Choose to Challenge Everyday
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Choose to Challenge Everyday

Last Tuesday, a man attacked an Asian American woman in broad daylight near New York Times Square. The attack was captured on video from the lobby of a nearby apartment building. As the man kicked the woman down and yelled at her “you don’t belong here,” three men in the lobby stood by and made...

Lead in Any Situation
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Lead in Any Situation

Currently, I’m working on the Dynamic Leadership Pathway Education Program. This project focuses on leadership and recognizing the need to adapt our style based on the situation and the people we lead. The purpose of this project is to apply the skills needed to successfully lead in a volunteer or other organization. This project’s description...

Change is a Constant
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Change is a Constant

At Toastmasters, we take advantage of Pathways educational program to build our public speaking skills. I’m currently on the Dynamic Leadership pathway, level 4, project 1, “Manage Change.” This project focuses on how to plan for change, develop a communication plan, and identify obstacles to success. The purpose of this project is to practice developing...

Backyard Chickens
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Backyard Chickens

Let’s be honest it’s hard to come up with ideas for your speeches. You want something that’s personal but also interesting. When I needed to write and give my research project for my level 1 pathway I was unsure of what to do. So I thought about what I love and what I was interested...

Choose to challenge: what is it?
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Choose to challenge: what is it?

What is “choose to challenge”? Challenge as per the Webster dictionary is “the act of objection to something not being true, correct or accurate.” It can also be opposing the person in power. Moving from “impossible” to “I’m possible” is the act of challenging.  “Choose to challenge” is an initiative geared to instill pride in women,...

The H in Accountant stands for Happiness and How to Find It
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The H in Accountant stands for Happiness and How to Find It

The H in Accountant stands for Happiness. Wait a minute, how do you spell accountant? ACCOUNTANT, there is no H? That’s the point. There is no happiness in this career, as the joke goes. The stereotype is that accounting is so boring that no one would ever ask questions about what we do, maybe except...

What Motivates You?
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What Motivates You?

Why are some people motivated to conquer the most difficult tasks, while others can’t finish theirs without constant nagging?  When I attended elementary and middle schools in China, I was motivated by, “If you do this, then I will reward you with that” type of external incentives. I always thrived to get that A in...

How to Get the Most Out of A Mentorship?
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How to Get the Most Out of A Mentorship?

Last Friday I gave a workshop on “How to Get the Most Out of A Mentorship?” For those who could not attend the meeting but find the subject interesting, here are the slides and recording.  I personally have 12 mentors in my life. Each mentor is there for a different purpose. I have my public...

Impostor Syndrome: What Is It and How Can We Overcome?
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Impostor Syndrome: What Is It and How Can We Overcome?

What an eye-opening talk about impostor syndrome by Maureen Zappala in the Pop-up workshop.  Maureen shared with us an interesting tale of her early career journey, when she had joined the NASAJet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in 1983 as an aeronautical engineer. How many of us have dreamt to be one? She started with her “first...

How to Overcome the Self-Doubt of Impostor Syndrome
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How to Overcome the Self-Doubt of Impostor Syndrome

Do people think you are smarter than you really are? Do you second-guess your abilities, despite a long history of success and accomplishments? Do you hesitate to take on new challenges because they are unfamiliar to you? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are in the right place. Distinguished Toastmaster, Maureen Zappala, is...