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Success Masters at HMC

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Success Masters is a program led by CityVP Manjit as a part of the Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters Club. It is for students and alumni of Sheridan College in Mississauga. and is a private membership Toastmasters Club as a non-profit with an educational mandate.

This hive is principally about my role as VP of Education at Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters Club in Mississauga, Canada but is also about Club Development and Practices including the formation of the "Success Masters" program on Saturday as a supplement and complimentary event to the regular Monday meetings.

Opinions are of the individual member and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the club or college. Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters Club was established by our Faculty Advisor, Ruben Burga in 2012.
  1. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Physical Intelligence - Day 85
    Physical Intelligence - Day 85During my Saturday "Success Masters" grouping our President-Elect Enis happened to ask the one question during our impromptu speaking challenge that DOES benefit from a personal brand response, because the alternative is touching the area of the...
  2. ProducerAli 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Simple Values Interactions
    Simple Values InteractionsI love comments that stretch my mind and fold it so that new attractors form with new possibilities. The comments of the great mind of Harvey Lloyd fall under this category. This is best exemplified in his comments on my buzz "Is It Better to Have...


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    23/06/2017 #30 gboy touray
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    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    23/06/2017 #29 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #27 Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- I greatly appreciate your wisdom and reasoning. I have to tag dear @Harvey Lloyd to your superb comment and I wish he would first respond to your great comment. Your comprehension and appreciation of others are really overwhelming.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    23/06/2017 #28 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #26 Thank you so much for your invigorating comment and appreciation of the comment of our friend @Harvey Lloyd. Dear @🐝 Fatima G. Williams- I am drinking from the cup that is filled with your wisdom. I find your comment rich and gorgeous. It flows smoothly and touches the heart.Your writing "For we do not grow alone we use the immediate surrounding and the people around us to grow and shine" is exemplary of your beautiful mind and heart.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/06/2017 #27 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Harvey Lloyd's viewpoint is well worth framing within this buzz because the link to success is unarguable. It also reiterates what a great mind Harvey possesses based on a bedrock of PRACTICAL experiences - for the success relationship that Harvey articulates here is a practice.

    Now comes the challenging part for my own learning. Where do I store this golden nugget. In the framing it has been attached to complex systems and as an emergence, but the point Harvey made is way more practical than emergent scenarios. So I decided not to place this in my Violet Hive.

    Clearly the values articulated by Harvey are also a great leadership lesson. The great leadership lesson here is not the observation that Harvey's values contributes to his success, but that Harvey practices what he preaches. On this point alone, I would place this in my Blue Hive. Yet there is a group of people that are small number that I interact with, where this golden nugget can be pulled out of the draw when times come that I need it - a show and tell moment, rather than a capture thought.

    So it is I decided that this buzz will be placed in my Success Masters hive. With students it is never a case of "you must read this piece" because without those students having a personal context in which the values conversation can take place, this buzz remains a golden nugget, to pull out at the right time, as a one-on-one interaction. Even if I asked students to read this, they are told by their professors and their TA's and their social media to read this, and read that, and they will and the real golden nugget of what Harvey has said here will be lost on them - but as timely opening of the draw, it is a simple values interaction.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    22/06/2017 #26 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    An exemplary buzz on the universal truth in life.
    My values drive my success as I bring value to others. These words are golden Harvey and should be the base foundation for our drive to success.
    For our values help us grow, learn and achieve sucess and when it is purpose driven we add value to others we meet along the way who are part of the journey we are on. For we do not grow alone we use the immediate surrounding and the people around us to grow and shine. And when we shine we shed light enabling others to see a well defined path.
    Thank you to the exemplary minds that have contributed to this discussion. A cup of knowledge and I'm still thirsty. As I keep drinking my cup runs empty and I will continue to find ways to fill my cup.
    Apologies for coming late into commenting on this enriching buzz.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/06/2017 #24 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #23 WOW! I am so pleased that you are going to write more on this newly-found paradox @Sara Jacobovici. Your comment inspired me with this paradox and the credit is yours.
    Sara Jacobovici
    16/06/2017 #23 Sara Jacobovici
    #22 Your insightful and inspiring expansions are very exciting @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Very much wish to explore the paradox you've identified further; "intellectualism that leads us far from understanding". Thank you.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/06/2017 #22 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #20 Dear@Sara Jacobovici- if I were to be asked who is the bee who reads your intentions of writing" my answer shall be you. Your comment is just precisely my intention of writing this buzz.
    I find the simplicity of your comment hugely important and I urge you to buzz on it. I intend too myself. I paused on your writing "I think it's because we need to break things down to intellectually understand how things work". I may also add the pride that an intellectual finds in dealing with issues that aren't easy. THis is a false pride. Your next statement is so powerful "... and stop the process there, we lose sight of the fact that such systems are dynamic and require continual interactions". This is the result of false pride. Is this a new paradox "The queen of paradoxes"? We say we are intellectual, but then this intellectualism that leads us far from understanding?
    I am so absorbed by your comment Sara and I now that it shall keep my mind busy till I formulate a buzz on it.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/06/2017 #21 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #19 You said it correctly dear @David B. Grinberg "The buzz is growing louder worldwide thanks to you and so many other brilliant bees". If it wasn't for the support, exchange of comments and appreciation as your comment is exemplary of I wouldn't have been able to make the buzz louder and so it is for other bees. I wish myself if I had more time to comment more because this is a great way to make beBee a more distinguished place. I appreciate your support beyond imagination.

