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Is Your Anger Epic?

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You might remember being forced to read the Iliad in high school, perhaps you skimmed over this antiquated opportunity to discover the battle of Troy.  Troy you say, oh yes. Now, you might be picturing Brad Pitt as Achilles.  You know what the whole story was about?  No, it’s not about Helen with the face that launched a thousand ships.  It was about Achilles’ anger.  Anger takes over when your reason falters, turning minor injustices and wounded pride into an ...

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What Flavor is Your Fear?

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Why does public speaking inspire so much fear?  Your answer depends on what flavor of fear you prefer.  Strawberry fear worries about embarrassing yourself.  Vanilla fear worries about forgetting something.  Chocolate fear worries about being rejected.  Eating ice cream is enjoyable, especially your favorite flavor, but when you eat too much you feel a little sick.    Tension in your tummy is natural when you speak, becoming queasy is not.   Fear has a voracious appetite that demands your dread be fed.  ...

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Are You Quick to Confound?

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Suddenly, you are aware that you are hurtling through the heavens at hundreds of miles per hour.  The sun’s rays duck behind the horizon and clouds immediately obscure your vision.  A smartly dressed owl, seated to your right,  begins pulling out reams of paper awash in meaningless squiggles and casually points a feather into the pages, hooting, “We are right on course.”  You are now more than a little confused.

Surely, you have awaken from confounding dreams and either pondered or ...

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What’s Your Political Context?

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Politics is the art of presenting your agenda in light of your audiences’ values.  Putting international, national and regional interests aside, one gets to the often uttered truth, “all politics is local.”  Standing  up in front of an audience is about as local as you can get.  Effective politics is a blend of leadership, principles and perspective.

Framing an issue effectively allows your audience to share a common perspective.  We are all entitled to our own opinions; however, we are not ...

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Last Minute Presentation tips and tricks

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You either neglected to prepare or are being forced to cover for someone else’s lack of preparation.

You have good reason to be concerned, or even afraid, accept this.

Your listeners will remember how they felt long after they forgot what you said.

Decide right now how you want them to feel.

Pick one feeling.  Confident, relaxed, grateful.

We know you are feeling uncomfortable; however, it doubtful your goal is to make them uncomfortable as well.

Write down that emotion.

Pick one key message.  Answer the question ...

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Are you Anticipating Your Vacation?

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When was the last time you went on vacation?  Last year, a month ago or right now  when you decided to read this newsletter instead of tackling the next item on your to-do list.  Whether you travel thousands of miles or just put your feet up for a few minutes, it is a vacation. Both physical and mental, vacations can be improved by anticipating where you’re going, having an interesting way to get there and stopping once you’re there.

If you ...

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Do You Signal Your Gifts

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The green light turns yellow.  You know you can make it so you pick up the pace, zooming through the red light. Everyone does it, right?  Wrong!

Whether you are driving your car or driving your presentation home it is safer “to move quickly, but don’t hurry.” Each portion of a Toastmasters meeting is timed and, like a traffic light, teaches you when to go, go with caution, and when to stop.

Don’t just go through your speech, grow through your speech.  ...

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