How’s the Pepsi tasting?

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I’ve had the opportunity to hear Dan Rex, the CEO of Toastmasters International, speak this weekend at the District 26 conference in Denver Colorado. In speaking about the importance of serving our member clubs, and supporting our members through Club Excellence, Dan made an interesting comparison between the brand of Toastmasters and another well known […]

2017 Toastmasters Convention Prep

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The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and once again 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 – https://www.toastmasters.org/Events/2017-International-Convention/Schedule If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options (Did you know there’s a photo contest […]

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

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For In Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches to better develop my skills for the job interview process. In other words, determine my content and practice that content in the club. In this segment, we’ll discuss using Speech 2, Get to the Point to further practice […]

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

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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 had a civilian job interview. I was drawn to the Toastmasters concept of Table Topics (a 1-2 minute impromptu response to a question) to […]

Focus on yourself for a better career

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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, one of the most impactful parts of this presentation was Kene’s second point about the need to focus on yourself. this made me think about my recent career changes and how his points […]

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 […]

Clear and Simple

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Darren’s #10 Speaking Mistake was, Not Getting Clear on the Message. (more on his top 10 list here). I was asked recently, “What if I don’t have a point for my speech?” My reply…”Why are you speaking?” In Darren’s session, he made two points about this mistake that I felt were very important: 1. What […]

Did you forget to start?

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Okay…it’s January 2nd. Resolution check – how’s it coming? What?? You forgot to make a resolution? No way! Or…did you just forget to start? Or maybe you’re not a “resolution person”. That’s okay. Either way, January 2nd shouldn’t be the end of your journey to greatness. Just like January 1st didn’t have to be your […]

Toastmasters D22: Jim Key’s awesome contest training

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This last weekend, Jim Key visited the Kansas City metro here in District 22 and delivered what many agreed was an amazing session on Toastmasters Contests. In Jim’s presentation, YOUR Speech Contest Advantage, Jim provides his patented contest prepadvice, and some important specifics that many speakers forget (or ignore) when their preparing their speeches. Below […]