    Sara Jacobovici
    16/06/2017 #20 Sara Jacobovici
    Another important and thought provoking buzz @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. You highlight the need for a simplicity that, unfortunately, our human nature finds difficult to accept; that is the human way, to complicate the simple. I think it's because we need to break things down to intellectually understand how things work. Yes, it's practical but we lose the trust of our ability to take in the whole and understand the "simple" fact. So when we identify the multiplicity of interactions that characterizes self-organizing systems, and stop the process there, we lose sight of the fact that such systems are dynamic and require continual interactions. This is where you come in and teach us: "I believe more that it is not only simple rules that lead to the emergence of new structural patterns; equally possible is the interactions of simple values to produce emerging patterns of human behavior. The choice is ours."
    David B. Grinberg
    16/06/2017 #19 David B. Grinberg
    #18 ...As do you, Ali. It's always an honor and pleasure to engage with your wonderful writing and thought-provoking prose. If only I had more time to read all of your beautifully written blog posts. You are indeed herculean, Ali, in helping to make beBee better and better! The buzz is growing louder worldwide thanks to you and so many other brilliant bees.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/06/2017 #18 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #17 And you deserve to receive the best always for you have such a humanly spirit dear @David B. Grinberg
    David B. Grinberg
    15/06/2017 #17 David B. Grinberg
    I agree with your assessment, Ali: "The real values are those that serve others. They aren't egoistic values being self-centered. For values to have a feedback effect they should extend beyond the boundary of self-interest."
    There's an important centuries-old quote (almost 1,000 years old) which I have tried to adopt as a manifesto in my own life experience:
    β€œFor it is in giving that we receive.” β€”Saint Francis of Assisi
    Tausif Mundrawala
    15/06/2017 #15 Tausif Mundrawala
    #14 Your buzzes have provided fodder to my thinking and believe me it prepares me for a very sound comment. Thank you so much for this gift, Sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    15/06/2017 #14 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #13 Thank you dear @Tausif Mundrawala for your very sound comment. At least values give us the direction to follow. People with jealousy and envy for others will have a different direction as they tend to fold on themselves. They limit their possibilities. Those people with positive values grow beyond their boundaries and great things may unfold for them unexpectedly.
    Tausif Mundrawala
    15/06/2017 #13 Tausif Mundrawala
    I think without values and principles, a human being would wander to unknown path. Our values helps us decide the path which leads us to our destiny. This world is waiting for all of us to make a difference in the best possible way and would serve others well. But there are people who fall prey to their negative emotions like jealousy, malice, grudge etc in order to ruin the life of others. Every person born on this earth is unique in it's own sense but very few realizes their own potential. You kept us waiting for this interactive session, Sir.

    Thanks for this wonderful buzz once again, Sir @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    15/06/2017 #10 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #8 Great comment @Harvey Lloyd. This line captured my mind and imagination "The perception of success often does not match the reality experienced". Yes, I agree.
    Through comment and as deep as an ocean
  3. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Right Chemistry
    The Right ChemistrySuccess in my book is a rather simple state, to be blessed with having people around who it is cool to be around and for me Phil Collins laid down the marker as to how best to appreciate success with his song "Another Day in Paradise".Β  That success...
  4. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Prolix - We Do Our Thing
    Prolix - We Do Our ThingThe Word of the Day during our Covfefe - The Evolution of Language session this Saturday was Prolix.Β  It was a good old fashioned word in a world where technologically we are based on brevity.Β  This world sized with the brain of a cell-phone window...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    19/06/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Which again is the point here Chas - the evolution of language. As words evolve they start being defined first informally and if the usage goes viral, then even formally as in becoming an adjective like "google".

