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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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 [...]

Attitude of Excellence

A while back, I heard Willie Jolley speak (in Nevada, MO), and learned about his 7 Principles for the Attitude of Excellence : 1. Don’t panic – remember, this to shall [...]

The value of coaching

What is the ideal outcome you'd like to experience? From Alan Weiss - Million Dollar Coaching (reviewed here) Have you ever had a speaking goal to achieve, such as winning [...]

Clear and Simple

Darren's #10 Speaking Mistake was, Not Getting Clear on the Message. (more on his top 10 list here). I was asked recently, "What if I don't have a point for my speech?" My [...]

Don’t Dilute your Power

"Don't Dilute your Power" One of the more interesting things I learned from Darren LaCroix last night was how using, or misusing, the stage could add to, or dilute, your [...]

Darren LaCroix in Kansas City – 2016

Darren LaCroix delivered his remarkable presentation, Darren's 10 Biggest Speaking Mistakes! (and how to avoid them) in Kansas City this evening. More than 50 Toastmasters [...]