2018 – is it too late to resolve?

A friend of mine threatened to unfriend anyone who wished her a "Happy New Years" because "it's singular"..."New Year!" That made me think, why do some people do that? One reason, I think, is because of the New Year's Resolution. Of course you might say "new year resolution", but that wouldn't be grammatically correct. New Year's Resolution is a pretty [...]

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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 [...]

Done…but not Perfect

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 [...]