- Producer23/04/2017AbundanceEnis is a great addition to the club and when he speaks about abundance to the club, he represents that very spirit. There is no congruence between who he actually is and what his message is. It is not useful to call that authenticity but it is...
Meeting this week is detailed at the Toastmaster HiveTo Dare is To Dowww.bebee.com "To Dare is to Do" is the motto of Tottenham Hotspur football club, originally noted in its latin " Audere est Facere. This will be the theme at...
- Producer10/04/2017Pierce Hawthorne was a ToastmasterThis week since we are only meeting on the Monday, I thought it would be fun to inject some humour into the theme. Not because Pierce Hawthorne used to be a character on the show "Community" but that firstly Pierce Hawthorne's character was a...
- Producer03/04/2017Success MastersIn February the offshoot Saturday club was initiated and over the last seven weeks a core group of people have begun to attend regularly though it is only a handful. What is important is that this core group are all new members and the Saturday...
- 27/03/2017This is NOT POLITICAL. This is a great example of what a difference a great story, told in a great way, can make to your audience.Obama’s incredible final speech is making everyone ask why he can’t have a third termwww.independent.co.uk Exactly eight years ago Barack Obama faced his first presidential election and the mantra “Fired up, ready to go!” perfectly summed up the mood and tenor of the time. Casting his mind back to then, America’s orator-in-chief recalled the anecdote...
- Producer26/03/2017Get to the PointI prove here how difficult it is for people to get to the point even when they are showing us or teaching us how to GET TO THE POINT. If we get to the point then what follows is of no consequence because we already know. Yet surely we do not be...
Comments27/03/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 ADDENDUM: This is a 30 minute interview with Richard Branson. To earn the interview, the video podcaster was taken to Branson's island by boat, but he had to swim from the boat to the Island ! The net insight here is that even if I tried an elevator pitch to get Branson's attention, nothing is guaranteed unless Branson himself is paying attention.
The great question in the interview was "how far is too far?" to which Branson replied you have to protect the downside, which is true to form of entrepreneurs like him - to take risks but with conservative measures of survival. After I heard all this - the actual value of "get to the point" is underscoring a master-servant relationship - or at least a one shot Eminem moment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yhyp-_hX2s27/03/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 Notice whose idea it was and who is under pressure to get to the point - the point being NOT Richard Branson. We are a society that is enamoured by superheroes like Richard Branson, but here we overlook his actual superpower, which is "entrepreneurial ADHD" ( a good thing! ) as this Entrepreneur article points out https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/252231
Along with his dyslexia that he talks about in interviews that he credits made him drop out of school, I think "Get to the Point" with Richard Branson is actually a one-sided proposition - for we are the one's who need to get his attention (thus the elevator pitch) in order to communicate with him, but he has no obligation to reciprocate with us, but what I can guarantee is that if you and I were to get to the point with Richard Branson, his next thought would be a new idea - "Gosh, that has given me another idea !" By the time the elevator ride is over he would be leaving with a new idea in his head, but not the one we pitched him - and we would be kicking ourselves for "Wasting 30 seconds !" The irony of an actual elevator pitch with Richard Branson is divine !
At that point when Branson's ADHD mind is unleashed, the whole elevator lark is a part of his non-stop enjoyment of life, that is the whole point of him having his own Island. Personally, I decided a long time ago that my personal island is my own home and I never had the imagination to go beyond my own front door. In some ways you @Dean Owen have a greater affinity with Richard Branson when it comes to love of travel and new experiences, but I am more like him in the way we free associate :-)
- Producer21/03/2017Weekend WarriorsIt is only a few weeks in and it is still a small group but it is a loyal and dedicated group and that represents the birthing of a community within a community. Often we seek to create change in the world without creating change where we stand. ...
