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courage

  Toastmasters Speech #6 Title: Courage Delivered on February 27, 2018   “Courage. It couldn’t come at a worst time” Gord Downie I have entered the twilight of my teaching career. At forty-five years of age, I’m four years removed from early retirement, and not...

I lost, so now what?

  I lost. And so now what? Last night I entered my first Toastmasters International speech contest and I lost. There were three other competitors, and while I held my own, I did not move on to the next round. I wasn’t even runner up! It stings a little. I won’t lie. ...

little things

  Toastmaster Speech Title: Little Things Delivered on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 (in Bowmanville, Ontario)   We all want big things. Big houses. Big bank accounts. Big beautiful cars. The bigger, the better. But what if we’re missing something. What if the meaning...

fail better

  Toastmaster Speech Title: Fail Better Delivered on Wednesday, January 19th, 2018 (in Oshawa, Ontario)   “Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better”. Samuel Beckett   Failure is such a natural act of being human, but you wouldn’t know it,...

ten minas

Toastmaster Speech Title: Ten Minas Delivered on Tuesday, November 28th, 2018   I am forty-five years old, and I feel as though my entire life has been a long preparation for this very moment. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, I learned about elite performers and...

words matter

  Words Matter: a somewhat accurate history of the English language (Speech No. 3)   In the beginning was the word. More accurately, it all starts with the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.  They are important.  They are very important, because we sing many songs in...