Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hey, Pigpen!

Remember Pigpen from the Peanuts comics? The little kid that walked in a cloud of dirt, everywhere he went. Well science now reveals that not only do we ALL have a cloud that follows us around, everywhere we go, but that it is as unique as a finger print. It tells who we are, what we have done and where we have been. The name?

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Club Portal from Scratch

I am proud to announce that FREEToastHost2 has created a blank portal for me to be able to create a series of screencasts, showing how to build a Club Portal from Scratch. The aim is to create a helpful and easy to follow series of ONE MINUTE How Tos. Imagine being able to embed podcasts, videos, demonstrations, a photo album into your club portal! What? You didn't think that was possible? You will be surprised at everything you can do to make YOUR CLUB PORTAL a one stop shop for folks wanting to learn more about Toastmasters.

Monday, September 21, 2015

10 Reasons Why - Conferencing Calls

If you have lived in Southern California for any time at all, you know that driving is not as pleasant as driving in other places. The exception, taking an unrushed drive on Pacific Coast Highway. So, scheduling face-to-face meetings always has to take into consideration "rush hour." On any given day, driving 10 miles can take 60 minutes. GRRRRRRR!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Art of Flyer Design

Recently, I conducted a webinar for Founders District - Division C. Teaching non-technical folks how to use a sophisticated software program is not productive or feasible. Why? In most cases, people who have graphic design projects do not have the resources or ability to install programs like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. However, most people have access to Microsoft PowerPoint. This webinar is using Office 2016 for MAC.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015


/tōst - - səs/

Have you ever noticed that there are certain activities that are the catalyst for your most profound thoughts? Sleeping? Singing in the shower? Sitting in a hot-tub? Exercising? For me, it's walking. I have some of my best ideas while I am walking. That may be my minds attempt to prevent me from getting bored - I am not sure. I just know it is great for stimulating deep thinking. Today was no exception. While I was walking, thinking about a new system for communication - COGENTAL©, I was thinking about the practice of hypnosis. You know, when you are induced into a semi-conscious state so that you can bypass your conscious defenses.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Have Fun

I will!

Have you ever asked yourself, "what is MY purpose in life!?"
Have you ever wondered, "why am I here?"
I may not be able to help you find your purpose and answers to those profound questions in a 3-5 minute speech. I wish I could ...

What I can do is help you discover your purpose and message by focusing on which important decisions to make and how to move forward. Would that be helpful for you?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mindmap your speech!

While preparing a speech to give as a Test Speaker at a nearby club, outside our Division, I realized the power of mind-mapping to create a well organized speech. I will embellish  here by including the speech in progressive stages, so that you can generalize and create your personal speech.  Tony Bazan popularized the use of Mind Mapping as a way of "thinking out loud." Of course, we Toastmasters understand the value of writing our speeches out. We are also taught that we should never memorize our speech "word-for-word." So this method of thinking and planning makes great sense for us.