How’s the Pepsi tasting?

I've had the opportunity to hear Dan Rex, the CEO of Toastmasters International, speak this weekend at the District 26 conference in Denver Colorado. In speaking about the importance of serving our member clubs, and supporting our members through Club Excellence, Dan made an interesting comparison between the brand of Toastmasters and another well known [...]

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Website updates

This week, I'll be trying out some new software to see if I can improve my speaking web site, www.robchristeson.com. I'm going to try Microsoft's Visual Web Developer 2008 [...]

Toastmasters: Contest attendance

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 [...]

Speaking about Reading while Driving

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 [...]

Question 1: Ace your next Interview

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 [...]

Not every nail needs a hammer

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 [...]

Leadership tips: The to-do list

When I found myself out of work back in February, I wasn't sure what the right course of action was, other than my obvious "look for a job" plan. With some useful advice, I [...]

Will social media make you famous?

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 [...]

Reading while Driving

 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 [...]

Toastmasters: Evaluate to get better

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 [...]

Front Page News

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 [...]