Comments21/03/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 It is a grand effort here at beBee to, among the many challenges is foster the same spirit in a campus environment that we enjoy here. The chief difference is that most students have short-term mindsets that amount to their TIME at the college. They literally are "DOING TIME" - but there are students who see the long-term value and couple of them (alumni) are returning later in the summer - and when they arrive what a blessing this will be - not just to have one space of brilliance but two, one in the virtual space of beBee and one in the physical space of HMC - the campus that hosts this weekend warrior learning lab.21/03/2017 #2 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeThis is a well-thought buzz @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I enjoyed reading it immensely. Of particular interest for me is your writing "…that represents the birthing of a community within a community. Often we seek to create change in the world without creating change where we stand". Community within community is a nested structure and is the beginning of the formation of a social fractal. Sheer beauty this is. And then you proceed to write "The opportunity is to operate under a system of order (Monday meeting) entwined with a system of chaos (Saturday". In every chaotic system we find regions of order and your finding is superb.
This is a grand effort my friend.
- 26/02/2017VOICE is one component of many that we cover for the benefit of students at our campus club. Steve Knight covers aspects of voice in his post at LinkedIn
There are two choices in public speaking, pay for a 2 day course or treat public speaking and associated competent leadership as a continous improvement exercise. I favour the tortoise here over the hare strategy. In practice public speaking training favours the tortoise first. There is alway options to pay for the hare once one is accomplished as a competent speaker. Like anything in life the valuation of return on investment depends on one's own learning goals and long-term development plans.
http://www.yourvoiceispower.nl/why-is-it-for-you CloseIs President Trump a Good Public Speaker?www.linkedin.com Over the past few weeks, not surprisingly, many of my clients and course participants have asked me that question and it's usually followed by,...
- Enjoy Your SundayUnwritten - Natasha Bedingfield - Lyrics i hope u like it i looked for the lyrics on varios sites and all of them say oh oh instead of no no so im not really sure what its suppose to be -FAIR USE-...
- Producer25/02/2017Internal Renaissance The good thing about the new beginnings to a new Saturday meeting schedule is that we can be assured that our meeting room will never be bumped and we don't have to change meeting day at the turn of every semester. Every semester the demands of...
Comments27/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 It is too early to say what will be produced in the productive. We use this word productive but often most people are focused on productive either on what is visible now or worse, "what have you done for me lately". Passion is only useful if it has a fly-wheel effect, often passion is injected but it evaporates with time - but if passion is a momentum creator then what gets produced in the productive is something worth waiting for. We tend to call that vision without relating vision to what is produced or vision that in retrospect is eventually called success. There is a big difference between visionary profession and personal brand - it is the latter our society consume as consumers of short-term needs and wants. That is why it is too early to say what will be produced in the productive.
- Producer25/02/2017Emoji 💪💪💪💪💪💪 💪💪💪💪💪💪 EmojiEvery generation has a moment where in the height of a young life have a moment where what that generation did was very cool but became the historical moment that we don't want to footnote. My generation experienced this in the 70's where there was...
- Producer22/04/2016Top 5 Career Lessons for Millennials & Gen ZAs a 40-something member of Generation X, I have some career advice for Millennials. This advice is also applicable to Gen Z, the younger demographic following in the footsteps of their Millennial predecessors. These two groups represent a new...
Comments19/02/2017 #22 CityVP 🐝 ManjitThe core of this buzz is excellent. Personally I am developing a new twitch about marketing labels such as millennials, gen x, boomer etc - for if we are able to be conditioned to the label, maybe we will be the depicted stereotype. That is about the label.
The wisdom of a life in work carry timeless principles - maybe the the third item I see differently i.e. network on social media, because I prefer the simpler "network intelligently" . Social media is "media" and young people know that, and for them it is superfluous to say that networking today is virtual - the reality of mobile is a day-to-day reality for each successive generation that is making their way into the work world and those yet to come.
Young people are not extending their nervous systems, they are extending their inner circle so there is no loss of immediacy of people in those closely knit and small private groups. Where young people do feel the pinch and pain is in finding a job, even one that is well below their capability and in this regard the market is steadily becoming dog-eat-dog.
