This morning (at 6:30 am), I’m driving up to Topeka to watch the Division T Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests. Division T consists of 4 Areas in northern Kansas, which encompasses the cities of Hays, Salina, Manhattan, Lawrence, Leavenworth, and Topeka (and probably another town or two that I’ll think of on my drive up). Each
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A few nights ago, I posted some thoughts on how to read while driving. At our Semi-Pro Toastmaster’s club meeting last night, I gave a 7 minute speech about the topic and posted it on YouTube.  If you decide to watch it, you’ll probably notice a few things specifically: 1. I had 2 main points – You
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Do I have your attention? In this post, you’re going to learn some strategies for handling the one dreaded question: “What is your biggest weakness?” You may have heard this question worded differently, but if you’ve EVER been interviewed, you know which question I’m talking about. There are some classic responses to this type of question,
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Many speaking tips that I have learned, used successfully and post here apply to a great number of different speaking situations. However, no speaking situation requires you to use every tip and tool you learn from me or anyone else. In fact, to follow the nail analogy, when you look more closely, you may see that
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No…unless you use it correctly. For the past 60 days I’ve been conducting something of a social media experiment with my blog. Now, I’m no balloon-boy-quality amateur scientist or anything, but my results have been less-than-dramatic. Here are some of my less-than-scientific musings based on the 60 days of testing: 1. People don’t “find you”. Sure. I’ve had
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 Have you ever tried to read a text message on your cell phone while driving? I hear that it’s a tough thing to do, and not very safe. But what if you want to catch up on a book, or learn something new and you just don’t have the time? Simple, learn the secret to
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Who is supposed to be the beneficiary of a speech evaluation in Toastmasters? If you said the speaker, you would be partly right.  Don’t forget, one of the way we grow as speakers is to learn from how others speak, take their best practices, and look at where they can make improvements or changes to
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I read a post by Seth Godin today that caught my attention. It wasn’t on WordPress (shame!), but since the blogger is also a rather famous author, I figure he’s entitled to pick a service different from mine. 🙂 What caught my eye was a blog entry titled Creating sustainable competitive advantage, which discusses why companies like Nike
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I finished editing the content of my first monthly newsletter tonight. I found a template that I liked and finished populating it with some info that I edited from a few posts and I’ve included some new thoughts. I feel pretty good about the format and the content, but for some reason I’m delaying publishing
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