- 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...
Comments16/11/2016 #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 !
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- 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 #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!
- 17/10/2016A Buzz on a Buzz
Nothing pleases me like responding to a buzz with a buzz. This makes beBee the land of ideas pollination and a fertile land for new ideas.
I thank dear @CityVP Manjit for responding to my buzz with a fantastic buzz that is a sure pleasure to read.
Comments17/10/2016 #2 Javier beBeethanks @Ali Anani @CityVP Manjit. Here you can find both buzzes ! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/parasitic-thoughts by Ali, and https://www.bebee.com/producer/@cityvp/paradise-vs-parasite by CityVP Manjit
- Producer01/09/2016Why Your Small Business Needs Video Marketing?Deciding on an advertising budget and determining how to spend it can be among your most challenging decisions. Advertising options have changed and expanded considerably over the past few years, and updating your strategy definitely means taking...
Comments12/10/2016 #19 WILLIAM C. BALLARD IIBleeding Temporal lobe will dampen doing videos at all here, For that is why I paint. IT DON'T MOVE. One may be troubled to see a grown man bouncing around on the ground having a seizure. Took many attempts trying to find what works and what doesn't. Godbless
#1711/10/2016 #17 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#13 Lovin' the student competition and encouraging the students to keep shooting videos. Their age group has a prolific audience and the more experience on camera, the better. Encouraging you to keep moving forward as time builds up the video library. People like videos on what the early stages are, too. You could even get feedback into the creation of ideas. :)11/10/2016 #16 WILLIAM C. BALLARD IIDr. Margaret Aranda A woman who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many minds are inspired. , With the ability to assist the willing that want to be more. Where Her Faith is good enough to teach the teachers and prophets of all ages. To understand the power of human aspiration and growth. Godbless 14304/09/2016 #14 WILLIAM C. BALLARD II#1 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD 1) A Faithful frail man stands at the bottom of experience, While the earthly scholars sit high above in their seats looking down at the man. Then CHRIST walks in, then proceeds to stand next to the man, looking up, "I KNOW HOW THIS FEELS, BUT YOU WILL BE SITTING IN HEAVEN SOON LOOKING DOWN AT THEM, Godbless04/09/2016 #13 Michele Williams@Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, great idea. We had a New York firm offer branding to the winner of our spring pitch competition. The campany's support was announced at the competition in front of prominent alums, at the gala dinner and included in the printed program. @Sean M Gray, while I would love to have you offer pro bono work for one of my student startups, you also might consider partnering with universities in your area.04/09/2016 #12 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD#10 #9 @Michele Williams, I've done more than 2000 YouTube (YT) videos for teaching and awareness of Invisible Illnesses over the last 10 years. In my experience, one can be a Public Figure and still have only 30 views/video. I coupled them with FaceBook conversations after Joining many relevant groups. That means that one builds up a Following, Engages by watching other people's videos, and has a YT audience prepped to launch. @Sean M Gray, there are many relevant videos out for teaching purposes, like Michele asks - many non-profits need do-it-yourself techniques to get to a place where they can eventually have funding. It's the proverbial cart without a horse and vice versa. When serving the underserved, volunteerism is mandatory. I suspect that if you were to volunteer your time for one person like Michelle here, that would 'go out' to multiply your efforts tremendously. I recommend doing one for free to help her students. We do this in the medical field as you may benefit from our audience. What do you say to doing one pro bono for Michele? I think we'd all love to see what you can do first.04/09/2016 #10 Michele Williams#7 I work with university-based, student-lead startups. Videos are a great part of pitches and pre-launch email marketing for them. However, only about 1/5 of the teams use videos in the first year. At what point in their journey from napkin (idea) to prototype would you recommend they start incorporating video or should they wait until they are ready for their kickstarter campaign as is more typical? These startups have very little money at first.04/09/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD@Sean M Gray: Seriously - If you write something that you believe has great content, by all means Tag me or any Ambassador and we can Share to spread word. This is such a worthy article and we always keep a look out to keep the Honey sweet! So I meant to ask, is your next Honey going to be a Honey Video for starters? Yeah you gotta set the standard now - post one that you like as a good example of