Archive for December, 2009

Toastmasters: Worth the Stop

by PRmuse on Dec.23, 2009, under LinkedIn, Toastmasters, Uncategorized

Someone once told me that the chicken wings are greasy at the spot where my Toastmasters group gathered tonight to celebrate the holiday together. Well, they’re wrong. The wings are tasty and tangy and well worth the stop.

Toastmasters has been a part of my life for nearly a decade now, and I can’t imagine life without it. Unlike groups where you can easily drift in and out, depending on the season and your whim, Toastmasters is more like Bridge. As anyone who has ever played Bridge knows, you have to live and breathe the game (or at least play once a month) in order to stay in the swing of it.

Most of what is worthwhile in life is like Bridge.

This month, I’ve been serving on jury duty and missed both Toastmasters meetings. That hasn’t happened in a long time. Well, actually, I don’t think that has ever happened. While munching on chicken wings tonight, surrounded by fellow Toastmasters, my month suddenly felt complete again. I had known something was missing, and now I knew exactly what that was.

When people challenge you to grow professionally, it makes your life better. Toastmasters does that for me. It can do that for you, too. I would highly recommend it. If you’ve been turned off by something someone once said about Toastmasters, go find out for yourself. Like the tasty chicken wings I enjoyed with friends tonight, it could turn out to definitely be worth the stop.

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Social Media: Turning Into a New Decade

by PRmuse on Dec.21, 2009, under Social Media 2010

In the midst of a wide range of predictions for the new year, I have found several to be worth noting.

Janak Mehta, of Social Media Michigan, shared his insights during the group’s December meeting in Livonia last week. Several points are especially thought-provoking as a backdrop to my planning for 2010.

The surge in mobile social media was a personal epiphany. I’m not sure why I hadn’t given this change much thought, but we all should. The potential impact is huge. As Janak pointed out, SM users are seeing more and more employers banning SM use on company computers. So how do they connect during the work day? On their mobile, in the rest room, of course. I’m not sure I want to think further about the corporate monitoring that could emerge in response to this trend.

If you’ve ever tried to juggle the internet on your phone, you know how the visuals need to be severely edited to make sense. So this is going to be one challenge begging for our attention.

Monthly meetings are only one benefit fromĀ  membership in Social Media Michigan. Check it out — even if you don’t live in the Detroit area, you could still find it helpful.

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