Humor: Expecting What You Were Not Expecting
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Humor: Expecting What You Were Not Expecting

“Jack (pronounced yaack) do you have a spare tire?” that was the beginning of a great speech presented by the second place winner of the 2019 World Championship of Public Speaking, Luisa Montalvo. She hosted a humor 101 workshop for Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters members. What a grand entry? Everybody was bewitched by her usage of...

The Epitome of Grit
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The Epitome of Grit

“Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”– Dr. Angela Duckworth In our meeting tonight, we heard from our speakers and guests about their “grit” journey of raising plants, losing weight, and doing triple duties during pandemic. One of the guests shared with us her favorite quote, “You didn’t come this far...

Harnessing The Three Energies
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Harnessing The Three Energies

Yesterday, I gave the speech, “Who is Abhi,” the second time in a week. I found that my performance the second time around was boring. Why was I not consistent? I went into the workshop, hoping to find some answers. Kiran Patel, an award-winning speaker, shared with us “three essential energies” in her workshop, “Bring...

Work In Progress
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Work In Progress

Last week, I did an ice-breaker speech for Women L.E.A.D Toastmasters demo meeting. The Ice Breaker speech is a speech to introduce yourself – something about your life, your job, your hobbies, your unique interests, your family, or any combination of these. I used my ice-breaker to talk about my hobby, career, and toastmasters journey, and hope to...

Women L.E.A.D. Themes
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Women L.E.A.D. Themes

Here are the themes for our bi-weekly toastmasters’ meetings: Women Leaders in history – ongoing Journey of Technical Women Leaders – Oct 14th, 2020 Managing Change – Oct 28th, 2020 Pay it Forward – Nov 25th, 2020 Grit – Dec 9th, 2020 Learn From Experience – Dec 23rd, 2020 New Beginnings – Jan 6, 2021 Radical Candor...

Women L.E.A.D Toastmasters
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Women L.E.A.D Toastmasters

Statistics indicate the representation of women in management and technology decreases as they move through the ranks of the corporate ladder. Studies have shown that women have a hard time “advocating” for their own accomplishments. They often hold themselves to higher standards, critique and second-guess themselves, this phenomenon is known as “Imposter Syndrome”. In the...