Many leaders, including technology visionaries, often use soundbites to make a point. Unfortunately, many of them could be misleading, if you don’t get past the soundbite.
Stephanie Charles who has been a member of Early Risers since 2000 says:
“I joined Toastmasters in 2000 because I was a docent at Henry Coe State Park and wanted to improve my presentations to the public. I checked out three convenient Toastmasters clubs and settled on Early Risers Toastmasters because the members were very diverse and very welcoming. I’ve been a member ever since.
I have now been a member of Toastmasters for more than 18 months. My icebreaker speech was in June 2017. Since then I have delivered several speeches, have done several evaluations of speeches and fulfilled numerous roles in the weekly activities of my club, Early Risers 2117 in Palo Alto.
If you are like me, you are seeing tons of articles and blog posts on how great AI is. Most industry leaders cannot make a presentation or a speech without acknowledging AI. The media whips up everyone into a frenzy. Is AI good for us? Will AI take over the world? Is Google evil for wanting to make an intelligent virtual assistant sound human? It goes on.
During my yearly visits to India, I was struck by the fact that many urban children do not have access to fresh vegetables and fruits. The price is exorbitant, but more importantly, there is very little awareness of the benefits of eating vegetables. I wondered if it is possible for these children to grow their own greens and vegetables. I no longer wonder.
Leaders face tremendous challenges when they take the helms of an existing organization. They don’t have the luxury of a clean slate. Even in a well-run organization, there is room for improvement, and opportunity for the new leader to make a mark. In some cases, the leaders come into situations that might look hopeless and the hurdles insurmountable. In some others, the incoming leader doesn’t even know the enormity of it all until they start revealing themselves over a period of time.
When I started getting serious about engaging on the social media, I knew I had to trust my gut instincts as to what I would do and how I would behave. I decided to write this post to remind myself of the guidelines that have evolved over the past several months.