Shoshin – Beginners Mindset

"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. A Beginners Mindset is basically [...]

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Candidate site launch

Tomorrow I'm launching the site for my Candidacy for International Director (one of 14) in Toastmasters International. Check out www.rob4id.com Or follow my candidacy on [...]

Book Review: The Power of Unpopular

One of my favorite blogs is Redhead Writing by Erika Napoletano. Recently, she authored The Power of Unpopular - A Guide to Building your Brand for the Audience who will Love [...]

What makes inspiration?

I'm feeling rather inspired tonight. When something like that happens, I seem to be bent on analyzing why. I'm not positive about that being a good thing, but it's who I [...]

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

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, [...]

2012 Edge Summit

Today was the annual World Champions Edge Summit with Darren Lacroix, Ed Tate, Craig Valentine, Lance Miller and Mark Brown. This was another great event and I'm just sorry I [...]

2012 TI Convention – The WCPS Timer’s Perspective

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 [...]

2012 TI Convention – Lisa Panarello education session

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 [...]

2012 TI Convention – Sam Davidson Education Session

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 [...]

2012 TI Convention – Chris Ford Leading from the Middle

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 [...]

2012 TI Convention – Semi Final Contest Results

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 [...]