2017 – It’s a New Year

If there's one resolution I can keep year in and year out, it's my resolution to read. Here are some of my favorites from 2016, and some on my list for 2017: Read in 2016 Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters, by Jon Acuff - as it says on Amazon, "Wall Street Journal best-selling author Jon Acuff reveals the steps [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]