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Do you have a fear of public speaking?

Your fear of public speaking is something that you can conquer when you have an incredible group of people that are willing to support you in overcoming your fear. As you know the fear of public speaking is something that many of us have and rather than seek to conquer it, we try to avoid it.

Las Vegas ToastmastersI’ve had several conversations over the last few weeks with people who have a big presentation or are speaking at a conference and they tell me they wish they had joined Toastmasters. This is usually the case… We don’t stop and think about improving our speaking skills until it’s too late!

The fear of public speaking is something that isn’t top of mind until we are asked to speak at work, at church, or run a business conference. The one thing that I personally was always frustrated with was the fact that it’s not logical! There shouldn’t be anything to be afraid of, right?

Many great speakers that you see on YouTube, or speaking at conferences have practice over and over – sometimes hundreds of times! Very rarely does someone say they are natural and public speaking.

Toastmasters is a phenomenal way to not only build new relationships, find new friends but also polish your speaking and listening skills. Z’Toasters – is this Zappos Toastmasters Club that I joined back in October of 2014. We have an amazing group that is open to the public and is always looking to support others in overcoming their fears.

As a member of Toastmasters, here are two of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned.

1. It’s just practice.

Ken Richardson, an experienced DTM Toastmaster and mentor to our club shared this advice with us. “It’s just practice.” We are here to support each other and this is practice for all when need to speak in public or at our jobs given a presentation.

When I heard this, “it’s just practice” – it eliminated any fears I had about volunteering to speak at our Toastmasters club. Thinking of it as just practice , then “it became just that – practice and there’s no pressure”. This is where we make mistakes, get feedback improve and become prepared when we are called upon to speak or give a presentation.

The next valuable lesson I learned was this…

2. Stage time!

World champion of public speaking – Darren LaCroix mentioned this when sharing his experience competing at the international Toastmasters competition.

He had mentioned that sometimes we get to overwhelmed, and placed too much pressure on ourselves when giving a single speech. When reality we only get better after doing several speeches. That one particular speech is just a stepping stone and we shouldn’t stress out about it. If were not quite ready or prepared we should just give the speech anyway. It’s all about stage time. The more we stand up in front of a group and speak the letter were going to get.

Remember those two lessons:

It’s just practice.
Stage time!

If you’re looking for a Toastmasters Club in Las Vegas, stop by and visit when you are in town. If you live in Las Vegas – Definitely check us out!



PS. Improve Your Speaking Skills Course and Learn How to Get Paid to Speak by World Champion Darrin LaCroix


Tweet Adder Alternative?

You may have been using Tweet Adder in the past and are looking for a Tweet Adder Alternative?

ManageFlitter to Easily Manage Your Twitter I was recently looking for a solution to manage my twitter account. In the past, I was using Tweet adder and as you know it’s no longer available. When I was using Tweet adder I was using it manually rather than using the automated features. I was concerned that the automated feature may possibly get my account banned.

The amount of information that software provided was pretty detailed. Unfortunately it’s no longer available… Bummer!

The solution that I found is called ManageFlitter.

Manage Flitter doesn’t have the automation that Tweet adder has which I don’t believe many other software packages offer that because it would violates twitter terms and conditions. The best part there is an option to use a free version of the software to test it out. The main feature I was looking for was the ability clean up my account and unfollowed users. Manage Flitter allows you to identify fake accounts and accounts not following you back or that of unfollowed you and you can add them to a queue. Once added in the queue you can manually unfollowed them.

Unfortunately, my follower to followers ratio is out of whack – so I can follow anyone =(

If you use Tweet adder in the past or looking for a way to manage your twitter account – definitely check out ManageFlitter.

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Here’s a list of articles about Zappos’ new self-management style and a few definitions to help you wrap your mind around everything!

Holacracy: “is a social technology or system of organizational governance in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being vested in management hierarchy.”

Source: Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holacracy

Founder: Brian Robertson

Summary: rather than managers managing people, work is managed by self formed teams that contain those individuals that hold roles required to accomplish the work.

Teal Organizations:

  1. Self Management – driven by peer relationships
  2. Wholeness – involving the whole person at work
  3. Evolutionary purpose – let the organization adapt and grow, not be driven

Summary: A self-managed organization driven by peer relationships allowing a company to adapt and grow vs. being driven.

Author “Reinventing Organizations” – Frederic Laloux

Buy The Book:

The Offer: Zappos offers severance to employees who are not interested in moving forward with the new management style.

Read the internal Offer Memo: Click Here

Interested in Learning More? Check out the followng articles:

  1. Holacracy – Zappos Insights
  2. Making sense of Zappos an Holacracy
  3. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh: Adopt Holacracy or Leave
  4. Holawhat? Meet the Alt-Management System Invented by a Programmer and used by Zappos
  5. Holacracy at Zappos: “Its’ not anarchy,” co founder says
  6. Holacracy at Zappos: It’s either the future or management or a social experiment gone awry
  7. Here’s how the self management system that Zappos is using actually works



Online Success – KodiakCurling.com

Here’s a great example of how to create a successful online business by identifying a need, providing a solution and focusing on a better customer experience. I recently spoke with Alex Ritter, one of the co-founders of KodiakCurling.com and he shared what inspired him and James Smart to launch their site.

curling shoes“The event that sparked the idea of Kodiak Curling was when I bought my first pair of curling shoes. I found that there was very little information available online to guide my decision making. From working at Zappos I expected several high quality pictures of each shoe on the market along with detailed information and customer reviews. What I found was one tiny image and about two sentences of generic text to describe each product. Ultimately I ended up spending close to $200 at random on a pair of curling shoes I wasn’t happy with. This experience spawned the idea to create a one stop site where curlers would be able to get all of the information necessary to make an informed purchasing decision on shoes, brooms, apparel, and anything else curling related.

Today KodiakCurling.com has high quality images of nearly every curling shoe and broom on the market and steadily growing traffic. The initial idea has expanded to the point where I am working on producing my own curling equipment and positioning the company as an innovation lab for the sport of curling.” – Alex

When you have a passion for something you begin to see opportunities in the marketplace!

Be sure to visit Kodiakcurling.com

Wish you the best,