Talk to the Human

This tag represents my central theme

Should you write?

More times than I can count, as a speaker I’ve been advised to write and I’ve heard other speakers advised to write. Write a book, write articles, write a blog. Write…write…write. Why??????? I’ve heard some pretty good reasons 1. Establish your credibility 2. Earn income 3. Organize your thoughts The first two reasons are probably
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I was watching Alan Weiss recently on Periscope, and he was discussing self worth. One of his pieces of advice was to “learn to ignore unsolicited feedback”. In a shocking twist, this made me think of Toastmasters. As a speaker in Toastmasters, I get a lot of feedback. Every speech I give, which is on average 2-4
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As I was working on my speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I was listening to a storytelling lesson by Darren LaCroix, and he reminded me of a lesson that another World Champion, Ed Tate, teaches: Start your speech at the scene of the crime. He calls this the CSI opening – just like the
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Why cynicism is easy: 1. It gives us an out. We can dump the responsibility somewhere else, so the failure isn’t our fault. After all, effort is a risk, while blaming a poor economy, not enough time or not having support removes that risk. Remember – this also means the success doesn’t get to be
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Last Week I posted about my first week of trying a one-week resolution. This was my alternative to the standard New Years Resolution. One thing I noticed last week – I started thinking about multiple week goals for the next few months. I had to stop myself from taking the dark path to some big-ticket
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A while back, I heard Willie Jolley speak (in Nevada, MO), and learned about his 7 Principles for the Attitude of Excellence : 1. Don’t panic – remember, this to shall pass 2. Don’t buy into the gloom and doom 3. Don’t let your pride poison your prosperity. He told the story about having an
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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
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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
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Yesterday I posted about alternatives to the standard New Years Resolution. Today, I’m going to start week one by taking my own advice, and see how that goes. So here it is, my simple weekly goals for week one (Jan 3-9): 1. Blog each day this week (this doesn’t mean 365 posts this year. Just
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