Toastmasters: Getting your DTM through Pathways

Recently, I added an update to the District 22 blog on Pathways. That FAQ has some useful information on the new program, and it has led to a number of questions about completing your Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award before Pathways rolls out. Specifically, should you finish in the existing system or, if not, how do you decide when to transition [...]

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Make iContact

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 [...]

Speaking to Graduates

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 [...]

Thank them for their Service

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, [...]

Taking Advantage of God

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 [...]

Speaking to non-IT people

If you are an IT person, you've probably noticed that it can be difficult to communicate with not-IT types at work, at home, in the checkout line, etc. It's like they are a [...]

Avoiding the dry spell

It's easy to let life "happen" and cause you to miss doing some of the things you need to do. In fact, it's even easier to let those distractions keep you from doing the [...]

Toastmasters: 2011 Spring Conference

Wichita Kansas was just host to the Toastmasters District 22 Spring 2011 Conference. International Director, Pamela McCown, 2003 World Champion of Public Speaking, Jim Key [...]

Toastmasters: Say it ain’t so

Say it ain't so! Last night I gave a not-so-well prepared speech at my Toastmasters club. I chose the Competent Communicator (CC) Project #4 - How to say it. My title was [...]

Speaking about Interview Tips

Next week I'll be speaking at a local career fair about interviewing tips. If you have a moment, please answer a quick and easy survey about your experience with job [...]

Book Review: Delivering Happiness

Like a good story? Better yet, how about a really good I.T. story? No such thing you ask? Believe it, and read Delivering Happiness - A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose [...]