Determination is a word of many meanings.
According to Merriam-Webster, determination can mean – among others:
a judicial decision settling and ending a controversy
the resolving of a question by argument or reasoning
the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also : the result of such an act of decision
firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end
a fixing or . . . → Read More: INTRINSIC The Series: Determination
I love moderation. Moderation is a great way to put your public speaking skills into practice and raise your personal bar of spontaneity.
On May 10 2013, I seized another opportunity to moderate an event. For me as a passionate Toastmaster it wasn’t any event. It was one of the semi finals of our International Speech Contest . . . → Read More: How To Create Professional Moderation Cards
At the very beginning of my public speaking seminars I ask the participants to write down two of their concrete expectations they have regarding the training. In a second step I combine the concepts of less is more and getting to the point. I ask them to mark the more important expectation. Finally, I invite the . . . → Read More: The Myth Of Perfection
What a blast weekend! From May 10 to 12 2013 more than 400 Toastmasters from all over Continental Europe came together in Antwerp, Belgium, to celebrate our 2013 Spring Conference of Toastmasters International’s District 59.
Like every time I learned SO SO SO much!
Apart from fantastic speeches and workshops we had the honor and pleasure to have . . . → Read More: My Favorite Food Is Wine
I have two fetishisms in public speaking: your voice and your first sentence. Let’s focus on the latter in this post.
How many times do we miss a great chance to start a great conversation? How many times do we make a comment about that stupid weather at a cocktail party? How many times do we sit in . . . → Read More: When Curiosity Meets Ethos
Today I visited HP Toastmasters Barcelona, one of three corporate clubs we have in the Barcelona region. My friend Pau Soler can be very persuasive. In return for giving an educational session on voice I received a free meal and a cup of Tallat. (Tallat means “cut” in Catalan and is the name for a small . . . → Read More: The Three Cs For A More Powerful Voice
In April 2013 I spent two unforgettable days with unforgettable people, very unforgettable people.
Thanks to lead curator Aurelie Salvaire I could play an active role as presentation coach of those 13 TEDxBarcelona Change speakers. Speakers who had flown in from Nairobi, San Francisco, New York, and even Oslo! 14-year-old super brain speakers who investigate on HIV vaccines. . . . → Read More: A Tribute To Our TEDxBarcelona Change Heroes
Do you like one neighbor more than the other neighbors? Did you like some classmates at school more than others? Welcome to the club!
Neighbors, classmates or colleagues – as a leader and motivator of a team you also favor some people over others. Or don’t you?
I do. When I give my seminars sometimes I face those sarcastic, cynical . . . → Read More: INTRINSIC The Series: Fairness
On April 27 2013, I had the great honor and pleasure to speak at SenseCamp Barcelona. At this fantastic get-together of almost 100 social entrepreneurs from all over Europe I held a 30-minute keynote workshop on Social Good Rhetoric as part of my pro bono activities.
During the lunch break I placed 80 multi-color envelopes on the chairs. . . . → Read More: Social Good Rhetoric
In the book PlusPlus I reflect on more than a hundred patterns for better communication. One of the chapters is called The Punk Rocker of Rhetoric. The Punk Rocker of Rhetoric is an episode dedicated to sound bites. Sound bites are phrases that ruthlessly stick out of an otherwise gray mass of content; its effect is . . . → Read More: Have You Ever Been Bitten By A Sound?