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 you are a Toastmaster, you might be struggling with a topic for your next presentation. The last two posts I wrote were about sparking ideas, but not specifically for speaking. Here are a couple
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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 IdeaBook is to write about a time where you were feeling a bit creative. The idea is to recapture that creative flow and let
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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 blame, you have to decide that it’s okay to admit that it’s hard. Why? Because it is. For all of us. You
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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 one of three groups: getting over your fear of speaking, trying to become a better speaker, and enjoying the experience with friends. Note: you may be in one, two,
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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 (review here). Recently, someone recommended that I read A Whole New Mind as well, and I found it on Apple’s iWhatever as a audiobook
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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 Irrationality. As it turns out, there were some similarities but there were also enough differences to make this one a worthwhile read. I always enjoy books that give me
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Photo by Ambro I was chatting with a coworker recently who didn’t want to have a web-enabled phone. I asked, “what’s the big deal?” and she said, “Get your head out of your iPhone and make iContact.” (this was in chat) I replied, “I don’t have an iPhone.” because, well, I don’t. She said, “same
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Tonight, for the first time, I was a guest speaker at a college graduation. The ITT graduation ceremony at the Century II Center in Wichita, Kansas. It was a unique experience. 1. I’ve never spoke with the blinding stage lights before. 2. The whole event went much quicker than I expected. 3. The students seemed
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Today is Memorial Day in the U.S. Today we remember those brave men and women who have died in our military service. People who know I was in the Air Force sometimes ask, “what do I say to a Veteran, or someone still serving?” Try, “Thank you for your service.” If you see someone in
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Did you notice all of the talk about the Rapture last week? If not, just imagine a situation where a few hundred people thought they could do math better than God, and CNN covered it. Ok, seriously. What can we learn from the “Rapture scare of 2011”? 1. It takes more than an interesting message
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