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Play More Funky Music

Do you listen to music every day? How about multiple times per day? How does it affect your mood? Last week, the music app on my phone popped up and displayed how many hours of music I listened to in 2016. It was an impressive amount. The notice had me thinking about how much I …

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Inside Out: Emotions as Teaching Tools (my speech in Toastmasters worth sharing)

I gave this speech (below) in my Toastmasters group.  Actually it was credited as two speeches from the Competent Communicator Manual – with emphasis on vocal variety and visual aids.  The total time it took me to deliver this speech was almost fourteen minutes.  I received such great feedback from the presentation and I had such …

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You be the Judge

Yesterday I served as a judge for the University of West Florida Marks Invitational which is a speech and debate (forensics) competition where students compete in a variety of categories.  I volunteered to judge one or two panels.  They placed me in the dramatic interpretation contest.  Other events like impromptu, humorous, and other topics were taking …

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Capture the “Perfect” Moments

“Smile, not the fake toothy smile,” I said to my oldest daughter. “Smooth your dress right there,” I pointed to my youngest daughter. “Okay, 1…2…3…!”  SNAP!  I took the photo. “Wait you blinked, let’s try again!” Does this sound familiar? We strive to capture that perfect family moment, the two kids smiling while wearing their …

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