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Three tips for making public speaking easier

public speakingIn 2001 I joined Toastmasters, a speaking and leadership skills organization, and it changed my life. I was a devoted member of the Seattle General Toastmasters club for eight years. Recently, I returned to my club to see all of my buddies, some of whom have been members for 30 plus years.  For many longtime members, myself included, the club is more than just a place to practice speaking; it’s also a place of fellowship. So attending a meeting was like homecoming for me. Continue reading “Three tips for making public speaking easier” »

Civility in the age of incivility

Did you know that May is International Civility Awareness Month? The goal is to spread awareness of the meaning of civility and help people to embrace the civility code of conduct: Respect, Restraint and Responsibility.

Saturday night, I attended the District 2 Toastmasters contest. There were seven excellent speakers competing to win and advance to the semi-finals. The winner shared a poignant story about an experience he had at his local grocery store that exemplifies incivility at its worst.

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