The Top Ten Leadership Qualities

I often come across blog posts or articles that just need to be shared. This terrific article on leadership by David Hakala is one that I think will resonate with many. I would love to hear your comments on this post. The Top 10 Leadership Qualities, By David Hakala on March 19, 2008 Leadership can be defined as one's ability to get others to willingly follow. Every organization needs leaders at every level. Leaders can be found and nurtured if you look for the following character traits. A l

A New Community Of Hope Formed!

As you know, I am a passionate advocate of utilizing biblical principles and Christian faith as a guide for success in my life. Toastmasters has been a very important part of my personal and public life and I wanted to share an article that shows so clearly just how amazing and important speech, communication and community are. In Today's Time of Despair, Fear, and Economic Uncertainty Two Women Offer Free Career-Building Workshops: "Pursuing Your Professional Dreams" As the saying goes, it'

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

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