Judges training today in Springfield was a lot of fun. No…No…I haven’t been drinking. Making a few adaptations on the fly really made the session go well, and I was able to elicit a few laughs in an otherwise dry topic. Mistake: Not establishing a Q&A policy up front Adapt: I had a few questions early
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Tomorrow at our District TLI in Springfield, I will be presenting the judges training. Here is my outline: 1. Contest Participants – Contest Chair – Contestants – Timers – Counters – Chief Judge – Tiebraking Judge – Judges 2. Being a contest judge – Obligation to the contestants – Obligation to TI – Obligation to
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This is a quick compilation of some Marketing Posts from our District 22 Blog: A case for a strange idea – this post describes an idea to support low-member clubs and help some clubs make distinguished status this month The Club VP of Education: Key to Membership Retention – this describes how the VP of Education
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Krypton is probably the most famous planet that never really existed (with respect to fans of Vulcan). The concept of that piece of Superman’s home world taking away his power is an analogy that rarely needs to be explained, and works on multiple levels. I’m not sure if I’m a super <S> speaker, but I found a piece
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Do you struggle to get your ideas heard and remembered? Maybe you are having trouble deciding what your core message is? Maybe you don’t know that you need a core message? In the book Made to Stick – Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath, the authors discuss a logical and repeatable two
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This Thursday I’m giving a speech about how to create your own introduction. Key points: you provide the introduction to the MC (or Toastmaster). The introduction should meet these three criteria: Set the Stage – What does your audience need to hear? – How will they be helped? – What can they expect? Establish credibility
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Are you struggling to get momentum behind your message? Recently, Seth Godin posted a blog entry about the phrase drill baby drill. This has become a catch phrase that, prior to the disaster in the gulf, people with a certain mindset were able to get behind, rally around, and repeat with ease. The phrase really crystallized the
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Do you know what is missing for your success? Driving home from our District Toastmaster training (TLI) in Overland Park, I was talking to a friend of mine about a variety of topics. One that came up was about what we have learned in our studies of professional speakers, and if there was just one missing
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Do you sometimes receive feedback that you don’t really want (or don’t even need) to hear? How does it make you feel to receive unsolicited feedback?  In fact, does it matter if the unsolicited opinion comes from someone you totally respect or someone you don’t even know? It’s human nature to notice perceived flaws and to look for
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On Scott Adam’s Dilbert Blog, Scott issued a challenge to write a piece of <500 words in his comment section, with the goal of creating a piece worthy of publication and the attention and adulation of the Dilbert Community. This challenge stemmed from his post the day before, where he asked his readers if they
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