The 3 real reasons why people stay with Toastmasters clubs

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Have you ever observed people involved into doing something and being very passionate and engaged in that endeavour? Haven’t you wondered why they do what it is they do, what drives them, what could be their motivator? I found myself wondering about that a few days ago and reflected on what I had observed. I am currently serving as an Area Governor with the Founder’s District in Toastmasters International and one of the big benefits is having to meet and interact with hundreds of members in about half a dozen clubs. I visited a club this past week and I Continue reading The 3 real reasons why people stay with Toastmasters clubs

Are you stretching or stressing?

stretching or stressing

With incredibly easy access to information and the wealth of knowledge available from books and other media, it is possible for anyone to become an expert in any chosen field. When the year 2013 started I personally made the decision to become an expert in public speaking. Gladson Maxwell made the 10,000 hour rule very popular through his book “The Outliers” which is a great read. That rule can be bypassed by a host of shortcuts, for example, surrounding oneself with mentors and experienced professionals. A full list of 7 steps to cheat the rule is available on this infographic: http://blog.zintro.com. Continue reading Are you stretching or stressing?

Don’t make these three mistakes when speaking in public

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If you are reading this post because the title appealed to you, then the advice I read from copyblogger.net about negative titles works. I often speak in public as it is one of my hobbies. As part of my personal growth and development as a speaker, I believe in joining associations and groups of people who are either better speakers or very passionate about public speaking. Last Monday I paid a visit to the Professional Speakers club in Anaheim and having expressed my interest in becoming a member a few months ago, I was offered a speaking spot for the Continue reading Don’t make these three mistakes when speaking in public

Learning from Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Work Week) on Mastering Any Skill

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Success has a way of packaging itself in a way that you only experience it when you have accepted failure as an option, but not as a destination. I was watching this interview of Tim Ferriss, the author of The 4 Hour Work Week: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AysWsbrtzMU. Tim Ferriss’ first book was rejected by 26 publishers before it went into print. He has authored 3 books and at a point during the interview, he says that his friends author recommend him to divide his books into multiple, but he won’t because he wants to give maximum value to his readers. In this video Continue reading Learning from Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Work Week) on Mastering Any Skill

Starting a new business is easier than you think!

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All it takes to start a business is an idea. But if all it took to make a business successful was an idea, we would have more business owners than employees. It would be interesting to be around when that happens, because it can happen, believe it or not. During the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar last weekend, I and my friend Sanika decided to start a tutoring business. Sanika is an experienced tutor and she specializes in working with children with special needs. She does wonders with kids between the ages of 7 to 14. All lasting business is built Continue reading Starting a new business is easier than you think!