I have no qualms in the advice given here, very sound and to the point. The labels well as honourable Jews may say, they are Meh!19/01/2017 #18 Brian McKenzie#16 @Harvey Lloyd "I find that all too many people rely on education, experience and other very tangible things when presenting themselves." I have found HR Departments are far more interested in your Spirit Animal than education, experience, or precedence of revenue performance. *Hint - mine is a Minotaur with a Scorpion Tail armed with a Soviet Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher - I call him Pavel.18/01/2017 #16 Harvey Lloyd@David B. Grinberg this applies to all. I am finding that 40+ somethings are in the job market or want to be and they are having the same difficulties.
If there was any one piece of advice that draws us to your well designed post it would be the word value. I am you are a certain value. The question to answer is how i am valuable to the employer or customers i seek. The fundamentals you have displayed here are excellent. Putting teeth in them requires developing a value set that potential money making opportunities want you.
I find that all too many people rely on education, experience and other very tangible things when presenting themselves. What a potential company wants to know in the end can they make money with you. I use the word money in a very broad sense. Not just profit, but also your interaction with others and how you will impact the total landscape.
Knowing your fit within the structure before you interview or sell will show through in the process. Projecting yourself within the organization once in, is something that creates value going forward.26/10/2016 #8 David B. Grinberg#7 Thanks for sharing your excellent insights @Flávio Rodrigues Vieira. I agree that when life knocks you down, the best thing is get right up again. Try and try and try until you succeed. The interesting thing is people recall the breakthroughs and successes, rather than any setbacks it took to get there along the way.26/10/2016 #7 Flávio Rodrigues Vieira@David B. Grinberg How wise my friend, thanks for sharing, I had the opportunity to read before, before working in the insurance industry, already delivered pizza as you age 16, was apprenticed to marketer, worked in shops convenience, stockist, general assistant, trainee salesman in a construction material store, fitter, painter, mason, were so many learning efforts, I believe that a great lesson is to determine, once in a music studio that also worked the director told me something very interesting, to achieve success he needed to drop 10 times, and the secret was always the same, the determination fell? get up, fell again? get up again, as long as life continues to follow their dreams, they will come!23/04/2016 #5 David B. Grinberg#4 Thanks for sharing you valuable feedback Neville. Yes, I concur that labels can indeed be divisive, especially in the workplace setting. In fact, I like to say that age is just a number. However, the media and society at large continue to perpetuate labels for various generations and then articulate their purported strengths and flaws, etc. This strikes me as a right of passage per se of every new generation coming of age, as the media tries to dissect their attributes or lack thereof. I recall, for instance, when I was growing up Gen X was dubbed, "The Lost Generation" and other unflattering terms. I'm sure that Gen Z will be the next demographic to come under scrutiny by media and society as they start to enter the work world. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments, kind sir!23/04/2016 #4 Neville Gaunt@David B. Grinberg that's a lovely read! Now a thought... what if we stopped talking of gen X or Y, Millennials, baby-boomers and the like and just spoke of human beings? At 57 years old your blog is totally relevant to people my age and those of my parents' age. Labels may be useful to put things in context but don't you find they can be damaging too?
- 17/02/2017Very good piece about communication basics that was shared at LinkedIn by Raffaela Cefalo - most of the eight points are highly relevant to practice, after all it is practice which makes these skills that much more perfect.8 Secrets of Great Communicatorswww.linkedin.com When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we’re pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren’t nearly...
- 10/02/2017Congratulations to the first four recipients of the Competent Communicator Award for the current college year and to Daniel for attaining the Advanced Toastmasters Bronze Award for Public Speaking.A Round of Congratulationssheridanbruinstoastmasters.wordpress.com With Daniel’s ACB submission, that is our fifth education award submission of the year. We would like to honour all who completed their CC’s programs this year also. Flynn, Furqan...
- Producer08/12/2016Thursday's Thought: 4.2 seconds or 4 minutes -- What Are YOU Missing?Before you read this, please watch the short video below. A fast-moving montage or a moment-by-moment experience: Which is more powerful?There is clearly energy in the incredibly fast-moving 4.2 seconds of scenes first shown above. I was pulled...
