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Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters to Prepare for the Interview, Part I

When I first joined Toastmasters in 2005, my goal was to improve my job interview skills. I had served in the US Air Force for nearly 20 years, and had never [...]

Focus on yourself for a better career

At the Toastmasters D44 fall conference, my friend Kene Iloenyosi gave a wonderful keynote on change. While he wasn't focused explicitly on career change, [...]

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 [...]

Daniel Pink in KC

Tonight I'm at the Kauffman Founders School to see Daniel Pink, author of To Sell is Human, speak. I've been a fan ever since I read Drive and A Whole New [...]

Where Leaders Get Stuck

Ever felt stuck in your development as a leader? Have you ever noticed how the best leaders - you know, the ones you really respect - tend to also be great [...]

You must get them involved

When you speak to a friend or your boss, do you simply talk for 30-minutes without a pause? Do you ask a list of questions and proceed without hearing any [...]

Edge Summit – Sunday 21 Aug

Have you ever taken in more information that you can process? Some of the notes below may be familiar to you if you've read my blog before, or if you've [...]

Speaking to Graduates

Tonight, for the first time, I was a guest speaker at a college graduation. The ITT graduation ceremony at the Century II Center in Wichita, Kansas. It was [...]

Toastmasters: Why you won’t win your contest

Have you been practicing? Working on your contest speech? Did you manage to win your club, area or division contest? You probably did it one of two ways. [...]

EDGE Summit – Friday Morning

Editor's note: this post is a compliation of my notes for the morning. I'll edit it in the next couple of days for better clarity. The day started with Ed [...]