The Passing of a Social Media Friend

February 10, 2014

In the world of social media, the word “friend” gets used quite a bit. Perhaps overused. Many of us get onto Facebook and Twitter to promote ourselves, our businesses, our causes, our points of view. If we’re lucky, we run into like-minded individuals who entertain, enlighten and make us laugh. In some cases, we get […]

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Weekend Musical Diversion: Collaboration

January 26, 2014

Aerosmith and Run DMC, Anthrax and Public Enemy, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. These are just some of music’s notable and unlikely collaborations. In these cases, and others like it, musicians come together from different musical genres and introduce their fans to a […]

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Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete

January 7, 2014

As we celebrate the start of another year, many of us take time to reflect, create goals and make resolutions. The beginning of the year is a great time to do this and we feel like we have the opportunity for both a clean slate and a fresh start. While Mitch Joel’s book Ctrl Alt […]

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Public Speaking Excellence: Presiyan Vasilev

November 25, 2013

Members of Toastmasters have the opportunity to compete in various speaking contests after completing six speeches from the Competent Communicators manual. This happens first at the club level, then at the area level, then division and finally at the district level. Contestants who compete in the International Speech contest, if they win at all levels […]

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Lessons From an Astronaut

November 18, 2013

A couple weeks ago, while driving home from work, I tuned into the rebroadcast of Fresh Air on my local NPR station. I was pleasantly surprised to hear Terry Gross interview astronaut Chris Hadfield. Truthfully, I wasn’t too aware of Mr. Hadfield. I do remember viewing his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the […]

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Taking Courageous Action

October 14, 2013

As an avid cyclist and a member of my local YMCA, I see a lot that impresses me: cyclists that blaze down the bike path in the stifling heat and humidity, runners with unstoppable endurance and weight lifters that can bench press twice my weight with ease. When I see these athletes in action, I […]

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Four Takeaways from Social Media Week Chicago

September 30, 2013

Webster’s Dictionary defines social media as “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal ideas and other content.” Social media as a term is not even ten years old (according to Webster’s), yet it continues to evolve and change. With this in mind, I attended Social Media Week […]

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The Positivity and Possibility of Twitter

August 26, 2013

Every other day, it seems, we hear of athletes, celebrities and professionals at all levels getting into trouble for something shared on Twitter (and other social media channels). I recently stumbled upon the FireMe site, which provides a real-time list of Tweets that can potentially get you into trouble. As I explore that site, I’m […]

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Talking Improv

June 3, 2013

Have you ever read an article or watched a presentation and wished that you would have written or delivered it first? I felt that way last year when I stumbled upon this talk by storyteller/poet/improviser/musician Dave Morris. His TEDx Victoria talk is the talk I wish I would have delivered back when I was daydreaming […]

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