Comments12/12/2016 #26 Susan 🐝 Rooks#24 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, I actually would prefer something like that to living with anyone again. I've been single now for about 15 years, but there are certainly nice things about being paired up. I just also need my own space . . . no one argues with me about anything, which of course has both upsides and downsides. I rule. But I also goof. Hmmmm.11/12/2016 #23 Susan 🐝 Rooks#22 Trust me, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, you would! It's really small (although there is a full basement, which helps!), but it has 15' ceilings, no walls (except for the bathroom), and a sun porch that is all windows, which overlook the bay. It's on the southwest side of the cottage, so yes -- the sunsets are amazing. I plan to be here for a looooooooong time!11/12/2016 #17 Susan 🐝 Rooks#5 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, wasn't it, though? I couldn't believe how much work must have gone into it after I saw all the details. And it did make me laugh, which is always a good thing.
Yes, some of my friends still are a bit frantic, but having purchased, renovated, and moved to my tiny 525 s.f. cottage on the Bay here in Massachusetts, I've relaxed a LOT. How much do I need, anyway? Very little. My wonderful dogs. Heat now that it's winter. A few friends to talk with, walk with, and hug. Seriously amazing sunsets. It's a long list, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
Thanks for continuing your support for my posts; I really appreciate it.11/12/2016 #16 Susan 🐝 Rooks#12 @Ken Boddie, as usual you're cracking me up! And yes, auto correct is a terror . . . and to your point in your other comment, I'm also much more careful now to "smell those roses" because at my age, I have a much shorter time in front of me than behind me. Pure fact. So I want to make sure I leave this existence happy that I LIVED.
Thanks for your continued support and contributions to my posts.09/12/2016 #8 Jan 🐝 BarbosaAs of now technology is moving us to faster moving but impersonal world... We chat in our phones instead of speaking and sometimes have reduced the power of a Sentence into a single Emoji yet we always feel we lack time.... Not in
Control of our destinies... Yes... after a few decades we understand that while thinking of the possibilities of the Future we lost the past.09/12/2016 #6 Praveen Raj GullepalliA million dollar question dear Susan! To keep up the pace...or pace things out...to rush along or pause to smell the roses...here's something that I have always found rejuvenating...haunting melody...lovely video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk_sAHh9s08
- 18/01/2017The theme of our next club meeting on Monday 23rd January 2017 will be OUR BUSHIDO. The theme addresses two things
1. The Toastmasters Promise
2. The Individual Member
Our club is restricted to members of the college so understanding the relationship between the promise and the individual member is important in how that may inform the long-term club culture. Culture emerges, it is not made or something that is installed.
OUR BUSHIDO references the "The Bushido Code" - a mythological view of the mythic honour code of the Samurai. All societies and organizations are built of mythological bricks. When we cannot appreciate the role of mythology we simply relegate existence into a bucket called BS. That is a most unimaginative way of exploring values and culture code.
On Monday we are borrowing a word [Bushido] that has very little basis in actual Japanese culture, and the key here is not what an honour code is, but what is the relationship between a cultural foundation based on promises and an individual foundation based on experience and personal learning. The mythology that comes out of that go by names such as "leadership" and "greatness" and that is the end value.
- 01/01/2017Jim Dent compiled 15 quotes from the Founder of Toastmasters - Dr Ralph C. Smedley : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/15-quotes-from-ralph-smedley-founder-toastmasters-dent-lssbb-dtm
Comments02/01/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 ManjitAdditional quotes from Dr. Ralph C. Smedley
http://www.greatthoughtstreasury.com/author/ralph-c-smedley02/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The only mark against Toastmasters was corrected in the early 70's when they finally admitted women to the membership, otherwise yes he had a vision for the betterment of people, a vision that all great people tend to have or desire. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/obituaries/sdut-helen-blanchard-toastmasters-international-2013may31-story.html02/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 I treat it as an offline learning lab just as I treat the online space as a learning lab. I do have an affinity with founder values, organizations can become huge and vested with different people's interpretations, learning to develop a feel for source is something I enjoy. What I like about Smedley most is his total devotion to education.
