Toastmasters: Getting your DTM through Pathways

Recently, I added an update to the District 22 blog on Pathways. That FAQ has some useful information on the new program, and it has led to a number of questions about completing your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award before Pathways rolls out. Specifically, should you finish in the existing system or, if not, how do you decide when to transition [...]

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Live an interesting life

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 [...]

Your Audience is not an Abstraction

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 [...]

Primer: Make a to-do list

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 [...]

Speaking about what should you talk about

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 [...]

What should you talk about?

Editors Note: I spoke about this topic the day after writing this post, and the handout info is here: http://robchristeson.com/speaking-about-what-should-you-talk-about If [...]

Are you out of Ideas?

This post is second in a series about using writing prompts to improve your writing, or to reach non-writing goals. The first post is here. The next prompt in The Writers [...]

Acknowledge that it is hard

Is there something in your life that you are avoiding? Too many times, we like to place blame somewhere for why we aren't doing the thing(s) we know we should be. Instead of [...]

Good Toastmaster Lessons

Here's three important lessons you should know about Toastmasters: 1. Toastmasters has the flexibility to let you choose your path to success. Many Toastmasters fall into [...]

Do you have an old mind?

I'm finally reading Daniel Pink's book, A Whole New Mind. This was written before his excellent work on motivation, Drive. Drive had a lot of buzz, and I read it first [...]

Book Review: Sway

I recently received a recommendation to read Sway, The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. To me, this work looked similar to Dan Ariely's work, The Upside of [...]