With so many friends and such posting book lists on Twitter, Facebook and their blogs, I thought I should do something original and post my favorites of 2013 and “to be read” list for the start of 2014.
What was awesome in 2013:
- David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell. This guy can’t write a bad book. I did Audible on this on [...]
Well, it’s the end of 2013, and I don’t know about you but I still don’t feel ready for 2013. I guess the good news is that this year is at an end, and now we get a clean slate for 2014.
So what is your resolution?
I know, I know. Resolutions don’t work, right?
In the end, that’s up to you. Resolutions only work [...]
What does it take to win a District Evaluation Contest?
Before I answer, let’s back up a bit.
This year was rare for me. For the first time in over six years I found myself eligible to compete in our District’s fall contest season, including the humorous speech contest and the speech evaluation contest. I decided to ease into the [...]
It’s an easy decision when I hear Malcolm Gladwell has a new book out. David and Goliath – Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants was released this week and I immediately downloaded it on Audible. A couple of long drives later, I’m glad I didn’t wait.
Malcolm already has an established following from best se [...]
I was speaking to a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) this evening, and we were discussing goals for members in her club. Then we turned to discussing her goals. “I’m working on my next CC, as always” she said, “but I don’t really have a goal.”
As a Toastmaster, have you ever fallen into that trap of thi [...]
I was just reading Erika Napoletano’s recent post about how to do list posts, and it gave me an idea for one. Not so much about stealing, but more about how to use quotes or other content in your speeches. So here it is, my top 74 rules…no, wait. My Top 5 rules for using other authors/speakers/cousins content in your spee [...]
As I mentioned before, the Mayans were wrong and now we have to deal with it.
Your task for this week, come up with 3 goals that you’re going to work on, and write them down! Send a copy to three friends to keep you accountable.
Get to it!
Are you ready with your 2013 resolution(s)?
Me neither. If you’re anything like me, you were banking on the Mayans calling it correctly, and you haven’t even thought about 2013, much less what you’ll do better in the new year.
Luckily, I uncovered an lost Mayan rumor that taught me a valuable lesson about resolutions. You ma [...]
How would you like to improve your storytelling techniques with just three simple tips? As a speaker, you may already know the importance of using dialog more than narration to improve your stories. Stronger dialog can lead to a stronger connection and help you capture and hold the audience’s attention.
Developing stronger dialog can h [...]