    I don't know if the word SICK is diminishing now in its informal context but it is still being used by people in the community college I attend and maybe social trends take longer to reach Canada. Whatever the usage, the meaning of the word got changed because of the usage. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/sick

    Now consider some of the antonyms of prolix

    elliptic, concise, compact, aphoristic, curt, elliptical, apothegmatic, epigrammatic, terse, sententious, laconic, compendious, pithy, telegraphic, cryptic, brief etc

    140 character life is a cure against prolixity but it is given rise to the opposite of prolix, which is just as bad as being prolix.

    The fact that people are coming out and writing about the opposite effects as a current concern, just adds to how trends work. What is for sure is that none of us speak in the language of Shakespeare anymore so language evolves, but we are also further removed rather than closer to see someone of the caliber of Shakespeare appear as a significant culture shifter in our society. Instead America gave the world Donald Trump and now we get COVFEFE.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    19/06/2017 #4 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #3 I am not sure the slang usage of SICK is even used by the current generation; I think it met its demise and is sitting on a shelf next to my generation's use of "cool", "bitchin" and "Farout".
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/06/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Hi Chas, that is exactly my point. Long-form is what is now considered a tedium, whereas as the original definition of prolix was tedious writing, but this is more than long-form my personal style is to think out aloud - which means it is not meant to be a broadcast and the actual joke here is with my Toastmasters Club group, because I employ the same think out aloud style in my emails - knowing full well that only 1/3rd of regular email are actually ever read.

    That a modern music band that play digitally synthesized music decide to call themselves Prolix is what is most cool here ! That band has taken a term that is about boring and tedious writing and turn it into a hip name for a band. Now that is SICK !!!

    A decade ago SICK meant something unhealthy - now it means something really good - which is an evolution of language. Now Chas, go back to our digital world and all I am doing is questioning it - and why - because we have raised the bar on boredom, we need to check our cellphone and tweets every minute of the day because otherwise we can become anxious. Just like when Twitter and You-Tube goes down and suddenly it is a calamity for some, or if our email or text is not working for a few hours - and now it becomes a life and death issue for some people - and that is totally chronic. We need our hit of media because we cannot figure out that the underlying nature of anxiety works exactly the same in our bodies as the underlying nature of boredom. Ironic right - we have short bursts of novelty to escape our own digitally designed escape from boredom.

    I say a humungous PROLIX to all that - and just for good measure I have added an addendum to the buzz above which I call "The Dull Life of CityVP" as portrayed by the Monty Python team as a "Stockbroker". Enjoy the parody !
    Ian Weinberg
    18/06/2017 #2 Ian Weinberg
    Powerful message, comprehensively packaged and superbly articulated @CityVP 🐝 Manjit And yes indeed, I second it and endorse it totally.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    18/06/2017 #1 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    Don't take offense, but, the definition of Prolix in the dictionary I have is- adj. (of speech or a piece of writing) overlong and boring. -prolixity n.
  5. Gerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    Todd Rundgren - Berklee Commencement Address 2017
    Todd Rundgren - Berklee Commencement Address 2017 Songwriter, producer, recording artist, and pioneer of multimedia and computer technology, Todd Rundgren addresses the class of 2017 at Berklee's...


    Gerald Hecht
    19/06/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    #13 @Renée 🐝 Cormier yeah and the key was...I remember those turntables has 4 speeds 1) 78rpm, 2) 45rpm, 3) 33 1/3rpm, and 4) THE SECRET MUSIC TEACHER... 16rpm!
    So whenever I wanted to learn a guitar part, or whatever...just put the LP on and set it to 16rpm...until I heard the "ratio/construct thingie"...for solos...the "final exam" would be to set it to 45rpm and see if you could keep up....that's when my parents thought I was on hallucinogens, lol --listening to "Alvin and the Chipmunks"...
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    19/06/2017 #13 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #12 I think I get it. :)
    Gerald Hecht
    19/06/2017 #12 Gerald Hecht
    #11 @Renée 🐝 Cormier listening is the only way I know how to learn to play songs and what instrument (s) to best play them on; when I was kid I took piano lessons and I got good grades for reading and playing songs (according to the competition judging sheets...but --I never heard those songs... I still haven't heard some of them....then, years later I would hear songs that I really liked...was I supposed to go get the sheet music? That makes no sense...does it?
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    18/06/2017 #11 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #10 Er, you know there is stuff you can take for that enhanced psychedelic experience... Never been my thing, though.
    Gerald Hecht
    18/06/2017 #10 Gerald Hecht
    #9 @Renée 🐝 Cormier umm; just listening...I don't really know how to word it...like the music is a "snow globe"...and being inside and listening to everything
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    18/06/2017 #9 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #8 Do you mean listening with a more critical/analytical ear?
    Gerald Hecht
    18/06/2017 #8 Gerald Hecht
    #6 @Renée 🐝 Cormier yeah, the hard part is "forgetting" how to read it (at least when listening to it); I've always thought that the only "necessary and sufficient thingie" that defines being a musician is 1) learning to listen to it, and 2) there isn't anything other than "1)".

