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. …

Alexander Gregg

There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience.

The Power of the Pen and the Voice

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, August 2012 By Judith Tingley Writing skills will help your speaking — and vice versa. Mentors give new Toastmasters this speaking advice: “Grab their attention right off the bat, then keep them listening.” Similarly, writing teacher Julie Larios advises students, “If you can’t write an opening sentence that motivates the reader to keep reading, it’s all over.” The importance of this cannot be overstated. The opening hook is one of the many similarities between writing and speaking. It is the impetus for my question: “What skills can speakers and writers share with each other to …

Dale Carnegie

Tell the audience what you're going to say, say it; then tell them what you've said.

Manner of Speaking

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, September 2012 By Allen Schoer Mastering Storytelling: Know the three I’s: invitation, imagination and impact. You’re on the road to becoming your company’s Chief Storyteller. Let’s begin with some good news: You’re already better than you might think. You tell stories every day. Here, we’ll explore three capabilities that will take you well on your way to becoming a professional storyteller. Remember the “three R’s” of your early education: reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Now consider the “three I’s” of storytelling: invitation, imagination and impact. Here’s how you can master them: 1) Invitation Remember Steve Jobs’ famous …