Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. And sometimes, it's not wildly difficult to make that happen. Gardeners, once they learn of it, dream about the Chelsea Flower Show. So do some of us who just love the beauty of botany. This year, I was able to go.
Toastmasters is an international organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries. It is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
Bravo to longtime master of the arts and the dean of Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Peter Sargent, the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Webster Groves Arts Commission.
The Daily Meal just released its list of the 101 Best Food Trucks in America, and the St. Louis mobile food scene was well represented. Cha Cha Chow came in at #94; Seoul Taco took the # 87 slot; and the Guerrilla Street Food truck made the grade at #20. Congrats to all!
Congratulations to Tom Voss, recipient of the 2014 Missourian Award, an honor that recognizes the state's most accomplished citizens. Voss recently retired as chairman, president and CEO of Ameren following a 45-year career.
The head of the class...For the second year in a row, Ladue Horton Watkins High School is the top-rated high school in Missouri, according to a nationwide annual ranking.
The Ladue News Show House has become an autumn tradition, with society types, architecture aficionados and design-lovers alike awaiting the reveal. We are pleased to announce 34 Briarcliff in Ladue as the 2014 Ladue News Show House.
How many times have you heard the master of ceremonies of an event read an introduction for a guest speaker that had absolutely nothing to do with the presenter’s topic? More times than not, that is the way it is done.
Studies show supporting women can make the entire community thrive, says Jan Hendrickson, board president of the Women's Foundation of Greater Saint Louis (WFSTL). The foundation is focused on advocating for women by contributing money and resources to relevant organizations and educational events, like its upcoming Making a Difference lecture and reception.
It simply didn't sit well with her: Christi Griffin was a practicing attorney when she began to see instances of greed and abuse of power. It was not one particular problem, but an assortment of unethical behavior, and it drove her to do something. In 2007, Griffin founded local nonprofit, The Ethics Project (TEP).
Q&As can be an important part of a presentation. It is an opportunity to interact with your audience. Questions give you—the speaker—an opportunity to show more of your expertise, as well as feedback on what you can better cover in your next presentation.
If You’re a Presenter, It’s Time to De-Clutter!
The latest cover of Opera News features four of five performers slated for next month’s Sing for Siteman benefit concert. Stephanie Blythe, Theo Lebow, Daniel Brevik and Tobias Greenhalgh grace the cover of the magazine’s June 2014 edition, along with fellow artist Elizabeth Futral.
The 2014 Winter Olympics were recently held in Sochi, Russia. Does anyone think those great athletes just ‘showed Up’ for their big game? Absolutely not!
Check out the newest design trends, fresh from designer markets across the country, including High Point Market, the world’s largest to-the-trade home furnishings event. Some of the looks making news are firmly positioned at the top of the trend curve, while others are just starting their ascent.
For many, speaking before an audience is a challenge. That difficult task can be made tougher by those seated in front of the presenter. They are sometimes inattentive, or talk among themselves or do worse. Attendees can make the most confident and experienced presenter deliver less than their best. The speaker doesn’t like this, and the audience does not benefit as they should.
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
Huge congratulations to chefs GERARD CRAFT and KEVIN NASHAN, who have both been chosen as finalists for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Midwest. Craft and Nashan, along with KEVIN WILLMANN of Farmhaus, BEN POREMBA of Elaia & Olio and JOSH GALLIANO of The Libertine were all named semifinalists for the award last month. Winners will be revealed at a gala in NYC in May. We'd like to thank all of the folks who represented St. Louis this year--well done!
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
Let’s start with the back story: Russ Henneberry is a good friend and mentor. I have learned a great deal from him about building websites and Internet marketing, among other things. Regularly, I would go to his site to read his latest article. On one occasion, I noticed an audio icon near the top of the latest post. Not knowing what to expect, I clicked on it. To my delight, Russ was reading his post, with inflections and pauses that made the article easy to understand.
Story: What does a talent agent do when her prime client, a suave and popular leading man, has a “recurring case of homosexuality”? Well, if the agent is Diane and the matinee idol is Mitchell, she does her mighty best to submerge his true identity. In fact, lesbian Diane even poses as Mitchell’s ‘beard’ to allay any fears or concerns by the general public about his manliness.
As we continue our discussion about crafting your elevator speech, remember that your speech might have great content on each ‘floor,’ but if not delivered properly, the results will not meet the intended goals. Last month, we discussed the first element of nonverbal communication, eye contact. Let’s look at some more:
Once in a great while, you stumble onto a story that is just so full of wonder and intrigue, that you have to share it. Enter Effie Brooks Theodate Pope Riddle, and the Hill-Stead mansion.