Live Your Legend Challenge #5 – The Elevator Pitch


Doesn't everyone love a good story? As a writer, an artist and a budding public speaker, I am constantly thinking of the next story to tell.  I write from the heart and I find that personal stories resonate with others. I enjoy writing for others too, like today's post on the NFED blog. My best speaking … Continue reading Live Your Legend Challenge #5 – The Elevator Pitch

Toastmaster Speech #10 – Go Play Outside


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

Toastmaster Speech – Minimalism – Paring Down to Get More Out of Life


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