all you discussed here? I think that would be helpful as a Template we all could use. Please pose several Buzzes and Tag me in them all!04/09/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDTagging my Usual Suspects (displaying sense of humor): @Randy Smith, @RAVINDER VIJ, @WILLIAM C. BALLARD II, @Ray Looker, @Hemu Rayamajhi, @Naeem Masih, @CityVP Manjit, @Manish Nair | Research Postgrad, @Vincent King, @Gary Sharpe, @Deb Helfrich, @Deb Lange, @debasish majumder, @Debbie Hindle, @Mark Anthony, @Darryl John, @prabhakara rao rajarapu, @Paula Cofre, @Doug Vermeulen, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, @Phillip Louis D 'Amato, @Phil Friedman, @Randy Keho, @Gerald Hecht and more.04/09/2016 #2 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhDTagging Women: @Annmarie Sherlock, @Anna Valadzko, @Anne Kleinman, @Viviane barbosa da Cruz, @Dale Masters, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, @Nicole Chardenet, @Aurorasa Sima, @Margaux Diaz, @Diane Schultz, @Lisa Lee, @Lisa Jones, @Linda Rubino, @Kirstie-Sweetie Louise, @Yésica Gómez Cano, @Denise M Barry, @Denise Da Vinha Ricieri, @Elizabeth Harris, @María Paz Hueso Luque, @Deann M. Harrity, @Kathy Finnerty Thomas, @Kathleen Sibirtzeff`, @Kathie Kinde Clark, @Maria Luquero Vila, @Angela Maria Cardona Gomez and more.04/09/2016 #1 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD@Sean M Gray: Bombshell statistics, bullet writing, finesse with humor - you said it all. Gotta run to make a video now..Tag on this gem to: @Lisa Gallagher, @Dean Owen, @Pamela L. Williams, @David B. Grinberg, @Jim Cody, @Ali Anani, @John White, MBA, @Juan Imaz - so who is going to make a Video Response to this first? ;)
- 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.com19/09/2016 #3 Don GrahamIt's been many years since I talked before an audience, but this is all true. Engaging the audience is key. Trying not to sound too monotone is always good too. It can be difficult at first, but I was amazed that I received good comments afterwards. Of course, in our own mind, we know every mistake we make, or even imagine we made mistakes but nobody noticed. As @Aurorasa Sima said, I never thought about eating light either.
- Producer17/09/2016The Man Who Could Not Small TalkA fairy taleThere was a man who was a fabulous public speaker. When he was at the podium, the crowds went ballistic. You could see how comfortable he felt to speak in front of all of those people. Hundreds, thousands, the crowds loved him. But, you...
Comments24/09/2016 #44 Aurorasa Sima#43 Separating couples is a clever idea. I hear you. Awkward silence cannot happen if you have a plate of food in front of you. I don´t have trouble with small-talking, even though I don´t necessary like it. I´ve developed a trick to find something (short-term) likable in everyone.
"Anonymous" crowds would be hard for me as, in my opinion, you are depending more on selling yourself than in a small group where you can ask questions.24/09/2016 #43 Phil Friedman#42 Public speaking is a breeze, compared to making small talk at networking mixers. My favorite kind of dinner party, though, is where the host/hostess arranges it so that you must not sit with your spouse or significant other, but between two people whom you don't know. Small talking while breaking bread is a lot easier, and the dinner parties much more interesting with those seating arrangements. Good... and smart piece, @Aurorasa Sima.24/09/2016 #42 Aurorasa Sima#40 Public speaking is one of the biggest fears of people. I have heard only positive things about the Toastmaster clubs. I wish we would have one closer by. The ones close to my location only have a few members, so that it would more be like giving a presentation. Thank you for sharing, I do appreciate that (:24/09/2016 #40 Franci Eugenia HoffmanI became used to small talk while mingling at insurance seminars, meetings, and conventions. Small talk comes easy for me but speaking in front of a group of people gives me the jitters. Good post, Aurorasa because I believe a lot of us may be uncomfortable in different situations. I worked with a friend that was very shy and attended the Toastmaster program. It helped him tremendously as he seemed to gain confidence in himself even when not making a speech.20/09/2016 #37 Aurorasa Sima#34 Some experts say it´s important to say something interesting at first. They are probably right. In my experience, your first sentence doesn´t matter. It gets someone to look at you and decide if they like you. If they do, the conversation continues - if not it doesn´t matter what you said.19/09/2016 #35 Phillip HubbellNeither the Dale Carnegie course or Toastmasters could make me a small talker. If I am well prepared, I can talk in front of a group, but at a networking event, I'm just standing there looking like I am interested in something far away. The test that told me I was an introvert didn't surprise me. My problem has always been over analyzing what I want to say next. It doesn't flow unless I am typing it. I can say all the stuff, I wanted to say on the drive home.19/09/2016 #30 Aurorasa Sima#27 Ummm ... love to be an inspiration for your pick-up lines. Intuitively I´d say: Don´t ask anything banana.
