2012 TI Convention – Accredited Speaker Panel

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The accredited speaker panel was one of my “must dos” for this event. Hearing from five existing accredited speakers really helped clarify how the program works, and why I should be pursuing it. Spoiler alert – there are changes to the program for next year, and many of them are listed in this post. Note: […]

2012 Toastmasters International Convention

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The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and I can’t wait to be there! There will be great speakers, awesome contests and lots of seeing good friends again for four full days. Here’s the schedule of events – http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/Convention/2012Events.aspx If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options, YouTube and photos for sale […]

Inside humor

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Have you ever heard a speaker deliver an inside joke? Did you feel included? If not, did the joke make you feel left out? Now imagine yourself with the inside joke. You know it will be funny to a few people (or maybe just one), and you know it will be funny to you. Do you […]

Does your art speak for itself?

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I was watching an episode of The Apprentice a couple of years ago, and one team was telling Mr. Trump about their advertising idea that lets the Trump name sells itself. His response? “Nothing sells itself. Nothing.” I thought of this while reading I’d Rather be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion, […]

Leading by rolling up your sleeves

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Are you a leader that will roll up your sleeves, get in there and make things happen? More importantly, do you know when to not get in there and muck about? I had an instructor once who spoke about the difference between delegation and abdication. She really helped me understand the difference between rolling up […]

Do you think you are getting better?

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Craig Valentine likes to ask, “Are you looking for education, or validation?” Put another way, are you here to learn how to improve, or because you want someone to tell you you’re already doing it right? If you looking to prove that you are misunderstood, on the right track with the wrong people, or just […]

More Craig Valentine in Joplin

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“Yeah, baby!” – Austin Powers If you had been sitting there at the Toastmasters District 22 Conference in Joplin, Missouri… “Don’t overdo it.” – Craig Valentine Okay! Sunday we had Craig Valentine for a 2-hour mini-coaching session on storytelling. There isn’t enough pure unadulterated awesomeness in the English language to help you understand what you […]