How to stop using vocal crutches

In order to make this work, you need to assign at least 5 minutes every day for exercises. Also, read a lot articles (regardless of the subject or domain), books from fiction to whatever you are passionate about, do crosswords puzzle, everything will keep your vocabulary up to date, and with this intense brain workout in a few months you will be able to reduce the numbers of ahs and any other vocal crutches you may have.

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Be a follower

Digital era tell us that a 5 year old can become an influencer since he launched his Youtube channel where he makes reviews of toys…with the whole family behind his success. But also the girl next door that takes pictures of martini glasses and makes you envy her living, or the boy with six pack that travels around the world as a job to take pictures of landscapes, due to his Instagram account.

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About Social Media at Toastmasters

I am Ana and I am a Digital Addict! And the all the above is my morning routine. As a communication specialist Social Media is one of my tools, it let people know what I do, the projects I am involved or what I stand for. It does so for my pages. In a world where our communication is more digital then ever, it is important to know some ground rules:

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How to give feedback?

One of Dale Carnegie's books which I've not yet read is "The leader in you" but I'll get around to it these days. Among the stories, one in particular caught my attention: the one about Charles Schwab who was paid 1 million dollars per year and he said that most of that money came from his ability to understand people. The story can also be found in the book "Secrets of success", by the same author. It wasn't the fabulous salary that caught my attention, but the fact that at one point Mr. Schwab found his colleagues smoking right next to the "No smoking" sign. Instead of telling them that what they were doing was wrong,

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Storytelling in recruiting

Every since childhood we love hearing or watching stories. Some of us have a native talent for storytelling, others learn as they search for development or as a passion. From my point of view stories sell - if you have a nice way of describing your previous experience at the interview you get noticed - storytelling. If you have charisma in your group is because you know the best stories and jokes and everybody loves to hear you speak - storytelling. An amazing movie that you can not stop recommend it - storytelling. 

In life - we love stories, so when we see a commercial that has a story, and extra is a little bit fun - we will remember it:

Time management Pomodoro Techinique

you can raise the bar to 35 minutes, with 10 minutes break and go up to 45 minutes. But that is the high you should go, brain needs resets, it is a machine and need time to cool down. If whatever you do takes more than 45 minutes, just stop and take a break after this interval. On your break, even if they are of 5 or 15 minutes don’t stay near the computer, at your desk, take a walk, go and smoke a cigarette (if that is your thing),

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what is actually "Mindfulness"? - is a person's ability to be present "now, here". Paying attention to who you are and what you are doing, without letting your mind be reactive or overwhelmed by other thoughts or the things around. It's simple, right? Not quite! Attention is a muscle that can be trained, just like the one of public speaking or active listening. 

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The 4Cs I learn from Disney, and my mom!


Every child with access to a TV knows about Disney, for those working in a creative area he is a role model, for doodlers (like myself) or artists he is an inspiration. Disney was a storyteller — and a good one, not only using a paper and a pencil to draw the fairy tales, but also when he chat with people.

The most used quote from him is the one about the 4C’s that help you to make your dreams come true: curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy. As a child, I grow up with his cartoons and they cemented what my mom use to tell me. Be curious — is the only way you will learn new things and meet new people. Be confident in yourself, you have no idea of what you can achieve if you don’t try .....the rest of the article can be read on my Medium page

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LinkedIn - change my job!

The LinkedIn profile should primarily contain a picture, ideally one from a photo session or something from a professional event. Do not forget to change and cover picture for better visibility - just like your profile picture, look for what you put here to fit well on the page and to relate to your activity or a passion of yours.

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