    That may sound "funny"...but I'm increasingly convinced that's the whole thing .
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    17/06/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Nice message. Like him, I have also feel that education should be a continuous process. It saddens me to see people not continue learning throughout their lives.

    Also, I find it interesting that he never learned to read music, I don't feel so bad now. It's always been a source of embarrassment for me. My father was a violinist and all my siblings can read music. As the last born of five, I didn't get the same encouragement with music as the others. Boo hoo, right? :)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/06/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Yep, he began his speech with honesty rather than some acted out false modesty, shared experiences of life that were genuine rather than scripted moments but also revealed his strengths in a "I'm good in those areas way" such as his music producer background, got two well deserved rounds of applause about 2 values that are important to him and he was not putting out agent-assisted personal brand like some grease monkey. I could talk to that kind of guy all day long and not tire of the conversation. We tend to band out that word authentic a lot - but we know it when we see it and in this particular speech we saw it.
    Gerald Hecht
    17/06/2017 #4 Gerald Hecht
    #3 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Agreed! It really struck me...as if I hadn't heard a human being speaking authentically out loud for a long time --or something...
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/06/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Very good speech, great humility, great lesson about perseverance, and how passions that others may not liked at the time can become pivotal life moments and ultimately in setting up the journey for learning (of course I completely resonate with Rundgren here) and that is what a good commencement speech should do and deliver. It even made me want to commence something. That is after all is the point of all commencement speeches, that lives shall commence. Those lives include us and not just graduating students.
    Gerald Hecht
    17/06/2017 #2 Gerald Hecht
    #1 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli πŸ’«βœ¨πŸ•ΆπŸ‘πŸ»
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    07/06/2017 #1 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Such an original he is! So self-actualised and aware. Thrilled to hear his story Gerry!
  6. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Ethos - Pathos - Logos
    Ethos - Pathos - LogosOn the 24th we will delver into the arena of persuasion, something that one of our club members (Ivan) brought up in recent meetings, so we will be going Aristotelian for the midday meeting.Β  First we should review a video that introduces us to...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/06/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 I like Cialddini's book on Influence and while his observations about the human condition are spot on, knowing that this is about conditioned response makes it feels manipulative and it does not sit well with me to take advantage of that which the other person is unaware of.

    What I like about ethos, pathos and logos is that it is shaped by our own rhetoric and thus the other part of Aristotle I like, which is his focus on virtues - which itself is a basis for happiness as a tangible outcome.

    Whether we use tricks to gain influence or tricks to induce a state of happiness such as focusing on positive thinking, we then become just as conditioned as the people whose conditioning we happen to have received a map for. Cialdini provides that map but there is something about feeling like a trickster in following the directions of this map that I find tricky. Just as fake it till we make it is another kind of trick.

    Exploring these things ourselves and in return being in flow with this exploration, that is the kind of sweet-spot I like.
    Gert Scholtz
    14/06/2017 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Perhaps you know of him already - wrt persuasion have a look at the work of Robert Cialdini.
  7. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Covfefe - The Evolution of Language
    Covfefe - The Evolution of LanguageThere are more than enough people commenting about Donald Trump's tweets and his style of communication that it does not require us to add more to that tsunami of media.Β  Instead on Saturday we will examine whether Donald Trump could have benefited...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/06/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Dear David, the media cannot have it both ways. in that they commented that during the debates that Trump could not see Clinton's baiting tactics and were critical of Trump for taking the bait.

    So how can the media comment on how easily Trump took Clinton's bait, that they could not see themselves taking Trump's bait. What was Trump's bait? The one thing that commercial media companies salivate for which is ratings.

    Just as the media were complicit in not following through on fact checking weapons of mass destruction but instead became a mouthpiece of the Bush Whitehouse, they also undermined the value of the Fourth Estate by taking the bait of Trump's ratings.

    The result of taking the ratings bait was that coverage for the 17 Republican Primary candidates was skewed. Trump not only knew the ratings bait was an effective strategy for him, but he even held court by withdrawing himself from a debate because he felt he could command ratings by holding his own debate.

    To allow ratings to determine coverage turned the Primaries into a Reality TV Show. Trump did not beat an exceptional line up of Republican candidates, he got them fired as the media took his ratings bait, and he stood in the middle of the debate telling other candidates that they are next to go - and that they are at the end of the line.

    Where was the Fourth Estate when the media dined on Trump's ratings bait, I will tell you where they were, counting their collective profits, it is they (commercial media who took Trump's bait.

