Early Risers 2117 Toastmasters: Pete Carey, award-winning journalist

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Pete Carey says:

“I joined Toastmasters to get a grip on public speaking, which, while I did a bit here and there, even before very large audiences, was almost always nerve-racking. I always enjoyed talking to groups – during and after, but not before! I didn’t realize it at the time, but it was my reluctance to speak before an audience that was the cause of my nervousness, for with repetition comes ease.

Toastmasters has given me a place to keep up my game, and – a dividend most non-members are probably unaware of – it has given me a little “leadership” experience – running meetings, chairing contests and so on. But there’s more!

The goal of Toastmasters is to make us better speakers. By working through a curriculum
and receiving evaluations by other members, I’ve learned to break some bad habits and have acquired a few skills that make for better presentations.”

 

 

Early Risers 2117 Toastmasters: John McGowan, CEO, Mathematical Software

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John McGowan, CEO, Mathematical Software, who has been a Toastmaster since the 1990s, says:

“I joined Toastmasters in 1997 shortly after starting a new job at NASA Ames Research Center.  I was looking for a way to meet more people at Ames outside my immediate work group.  Ames had a printed newsletter which had a list of meetings of various groups.  Ames has a program to sponsor extracurricular activities such as Toastmasters.  I found Jetstream Toastmasters which dates back to the 1950s and started attending.

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Soundbites, Context, and the Reader’s Responsibility

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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.

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Early Risers 2117 Toastmasters: Stephanie Charles, President

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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.

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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.

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Virtual Assistants, AI – Are we there yet?

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.

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Back to Basics: Children and Food

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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.

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