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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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 [...]

Training with handouts

Have you ever sat in a training class with an instructor that spoke non-stop, perhaps with some nice slides? When the session was over, he assumed you got it and went on his [...]

Toastmasters D22: Jim Key’s awesome contest training

This last weekend, Jim Key visited the Kansas City metro here in District 22 and delivered what many agreed was an amazing session on Toastmasters Contests. In Jim's [...]

Tip – Teach to Learn

I've found that when I prepare a presentation to teach something, I always end up discovering something new about the topic, no matter how much I knew before. 3 things that [...]