    Here is Thomas Carlyle's quote from Stanford's review of the Fourth Estate "The fact of the matter is that democracy requires informed citizens." https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/cs181/projects/2010-11/Journalism/index7f0d.html?page_id=16 IMHO Democracy certainly does not require the ratings that created reality news and not just reality television.
    David B. Grinberg
    14/06/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos on a thought-provoking and important read, Manjit. You write, "Trump reminds us as students that going unscripted comes with peril and the more responsible the work we do is, the greater the potential and possible magnitude of that peril."
    You make an excellent point. However, I have a different take in this specific instance, as a student of the intersection between government/politics and media/journalism. To wit: my so-called "conspiracy theory" is that the specific word/text (or lack thereof) was used intentionally to throw off the news media's reporting of scandals 100% of the time. Thus, when viewed from that perspective it worked to some extent, as countless hours of real reporting by the mainstream media were indeed wasted trying to figure out this ridiculous riddle when it really meant nothing. But, if I'm correct, it's just the latest example of politicians mastering media manipulation to detract from real scandals that affect real people (and nations). Just think: all that cable news air time spent on such silliness could have been better spent on investigative reporting of issues that matter -- for which there is no shortage. Your thoughts?
  8. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Fasting as Health and as Metaphor
    Fasting as Health and as MetaphorOur VP of Membership delivers his talk to our club on Saturday about his health strategy called "Intermittent Fasting".Β Β  While some students from the faith of Islam are fasting to observe Ramadan, Daniel Anupol will be talking about his experience...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/06/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Continued this inquiry in my Physical Intelligence learning journey at Day 74 :
  9. Farshad Asl

    Farshad Asl

    #Leadership #Coaching Farshad Asl
  10. ProducerMohamed C. Abbassa
    About a success story
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  11. ProducerJohn Whitehead

    John Whitehead

    Using Your Body to Communicate: Five Forms of Body language
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  12. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Club Loyalty
    Club LoyaltyRight now we will continue to run "themes" from Monday to Saturday for both club meetings.Β  For various reasons the turnout was at the lowest level that we can hold a constructive and engaging meeting, and that threshold of four members attending...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/04/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    How important it was to think this is underscored that it is now 1am and I finally got to the last act of the day, which again is going to the gym. Writing it did get me more focused on solving our newly arising Saturday turnout issue. On Mondays we are fine and the club is well supported but Saturday we only have a handful of hardy members loyal to the new values defined as "success masters", which is meant to support our Monday Toastmasters program as a yin-yang relationship.
  13. ProducerRobert Cormack

    Robert Cormack

    You Don't Find An Audience. An Audience Finds You.
    You Don't Find An Audience. An Audience Finds You.β€œNo decent career was ever founded on a public.” F. Scott FitzgeraldThere was a time when F. Scott Fitzgerald couldn’t keep Zelda in mint juleps, a terrible thing considering every southern belle graded her husband on mint juleps. Poor Scott only...


    Robert Cormack
    20/04/2017 #12 Robert Cormack
    #10 Thanks @Geoffrey Cooling. Yes, the "why" seems to confuse a lot of peopleβ€”especially writers.
    Robert Cormack
    20/04/2017 #11 Robert Cormack
    Yes, @Praveen Raj Gullepalii, I guess we're the ex-generation, our own autobiographies showing up now as blog/posts waiting to be assembled at some future date. Thanks for the response.#9
    Geoffrey Cooling
    18/04/2017 #10 Geoffrey Cooling
    Understanding your why? Because if you dont understand it, how the hell are they supposed to! Great article.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    18/04/2017 #9 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Thanks Robert for that buzz. So much to ponder. All that which one endures and experiences in a lifetime, can at best add up to ONE great autobiography...or biography. If written well, liked by a publisher and then published. If one were to write a series of books on the trials and tribulations of his/her life, it would be daft of that one, to expect a continued patronage ;) For we are drawn by affinity, by mood, by circumstance, to writers, to topics and themes, be it in libraries/bookstores or online. Some type of books will eventually garner a global audience. In time. It is organic growth. There is marked difference between literary writing/genius and writing / crafting paperback best-sellers. The audiences are different. The need and hunger in both writer and reader is different. Thanks to the web, now everyone writes (almost). Just like everyone is a photographer (thanks to the camera phone). The now generation is bred on information overload and instant gratification...the sense of urgency is palpable. Hyper-connected and all that. Patronage is from niche groups, seeking or wanting to share information packaged diversely. Individuality is easily lost in the crowded market-place. The ex-generation struggles to be heard with their mature voices; and are mostly content on meaningfully connecting with like-minded audiences in closed groups and circles of influence. Not easy to find your 'place' or your 'voice'. Some of the older writers with their 'theme' or ethos were super brands. Their intent was to just write and express, painstakingly. With individuality. Urgency did not instigate a quick churn, as with many others even then. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a Papa rise again?
    debasish majumder
    18/04/2017 #8 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Robert Cormack! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Robert Cormack
    18/04/2017 #7 Robert Cormack
    #5 Thanks, @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, I guess that's why they call writing a task.
    Robert Cormack
    18/04/2017 #6 Robert Cormack
    Thanks, @Gert Scholtz, and to all the cats in my life#4
    Joyce 🐝 Bowen   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    17/04/2017 #5 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    Always fascinated by your topics and insights. It is so important for a writer to find his/her voice and a distinct one to boot. Not an easy task.
    Gert Scholtz
    17/04/2017 #4 Gert Scholtz
    @Robert Cormack "If you’re serious about writing, then you have to be serious about your intent. Find your own intent, your own theme, and let the cats come to you." Fantastic post Robert - and certainly this "cat" is following you.
    Robert Cormack
    17/04/2017 #3 Robert Cormack
    Thanks, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. I believe a lot of things taste better than a mouse.#1
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    17/04/2017 #2 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    cats may i have all your attention please? a good read!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    17/04/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    the cat in me found your article and it tasted better than a mouse ;-)
  14. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    To Dare is To Do
    To Dare is To Do"To Dare is to Do" is the motto of Tottenham Hotspur football club, originally noted in its latin " Audere est Facere.Β  This will be the theme at our Toastmasters club this week culminating in a Success Masters session on Saturday for students and...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/04/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 I totally agree with them, I have been following Tottenham since 1968 when I began supporting them as a 7 year old and this is the best football they have played in my life-time. Until they actually start winning trophies, they cannot be compared to the 1961 Tottenham team that became the first team to win the double.

