Too Much Inspiration

“In presentations or speeches less really is more”
― Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting

Mostly Bright Ideas

CarEveryone likes to sound as though they know what they’re talking about. Well, almost everyone, that is. I shy away from that sort of thing, because once people think you know something, they start asking you all kinds of annoying questions in an attempt to trip you up and embarrass you in front of your friends. My approach is to plead complete ignorance, to claim no knowledge whatsoever about anything. The drawback there, of course, is that when you admit to having large gaps in your understanding, an enlightened person always appears, uninvited and as if by magic, intent on educating you – and making a public show of it at the same time, mostly to embarrass you in front of your friends.

One way the informed people promote their own image is by imparting some secret morsel of insight, a little-known fact that demonstrates their status as inner-circle experts.

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Clean Jokes for Toastmasters

Joanne Guidoccio


Share one of these jokes with your fellow toastmasters…


A student went to his meditation teacher and said, “My meditation is horrible! I feel so distracted, or my legs ache, or I’m constantly falling asleep. It’s just horrible!”

“It will pass,” the teacher said matter-of-factly.

A week later, the student came back to his teacher. “My meditation is wonderful! I feel so aware, so peaceful, so alive! It’s just wonderful!”

“It will pass,” the teacher replied matter-of-factly.



A local priest and a pastor were fishing on the side of the road. They thoughtfully made a sign saying, “The end is near! Turn yourself around now before it’s too late!” and showed it to each passing car.

One driver who drove by didn’t appreciate the sign and shouted at them, “Leave us alone, you religious nuts!”

All of a sudden they heard a big splash, looked at…

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Body Language – The Key To Success?

Matt Peterworth's Professional Blog

Power Posing: The Key to Success? (VIDEO) | The Big Slice

From, “Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

“Amy Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and how snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom.

Her research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.”

via Power Posing: The Key to Success? (VIDEO) | The Big Slice.

Photo via Flickr user Queen’s University

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The Importance of Toastmasters

Daily Lee Blog

For most people, public speaking lies in the intersection of something that is important, scary, and difficult to practice.  What Toastmasters does is allow one to practice in a safe environment, thereby allowing one to become a more effective, dynamic speaker.  If your goals require the help of other people to accomplish, or if you have some ideas that are worth sharing, it is a worthy investment, and one of the best values per dollar of training budget I’ve seen.  Aside from the practice speaking, it also provides good practice listening, which is probably more important than being heard if you want to build collaboration.  The higher up in an organization you get, the more important communication becomes, and the less important the original skill becomes.  Moving from a factory worker to a foreman still requires the skills of the factory worker, but they are compounded by the needs to…

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and How to Change It

NeilShreedhar's Blog

Source: Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) website -

Location and details: Friday, January 25, 2013 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Charles Duhigg Metro Convention Centre – Halls F&G, Ontario, CANADA.
Charles Duhigg’s journalistic accomplishments have won him many awards including the Pulitzer Prize (finalist, Public Service Medal), 2009, the George Polk Award, 2007, the Gerald Loeb Award, 2008 and the National Journalism Award, 2009.


Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles shows, by harnessing this new science we can transform our businesses, our communities and our lives.

That is the description found on the above HRPA conference website, and I was fortunate enough to hear Mr. Duhigg speak back in January of this year (2013). I’ve meant to write about the topic for a while now – been really busy and spreading out my energies.  This posting is probably going to whet…

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MEF Toastmasters Club - Butterworth


Finally, it is the end of term 2012/2013!

Always the Most Enjoy and Fun Club, our meetings are filled with smile and laughter! Even in our last meeting for this term!



We welcome you to come join us and share the fun! ^^

Our coming meeting is held on 4th July 2013.
Theme: Travel



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Summer at The Circus

This week at SATC kicked off with a truly relevant session on leaving your mark, carving a niche, and selling yourself in the industry. Students worked hard to verbally translate their own personal brands into short speeches directed at their peers. They addressed the elements of their own ‘visual identities’ as well as their ‘brand promises’. Adjectives and phrases such as dependable, a leader, collegial, knowledgeable, passionate, creative, colorful, relevant, proactive, out-of-the-box, detail-oriented, team player, obsessed, and yes, even sunshiny (is that a word? well, it’s definitely descriptive!) emerged throughout the session.

Afterward, Dave spoke about the importance of taking your finest traits and determining a match with the agency you’re interviewing with. He presented some snipits from past Circus grads’ resumes, demonstrating that it’s definitely possible to craft a creative resume. He emphasized that showing humor, the ability to think ahead, and conveying your personality, all balanced against a polished…

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