First Woman in 20 years Wins World Championship of Public Speaking

  First woman in 20 years wins World Championship of Public Speaking - The Toastmaster magazine, October 2008 - By Paul Sterman and Beth Black As a girl growing up in a small Texas town, LaShunda Rundles regularly gave speeches and presentations – at events such as church programs, high school banquets and conventions. Not that she chose to do so ­– she was terrified at the prospect of facing audiences. It was Rundles’ mother – a local educator ­­– who steered her into such app

Great Leaders Choose Toastmasters – Toastmasters at McGraw-Hill

Harold "Terry" McGraw III, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. graciously took the time last year to explain his corporation's support for Toastmasters clubs. Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies provide global information services in the financial services, education and business information markets through brands such as Standard Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, Business Week and J.D. Power and Associates. The corporation has more than 280 offi

Productivity Tool Kit For Entrepreneurs

If you are online as a business person or an entrepreneur I thought it would be interesting to come up with a must have productivity tool kit (there's option or two).  The following collection are tool that I utilize to keep my productivity high. Email is critical in today's business world, and a smart, intuitive and easy-to-access tool is key.  Microsoft Outlook is used by most businesses and in some way may be integrated with your iphone or Blackberry.  Google and Yahoo offer free email ser

Toastmaster Tips – 10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Top executives often fall flat on their faces as speakers. How come intelligent, business-savvy people end up boring their audiences? They fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with practice and honest feedback. Speaking for 20 minutes before the right group of people can do more for your career than spending a year behind a desk! Rob Sherman, an attorney and public speaker in Columbus, Ohio, says in an article in the Toastmaster magazine to avoid these mist

Toastmaster Tips – 10 Tips for Public Speaking

Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to control your butterflies and give better presentations: Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Know more about it than you include in your speech. Use humor, personal stories and conversational language – that way you won’t easily forget what to say. Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out loud with all equipment

What Qualities Represent a Great Leader?

[audio:001_A_021_Ted Henderson_Quote9CalvinCoolidge_2009_02_08.mp3] It's popular to believe that a cigar chewing, crew-cut, fire breathing son of a gun, gets the most out of people and is the prototype of a great leader. You do occasionally find instances of this but let's take a moment and think of modern US history from WWII forward.  Does this description fit Franklin Delano Roosevelt? No, he doesn't fit the mold. Harry Truman? No. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King?  No. I think you get

How to Approach a Job Search

Be 100% Focused on Your Goal One of the main reasons job searches are either unsuccessful or frustratingly slow is that either you aren’t sure what you want or you aren’t treating it as a “do or die goal”. What this means is simply that you need to have the perseverance and the will to refuse to accept not achieving your goal. In other words you have to be single-minded and goal focused. After all it is “your” job you are chasing after but you have to outlast the pack. You are Your

Intelligent Online Networking “Must-Do’s”

1) Get a Grownup Email Address You aren't a teenager anymore.  An email account such as sugarpiehoneybunch69" isn't going to help you connect with the CEO of a Fortune 1000 company or any other meaningful business contact. You will be better served by using your own or your personal address at your own domain name. You can also purchase email accounts at Godaddy  which offers unique personalization. It allows you to send and receive email using popula

Networking is a Science – Part II

Networking and Career Strategy - The Job Search Strategy I recently read an article in the May 2008 Business Week that men are experiencing a harder time between jobs because they aren't willing to take lower pay for a less socially desirable position.  For example going from a $30 hour position to becoming a greeter at WalMart can cause considerable angst to most people Also, the author of this article points out that according to some analysts, men might not be as good at the soft skills su

Networking is a Science – Part 1

In Your Face! Online networking works, but relationships are the most important part of the process. Using the Internet to exchange ideas, share knowledge and increase visibility will only become more essential in the coming years. Online networking is really catching on in business and professional circles.  However, face-to-face networking isn’t going away, but is augmented by its online brethren. A key point to remember, face-to-face networking groups continue to expand. The huge growth of