Learn to ignore feedback

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I was watching Alan Weiss recently on Periscope, and he was discussing self worth. One of his pieces of advice was to “learn to ignore unsolicited feedback”. In a shocking twist, this made me think of Toastmasters. As a speaker in Toastmasters, I get a lot of feedback. Every speech I give, which is on average 2-4 […]

The value of coaching

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What is the ideal outcome you’d like to experience? From Alan Weiss – Million Dollar Coaching (reviewed here) Have you ever had a speaking goal to achieve, such as winning a speech contest or speaking in front of a larger group? Worried that practicing in front of your mirror, or even your Toastmasters Club, may […]

Book Review: Million Dollar Coaching

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Do you see yourself as a coach, or want to know what strategies work in becoming a highly successful one? I do, so I picked up Million Dollar Coaching – Build a World-Class Practice by Helping Others Succeed by Alan Weiss, PH.D, the Bestselling author of Million Dollar Consulting. Alan uses a methodical approach to defining the […]

Edge Summit – Sunday 21 Aug

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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 studied with the Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking. There are some new thoughts, some mindset changes, and some of the best advice you’ll ever […]

Toastmasters 2011 Convention – Darren LaCroix

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Speaking “Outside” of Toastmasters for Fun, Profit and Club Building! was the first session of the day for Thursday at the convention. Has you probably know, Darren is a fan favorite, and the 600+ seat room was filling fast as the start time approached. Darren’s opening was fantastic – he started by wearing a bow […]

What to Read?

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This last year I’ve read a ton (at least a few pounds) of books, especially on marketing, the web, consulting, writing and speaking. I created some reviews on this website, but I think it’s time to highlight the best for those of you just getting on board with this whole 21st century reading-thing. This list […]

Customer Service – the Magic Words

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Have you ever wondered what magic words you could use to get better customer service? I seem to remember, in the good ole days, my Grandfather telling me about a phrase that worked really well for him. It was “I’ll just take my business elsewhere.” Is there a single company in America that would even […]

Book Review: Million Dollar Consulting Toolkit

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  Alan Weiss, PhD has a long list of successful books. The book Million Dollar Consulting is considered “THE definitive work to grow a solo consulting practice.” Just by itself, you can learn a great deal about the process of starting your own business. However, to take your learning and preperation a step further, there is the […]

Book Review: The E-Myth Revisited

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The E-Myth Revisited is a book by Michael Gerber that is based on his many years of experience in helping small businesses see success by realizing the difference between the Entrepreneur, the Manager, and the Technician. This is the overarching theme of his book, and you’ll hear (or read) it a lot. What’s great about this book: If […]