Shoshin – Beginners Mindset

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few" - Suzuki Diana Kander gave the opening keynote at the Gartner PPM Summit in Orlando and spoke on The Expert Trap. In this, she talked about the importance of Shoshin, which is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning Beginners Mindset. A Beginners Mindset is basically [...]

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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 [...]

Toastmasters: 2015 Contest season wrap-up

This year, I had a chance to put my money where my mouth is in the International Speech Contest. As the Division S representative, I competed in our District Contest against [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Two – Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix

   Patricia and Darren held an awesome session which included some mini coaching as well as amazing points on improving your speaking that all of the audience [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day One – Board Briefing 

Our Toastmasters  International Convention kicked off today with the Board of Directors briefing. This is always an interesting event, and gives us (as members) a view [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero – The Accredited Speaker Seminar Rochelle Rice session

   Rochelle's session on "Moving from free to fee" Rochelle opened up by having us stand in an "X" and breathe.  Dress the part, know what your doing and [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero The Accredited Speaker Seminar Dan LaMon’s session

Dana LaMon, AS and 1992 WCPS spoke about Making your Message Memorable. I remember his message from the 2011 convention (blog post here) - it was one of the best sessions I [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero – The Accredited Speaker Seminar Opening Session

  Today was the seminar for Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker program. In the morning portion of this program we heard some great tips from many existing [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: pre-day zero 

There's a trend in video games now, where the day before the game is released, a "day zero" edition is sold. It usually has a limited quantity and some special features. For [...]