Negotiation
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Negotiation

What is negotiation? It is a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement between two opposing parties. Negotiation is an art and a science. Art because it requires some abstract thoughts and deliberation before taking a decision. Like an art, a conversation evolves into a well oiled machine to speed up to maximum speed in no...

It Takes All Kinds
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It Takes All Kinds

I am working on the Toastmasters educational path, Presentation Mastery. As part of the pre-work for my speech in Level 2, I took a brief survey on communication styles. The survey confirmed what I knew already about myself: I prefer a supportive communication style. According to the Toastmasters course survey, this style is “calm, steady,...

Maya Angelou
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Maya Angelou

A civil rights activist. A poet. A writer. All the words I used just now describe perfectly the leader I am profiling today – Maya Angelou.  Maya Angelou was born in 1928 and built a career for herself in creative arts that spanned over 50 years. She was also awarded close to 50 honorary degrees...

Women L.E.A.D. Takes Amanda Gorman’s Advice
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Women L.E.A.D. Takes Amanda Gorman’s Advice

Last Wednesday’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony highlighted an exceptional new voice.  Amanda Gorman touched the soul of a nation – and the globe – when she enlightened us with her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”  Ms. Gorman’s recitation suspended us in wonder, rediscovering our ability to embrace hope and believe in our progress as a nation. ...

Secret of Compelling Storytelling
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Secret of Compelling Storytelling

I attended a workshop, hosted by Pres Vasilev, who was 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking. Here’s his winning speech:  He shared the eight things to uncover the essence of storytelling:  Foreshadowing to create curiosity  Callbacks to keep story time  Sensory details (sound, touch, smell, taste, etc) can awaken the senses and paint a vivid...

Kamala Devi Harris
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Kamala Devi Harris

It is my absolute pleasure to present the Leader profile of the day – Kamala Devi Harris! It is a happy coincidence that our theme today is Radical Candor. The two pillars of radical candor are “challenge directly” and “care personally.” Kamala Harris began her professional career as a deputy district attorney for Alameda county....

How to Evaluate Speeches Effectively
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How to Evaluate Speeches Effectively

It was my great honor to deliver an evaluation workshop, “Evaluation. Who Cares?!”  last Saturday, I shared how I won first place in the Fall Fusion Evaluation District Contest in October 2020.  Here’s my full powerpoint for your reference.  The five parts to the workshop demonstrate Why evaluate What to evaluate How to evaluate effectively...

How to A.C.E. Your Speech
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How to A.C.E. Your Speech

Last week, Lindy MacLaine, the Second-Runner-Up in the 2020 first ever Virtual Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, gave us a great workshop on “How To Become an A.C.E. at Virtual Speaking.”  Take a look at the recording here:  I learned a lot from her one hour workshop. “A.C.E.” stands for Authenticity, Cameras dos and...

Resilience
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Resilience

It was October 2020. Renee and I were preparing for an evaluation contest. We were going through one semifinal speech after another on YouTube. During the speech evaluation of Lindy MacLaine, Renee broke into tears. I could see the impact of Lindy’s speech for myself and Renee. I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to hear...

Five Things That Public Speaker Winner Lindy MacLanie Mastered
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Five Things That Public Speaker Winner Lindy MacLanie Mastered

It’s our honor to host another workshop, “How To Become an A.C.E. at Virtual Speaking,” led by Lindy MacLaine, DTM, the Second-Runner-Up in the 2020 first ever Virtual Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, this Wednesday, Jan 13th, 7-8 pm PST.  I first heard about Lindy MacLaine last year. I was practicing my evaluation contest...