Shoshin – Beginners Mindset

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few" - Suzuki Diana Kander gave the opening keynote at the Gartner PPM Summit in Orlando and spoke on The Expert Trap. In this, she talked about the importance of Shoshin, which is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning Beginners Mindset. A Beginners Mindset is basically [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]