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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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 [...]

Toastmasters: Why do you compete?

Recently I competed in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest at the Area level. After all of the speeches, the Contest Master interviewed each of the contestants and [...]

Be Cynical

Why cynicism is easy: 1. It gives us an out. We can dump the responsibility somewhere else, so the failure isn't our fault. After all, effort is a risk, while blaming a poor [...]

2016: End of month one

So I opened 2016 by trying something new. I set weekly goals and tried to keep them instead of an annual resolution. The result? Mixed. I met some goals, and didn't even [...]

2016 Week Two: The next list

Last Week I posted about my first week of trying a one-week resolution. This was my alternative to the standard New Years Resolution. One thing I noticed last week - I [...]

2016: End of week one

Last week I posted about a weekly resolution idea. I did keep my first resolution, which was to post something each day this week. On to week [...]