) help you out with a problem? Just a few years ago, one of my jobs included training first time supervisors on evaluation methods. This training fell into two categories: performance feedback and annual evaluations. During the training, my focus was […]
Do you know why we “wait” for the fist day of the new year to declare a resolution? There are quite a few theories out there, some of which are better than others. The important question is, how can we be successful in our resolutions? You’ve no doubt heard a plethora of statistics that tell […]
When I found myself out of work back in February, I wasn’t sure what the right course of action was, other than my obvious “look for a job” plan. With some useful advice, I tried a number of things daily to stay focused and work on getting back in the job market: 1. Wake up on time […]
Note: This is my post for 9 October 2009. I’m not going to say “close the sale” is the best phrase to be used, but I think it is a very appropriate mentality to have when talking with a guest about membership in your Toastmasters club. There is an important distinction in what we do as […]
Less than 1% of all Toastmasters ever finish their DTM requirements, so there are a lot of misunderstood facts about the program. This post list the requirements, plus some of the myths and facts about the program. The Distinguished Toastmaster award is a difficult to attain and meaningful program for any Toastmaster to complete. It’s challenging, but if you have the time and the desire to serve and improve, you will increased your confidence, experience and skill.
Do you remember the movie City Slickers with Billy Crystal (as Mitch) and Jack Palance (as Curly)? There is this point when Curly tells Mitch about the secret to life being “One Thing”. When Mitch asks what the one thing is, Curly simply tells him “that’s for you to figure out.” You may be expecting me to […]