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 – Monday Training

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 [...]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Sunday Prep

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 [...]

Waiting vs. Failing

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 [...]

Get Motivated – Bill Cosby Style

At the Wichita Get Motivated seminar, Bill Cosby one one of the featured speakers of the day. Much of what he said was fantastic. But was really unique was who he brought on [...]

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 [...]