    Arsenal have a $200 million transfer kitty yet they probably cannot keep Alexis Sanchez. Manchester United was meant to be the biggest team in the land (that is why Mourinho always wanted to manage them) but they might lose Griezman to Chelsea. If Arsenal and Chelsea price Manchester United out of key players, it is going to be tough for them to turnaround their transition quickly to a supreme force in football.

    If Liverpool qualify for the Champions League then Manchester United MUST win the Europa League this year (if they are unable to finish fourth) and that will be decided when they face off against a must win versus Manchester City. Lose that game and the route to the Champions League is through winning the Europa League - if Liverpool get there and Utd don't, that immediately makes Liverpool a top draw attraction (after all they have won the top prize in Europe FIVE times), if players around Europe see them as a re-awakened giant, Manchester United once again could be playing in the shadows of Liverpool.

    Tottenham have one huge problem - their form at Wembley under Pochettino is AWFUL. That they might be playing all their home games at Wembley is going to be a drawback if they don't adjust to the bigger pitch. With the White Hart Lane pitch being smaller and compact - the energetic style of Spurs delivers results. Pep also won't have two indifferent years at City.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    17/04/2017 #3 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    SPorts is a great field to show us how to live. In this buzz @CityVP you wrote two living wisdoms, to which I agree fully.
    "Luck does favour the brave.
    …which again signals that what we dare to is not about being the best, or taking the greatest risk but simply to live"
    In sports, not only we may live healthily; more important is deriving health view to life.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/04/2017 #2 Vincent Andrew
    Manchester United - do you see them winning the treble? They've already won the League Cup, Europa league and a fourth place finish. Who knows?
    Vincent Andrew
    17/04/2017 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Spurs are playing the best football of their lives. The momentum is with them and with Chelsea beaten at Old Trafford last night the title is a two horse race. A double for Spurs? That's a possibility. 56 years is a long time to wait for any fan.
  15. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    A Bunch of Stuff I Know About Small Business Communications
    A Bunch of Stuff I Know About Small Business CommunicationsBackground: This is the content of a presentation I am making tonight for one of my favourite networking groups in St Catharines. I like this group a lot because A) it's growing, B) it's full of interesting people and C) I can ride my bike to the...


    Jerry Fletcher
    13/04/2017 #2 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, Excellent! Let us know how your talk was received. In my experience there will only be a few of those in attendance that get it. Those that do make the best clients...and the most satisfying.
    Milos Djukic
    12/04/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Thank you @Jim Murray. A nice one!
  16. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    GirlpowerWith our new Saturday meeting we have an opportunity to develop more around the weekly theme than we can do on our regular Monday night meeting.Β  The club meeting is open to students and alumni of Sheridan College and currently we have several...
  17. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Very 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.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    8 Secrets of Great Communicators
    www.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...
  18. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Accelerated Motions
    Accelerated MotionsIf accelerated change meets up with Roberts Rules of Order can there be a symbiosis of the two or do these two means contradict each other?Every Toastmasters club is governed through the protocol of Roberts Rules and this parliamentary process is...
  19. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Next Generation
    The 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.Β  The theme of the meeting was The Next Generation and...