How about: I am just reading this book about ...... The way you just ..... made me think of the protagonist/hero XY.
80 % Chance she´ll ask for the name of the book. DONE. You´re welcome (:
- Producer12/06/2016How To Become A Better Public SpeakerMost people hate to speak in public because they’re afraid they’re going to make a fool of themselves in one way or the other. While I don’t hate speaking in public myself, I certainly think I can become better at it so I went on a training course...
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firstname.lastname@example.org/06/2016 #28 David TeichThe simplest line I ever heard was an unattributed quote that floats around. While it was aimed at public speaking nerves, it can apply to anything that challenges you. The quote: "The problem is not that you have butterflies in your stomach. The problems is to teach them to fly in formation."13/06/2016 #21 Lisa LeeWonderfully educational post @Anders Liu-Lindberg. I found taking 'introduction to drama' classes helped my getting over my fear of public speaking to no end. We were required to do improvised scenes with scenarios provided by our teachers and act them out in front of the entire group. Funnily enough, 'salesa pitch' was one of them! Thanks for sharing.13/06/2016 #19 Anders Liu-Lindberg#14 @NO one, really what you need is to get over yourself and seems you found a way to do so! The fear of public speaking comes from within. Self-doubt and a vivid imagination. It doesn't mean you shouldn't be nervous or anxious just before speaking as it has the potential to make you even better but rather that you can't let yourself get in the way of becoming a great speaker which we all have the potential to become.13/06/2016 #17 Sara Mateos-Aparicio OrozcoGrat tips to become a better speaker @Anders Liu-Lindberg! As you say, practising is the best way to improve and, one way or another, we'll all need to speak in public at least once in our lifes, especially if like me you work in the world of communications and marketing. So thank you very much!13/06/2016 #16 Susan ClarkImproving my public speaking is one thing I ought to do. I've been working on content for that last year since I usually get so nervous that I tend to forget what I should say and start mumbling instead of breathing and taking a moment. We're sometimes so afraid of silence and last time I was working on this my boss told me that moments of silence also make an impact when it comes to speeches. As you say, it is also all about practice great article @Anders Liu-Lindberg13/06/2016 #14 NO one@Anders Liu-Lindberg I can never get enough of public speaking coaching and learning about it. I studied a masters in communication and digital marketing and had classes about it. I didn't know it by the first class we took but my teacher told me that I had stage fright and well it increased instead of the opposite, but because the presentations and activities increased in difficulty. One time I found myself leaving the presentation in half and going outside to breathe, I was panicking! After a while and practice I got over it. Now there's so much joy on standing in front of a crowd and achieving what I learnt at the time. I still have much to learn, I want to improve my breathing so I won't rush while I speak.
- Producer15/07/2016Leadership is... Building LeadersIn November 2014 I wrote blogs on leadership and followership. I asked the question, what are leaders without followers? As I re-read both posts this week, I realized that they still hold true and still resonate with me. However over the past...
- Producer06/06/2016Running Evaluation Training at the Toastmasters ClubThis past Saturday, Our Toastmasters club new Executive team has attended the District 86 officer training. I myself had the great opportunity to meet the top influencers in our district. This included Jane Harnadek & David T. Shaw from...