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.
“Forgot to breathe” is a common observation from Toastmasters who are doing a post-mortem about going blank and/or panicking during their speech. The answer is an on-going cycle of rehearsals and drills and “again, from the top” that put you in the moment when you go blank/panic. Then you can start to add “breathing, on … Read more
Toastmasters observation: sometimes peeps overspend on “planning” and underspend on “doing.” There’s no substitute for falling down and getting back up. Tonight’s (Sept 9th) public speaking demo takeaway when addressing what to do when you “go blank” during a presentation – and you’re very scientifically minded: Develop a methodology, a framework, and test different techniques … 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
In my mind, the term Foundational Phrase comes from the Toastmasters 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking, Craig Valentine. I discovered Craig’s wealth of wisdom as I entered the Toastmasters 2013 International Speech Contest and competed at the Semi-finals level. Now, in 2019, I’m revisiting how to craft a Foundational Phrase. Here are the resources … Read more
Work in Progress (WIP) 010 Spotted my brother, Lance, out and about Modeling workbook Crowd at Philz Coffee at Ice Blocks in Midtown Sacramento, CA Muscle Milk Fuller Poles public art (16th & Q in Sacramento, CA) Building mural by Drew Merritt (alley side of 2020 J St, Sacramento, CA) My Mom (known as Mrs.Walley to … Read more
Popping in to Philz Coffee (hi Jessica Aliganga) & Insight Coffee Roasters (hi Avolyn Fisher) in Sacramento, CA. Packing a Muscle Milk ready-to-drink protein shake as part of the daily routine. Transferring CDs to the Mac. Interview with Websauce Studio owner Adam Weil. Getting stopped by Black Lives Matter protesters in front of the California State Capitol. … Read more