Deliberate Practice – Toastmasters Style

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This week I’m reading Talent is Overrated (finally) by Geoff Colvin. In this book, he asserts that talent is a myth (or at least it’s attainable – not a birthright) and the best at any endeavor is the person who puts in the most practice. Not just “practice makes perfect” type of practice, but what he […]

Stuck in the middle

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Are you stuck in the middle? Once again, I went off and read a blog that made me think. This blog, called The Fluent Self is written by Havi Brooks, who has a really cool writing style. Beyond that, you may want to check out the page yourself because it might be a bit risky […]

Toastmasters: Why the DCP?

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Are you a member who struggles to understand (or care about) the Distinguished Club Program? Imagine yourself at a running track, and all of your Toastmasters club members are there too. You are there to improve your communication, leadership and running skills. You join at the starting line, and you receive your CC and CL manuals. Around the corner […]

Toastmasters: Ideas and Thoughts

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This is a quick compilation of some Marketing Posts from our District 22 Blog: A case for a strange idea – this post describes an idea to support low-member clubs and help some clubs make distinguished status this month The Club VP of Education: Key to Membership Retention – this describes how the VP of Education […]

Weekly Column: Your Second Habit

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“Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou (1928 – ) US author & poet The fact is this: there are no shortcuts to success. No matter how you define success, whether it’s all about the money, happiness, position, or even health. You can’t get anywhere worthwhile in life unless you do the work. What […]

Adult Learning: Pick a day to add a skill

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How do you normally move forward in your personal (or professional) development goals? Here is a thought: Pick an hour to block out one evening a week. Call it your “get a new skill hour.” You may be asking, “What is the point?” Simple: to take some time to look into something you hadn’t tried before, read […]

I’m not reading fast enough

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How many books do you read per week? Per month? Per year? I’m told that once Americans finish school, on average, they read less than one non-fiction book the rest of their lives. Ouch. Since I know many folks who do choose to read, at least from time-to-time, I have to believe this means there are a […]