Emotional Intelligence, the Ultimate Means of Exhibiting Empathy
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Emotional Intelligence, the Ultimate Means of Exhibiting Empathy

During our meeting on Wednesday, the theme was about Emotional Intelligence (EI).  EI is the act of recognizing your own emotion and those of others, discerning the differences, and labelling them appropriately in a given situation.  Using such  knowledge to the advantage of the individual is crucial to success in office and home environments. Women...

Developing Empathy
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Developing Empathy

A few years ago, I was having my “walking” 1-on-1 with my mentor at my office parking lot. As  we were walking and I was busy explaining the project issues and bottlenecks, we heard a loud honk behind us. We stopped and turned around to look at the driver when he rolled down his window...

Where There is a Will, There is Definitely a Way!
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Where There is a Will, There is Definitely a Way!

Have you ever felt a pain that made you think you are about to die? I have had this horrible experience. Pain and Treatment One morning, I got up and could not feel my whole right arm and had a shooting pain near my neck. I was just 32 and wanted to live! I was...

Congratulations to Our Contest Participants!
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Congratulations to Our Contest Participants!

This past Wednesday, Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters hosted an in-house contest as the first level of the Toastmasters International Contest. First place winners from each club will go on to compete at the district level! Some people love competition, others dread it. Whether or not you win, competition offers a fast track for improvement.  Many of...

Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway
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Selecting a Toastmasters Pathway

Today our club mentor Shoba Rao shared with us what Pathways are and how to select a Pathway that best suits you. If you missed it, you may see the recording here.  Here is a summary:  There are now 11 Pathways Toastmasters may select:  Each Pathway has its own core competencies and emphasizes different values...

Crafting a Speech
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Crafting a Speech

It’s competition season for Toastmasters. Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters VP of Education, Abhijeet Joshi, shared in his workshop on friday how to craft a winning speech  Here are some key takeaways:  Styles of Writing  Short sentences  Contractions Easy words to pronounce Rhetorical questions  Analytical process and reactions  Topic Selection  We often select topics that are based...

Just Bees
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Just Bees

Life is unfair. We learn this at a young age because we see social inequality throughout the world and throughout history. We see it among humans and we see it in nature. In our last meeting, we talked about negotiation and how you get what you negotiate. We humans are perhaps unique in that we...

Gloria Steinem
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Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem, is an American feminist journalist and  writer, credited with founding the first women’s magazine “Ms.” in 1972. She is known for being a powerful spokesperson for the feminist movement in New York in the 1970s. Her famous quote was, “It takes work to make women visible and powerful in social media.” There are several obstacles...

You Get What You Negotiate
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You Get What You Negotiate

“Why do you think getting married and having kids are the only ways to be happy, especially when you are divorced and clearly our relationship isn’t going so well, is it?” That was the last conversation I had with my mom before I hung up. She tried to convince me to get married, have kids,...

Expect Less
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Expect Less

Happy early Valentine’s Day to you all! This is a day for us to express love for others, especially our significant other, if we have one. Many of us have read The 5 Love Languages, in which Gary Chapman demonstrates that most of us feel loved in 5 ways: words of affirmation, gifts, touch, act of...