Are you a Toastmaster who has completed their Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, or are getting close to doing so? Are you wondering, “what’s next?”
I’ve heard and given a number of answers to this question, and here are some that I’ve found to be best:
1. Speak outside of your club more. Take [...]
Have you ever gone into a situation expecting a certain outcome, and found that you misjudged the situation completely?
Recently, I ran a brainstorming session (Facilitating Discussion manual, project #2) at my Toastmasters club. The problem we were discussing was “Toastmasters Training”, and I was looking for input on what they, our club mem [...]
What are the three most common ways to learn anything?
1. Figure it out for yourself (difficult, time-consuming, and a high probability of failure/quitting)
2. Learn from experts on your own (Books, Videos, other “learn at home” courses)
3. Learn from the experts directly
The first method is the slow, painful, learn-from-every- [...]
Can you believe it? 2011 is coming to an end. Did you accomplish anything, or did you “make it”? Don’t feel bad if that’s the case, sometimes just making it can be an accomplishment. Especially in an annoying economy with equally annoying political and social issues all around us.
Now’s the time of year when we [...]
Sitting at the Toastmasters International Convention, I watched as a friend of mine went to the stage to receive an award on behalf of her district. They were being recognized for having the most clubs with 20 or more members, over 80% in their case. I was looking at the statistics and there are quite a few districts, like ours in Kansas and [...]
I’m reading Great on the Job, by Jodi Glickman. Early in the book, the author asserts that asking “How can I help?” may cause more problems than it solves.
How can that be? I was wondering that too, at first. It’s simple if you think about it. Lets say you have a group of tasks that you need help with. It doesn’t [...]
What does it take to be a great evaluator in Toastmasters?
More importantly (as we enter the contest season), how do you give a winning evaluation?
First – Open Strong. The first words out of your mouth should be something great about the presentation. i.e. “Mike, it’s clear that you did quite a bit of research to bring us t [...]
These are notes I took during the Accredited Speaker Auditions at the 2011 TI Convention. I missed the second speaker, but have good notes from the first and third.
Conner Cuneen, DTM -Pillars of Marketing Wisdom
Conner looked a little stiff starting out – and gave us 100,000 welcomes (an Irish thing)
All people dream, but not equally [...]
Have you ever taken in more information that you can process? Some of the notes below may be familiar to you if you’ve read my blog before, or if you’ve studied with the Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking. There are some new thoughts, some mindset changes, and some of the best advice you’ll ever get right here o [...]
Editors Note: This post is an opinion piece on Toastmasters new branding initiative.
If I asked you wether you not you had already read the information on TI’s website about the rebranding, including how the tagline, Where Leaders Are Made, comes from I imagine I would see very few hands come up.
I’ve heard and read comments just [...]