Category Archives: Toastmasters

Vancouver convention Toastmasters

  The 86th Annual International Toastmasters Convention was August 22-26, 2017. I have been looking forward to attending for years. Why? I have attended District conferences in spring and fall and they are fun.  This is a much bigger event, … Continue reading

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We all have one, at least

Sunny, but still cool outside because of the time of day, 6:30 a.m., and I was enjoying my plain coffee with a friend whose Starbucks order of double expresso plus plus was just impossible to memorize. I met this friend … Continue reading

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Take a Leap

One of the problems with growing up, besides just about everything, is you forget how to just do things without thinking about it too much. As a youngster, I just did things. Swam, jumped, somersaulted,  and bike rode without giving … Continue reading

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Don’t nearly die first

This post actually came from a speech I gave recently at a Toastmasters meeting; the speech was called”Be Like A Child“. I had failed an attempt to color in an adult coloring book. Instead of being able to relax; I … Continue reading

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How do you eat an elephant?

No, I’m absolutely not proposing a new kind of Atkins diet where you eat elephants. Yuck! It’s a metaphor for accomplishing a big task. The answer is in small bites(and probably chew thoroughly)   🙂 Really what I am talking … Continue reading

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Seeing the Sun Through the Clouds

Spring makes me optimistic, and we all need that idea of more warmth and sunshine after winter’s long cold night and shorter daylight. I had to face up to lack of success recently, not failure. I am learning to see … Continue reading

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Take your gift with both hands!

I subscribe to just two magazines, one is Toastmasters Magazine. It arrives each month with stories, and tips from around the world with respect to the international organization that is Toastmasters. The magazine this time included information about Koala Lumpur (use … Continue reading

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Tennis is not the only place where Serve is Important

A lot of people, myself included, are watching the French Open, which is an annual tennis tournament in France. Voila! As you watch the competitors you notice many things, that they towel their face a great deal, there are a … Continue reading

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Fence Sitting hurts, and gets you nowhere

Life is daily decision making. Some are easy, like where where to eat lunch, or deciding on what book to read. Some decision are huge, what career should you follow? Where should you live?  Should I get married? I suppose … Continue reading

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You can’t not communicate if you want to succeed

I talked to a young guest at a Toastmasters meeting last week. He is a student studying criminology. It was his second time as a guest to our club. He spoke about how Toastmasters could help him with his self-confidence … Continue reading

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