Personal Development

Losing vs Loser

Has your favorite sports team ever lost? Losing is part of the game. All hail the game! I lost this weekend’s District 39 Toastmasters International speech contest at the District level (round 4 of 6). Didn’t even place. And when the top-three winner’s were announced, and I wasn’t one of them, I was immediately handed two options: 1. …

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You Are Not Limited By Someone Else's Options

Just because you’re offered 2 options – this VS that – does not mean you don’t have a third choice: YOURS! Hats off to my friend Stephanie Maynard for thinking beyond binary with this kick-ass Facebook post! “Everyone is updating their profile to declare their Batman or Superman alligence and I’m over here like #TeamBatwoman” …

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Strengths Finder – What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Model speech for Toastmasters 2015 Area 45 Speech Contest. As Cathy Davidson points out in her book about technology and education, Now You See It: 65 percent of children entering grade school today will have jobs that haven’t been invented yet! And as my 4-1/2-year-old …

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How To Practice A 5-7 Minute Toastmasters Speech

You will discover that some techniques for practicing your speech work well, while others do not. My approach for practicing a speech is unique to me, so it’s important for you to gather advice from others as well. Research which patterns, practices and procedures work best for you to present a 5-7 minute speech, without …

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