The Power of Gratitude

You’ll find several books on gratitude in the “Personal Development” sections of most bookstores. There’s a reason for that – gratitude works. If you wake up every day and feel miserable, you’re probably going to have a miserable day. Now, waking up each day feeling grateful for all the good things in your life won’t guarantee that you’ll have a great day. But at least you’ll start out on the right foot.

The NYC Cab Driver & The Elderly Woman

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Cabs in the streets of New York City

I came across the below story and wanted to share. You may have seen it show up on social media or via email. I’m not sure whether it’s a true story but it does get you to stop and think. Have a read and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

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My Generator Journey

I live in an area that frequently experiences power outages. Sometimes, they only last a few hours but in recent years, we have had some that have lasted several days. When you’re without power for three days, you realize how much you take it for granted. You can’t watch TV, go online, heat up something in the microwave and have to use candles or flashlights to get around when it’s dark. But you also have no heat, hot water and you need be mindful of opening your refrigerator or freezer.

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Four Reasons for Professional Speakers to Join Toastmasters

stageToastmasters is only for amateurs!” Several years ago I attended a National Speakers Association (NSA) meeting and that was the response when someone mentioned Toastmasters. Truthfully, I feel both organizations have their share of amateurs and professionals with NSA having a higher percentage of professionals and Toastmasters having mostly amateurs. But as a Toastmasters graduate and someone that attended many NSA meetings (I’ve qualified for membership since 2007 but never joined), I can see the benefit in joining either or both groups.

Unlike a Speech, the Opening Paragraph of Your Book is Critical

career - photo by John LeeI love going to free public speaking seminars: if the material isn’t good, I usually walk away with at least a good story. At one such event a few years ago, the leader let me deliver a five minute speech. His feedback was that my introduction had needed more oomph – he told me that I only had six seconds to capture the audience’s attention. I told him that advice was nonsense as people seated will take at times a few minutes to warm up to.  I know it’s important to have a good opening to your speech and that’s a topic in itself. But this isn’t about speeches, it’s about writing and that’s a different beast.

I’m a New Speaker – Do I Need a Website?

"information" by Flavio TakemotoIf you’ve taken that first step towards becoming a professional speaker, then congratulations. It’s an exciting journey that can be both fun and frustrating, but in the end, you’ll find it worthwhile and rewarding. There’s nothing better than wowing audiences day after day. Of course, making the decision to become a professional speaker is the exciting part. But in addition to the fun stuff, there are a lot of business and administration tasks that need to be done.