  20. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Fighting Spirit
    Fighting SpiritA couple of weeks ago I introduced the theme of "Fighting Spirit" to the club members. As I proceeded with the theme, I first asked the members to come up the first thing that entered their mind when I asked the question :What is the Opposite of...


    Dean Owen
    02/10/2016 #6 Dean Owen
    #4 Funny! Got me searching for the next clip as I was looking forward to hearing the amazing tagline they came up with for shampoo....
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/10/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Yes Gerald, girls can also have a fighting mentality, just watch how young girls play soccer compared to young boys, they are way more viscous the way the go about their play. The bit in the clip they missed in how to fight like a girl, is the hair pulling. One time in junior school a girl decided to fight me, but I was very chivalrous and even though I had opportunity to land a clean punch to her jaw, I did not, instead we spent five minutes pulling at each others hair. That day as a 9 year old I actually did fight like a girl.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/10/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Hi Dean, that that reminds me of the Crazy People movie clip about honesty in advertising to compete with the "crazy people"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOb6P5MKchY where I love the answer to "say something honest".
    Gerald Hecht
    02/10/2016 #3 Gerald Hecht
    This occurred to me; I'm not sure which context now though (Spirit vs. Mentality) https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=cHNgqZxeijI
    Dean Owen
    02/10/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    Interesting distinction. I would have liked to have attended that talk you did introducing the theme "Fighting Spirit". I kind of miss that interaction, interaction I don't get from taking Coursera courses. It is so important to define core values but these days corporations turn to PR agencies to define their core values and many of the three values I see from corporation smell of gimmicky advertising. I can't say that about your chosen values.
  21. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    EmbarkationI talk of being on a learning journey but there is also a beginning point and end point to each learning journey, and the journey is not complete without the flow of others.Β  My beBee learning journey is envisages to be for a period of hopefully 3...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/09/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Yes, I look forward to that day, but as for today, it is more likely that colleges and universities lead students to Enactus http://enactus.org/who-we-are/governance/ Whether it is government, healthcare, media or education, corporate special interest certainly knows how to control 21st Century life, as it is today. That is why a club for the individual is an idea ahead of it's time and ultimately a part of my learning journey is enabling my own freedom to learn recognition of my own state of conditioning.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/09/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Thank You Irene. I am also fortunate to have the influence of all the students around me. The quote from the founder of Toastmasters sums everything up very well http://image.slidesharecdn.com/toastmasters-100728223216-phpapp01/95/toastmasters-12-728.jpg?cb=1280401064 so as individuals and therefore students by default, we can choose a program or a learning journey. My present schism is that the mindset of a college fosters choosing a program rather than a learning journey. It is one I will duly resolve since after all, it is also a part of my education, growth and ongoing development.
  22. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    ThemesOver the last six weeks we have introduced "themes" to the club practice but as an introductory showcase.Β  The goal from October 2016 on-wards is to get the Toastmaster (the MC for the club meeting) to decide on the theme and then either organize...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/09/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 In 2012 there was a documentary made by Albert Nerenberg about boredom and its effects, as well as institutional attitudes to boredom that still have not been fully confronted http://www.rcinet.ca/en/2013/05/28/bored-watch-boredom-the-movie/
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/09/2016 #3 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #2 Thank you dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for your detailed and informative response. Yes, good things evolve slowly. I have been to Turkey a minimum of fifty times besides living there for ten months. I was associated with the Middle East Technical University and I fully agree with you that the young Turkish generation is bright.
    What ideas can we generate of boredom? This is a fluid area for generating creative ideas. I wish you success in your forthcoming efforts and I know you shall make the club a success
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/09/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee right now it is all experimental and the onus on producing themes has rested on me, like any addition to an educational experience, it is a slow evolution. Hopefully by next month, students who take lead of the meeting will begin to generate their own themes and lead the club meetings accordingly. For the Boredom Theme, the club founder delivered a speech on Boredom as a part of his advanced speech delivery, so it indeed was a great first time use of that theme.

    Our club is still fairly new, but the Istanbul video above highlights what a great Toastmasters club meeting can be like. Ours being a college club means we gain a large number of students at the beginning of the college year and by the summer we have a few left that are committed to the club. Summer meetings can be anywhere between 7 and 14 students. A healthy club will have 30+ students.

