Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform on stage at a small festival in Tacoma called, The Dickens Festival, named after the famous author Charles Dickens. Leading up to the event, I actually dreaded going. It was an hour trip each way to give a 5 minute Tall Tale in front of a small audience for free. I was feeling sorry that I accepted.
When I got to this small bookstore in Tacoma, I noticed how energized the area was. I watched a talented magician and wonderful dancers perform before me. Then, my friends Bob Ingram and Wes and Amy Peper showed up, as they were also on the ticket. By the time it came for me to go up, I was jazzed. Bottom line – I’m looking forward to next year!
The moral of the story – My friend and mentor Darren LaCroix always talks about “Stage Time”. From a professional standpoint, it was a great chance to get on stage and practice. My audience laughed and seemed to enjoy themselves, so hopefully I added value to their day. If you are a speaker of any kind, whether its Toastmasters or speaking to service clubs, take advantage of all the “Stage Time” you can get. Not only will it make you a better presenter, but you may have fun at the same time!
P.S. My birthday special for my Panic to Power boot camp in March is quickly approaching its deadline…only 2 weeks! Go to my store to learn more and register!
For the second year in a row, I’ve been down in Palm Springs when my home state of Washington has been devastated by flooding. I’ve watched in horror and sadness as many people have had tragedies from the rains and floods. My home is safe and for that I’m thankful. The pictures on the news look straight out of Katrina a few years ago. Let’s keep all those adversely affected in our prayers and hope for a quick return to normalcy.
It’s Apple Cup time again, this time for the 100th time. I’m heading to the big game tomorrow to root on my Dawgs with my daughter Kelli. Both teams have struggled this year, but there’s no doubt everyone will be up for this one. The pride of our state and schools are on the line.
Rivalry games like this create a great bond, not only for the fans on the same side of the ball, but with everyone. As long as respect is a factor, which it should always be, good natured ribbing and fun is always a great part of the game. I have many friends that are Cougs (really), and we always have a great time getting on each other. I have even had an annual running bet for a beer during next golf season with good friend who matriculated at WSU. Fortunately for me, I’ve been on the winning side most of the last few years. I just hope he doesn’t want to do the same thing with hoops!
Here’s hoping for a great game and of course another Dawg victory. Go Dawgs!
Today is the 144th anniversary of one of the greatest, if not greatest, speeches ever delivered. It’s short…for you fellow Toastmasters, it’s about the length of a Table Topics. But its powerful. In honor of this day, please see the text below. You will also see the only known photograph of President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg per the Library of Congress.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal”
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow, this ground — The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Today, I have the privilege of having a guest shadow me for the day. Our Rotary Club came up with a brilliant idea of having teachers shadow business people for a day so they can in turn pass on insight to their students. The business people then will usually make an appearance and address the students. I hope I can carry out today without boring my shadow too much!
Any time teachers and business can work together, it’s a win-win situation. Business and entrepreneurship has changed in the 25 years since I’ve been in school, and young people need to know how it works. The teachers also gain value. Actually, I can say that the business people in turn also gain great value from learning from their shadow. That and the opportunity to present to a bunch of teenage kids is something everyone should have to go through at least once.
P.S. Fearful to speak in front of a bunch of teenagers or adults? Panic no more. My next Panic to Power Boot Camp is right around the corner on March 18 at the Mayflower Park Hotel in downtown Seattle. To register now, contact me at 360-271-1592 or email@example.com.
That’s me at courtside of the Sonics-Pistons game last Sunday. The Sonics are a new client of mine and they were gracious to put me and my family at courtside for the game after we met (thanks to Chris Fryar). This opportunity came about because of my presentation at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. For those of you who are professional speakers, do what my mentor Darren LaCroix always says – Stage Time, Stage Time, Stage Time. The more you speak, the more opportunities you will have. Who knows, you may end up in the front row!
P.S. I’m just announcing my next Panic to Power boot camp in downtown Seattle on Tuesday, March 18. Details to follow on my web site. If you can’t wait (and why should you), contact me now to register at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a very special Early Early-Bird special!