When you were growing up, what did you want to be? Firefighter? Police Officer? Movie star? As we grow and have more life experience, our perspectives change. As our perspectives change, so do our dreams. What do you dream about, now? When I came to my first Toastmasters and National Speakers Association conventions, I dreamed […]

Here’s the situation… You just finished a run-through of your presentation. You love it. It works. You have one problem with it though. You keep getting feedback that one particular part of your presentation confuses people. It is really clear to you, and you love it. You know it is brilliant. In fact, it is […]

Have you ever seen speakers on stage who, although they weren’t perfect, you couldn’t help liking them anyway? Then again, have you seen presenters who were eloquent and seemingly perfect, but you just didn’t like them at all? What do you think is the difference? There are probably a hundred different reasons for both instances. […]

How in the world can you prepare to be spontaneous? It can be done, and it is actually simpler than you think. Let’s look at a case study from this past weekend at my church. I was pleasantly surprised when Jake, one of the pastors, asked me to volunteer to do an improvisational skit for […]

Major project, major stress, ugh! When you work on a major project or a new speech, what thoughts go through your head about completing it? Where is your focus? What is really important? Consider what really goes through you head. Your thoughts control the outcome and the quality of your end result. I had been […]

People say it in different ways. Some use words but have no meaning behind them. Some don’t use words at all but mean it even more. They show it with their actions or with their eyes. What am I talking about? The message: “I love you.” Sometimes as presenters we are not only teaching new […]

Ever been in a bit of a rut? Wonder how to get out of it? Consider what I did: look in the mirror. LOL. Lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut. Things are moving along, nothing to complain about, just not feeling great about my progress. Frankly, I’ve been feeling a bit […]

Right now, before you read another word, look around you. What do you see? If you are at home, what is behind you? If you are out and about, reading this on a mobile device, look up and back. What do you see? Look closer; that is your backdrop. Is it conducive to your learning? […]

You can thank TED or blame TED. Things are changing in the speaking world, and it’s not so much the change in technology as it is the change in format. I hear more and more people talking about TED Talks. Even my 21-year-old nephew watches TED Talks but only knows about Toastmasters because of me. […]

Have you ever been impatient? Ever wonder if some of your goals will ever come to fruition? Me, too. Perhaps you remember being a newbie at a professional association and seeing the mentors on stage in front of the group. Maybe, somewhere in the back of your mind, a tiny little dream seed was planted, […]