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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Don’t tell me how I’m not getting the whole thing

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I was sitting in a session recently where the duration was scheduled to be 4 hours, and the introducer let us know this was normally a 6-8 hour program they run. By itself, I thought this was okay. Telling me you normally run a longer program but cut it down to 4 hours for this […]

D44: Johnny Campbell – Win the Crowd

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Accredited speaker Johnny Campbell spoke at the District 44 conference on Insider Secrets for Creating Winning Presentations, titled “Win the Crowd”. What I like about hearing Johnny is his amazing ability to tell stories that leave you with an easy-to-remember point. I knew what to expect from seeing him speak at the Toastmasters International Conventions […]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Patricia Fripp

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Selling Yourself, Your Ideas, Your Expertise with Patricia Fripp Recently one of Patricia’s clients told her the story about a potenial client who asked her to tell them about her company. After she finished, they said thank you and that was it.  Patricia told her, “You answered the question they asked, not the question they […]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Darren LaCroix Presentation Re-Boot

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What is your one word?  Why do you want to do this? Why do you want to be on stage? What one word would you use to describe your journey and what got you to where you are today? Lots of audience members had answers. “Struggle”, “Commitment”, “Learning” and “Experiences” Darren’s one word in intention. […]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Women in Speaking

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No matter how much I learn about speaking, there’s always room to gain insights and new ways to connect with an audience. This weekend, I get my annual chance by attending Lady and the Champs. There was a specific panel on Women Professional Speakers, including Patricia Fripp, Janelle Barlow, Judi Moreo, Cathey Armillas, and Jennifer […]