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Today began our much anticipated District Leader training at the International Convention in Las Vegas. Imagine 20 hours of training packed into about 8 acedemic hours, with a homework assignments for tomorrow’s second day. And yes, we did finish the homework… Today’s session included some strategy sessions, based on Dave Logan’s strategic model from his
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Welcome to Las Vegas! With the changes to the Toastmasters training schedule, I had to fly in to the convention location on Sunday in order to be here for the 6:30 am start tomorrow. I had to arrive this morning at 10:00am, since with all of the wonderful flight options, I had to choose between
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Have you ever told your boss, “I’m waiting on [somebody] to get back to me?” The question is, can the boss tell the difference between you waiting and you failing? I’ve never had a boss respond positively to that kind of statement. Do you know why? 1. Waiting implies inaction. No…actually waiting says “I’m not
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If there is one thing that clearly applies to both speaking and writing, it is that you need to tell interesting stories to be successful. This may lead you to ask, “how do I tell interesting stories?” I’m glad you asked! To tell interesting stories, you need to do one of two things: 1. Plagiarize.
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Have you ever thought of your audience in the abstract, such as ” group of students”, “job seekers looking for advice” or “managers needing training”? Of course this can be a good first step toward thinking about a topic for that group. But if you really want to connect, you have to dig deeper. For
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Tonight’s exercise: Make yourself a big audacious to-do list. No. Not a “get the groceries, wash the car, do 17 push-ups” kind of list. Instead, spend the next 5-10 minutes brainstorming things you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have time for. Think Big! Here are some examples: Learn a foreign language Rent a Ferrari
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At my Toastmasters Club tonight I gave a speech on my recent post about “What should you talk about?” Below is a cut-out of the handout I gave during the speech: Prompts to help generate speaking ideas: 1. What have I spoken on before that people enjoyed? What feedback did I get? 2. What have
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