- 21/12/2016Medium article by Cat Small
How to be a Public Speaker within One Year
https://medium.com/@cattsmall/how-to-become-a-public-speaker-in-1-year-introduction-3e729d1228bf#.5k2utp1nlHow to become a public speaker in 1 year: Introductionmedium.com Become a good speaker with this...
- Producer13/12/2016A Night of Tens"A Night of Tens" in Toastmasters terms is an approach I have taken to celebrate the 10th Speech of a Toastmasters program, by holding a night for nothing but 10th Speeches. Just as "The Next Generation" is an approach I took for the introductory...
Comments14/12/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 ManjitAs I move forward I acknowledge the discovery of people in the Toastmasters community with surprising levels of depth and fascinating interests such as digital marketing and creative media designer Leah Hovig
http://www.shinyotaku.com View moreAs I move forward I acknowledge the discovery of people in the Toastmasters community with surprising levels of depth and fascinating interests such as digital marketing and creative media designer Leah Hovig
Leah Hovig - Professional Page
http://leahhovig.com/ Close13/12/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 Your first paragraph is the main point - that there are and have been people like you Max, who joined Toastmasters. It is a good lesson for me to have learned that I only take away from that discovery if my attention is directed to those who serve only an egotistic purpose of draining energy from others.
In reality, life from time to time can have its battles - and the lesson here is choosing the one's worth fighting. Rather than walking away from the worst experiences, I now let myself know what I am walking towards. The brilliance that is now gathering in my campus club right now is well worth walking towards - the rest becomes extraneous bandwidth - an attention that wastes spirit.13/12/2016 #2 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee"My principal message to our campus club members was that I did not need to give them an inspirational speech because the club itself is inspiring, that the students in the room where the actual inspiration and the underlying personal message was quitting the habit of quitting". Quit the habit of quitting- this is the elegance and deep thinking of @CityVP Manjit
- Producer06/12/2016The Next GenerationOur four newest club speakers came together to deliver the best opening speech day I can remember during my past five year association with all Toastmasters clubs that I have been a member of. The theme of the meeting was The Next Generation and...
Comments06/12/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMississauga Campus Expansion
- Producer16/11/2016The Bursary LetterA request by a fellow Toastmaster Ivan, who asked the group if any of them have written a bursary letter. The chief advice given to him was to contact someone in the Financial Aid Office and that bursary letters differ with individual...
- Producer08/11/2016Journey Journal 02 | Great to be back with FamilyI took time apart from activities, work and toastmasters because of my ACL injury. This past month after my arthroscopic knee surgery, I took the time to develop, meditate and reflect on what is important in life. It is true, at our Sheridan...
Comments17/11/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#2 Daniel, most plans do not come together because we make it so but because of how the DNA behind those plans flows.
Some plans are made by RED DNA- these people can be a little or a lot out-of-flow but yet find a way of making something, but the question I ask is, do I want to be a part of what it is they made?
Some plans are made by AMBER DNA - these don't know what flow is and they everyday people, making everyday plans, the question I ask is, do I want to drift in what they made?
Some plans are made by GREEN DNA - these are people who may not know what flow is, but they are fully in flow - they are passionate and alive, curious and alive - and the plans these people make - well who would not want to be a part of that making.
Bradley is one of those people with Green DNA, I have seen students whose DNA is an amber majority and at our club we have attracted very little that is red - where we have, those students have long since gone. There is great energy in the club right now, an energy that has finally attracting flow. Any of us can be get pulled into Amber and life circumstances can even move us into red - but there is green DNA rather that is transforming in the club right now - and this is a good moment that will define the coming months.
