Rory Vaden

“Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual re-invention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to imagination. It is easy to be cynical about such things, much harder to be successful.” I recently saw this quote, from Sir Richard Branson. The second line is what caught my eye – it’s easy to be cynical…much
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Rory Vaden is the author of the new bestselling book, Take the Stairs – 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. In promoting his new book, he recently spoke here in Wichita and to a packed house in Salina, Kansas. I was fortunate to be able to see him at those events. Rory’s concept of “Taking
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As I walked into the room, there we no people there. There was, however, a good size stage and about 300 chairs, silent in anticipation of a future audience. I decided to step up the stairs to the 12X24 foot platform, and ponder giving a presentation in front of an audience filling that room. I thought
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This afternoon’s sessions were both really good. I always hate that I have to choose the sessions, and I feel the need to apologize to Rory Vaden (who I was able to see yesterday) and Jim Key for having to miss their sessions. On the good side, they are our next two visiting speakers this
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I was worried that I might not have much to blog about tonight, but I have to say, “Wow!” The opening ceremonies at the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention were just awesome. I’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but when they announced the American National Anthem, nothing seemed to happen. After we waited
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The second day of training is over, and I think I speak for 248 Toastmasters when I say, “I am spent.” Today’s sessions were really great, and over the two days, I easily absorbed enough material for 5 speeches. In fact, I should generate some working titles while I think about it: How a free
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This week, Toastmasters International is holding their Annual Convention at the Marriott in Palm Desert California. Here are a couple of thoughts for those coming between today and Wednesday: 1. The Palm Springs airport is small. You don’t have to worry about getting lost looking for your luggage. The ride to the Marriott is ~20 minutes.
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You have your customer. Now it’s time to think about how you deliver your message to him/her. We’ll stick with the example from the last post, you as an expert in health and fitness. We’ve established your customer as men 35-50 who have an desk job, are married with family commitments and need solutions that
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No Laughs to Know Laughs by Rory Vaden was published in 2007. This is a book designed to help people who feel they are currently in the “No Laughs” category to learn how to use humor effectively and “Know Laughs”. I met Rory in Memphis this summer, and heard him speak at our Toastmaster Regional Conference. After hearing him
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