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When you listen to a speaker, what do YOU listen for? Words ? Flow? Thoughts? Message? Why am I here ? Perhaps the first question we should ask is “Why?” Why is the speaker telling me this. If we are ever asked to give someone feedback, we owe it to the speaker to be honest, … Read Full Article »

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Recently I completed an 18 day educational mission with the charity No Ordinary Journey Foundation. I was asked to join their international team of health care professionals as videographer. I put together various clips to produce “Hue in a Day – part 1″ & “Hue in a Day – part 2″ video on youtube. It was … Read Full Article »

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I recently competed in a speech contest. My topic was “FEAR” and titled “Wolverine”. I picked the wolverine, because this animal has 2 unique characteristics. It has no natural enemies and it knows no fear. Imagine that – knows NO fear ! Not the biggest nor the strongest of mammals, its assembles several facets to … Read Full Article »

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Andrew Brash has the most amazing climbing resumes around. He has been chasing his climbing dreams for over 20 years in the most impressive mountain environments including Tibet, China, Pakistan, to name a few. Read about the rescue that made worldwide acclaim saving fellow climber Lincoln Hall from Australia in 2006 Andrew talked about that … Read Full Article »

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I have been a toastmaster long enough to know that a club without a freetoasthost website is missing a huge opportunity. Many clubs such as ShawMasters, MVP Advanced and Calgary Advanced implement a FreeToastHost (FTH) website quite well. In this episode I use onscreen capture to go step-by-step inside the administration menu of your freetoasthost … Read Full Article »

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I have been a toastmaster long enough to know that a club without a freetoasthost website is missing a huge opportunity. Many clubs such as ShawMasters, MVP Advanced and Calgary Advanced implement a FreeToastHost website quite well. To save time, I will also use its acronym FTH. Several years ago incoming Public Relations Officer, Greg … Read Full Article »

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The recent death of our family pet cat “Peaches” created a trilogy based on the theme of dying, dying alone, letting go, losing a loved one or a family pet. I delayed taking her to the vet as my wife was out of town. We were waiting till she got back. As a family we … Read Full Article »

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Using videotape is a great technology to capture a speech contest or presentations for posting to a video website for continuous reference. My first videotape of our club educational presentations caught me off guard with basics I never thought about. Don’t be caught off guard by considering my pointers below. I decided to share these … Read Full Article »

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In Show #026 – INNERpreneur Spotlight – Africa Bike Project I introduced you to Melissa and Kelly, cofounders of the Africa Bike Project. Being an INNERpreneur sometimes means conceiving, driving and managing a project, from the ground up. Leadership Skills and Communication Skills are required. I discovered them and their charity from a relaxing evening … Read Full Article »

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TDK056 – You Talk Too Much

by Terry on April 30, 2013 · 0 comments

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Believe it or not, I have a phobia – a phobia of talking too much. Can you believe it? A Toastmaster? Well, it is controllable – thanks to “Mind over Matter“. When I was just a young introvert (now I am an older introvert) my father must have implanted this phobia, this fear, into me. … Read Full Article »

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TDK055 – Winning an Evaluation Contest

by Terry on April 18, 2013 · 0 comments

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I haven’t participated as an evaluation contestant that much, so when I won at my club, I got down to serious preparation. The best place to start, I thought, was to download the “Judges Guide & Ballot” and prepare by reading what the judges are going to score me on. Everyone has their own ritual, … Read Full Article »

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- I had to chuckle when I walked passed this Lululemon retail outlet. I felt sorry for the mannequins that also had to endure the recall of all their clothing. This being the speech season in Toastmasters, I wondered how many times I presented a speech and almost immediately after finishing, wanting to also, “recall” … Read Full Article »

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Show #034 – Smart Talk – The Public Speakers Guide to Success in Every Situation

January 28, 2013

Several days ago I received an invite to review Lisa B Marshall’s latest book – Smart Talk – The Public Speaker’s Guide to Success in Every Situation I read some of the excerpts from the books website – SmartTalkSuccess.com So I wrote a review on Amazon – Read my and Other Reviews on Amazon Public … Read Full Article »

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TDK053 – Terry Interviewed on Leadership Makeover Radio Show

November 24, 2012

   I was interviewed on BlogTalkRadio by Kamran Akbarzadeh of the Leadership Makeover Radio Show. I spoke about Dawn of the INNERpreneur – the presentation I gave at the District 42 Spring Conference / April 2011. Leadership Makeover Radio Show I describe how I discovered INNERpreneurship, better communication skills and leadership abilities through my various … Read Full Article »

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TDK052 – Leadership Style – There is Room for YOU

November 12, 2012

When we think of a leader, the first vision that comes to mind is an athletic photogenic person with a charasmatic demeanor and commanding presence. Well, it may not hurt, but moments after the dust settles, we deal with the important qualities of that leader; What are they like to work with? Can they make … Read Full Article »

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Show #033 – Youth Leadership Program (YLP) – Online Webinar – by Fred Jones – District 21

October 3, 2012

Today I interview toastmaster Fred Jones of District 21 (British Columbia, CANADA). In January of 2012, Fred facilitated an online webinar on various youth leadership topics. I had the pleasure of both presenting and absorbing the 20 minute presentations by us 6 Toastmasters. Fred has been a Toastmaster for many years, hailing from Ontario, CANADA. … Read Full Article »

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