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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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 [...]

2016 Week One: The short list

Yesterday I posted about alternatives to the standard New Years Resolution. Today, I'm going to start week one by taking my own advice, and see how that goes. So here it is, [...]

Did you forget to start?

Okay...it's January 2nd. Resolution check - how's it coming? What?? You forgot to make a resolution? No way! Or...did you just forget to start? Or maybe you're not a [...]

Welcome to 2016

If you're an optimist like me,then 2015 was an awesome year. Want to know how to make 2016 an even better year? Coming on Monday January 4th, we have an awesome visitor [...]

Podcasting – Learning from the Platform Giant

Shane Purnell has a Podcast (available on ITunes) called "Platform Giant" where he promotes building your platform, whether that is on the physical stage or the virtual one. [...]

Contest prep – story selection

As I look forward to the 2016 Toastmasters International speech contest, I've given a bit of thought to what makes the best story for that event. In 2014, I told the story [...]