I drove halfway to my first Toastmaster’s meeting, turned around, and drove back home. I was too afraid. It didn’t matter how far I had to drive, the distance between fear and courage was the distance between my ears.
Going from Ds and Fs to 3rd-in-my-class with an A meant switching from hardly studying in the American River College cafeteria to consistently finishing my homework every Tuesday and Thursday (the same days homework was assigned) at home. This “same day” cycle was crucial because I’m lazy AF and it’s easy for me to “put … Read more
I turned on the air conditioner, so why isn’t my place cooling down? Then I discovered I had the unit dialed to low warm instead of low cool. Reminds me of the awesome Toastmasters meeting we had this evening about addressing and acknowledging feeling overwhelmed at work (like me realizing my place was still warm) … Read more
A big thanks to Dr. Amanda Kirane for inviting me to present a hands-on bootcamp-style Public Speaking & Confidence Workshop for her UC Davis General Surgery Residents at their UC Davis Chapter’s Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) meeting. Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sacramento, CA. Date: Aug 2, 2018.
A “Reach Higher” Spotlight: Brandon “Knowbody” Greathouse delivering his “Push for Greatness” motivational speech to the dancers at his Sept 5, 2017 Warriors of Rhythm dance crew auditions. Step 1 Dance & Fitness in Sacramento, CA. Catch Brandon “Knowbody” Greathouse here: Website & booking info Instagram Facebook Twitter
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. … Read more
Maybe love – just flat-out 100% pure love – isn’t a risk at all. Maybe it’s the parceled-out, somewhat held back love that’s a risk. I’ve totally done that: where I only released as much love as the other person released. I worried about the “balance” of love so much. I never wanted to be … Read more
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” … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more