Why Toastmasters

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Without the communication and leadership skills I have developed from Toastmasters I would not be in same position as I am. Communication Leadership & Management ToastmastersI was asked to write a short piece as to why I have been a member of Toastmasters for over 15 years.

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Toastmasters’ Most Buzzworthy Speeches of 2015

Manner of Speaking

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters … Continue reading → Toastmasters Beck Caitlyn Jenner David Letterman J.K. Simmons Mohammed Qahtani public speaking Tim Cook Viola Davis

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Thought Leadership: Welch Watch

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In April 2015, he published "The Real Life M.B.A." There are myriad ways of assessing thought leadership. Jack Welch is the former head of GE. " On Amazon.com , it is ranked 3,190. 52 customers have contributed reviews. Peter Thiel is a venture capitalist.

Muhammad Yunus To Receive Toastmasters International's 2015 Golden Gavel Award

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Toastmasters International announced today that world-renowned economics professor, founder of Grameen Bank and humanitarian, Muhammad Yunus, is the recipient of the organization’s 2015 Golden Gavel award. 12-15, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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How to take a moment to lead…quietly

Kate's Voice

Executive Presence conversations leadership presentations public speaking tipsAn actor is required to get up on stage and do their part whether they feel like it or not. Leaders need to do that too.

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Thought Leadership - Jack Welch v. Peter Thiel

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leadership is a competitive enterprise. Former head of GE, Jack Welch, published a new book in April 2015. Welch does not seem to have the same elite status in thought leadership as does Thiel. It's "The Real Life M.B.A."

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Leadership, Employees, Disruption - Broken Trust

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The media are quoting AOL leadership, such as head Tim Armstrong. The message is that content houses such as Huffington Post are safe. Here are typical quotes in The Wall Street Journal.

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Thought Leadership - Influence Doesn't Necessarily Generate Revenue

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Michael Wolff, USA Today, March 20, 2015. "While the Snowden story was hugely successful journalistically. little of that success seemed to benefit the rest of the organization [at the Guardian]. Here is the article.

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Thought Leadership - Rhetorical Power Of "Un"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As you know: Attention is the currency of the second decade of the 21st century.    What cycles you into the attention loop is attaching the prefix "un" to words and traditional concepts. That's because it unbundles your thinking from what had been and what is.

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Thought Leadership - Transforming "Over" Into "Opening"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

What our society, which is becoming overwhelmed with change, needs is for thought leadership to put out there fresh paradigms about getting from how it used to be to what can be in the future.

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Pope Francis & Thought Leadership - Stretching Credibility Across Too Many Issues

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Nick Squires, The Telegraph, April 28, 2015. It's a fundamental of thought leadership to, crudely put it, choose your shots.

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Thought Leadership - Price Of Entry To Market Just About Anything

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

puts it, thought leadership makes you 'part of the conversation early in the buying journey.'" '" The Economist, April 25, 2015. That wasn't always the incentive for thought leadership.

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Going Global: Toastmasters International Reaches Growth Milestones

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Toastmasters International, the global organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development, has grown its membership by 57 percent over the past 10 years.

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Thought Leadership: Beyond The Happy Valley

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"It is our constant difficulty that we want to keep what is pleasant and reject what is unpleasant." " Ayya Khema, "Being Nobody, Going Nowhere." " Here you can order the book from Amazon. The welcome side effect of a disruptive era is that memes are up for grabs.

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Thought Leadership - Post-Pao, Ditch Term "Driven"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The term "driven" had been applied to plaintiff in "Pao v. Kleiner," Ellen Pao, again and again. According to AP's Sudhn Thanawala , some of the jurors perceived her as "driven" and therefore was relentless in pursuing her agenda.

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Thought Leadership - Tolstoy's Meme Of Happy Families

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Since the dark musings of Sigmund Freud, too many thought leaders have focused on unhappy families. After all, that's where the juicy stuff is for analysis. As Tolstoy pointed all, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

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Thought Leadership - Storytelling v. Mere Personal Disclosure

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Surf the websites of major brandnames in public relations.    Many transmit the message: We tell your story. The power of a story well-told was shown by how many years Steve Jobs' 2005 Commencement Speech to Stanford continues to resonate.

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Thought Leadership - Toss Out Generic Terms Like "Dark"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"Son accused of murdering hedge-funder dad has dark past"   - Headline in New York Post, January 6, 2015. Here is that article. The term "dark" has become generic. It's convenient to pull out when discussing a complex subject such as aberrant behavior.

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Would it help if I sounded like a man? 5 Techniques for Quiet Talkers

Kate's Voice

Perhaps believing this to be the case, as women have stepped into more and more leadership positions in business, politics and the community, the average pitch of women’s voices in the western world has dropped significantly. Many women think that a powerful voice is a low voice.

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Thought Leadership - Making Addiction To Alcohol Part Of National Conversation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Everything from colon cancer (thanks to Katie Couric) to the pile up of jobless lawyers (thanks to Joe Patrice in Abovethelaw.com) is now perfectly okay for polite conversation. "Oh, do get a rectal exam." " "Pace Law School cut salaries for law professors."

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Thought Leadership - Politics Is Sexy, But.

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

After your SRO presentation about the latest research on mirror neurons, a reporter sticks the microphone at you. The question is about Hillary Clinton's email. Of course, anything to do with politics is sexy. Also, it would be fun to provide a clever quip.

