The Awkward Pause – Bad for Public Speaking, Good Leadership Tactic

Intelligent Minds Like Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos Embrace the Rule of Awkward Silence. You Should Too The rule of awkward silence has always been valuable. But in a world of instant gratification, it’s more useful than ever. By Justin Bariso, Author, EQ Applied@JustinJBariso • Inc., September 9, 2020   Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos run two of the most valuable companies in the world. From the outside, they seem to exhibit very different personalities. But within their companies, both men are known for a fascinating practice: As I’ve described previously, the rule of awkward silence is simple: When faced with a challenging question, …

A Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking and the value of mentors

Fellow Toastmasters and Guests, Did you attend the first ever virtual D27 District Conference? If not, you missed a real treat: Aaron Beverly, the 2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, gave a keynote speech. Here is a link to his winning competition speech “An Unbelievable Story” from last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmj1LBJu_Ss Far from basking in the glow of being a reigning champion and his own laurels, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, Aaron Beverly talked about the value of mentors. I won’t even try to summarize his beautifully crafted speech. I couldn’t do it justice. The important take-home message is his …

Let people do their jobs – Lessons in leadership from the desk of Ted Leonsis

Ted Leonsis – Owner, Washington Capitals and Wizards Ted Leonsis says meddling owners might as well just fire their coach and GM How much influence should sports owners have on their teams? That question has been raised with just about every local franchise in recent years. Who at Redskins Park still supported Robert Griffin III in late August? Who at Nationals Park most wanted the team to sign Max Scherzer? Should owners like Ted Leonsis blog about their players and their teams’ strategic choices? During an interview, Leonsis took a pretty strong stance: that owners should not be in the …

Insights of a Toastmaster – An Interview with Nick Kosar

by John Cowherd, CC BEGINNINGS AT WEST END TOASTMASTERS John:     Nick, you were the one who first told me about Toastmasters. You described for me your experience with a club in Richmond, Virginia. What were you looking for when you first joined Toastmasters? Nick:     Like most others, I simply was seeking to get over that fear of public speaking. But more importantly, I felt that if I gave it a chance, not only could I learn to manage my fear, but I could actually become good at public speaking – something I always thought I could do, deep down inside. …