2018 – is it too late to resolve?

A friend of mine threatened to unfriend anyone who wished her a "Happy New Years" because "it's singular"..."New Year!" That made me think, why do some people do that? One reason, I think, is because of the New Year's Resolution. Of course you might say "new year resolution", but that wouldn't be grammatically correct. New Year's Resolution is a pretty [...]

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2016 Toastmasters Convention – Pathways Update

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Coming this week at the international convention, Toastmasters International is scheduled to have a Pathways booth for members to see a demo of the new program. As a reminder, [...]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Patricia Fripp

Selling Yourself, Your Ideas, Your Expertise with Patricia Fripp Recently one of Patricia's clients told her the story about a potenial client who asked her to tell them [...]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Ed Tate

Ed spoke about Designing any Training in 15 minutes Ed had us get in groups and discuss our successes and challenges. These groups allowed us to brainstorm a lot of ideas [...]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Darren LaCroix Presentation Re-Boot

What is your one word?  Why do you want to do this? Why do you want to be on stage? What one word would you use to describe your journey and what got you to where you [...]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Women in Speaking

No matter how much I learn about speaking, there's always room to gain insights and new ways to connect with an audience. This weekend, I get my annual chance by attending [...]

Should you write?

More times than I can count, as a speaker I've been advised to write and I've heard other speakers advised to write. Write a book, write articles, write a blog. [...]

Learn to ignore feedback

I was watching Alan Weiss recently on Periscope, and he was discussing self worth. One of his pieces of advice was to "learn to ignore unsolicited feedback". In a shocking [...]

Opening – scene of the crime

As I was working on my speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I was listening to a storytelling lesson by Darren LaCroix, and he reminded me of a lesson [...]

Throwback Thursday – Toastmasters Club VP of Education: Key to Membership Retention

You may not see it in every club, but one key member to the success of the club is the Vice President of Education. How can the VP of Education help with membership retention? [...]

Toastmasters vs. Business

Today I attended a half day session with FranklinCovey in Kansas City. One segment of the training was titled Presentation Advantage and obviously is a topic I am familiar [...]