    I remember reading that you traveled to Turkey earlier this year, and I used to a member of a club organized by Heath Row of Fast Company called "The Istanbul Company of Friends". This online group is where I met the club leader Tayfun Demiroz and I became good friends with him, I was amazed by the quality of young Turkish thinkers at the time, and this was back in 1998. Interestingly Fast Company Magazine on changing their strategic focus to design and innovation, shut down the Company of Friends network. At one time it was as busy as beBee is now.

    I lost track of Heath Row at a personal level, and he now works as a Google Research associate in California. beBee would be pleasantly surprised by how many bright people from Turkey still engage on social networks - the video of Istanbul Toastmasters is therefore interesting in that regard.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/09/2016 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    "Themes are a way of making club meetings more interesting for members, so they are meant to evoke excitement and add more fun to the educational program. It also challenges those members who have a creative flair"- this is a beautiful description of Toastemsters Clubs dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I like the themes you are working on and the one on Bored doesn't sound boring.
  23. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    VP of Education Outcomes from 1st Exec Meeting
    VP of Education Outcomes from 1st Exec MeetingMy new role as the elected club VP of Education beginning 1st July 2016 is covered by two charters.Β  The charter of Toastmasters International and the charter of the Students Union, because our club is registered also under that constitution.Β  My...
  24. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Competent Leader 2016-17
    The Competent Leader 2016-17While personal events prevented me to take up my duties with the club over the last week, I return on Monday as the Club's new VP of Education.Β Β  This position requires the most contribution from a club member and depending on the level of...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/07/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Founder value is the non-negotiable part of my own personal participation. For sure user-feedback is a part of the evolution and even organizations have had to pivot when Bill Gates realized he made a huge strategic blunder - but that pivot still got him back to founder values. If I try to be all things to all people then I am nothing. There is a great article about "skin in the game" http://www.deliberatelyconsidered.com/2011/06/skin-in-the-game/ which ends with the best definer of "skin in the game" a.k.a. shared sacrifice and personal investment. I get that but that is not my overriding motivation. Eventually the most powerful of force that will make BeBee a phenomena is not what it is we do each day, but how it takes on a life of its own that is born from founder values and how the founders are then mythologized. @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Juan Imaz may resist the mythologies but that is actual spirit of success - the same as Steve Jobs recounted when he started to connect the dots backwards.
    John White, MBA
    10/07/2016 #3 John White, MBA
    #2 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit: Thank you very much for your very kind remarks. You are right that we are blessed to have the opportunity to shape a platform that is just starting out, into the premier social media site in the world. The founders of beBee have made it clear that the platform will be shaped by user feedback. Thus, in that sense, we are all ambassadors for this network. As the early adopters of beBee, we all have skin in the game!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/07/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Congratulations John on becoming a beBee ambassador. You are blessed to lead a platform which I find phenomenal and everyone who uses it has to experience it for themselves for their affinity and expression. I will check out the Twitter pages in due course, which is ironic because Twitter used to be the primary platform I was on, and then LinkedIn. I am not one of the disaffected LinkedIn users who was looking for an alternative, indeed I continue to have an absolute high regard for its founder Reid Hoffman - his track record as a venture capitalist has been incredible and he has an amazing soul. So the challenge for me is to be always rising in my learning because I see no value in despising. The traditional marketing meme has been to expand the circle, but I am a circle i.e. I am whole as a human being. That is a blessing I focus on and my hope is that each person find their own wholeness. BeBee is the best platform I have been on for this learning journey of mine. Being whole is the only genuine freedom we get, otherwise freedom as a conception is very elusive, even temporal. All I can say is that both of us are blessed to be here at BeBee and may those blessings get better and better but most of all enjoy this. Tom Hanks at the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan says to Matt Damon, "earn this', but I say lower the bar of ultimate sacrifice and enjoy this, because when we do that we find our wholeness by being present to the moment - and in that presence past and future is.
    John White, MBA
    10/07/2016 #1 John White, MBA
    Hi @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, great buzz. I have promoted via Twitter on @bebeeproducer, @bebeesocial, and @bebee_blogs.
  25. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    @Dean Owen provided an excellent link in a comment to a blog by @Mamen 🐝 Delgado about acting/delivery (which is also shared through this hive) where Pat Kelly provides a talk on a CBC Blog/Show called This and That - it contains both a witty look at the field of public speakers and reinforces techniques of public speaking - but it is the wit about "thought leaders" which is most amusing.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    'Thought Leader' gives talk about 'Thought Leadership' that will inspire your thoughts
    www.cbc.ca Pat Kelly vividly remembers when he first knew he was a β€œthought leader”: β€œIn 2005, I met another β€˜thought leader’ and I asked him how he became a β€˜thought leader’ and he said β€˜I don’t know.’ It was then that I knew I could be one...


    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    19/06/2016 #1 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Simply marvelous...
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