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Thought Leadership - The Bottom Line Of Influence Is Engagement

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" - Gabe Friedman, Bloomberg, March 12, 2015. "The FT is the first major publication to try charging advertisers based on how long readers spend looking at a screen where their ads are displayed, rather than on how many times they click on the Web pages where the ads appear."

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Oliver Sacks, Thought Leadership, End Of Life Meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Oliver Sacks, The New York Times, February 19, 2015. " my luck has run out - a few weeks ago I learned that I had multiple metastases in my liver." Here is the opinion-editorial. Loved thought leader Oliver Sacks is going to teach us how to die.

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Thought Leadership: Be Wary Of Relying On Media For Data

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Actually, the whole point of thought leadership is to present data which aren't easily available through other sources.

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Thought Leadership - Anything Less Than Openness Erodes Trust

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Secrecy is considered verboten, at least for thought leadership. There was a time, and it wasn't so long ago, when comprehensive secrecy had been a strategic objective.

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Changing the Corporate Conversation

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

How can we use our communications and leadership skills to ensure that more conversations at work excite participants, enable them to connect deeply with each other, and enhance organizational productivity?

Thought Leadership, Selling, Personal Relationships - Power Of Push-Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

It takes courage. But, the current meme is that safe is the worst pickle to be in. Over and over again, thought leaders, those on the front lines of selling, and folks seeking enhanced relationships are finding out: Pushing back is the way to achieve objectives.

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Thought Leadership - Now That We Will Be Working Forever

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

And it's time thought leadership acknowledges that's what is playing out. The prediction that we will be working forever, not able to choose to retire, is being framed in fear. That's supposed to scare us into saving, not spending, every nickle from the get-go.

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Thought Leadership - Remember America Not Founded By "Downton Abbey" Aristocracy

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Media coverage of negative developments tends to include the academic pedigree of those involved. That's part of America's ethos of anti-intellectualism. After all, this nation was founded by a bunch of misfits from England, not the kind of artistocracy who inhabited fictional Downton Abbey.

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Thought Leadership - Be Contrarian, Focus On Men In Transition

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The infrastructure is there for thought leaders to highlight obstacles facing women around the globe and proposing disruptive solutions. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has been a main architect in that.

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Your Thought Leadership Isn't Resonating - How To Crush Again

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Obviously, your thought leadership isn't resonating. Two years ago, my thought leadership stopped resonating in the New York area. Once you were the thought leader about environmental issues.

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Thought Leadership - Tool To Help The Tiger Woods Embrace Reality, Change

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" - Mike Foss, "Tiger Woods needs to get right and go away," in USA Today, April 1, 2015. Both groups likely would have suffered less had thought leadership focused on this trend and addressed our plight in ways that we could "hear."

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10 Ways a Contestant Can Add Value to their District

Speak and Deliver

Volunteer at your TLI - the next big project for your district after the Conferences is the Toastmaster Leadership Institute. Use it to Speak & Deliver the right messages - messages of communication, service and leadership that define our organization.

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Thought Leadership - Monica Lewinsky Becomes Evangelist For Online Compassion

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

From TED Talks to Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky is speaking out against cyber bullying. To her, reports Stephanie Buck in Mashable , cyber bullying happens when the digital mob creates and reinforces shaming. That happens through clicks.

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Thought Leadership Is Glutted - 5 Tips On Getting Attention

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leadership is experiencing the same kind of glut. Currently, the fields of writing, lawyering and producing energy are glutted. Sure, some in those businesses are thriving. But many others are struggling to figure out how to make a living amidst changing realities.

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Thought Leadership & Personal Essay/Speeches - Downsize The "I"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There was a time when thought leaders adopted a statesmanlike tone and the third person. There was no "I." " Or very limited use of it, even in public speaking. That was then. Then came conversational rhetoric. That was reinforced by social media.

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Thought Leadership - Never Underestimate Force Field Created By Babies, Puppies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Brilliantly, Hillary Clinton has taken on the mantle of America's Grandma. And her first big move through that positioning and packaging has been on the vaccine issue. Of course, GOP's Chris Christies blew that one, in a high-profile, ham-handed way.

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Thought Leadership - Aging And The Ten-Ten Percent Rule

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There are thought leaders who never come to be perceived as "old." " Management visionary Peter Drucker made waves with his concepts until right up to his death.

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Thought Leadership - What About MIT's 4 Suicides This Past Year, 2 This Month

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" - Laura Krantz and Matt Rocheleau, "MIT eases workload, offers support after recent suicides," Boston Globe, March 17, 2015. Thought leadership, from diverse disciplines, has to focus on how to prevent college students from taking their own lives.

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Thought Leadership & Ellen Pao, Tina Huang, Chia Hong - Fragmentation Of Gender Issues

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Thought leaders who understand the legal process could be facing a challenging time addressing the gender issue. Like business itself, equality of opportunity for females in the workplace keeps mutating.

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How This Introvert uses the Power of Letting Go to Sell and Persuade

Speaking Freely

I have been selling my group speaking, voice and leadership presence courses and coaching for decades, longer than some of you may have been alive.

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Thought Leadership & Campaign 2016 - Maybe Middle Class Doesn't Want To Be Saved

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The middle class is primarily about appearances. Those are about brands, home ownership with separate rooms for each child, a good school district and a car without too many miles on it.

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Thought Leadership, Online Presence - Create Your Own Or It Will Be Created For You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There's the old adage among public relations pros: Create your image or others, including your enemies, will do that job for you. Well, the same thing applies to online presence.

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