Last night I gave my 10th and final speech in the Toastmaster Competent Communicator book. It was an inspirational speech and had to be between 8-10 minutes long. I really struggled with this one. I think I felt intimidated by the idea of speaking for 8 minutes straight without notes. The previous speeches were all … Continue reading Toastmaster Speech #10 – Go Play Outside
This is the text of the minimalism speech I gave at a Toastmasters meeting in April. I got a lot of good feedback, mostly of people who agreed that they wanted to part with a lot of their crap. A couple of guys insisted that as Connecticut Yankees, they could not part with their stuff … Continue reading Toastmaster Speech – Minimalism – Paring Down to Get More Out of Life
After a good month of not doing any Zentangles, I finally spent some time over the weekend making a couple. Usually I just draw them in black ink and then use a pencil to shade and add some depth, but I decided to experiment with color again. I love color, but sometimes I find … Continue reading My Happy Place
Today is EEC Chick's Two-Year Anniversary! What a long, strange trip it's been. Ok, not really. I have yet to exceed 100 posts. That's rather sad. I had envisioned this blog becoming the next Dooce, except with less poop references. It's probably a good thing I haven't gone viral though - I don't know if … Continue reading Two Years!
Last night I gave my fourth speech at Toastmasters. As usual, I waited until the last possible moment to write the speech (guess how I spent my 4th of July?) I was editing it up until an hour before I had to go live. I even had to use my notes because I was afraid I … Continue reading Toastmaster Speech #4
I participate in my local Toastmaster's club. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps people develop speaking and leadership skills. Here is the latest speech I gave, shortly after I bought my new car. Recently, I bought a new car and while this is a good thing, I couldn't help but feel a little sad in saying … Continue reading Tribute to the Cavalier
I mentioned a couple of whiles ago that I was going to join Toastmasters again. I've been going for about two months now and last Monday I did my first speech, which is known as The Ice Breaker. The objective of the speech is to introduce yourself to your audience and demonstrate what speaking skills … Continue reading Toastmasters Ice Breaker Speech