3 Amazing Concepts for Successful Goal Setting

It’s New Year’s Resolution Season

I say season, because like a sports season, people set New Year’s Resolution right before the beginning of the new year and they typically keep up with them for about three months afterward.  The New Year’s Resolution Season lasts from December through March.  Why does it last such a short time?

New Year’s Resolutions DON’T WORK!  Goals Work!

Check out this video of my Toastmasters Club speech.  It is Speech #6 – Vocal Variety.

I discuss The 3 Amazing Concepts for Successful Goal Setting!

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Bullets Kill . . . .

Bullets Kill, ….a presentation, that is.

I was listening to Michael Hyatt’s new podcast (This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt – Season 1, Episode 2) this morning on the way to work. I like to listen to podcasts instead of commercial radio lately. You get more information and less crap.   podcast

This episode really hit home for me.  In my role at work, I often put together presentations for training, showing new modules of the ECM solution we use, etc.  One of my last slide decks was for a training program I was tasked to put together.  It ended up being a total of 90 pages.  Now that sounds like a lot, but if you consider that it was really 10 different training modules it really breaks down to about 10 slides per module.  The original plan for the entire training program was to take about 3 hours, so I don’t think it was that bad.

But, back to the Podcast.  Michael and his co-host, Michele Cushatt offer seven great tips on how to prevent what they call. “death by PowerPoint or Keynote” or as Michael described . . . “Bullets Kill!”

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Smooth Sailing on Summertime Cruises

Smooth Sailing

I love to go on cruises in the Caribbean.  I love Toastmasters and public speaking.  Today’s post is about one of my wife and my passions for taking summertime cruises in the Caribbean.

This is my Toastmasters Speech #4 – How To Say It.

Toastmasters defines Project 4 as:

How to Say It (Objectives: Select the right words, eliminate jargon, use rhetorical devices.)

This is the perfect project to tell about some of your favorite vacation spots; be sure to describe them vividly. Or describe your emotions during a major event in your life – marriage, the birth of your child, or retiring from your job. Describe a special person in your life, searching for just the right word to help everyone see and really know that person.

I presented this speech on July 23, 2014 at The FRB Toastmasters Club in San Francisco.  Watch the video below!

Smooth Sailing – Why I Love Cruising

We’ve cruised on Carnival Cruise Lines twice –  The Triumph and The Victory

CARNIVAL_TRIUMPH Carnival_Victory_in_Charlotte_Amalie Carnival Victory Slide Carnival-Victory-Promenade  Cruise Ship Sailing














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