The 5 Habits of Effective Online Leaders

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, July 2013 By Lewis Howes very successful mentor once gave me a simple test to determine if I was a leader. He said, “If you want to know if you’re a leader, just look and see if you have any followers.” Sounds pretty simple right? Look to see if you have anyone following in your footsteps. As a former professional athlete I’ve seen the power of leadership. I’ve seen coaches and athletes inspire others by standing up and taking risks despite overwhelming odds. And I’ve learned that the same principles that lead teams to victory …

Use a Pause to Punch Up Your Punch Line

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, June 2013 By John Kinde, DTM umor is one of the most effective tools for connecting with an audience. It builds bonds and refreshes the mind. And although the right words can make people laugh, humor is more than just words; its impact is heightened by how you say those words, what you do when you say them, and how you use silence … the pause. The pause adds punch to the punch line. One of the reasons the pause strengthens your laugh lines is that it builds tension. It’s easier to use comic timing when …