Just because our regular Toastmasters room contains red, amber and green tables does not make tables people. People are people and the people that now get attracted to our club, may more than likely be those with green DNA.16/11/2016 #2 Daniel Anupol#1 Thanks @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for the feedback. I am learning alot from you in the way you write blogs and share stories. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to write. I truly appreciate it. I also admire how you are an intelligent observer - so intrigued about our new guests and bulding relationships with them like bradley, our guest last meeting.16/11/2016 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitDon't know how I missed this @Daniel Anupol but better late than never. For sure great to see you back at the club and a great note about the networking meeting. I liked how you mixed in the relationship with the next generation of members, with your earlier experiences of the club with former executives, way back when you first came to the club. A good club has its processes in place, but a great club builds a history and then a legacy. These time stamps seem to feel in the moment know, but over the long haul, they build a footprint to the club as a timeline and a development journey. Loved that you are maintaining the ethos "We Are Family". Glad to have you back after your knee operation and love the enthusiasm !
- 03/11/2016The beBee Millennial Infographicstd1.bebee.com
- Producer21/10/2016What Every Great Presenter Knows That Closes Deals And Leads PeopleMy Grandmother, Julie (Barrett) Kearley was a people magnet. She had a knack with people that truly amazed me. She had a mind like a steel trap, which meant she remembered everything like names, birthdays and stories, and she had the most gentle of...
Comments22/10/2016 #8 CityVP 🐝 ManjitWe can become so enamored with technique that we can lose the connection between storytelling and human spirit, and this buzz brings that human connection back into sharp focus. It is not that we must incorporate storytelling in our speech, but that first we rekindle the art of storytelling as storytellers ourselves. Storytelling as content marketing is a very different proposition to storytelling as a personal flow. Modern marketing has turned us into a society of manipulators looking for some form of advantage in the war for attention, whereas connection reminds us that storytelling is something that comes from our communal response than a marketing response. Young people are getting smarter than Gen X and Boomers in this regard, they can smell a spin or an attempt to market us with storytelling, and a storyteller who is first focused on being in flow with narrative.22/10/2016 #7 Michele WilliamsWhat's your story? The power of the narrative you tell:
"Stories unite teams.
Stores motivate people to make a change.
Stories sell ideas.
Stories build relationships.
Stories are culture.
Stories change lives."
STORIES launch and build businesses!
Thanks, @Paul 🐝 Kearley22/10/2016 #5 Susan 🐝 Rooks@Paul 🐝 Kearley, you know you're right and so do we! Stories are what we remember.
I've been a presenter for more than 20 years, and even when teaching such exciting topics as American grammar, I use stories and humor. And I also do not use PowerPoint or any other electronic media. Because I'm teaching a specific skill, I do give out workbooks, but I still include stories and humor, mainly to keep my students awake.
Great post, and thanks!21/10/2016 #4 Harvey LloydGreat post @Paul 🐝 Kearley. Amy Cuddy was a great Ted Talk. Engaging folks is different today. They truly want to experience what you have, when they commit to your organization. With no story to present today's employees feel lost. I am a deeply pragmatic person. Storytelling is a skill i am trying to develop. Funny at times.21/10/2016 #3 David B. GrinbergThanks for sharing this "sweet honey" Paul. You are absolutely correct that effective presentations and speeches are often based on great storytelling, at least in part. This is because people can relate to stories which exemplify the human condition and spirit. Thanks for the excellent advice. Buzz on, my friend!
- Producer19/09/2016PUBLIC SPEAKING : YES, YOU CAN !Most people feel nervous and jittery when they have to make a presentation or give a talk, and yet as one grows in life and advances on the career path, this cannot be avoided.Now, a little nervousness is quite natural and human, especially if it is...
Comments20/09/2016 #4 Hans Dholakia#3 #2 Thank you for reading the blog. Yes, not eating a heavy meal just before giving a talk is scientific, because otherwise our life force gets preoccupied in handling the stuff we ate. Wherever energy goes, so does consciousness. That makes it hard for us to focus on the talk, a heavy meal can in fact make us feel dull and sleepy. On the other hand, taking some juice or nuts a while before the talk, provides enough nourishment, so you don't feel exhausted, either. But nothing helps public speaking so much as regular meditation does. It can make the mind so creative yet so calm. On each of the ten points enumerated in the blog, I actually provide online coaching through Skype video. It may be about two sessions in all of an hour each, and longer if meditation is dealt with at length. Cheers - Hans, www.hansyoga.com