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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2015 is coming

Well, it's New Year's Eve and time for my annual rant. Get a resolution! There we go. Have a great [...]

2015 Prep – 5 Speaking mistakes to avoid

2015 is bound to be a great year. If you're the type to make a New Year's Resolution and stick with it, the I imagine you've already decided on a course of action for 2015. [...]

Does everyone agree?

When I speak, I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions. I do this for at least three reasons. First, to check in with the audience and keep them engaged. Second, to help [...]

Throwback Thursday

I was listening to a webinar today from Naomi Dunford, and one of the questions led to some discussion about older content on our websites. Since I've been blogging for [...]

Board briefing – 2014 Toastmasters International Convention

Event though I couldn't make it to KL, I was able to watch the board briefing live on-line. Daniel Rex commented that our organization grew by over 7% this year! - 7.3 [...]

Winning the Toastmasters Speech Contest

A few years ago, I wrote a post about contest speaking called Why you won't win your contest. This included many of the things I see speaker do at contests all the way up to [...]

I know funny and you’re not it

I am a funny guy. No, really. People tell me all the time. One of the funniest guys I know, Darren LaCroix, once said publically, "Rob is a funny guy!" Yes, he used an [...]

Dude, you speak too fast

How could this happen? I've done such a good job (I think) in slowing down my speech as I continue to practice and improve. But lately, the feedback I've been getting is that [...]

Time to start writing again

Wow, I've been letting myself get distracted by too many things, and not continuing one of the most important habits I developed a few years back...writing. Ever let life get [...]

World Class Speaking in Action – Get the Book!!

My Friend Craig Valentine, along with Teresa Dukes, Kim Myers and others have released a new book on World Class Speaking. Review to come [...]