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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Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Darren LaCroix

Speaking "Outside" of Toastmasters for Fun, Profit and Club Building! was the first session of the day for Thursday at the convention. Has you probably know, Darren is a fan [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Thursday sing-a-long

Tonight was the first official sing-a-long at this year's convention. I came in a bit late, but in time to see Tammy Miller doing an amusing auction song. Next was [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Cockpit Communication Lessons that work anywhere

Editor's note: these are raw notes. I'll fix them later today or tomorrow. Karen Baetzel, a Navy aviator with over 2,000 flight hours discussed (battle ax consulting [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Accredited Speaker

I was psyched. I was ready. I couldn't wait. In 2009, I had the good fortune to see Johnny Campbell speak at the TI Convention. This year, I heard he was speaking at the 2011 [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – E is for Excellence in Speaking and Leading

Dana LaMon in an Accredited Speaker and World Champion of Public Speaking. His session, E is for Excellence in Speaking and Leading was in front of a full house (over 400 [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Opening Ceremonies and Speakers

The convention is underway! Cool stuff right off the bat: 1. Parade of flags (always awesome) 2. Seeing friends carrying so many flags 3. Free book from one of the featured [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Board Briefing

Editors note: These are raw notes from the board briefing at the TI Convention. I'll post updated info in the next week or so. Today's Toastmaster International Board [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – TM and You

The Toastmasters and You session is an overview of the roles of Region Advisor, International Director, and International Officer positions in Toastmasters International. [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Brand Workshop

I've posted on the new brand launch on our District 22 website: http://district22.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/where-leaders-are-made/ Check out the Toastmasters Website for [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Tuesday Training and a Peek at Branding

The Toastmasters International Convention starts tomorrow!! It's gonna be sweet! Spoiler alert: This evening I snuck into the room where they are having the branding workshop [...]